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22 May 2020


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GOOD ONYA Kipper1258!!!
CONGRATULATIONS calmxy!! ONNEKSI OLKOON Smo!

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Our race invitation this time, as so often, was very beguiling

“Welcome to the legendary Pillars of Hercules and a TIMED race that starts in the Atlantic Ocean and finishes in the Mediterranean Sea, some 48nm away. This should be a brilliantly competitive affair in our X-332s.”

But however enticing the description, sweeping us away from the cold reality of competitive racing, the truth of the matter is that to do well in a TIMED race you really do need to spend some time reviewing upcoming weather, because although you can race a course again, as often as you like, so long as you complete a previous run, you need to pick the likely fastest option so as not to miss it. You can do this very easily on-screen by sliding the wx slider forward and, as a ballpark, can identify when the course sees the optimal winds for the boat we are racing. Some SOLers do spend time running the course through routing software but, with 7-day wind forecasts, even without using a router you can get a sense of when, in the upcoming days, will be a good time to start and do well, as our podium this time demonstrates.

Congratulations then to our podium this time – starting on the same day, within 20mins of each other – their podium-place-taking times were only 7 seconds apart. Well raced, guys!

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