What Was Old Becomes New Again:
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
For years I raced Snipes on a lake-like venue with permanent marks around its perimeter. Race courses would zig zag the waters, with windward marks tucked into many of the coves. Each leg was different and a new challenge.
But it all went away when the windward-leeward course trend engulfed our sport. Now a race may have three or more laps around the same two marks. More than once did I wonder how many laps had we completed. The repetition sucked the fun from the game.
While the windward-leeward course provides the best test for championship events, more weekend events are again dabbling with alternative formats. And there are good…
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Vendée Globe: Managing the Moments:
(November 28, 2016; Day 22) – Over 80 days of racing, the Vendée Globe skippers have to know how to take care of themselves and the boat – no easy task at 20 knots in the deafening IMOCAs. They have to identify any work that has to be done at the best time they can find. They have to avoid pushing the man or the boat too hard. They also need to make the most of their advantages when the opportunity arises.
There is no point in taking unnecessary risks.
That is exactly the plan of Armel Le Cléac’h, who said a few days ago when he was behind Alex Thomson, “I’m not going to wear myself out just to be ahead at the Cape of Good Hope.” A wise choice by the skipper of Ban…
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