The "crew" will be AI and it will be Billionaire Owner-Driver because they can sit around on their superyachts in St Barts or Lanai or wherever "helming" the boats.The 100th will cost $AUD100k to enter and monohulls or non-foiling yachts will no longer be accepted. Owners of less than Billionaire net capital worth status will have the right to appeal the rejection of their entry but will be refused anyway. Maximum crew allowed will be three, of any gender, and no more than five autopilots and two flux capacitor powered engines per vessel will be allowed. Mount Gay helmets will be issued to all surviving participants.
The race will start, as usual, on Boxing Day at 1:00pm and most competing boats are expected back in Sydney Harbour for the twilight race to be conducted by The Inter-Galactic Cruising Yacht Club that evening. Channel 7 will thought-stream the start for the maximum allowable public broadcast time of Seven (funny about that) nano-minutes, concentrating on a maximum of two boats owned by the wealthiest participants no matter how many are entered.
Calm, light, variable and heavy radiation is forecast and the fact that the crew will glow in the dark removes the need for navigation lights. Seas are expected to be wet. Competitors have been advised of a potential navigation hazard on the course as continental drift will have seen Australia move eastward towards the New Zealand land mass. As is normal, expected, Sunfish will play an important role in determining the winner of this iconic event.
Results will be projected on to the Sydney Opera House as soon as available. and because nobody can agree on which rules, if any. should apply to the Great Race, protests are no longer accepted so the delay in projecting the results should be minimal.
I hope the CY assists a much as possible to allow the “average owners and boats” to compete. Not sure exactly what they could do but it would be a shame to let this anniversary year go by without some of the smaller and older boats having a chance to compete with the bigger and more expensive programs...So with all the new rules that YA or what ever they are and the CYC are bringing in, do we think that any of the old Boat s like the 1 tonners and alike will have any chance of doing the 75th race or is it going to be out of the reach of the average owner ?
Or Do we need to look at starting a cruise to Hobart like how the race began in order to get owners Sailing the older boats again ?
Thats the million dollar question, how to make it more affordable for the average person/owner, perhaps some owner who has gone to Hobart on a small boat can fill us in with costsI hope the CY assists a much as possible to allow the “average owners and boats” to compete. Not sure exactly what they could do but it would be a shame to let this anniversary year go by without some of the smaller and older boats having a chance to compete with the bigger and more expensive programs...
any ideas the CY could adopt to make entry easier and more affordable for the smaller amateur programs?
It’s sad mate.. if you look back at the fleets in the 90’s and even the early 000’s, the majority of the fleets were in the 30-40 footer range.. Amateur crews, in more common and affordable production boats. This in turn, made entry and the cost of the race campaign more affordable overall and I think more desirable to the “everyday sailors” who wanted to have a crack!Check the entry list mate, there isn’t many small boats!