my god ludde says in part three he has won sydney hobart, what a dead shit
and has he not?
I don't classify line honors as "winning" a Hobart, that achievement is quite insignificant when compared to winning one on handicap.
Any tosser with deep pockets can win line honors..... handicap is where the real competition is. There is only a couple of boats every year that have a chance for line honors, with handicap you are racing the entire fleet.
Is Oatley counted as a tosser in your world?
2006 IRC result was a true prove how well handicap racing works. Within a divison maybe, overall - quite weather dependent one would say.
Did I say Oatley was a tosser? No I did not. He has a lifetime of involvement in the sport and has been extremely generous in his support for Australian yachting from offshore right through to the Olympic classes. I have no doubt he would trade all of his line honors wins for another handicap win.
What was wrong with 2006, a very well sailed old boat winning? Why shouldn't older boats be able to compete with newer ones? One of the real strengths of IRC in my opinion.
I actualy doubt he would trade them. He obviously would like to get both.
Nothing wrong about 06 result, just the boats are so far apart performance wise, sailing in diferent wheather patherns so no one race entire fleet anymore.
Dicusion is somewhere else I think. Has Ludde won the race? has Ellison, Crichton, Wharo won it? Has Oatley won it more than ones in your opinion?