After much consideration and research on the weather patterns forecasted for the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race, Bella Mente has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the event. The team will pick up racing again in Palma de Mallorca for the Regata Copa del Rey MAPFRE on August 1st.
I think abandoning the race at the end would have prevented some carnage. The finish line was so short the entire fleet had to converge from both left and right. Abandoning would have at least prevented boats from packing in tighter. Those with engines could pull clear leaving more room for those without.
Better yet - why set such a short finish line at all? The RC could have easily tripled the length of the line to accommodate the number of boats. I hope that NYYC has a post regatta lessons learned so they can prevent this from occurring again.
Bollocks.. Its a 20+ mile race with boats finishing every few minutes that turned into a 2 mile sprint with a 180 degree wind shift . Will happen once in a 100 years. If you see the line and think your boat will get beat up then dont go in there. If you think it was going to be abandonded anyway.
Once the problem was recognized it was too late for RC to lengthen the line.
Agreed Mr. B!
That's Mrs. Bicknell (widowed) you twit.