VOR elapsed time winner
Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:15 AM
Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:44 AM
Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:21 AM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:29 AM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:33 AM
I thought they were trying to sail fast.
Yes, and sailing slow in the in-ports telefonica wound up not sailing fast enough.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:15 AM
"...if the rules were different the result would have been..."
Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:28 PM
One big advantage an elapsed time race has - the winner cannot be known until the entire race finishes. It isn't possible to wrap up the race before the last leg. Although you could have a lead so great that it is a foregone conclusion, that isn't the same as actually being impossible to beat. The leader could still sink on the last leg. But the danger is that the race becomes very dull. With very close racing it could work really well. I could imagine that if the next round of the VOR turned in a mix of very close teams and really high reliability the round after that could contemplate an elapsed time race. Knowing that the reliability is good enough will be key. But if that were proved so, and teams close enough you could imagine doing an elapsed time race. For more fun, on the last leg, start them with their time offsets so that the first boat over the line is the race winner. (Probably would be very dull if the boats had much of an accumulated difference in time and the leg was short.)