Taking a Step Toward the Goal:
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
Handicap racing in the USA is screwed up. We see highly-invested teams competing in PHRF which disrupts a gateway rule intended to attract participation, not discourage it. Then we see multiple technical rules competing against each other for market share, dividing participation rather than building it.
As I wrote in March 2017 for Sailing World, we need a cleaner model. PHRF must be exclusive to racer-cruisers — the big kids have to get out of their sandbox. Then we must have a consensus technical rule for the big kids to flex their muscles a…
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An 80 Year Tradition on The Vineyard:
Edgartown Yacht Club’s ‘Round-the-Island Race (’RTI) – one of America’s oldest distance races – originated in 1938 and except for the years of the Second World War has been an annual event since then on Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
“The race was first conceptualized to be reminiscent of the race around the Isle of Wight in England, which was the course of the first America’s Cup,” said EYC Big Boat Racing Committee Co-Chair, Hal Findlay. “The distance around Martha’s Vineyard (56 nm) is only a few miles longer; both courses have views of cliffs, headlands, villages and open water; and the tidal currents and wind effects are important in both.”
Donald Tofias, a …
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