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Re: GGR entrants getting clobbered
I also feel that this is a race for sailors, whereas the Volvo type races and the America's Cup are just rich men playing at "yachting", as they always have.
What we can learn from the experiences of these sailors are actually of use to us, the small boat owner with a limited budget.
For instance, two competitors are soon to drop out of the GGR and relegate themselves to the Chichester Class because they chose a bottom paint that wasn't up to the voyage, while the leader, Jean Luc, seems to have no problem with his bottom and barnacles. I gotta find out what antifouling he is using!!!!
Secondly, the much-touted Jordan series drogue seems not to be all it is cracked up to be and failed to prevent Susie from pitchpoling, this morning, and losing her rig.
As for, "The audience can't tell a thing they are doing. Most don't hear a word of it, until catastrophe.", anyone wishing to do so can read the daily tweets and read or listen to the weekly call-ins from the competitors, so it is only by choice that one doesn't hear a word of it, until catastrophe. There are interactive maps and charts on the website that show the weather and vessel positions in pretty much real-time or backward as far as you want to go.
So, in reality, one can be as involved as one wishes to be on this race and I for one, think Don has done a wonderful job with spectator participation, all for free!
I love the idea of going back to the basics and were I a few years younger I might have considered participating, mainly because if this. Perhaps, this is because a good deal of my ocean sailing was done before any significant advances in equipment had made it to the small sailboat sector, and sailing w/o GPS, AIS or satellite weather does not frighten me in the slightest.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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