Let's keep that in perspective in all this nonsense. I will try to remind those who will begin to use this (and other similar regattas) as proof that one new design is better than the others in the results when it may boil down to preparation, local knowledge, luck and actual sailing seamanship.I think you answered your own question. Nope, it doesn't matter. It's kinda like the R2AK in a way. It's about participating, not really about winning--well, for most folks anyway.
if and when you finish - what does that say about you and your boat? Does it mean more or less to you than it does to Hans?There is one big andvantage when you bring an old slow boat to the SR:
Nobody expects big performance from you.
I am starting with my 1980 Albin Express and have Pogo 30 and Seascape 27 in my starting group.
No problem if i finish late, I can still have lots of fun.
For Hans its totally different.
If he is slow, there will be a lot of chatter.
And when he wins, everybody will say the most extreme boat won.
But i know he ist an excellent sailor.
There are not many people able to sail a boat like that to its potential.
But I think Hans could be one of them.
First of all you have to understand that the Silverrudder is essentially not a race.if and when you finish - what does that say about you and your boat? Does it mean more or less to you than it does to Hans?
I am reminded when I am sailing well with the entire SSS fleet - we are all the same and equal in most measures that matter.
First of all you have to understand that the Silverrudder is essentially not a race.
It is a challenge.
So my reward for finishing is that i know i sailed more than 130 miles alone.
And had fun doing it.
I am also racing the boat with crew but the fun in the SR is special for me.
It is really about testing yourself against die course and the weather.
Of course i try to sail fast but finishing and safety is more important.
There are some sailors (there are more like that than some years ago) that sail the SR as a race.
It is your own decision what you go for.
If you want to sail the SR you need to be prepared for very different conditions.
I had to learn that the hard way.
There is normally a variety of windstrength and directions over the course.
And i think Hans is right: There is a theoretical speed potential of a boat.
And there is the speed that you can actually extract from the boat.
Look at the results of the past Silverrudders.
You can see that old small boats are often faster than they should be.
And really modern boats slower.
If the SR was a handicap race, old boats would have a good chance to win.
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