I think they are trying to start a new tradition in Southport, to cancel the last race on Sun.I am rather dissapointed that I haven't seen a single thread complaining about Southport's legendary race organizers...And in particular their downright pitiful decision (in my opinion) to abandon the second race on Sunday...I guess I must place too high a value on my free time :angry:
No...they just had the wrong head count for sandwiches...No joke.I think they are trying to start a new tradition in Southport, to cancel the last race on Sun.I am rather dissapointed that I haven't seen a single thread complaining about Southport's legendary race organizers...And in particular their downright pitiful decision (in my opinion) to abandon the second race on Sunday...I guess I must place too high a value on my free time :angry:
did the time limit expire?
I am quite sure there was no time limit in place for the race, only a time limit from the bullet. Those who had rounded the final mark were in very light wind, but also had tide taking them straight to the finish. My guess is Bandito and Wiley would have been finished within 30 minutes of the abandonment. In regards to arguing the decision, it was more frustration than anything. Nobody thought they would actually reverse the decision...but guys, really....it was 2:30pm!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course an un-named VIP quit...which may have been the catalyst.Saturday was good, although rather wet. and some pretty crazy windsSunday was..err.. interesting. there was some breeze for the first race, but it pretty much died and was a drift with the current back to the finish. the breeze picked up and the tried to start another. Good breeze until about halfway up the windward leg. it then died again and some of us started to go backwards...Bandito and I think Wiley followed the breeze around the mark but lost it coming back down. Just after called the race, breeze started to fill in on the left side, NW I think. some boats started bitching but they can't un abandon a race, and at the time they made the right call. they probably could have tried another, but it would have been real late by the time it would have wrapped up.
Feel free to add... idunno when the breeze started to fill on the left
Good food though
Thanks for clarifying who I am...a "taker". And furthermore, I appreciate the enormous assumptions, and baseless data about what percentage of sailors are "takers". You wield quite a sword under cloak h34r: . Because this is an open forum for "takers" and "givers", I think I can theorize about anything I damn well please...Hence the term anarchy....The thread on abandoning the race Sunday is a core indication with what's wrong with sailboat racing in Maine. About 5% of those who race or used to race actually volunteer their time for any racing-related activities- be it race committee or on-shore activities. the other 95% take. Those that take do not contibute in any way other than by participating. Those 5% that give face a thankless if not unpleasant task of attempting to please the other 95%.
I was not at the races this weekend but I did hear from both participants and those running the races. My conclusion from those conversations was that the wind for the second race was at best unreliable and most likely an unfair test of sailing skills. No decision in hindsight looks the same-good or bad- at the time it is made. What irks me is those that theorize that there was something unseemly going on with the decision made to abandon the race. Shame on all of you for thinking let alone airing such thoughts. Until the 95% that take are put in this difficult position to give, you will never understand or appreciate what a thankless and unpleasant task it is to please the takers.