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8 July 2024

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The sailing competition began with an impressive turnout of 161 participants, with 116 boats setting sail right on schedule. Within just 9 hours, the fleet experienced a split. The majority of boats tacked eastward, while a scattered group continued northwards on a starboard tack. After one day, the eastern group divided further, as a handful of boats aimed even farther east, leaving the main contingent to form a 'middle group.' Along the way, a few boats diverged from the main group, some heading west and others east.

bonknhoot, well-positioned for observing the manoeuvrings several hours astern of the leading boats in the ‘middle group’, inspired perhaps by the worldwide election fever in-the-real-world, suggested in Chat that it seemed to him to be more about politics than geography. Careful, he said, not to express any type of opinion, he saw the following parties vying for victory...

1. the Radical (aka Extreme) Left led by AWoL, with fringe follower LUNATIC; Their names a pure coincidence.

2. the Committed Left, led by Zorba777 the Greek. Another nomenclated coincidence, he supposed.

3. the Right Left, led by Veter, who had moved over from the Right to the Left. Was it a paradox that he flies the Russian flag?

4. the Left (of) Center, a small faction led by Sax747, an old-style Italian.

5. the Centrists, his own party, led by another Italian, ita10267, who he thought was perhaps switching to the Right, but in fact was just aligning with the party line.

  6. the Right (of) Center, where there was a leadership contest between Leelu22, FreyjaUSA and TarrassBoulba. Is it a surprise that Right (of) Center is polling in the lead?

7. the Quite Right (or is that Quiet Right), a party of one, Grecale in stealth mode.

8. the Proper Right, led by another Italian, at the time in the lead in the polls overall, the one-and-only SCARABOCCHIO, sipping wine and munching cheese.

9. and finally, the Radical Right, who were all-over-the-place and few-and-far-between; Rick1_95, SimeMali, Arronax21, bmd and ibis.

Who was going to win the election?

The eastern right-wing groups initially lagged, trailing by as much as 180 nautical miles after one week. However, they managed to recover, overtaking the middle centrist groups on day 16. Meanwhile, the western left-wing group successfully navigated north of the high-pressure system at 33°N, enjoying a very favourable beam-to-broad reach, while the rest of the fleet struggled against headwinds and had to sail at a close haul.

The podium positions were solidified by day 25, with 84 hours and 830 nautical miles remaining to the finish and it was a landslide victory for the left-wing led by Zorba777 the Greek, on a rich vein of form since his return to SOL from a sabbatical. The right-wing eastern group secured 'second' place, finishing 1 day and 7 hours behind the left-wing’s leader, while the centrist middle group came in 'third', 1 day and 12 hours behind the winner.

All-in-all, a proper simulation, and further incisive insights and possibly parables on what went on have been provided by Zorba777 himself and wsguerin also from the Left, under the buttons above. Well worth a read!

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