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I have to say that I like the longboats, worked for me! The excitment of crossing the line first going at 1.9kts was unbearable.
Also Capt. DP: - a race like this could very easily have been used to HELP promote sailonline.org, given the right 'spin'
At the very least it is a great example of the versatility of sailonline - and how hard is it to say "Obviously for 95% of races we use modern racing polars" or something similar.

And congrats Scotsman!! - doubly sorry I missed that race now
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Congrats Scotsman.

Pondering . . . .
Another twist / aspect to consider.
This was named as a "Viking RAID".

Seeing the enemy raiders approach at 1.9 knots must of given the inhabitants lots of time to get scared and prepare defences, hide treasure, store water and food and arms in their defence stronghold / keep / fort etc.

I have adopted another strategy. I have camped well south, rested my men after all that rowing and head winds and waited for favourable winds so that I can "ATTACK AT FULL SPEED" of 10 knots giving the inhabitants very little time to prepare to defend themselves.

Perhaps another aspect could be developed in SoL to reflect this type of strategy so that the winner is the boat after a long journey over the North Sea, can still "attack" at the highest speed from outside a 50nm circle of the finish.
Both camping ashore or anchoring off could be valid strategy choices.

Noting like a good meal and long sleep before a good fight and a hard days raping and piliging. Ahhhaarrrrr!!

--- Last Edited by NZL_PaulR at 2012-06-21 21:34:06 ---
If it breaks, it's not strong enough!
The above strategy had nothing to do with my being away for 4+ days, unable to get on the internet. That's just rumours.
If it breaks, it's not strong enough!
PaulR:--You didn't need to go as far south as Blyth--the Inner Farne island had a nice little monastery, with sheep, all ripe for raiding and a little rest---and nobody to disturb you....
Did you know that Blyth was where the oldest Kennedy brother was killed during the war?
If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
Thanks Rod. No I did knot know that about Blyth.
Actually my mother was a Kennedy and although born in White Plains, New York is knot directly related to the US political ones, perhaps distantly in the past in Ireland.

Yet again SoL has interesting discoveries.

(If we do not use "k"s more often, that letter may disappear from English entirely!!)

--- Last Edited by NZL_PaulR at 2012-06-22 06:49:08 ---
If it breaks, it's not strong enough!
I only recently joined SOL and the Lindisfarne Raid was my first. I agree with AGage and NZL_PaulR. The more variety the better. In real life, I have sailed every thing from a sabot on a man made lake in the aussie outback to Admirals cupper in the Solent and replica Brigantine tall ship. I did the raid because my ggparents left Goteborg in 1872 for Aus and was therefore of historical significance for me. It was long, it was frustrating and it was fabulous. I am now addicted to SOL.
“We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
Nice Race it was. Me and crew reached the coast only after crossing the North sea for 9 days. Unfortunately anything more we found to rape and pillage. In next year's raid race we have to row and sail faster.
If the used polars a similiar to the irl Polars of these long boats, this race is like a step back in history and for me it's nice to imagine a bit how these North men must have felt and struggled at these times.
Poco (Achim)
CaptDP - I understand the point you are making, and yes, SOL does now sail some historical vessels but even with the Tall Ships series during the summer months, it is a small proportion of the overall number of races/vessels offered. We always try to ensure that an historical boat is not the only one on offer.

Perhaps I am a little biased towards the longship as it was used to raid/conquer the part of England I grew up in, but I think it captures the imagination a little when SOL sails in the tracks and in the manner of former days.

The Raid on Lindisfarne race may not be run again for some years, but the longship will certainly put in an appearance again. As we rowed across the N sea, several good links to museums, longships being built and Viking re-enactors were shared, so hopefully something will come of that.

I would even dare to say that the data available on hmm's site might even be helpful to those researcing Viking history generally.

Just compare my (hopeless) track vs NZL Scotsman's here - perhaps that is an unfair comparison as we all know I am not the best SOLer even with a good boat, but it highlights just how much better the winning boat was given the same conditions.
On the 17th at 0400 did your raiders have a change of heart? and you took 5 hours to beat them back into submission and the Viking pursuit of a good raid?

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