Mercy me – I walked into yet another hornet’s nest in yet another sailing forum! And this one has been a doozy!
Last month, I stumbled across the inaugural season of SailGP, a brand-spanking-new and just stupidly exciting global grand prix sailing series. It’s an elite annual series, much like NFL or F1, that grew out of the brilliant ACWS from when BMW-Oracle (Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts) held the reigns during AC34-35 . Those guys clearly knew what they were doing – and saw the incredible value they’d created. So, they blew off the AC and built SailGP. And this thing is mind-blowing!
In this episode I present some invaluable analysis – and a fun game – illustrating the headshaking idiocy of thinking you can ride out or, worse, “outrun” a hurricane in a sailing vessel. There is A LOT of stupid crap out there on the forums and YouTube on this subject. Some of it can actually get you killed.
Well, that’s nothing a little SmackTalk can’t remedy!
Let me know how you fare in the game. And feel free to leave comments below. I’ll probably ignore them but it’s worth a shot.
Oh, and also let me know if you come across something out there in the sailing world that could use a good Smack.
A look at what “Blue Water” boat really means – and what it doesn’t. Be careful about the ridiculous edge-case scenarios some people use on forums to try to prove their old, outdated boats as “blue water capable”. Listening to them can get you in a lot of trouble.
Comments welcome! As long as you’re not an idiot!
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