An Example of What Works:
We have all seen the examples. Pursuit starts, random legs, weekday summer races. Keep it casual, smartly use rating systems, and focus on your core constituent. To get butts in boats, and crowds on the start line, you must aim for the fat section of the target.
So it came as no surprise to hear that 88 boats, solo or duo sailed, are now racing in the Transquadra from Madeira to Martinique. This is one of the most famous transatlantic races we have never heard of; the biggest for production boats.
While media attention gets recruited for highly competitive commercial contests, this westward contest excludes professional racers as well as all young sailors trying to become pr…
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Volvo Ocean Race: Cutting the corner:
(February 12, 2018; Day 6) – On Leg 4, racing into their home port of Hong Kong, SHK/Scallywag made a radical choice exiting the doldrums, cutting the corner and taking the inside track towards the finish line. As a result, they sailed less miles and passed the entire fleet en route to a spectacular victory.
Fast forward to the early stages of Leg 6 where Scallywag again finds itself on the inside track, cutting the corner on the right hand turn to the south towards the finish line in New Zealand.
Just over two days ago, Scallywag and AkzoNobel, were seemingly marooned 120 miles behind the leaders, punished by a decision to head north immediately after passing Taiwan. But as…
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