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Old 01-28-2020, 12:28 AM
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Round the word competitive single person sailing. The platforms used today are not that stable. Yet you have to sleep and keep the boat going as fast as possible. You can run into situations and conditions where sleep is suicide so drugs must be used to stay awake I imagine. Yes it is a race as well.

To me the risks are too high to call it a sport. It to me is remarkable the majority finish those events. Perhaps today with the extensive worldwide weather information available. They skirt the worse of it. It is almost impossible to skirt all of it though. When racing or not.

At times the weather and direction you have to go will beat the body up pretty bad. They probably have air suspension seats and bunks in them. I do not know if power sail roller reefing is allowed to be computer controlled.

The boats used in these competitions today are really fast. That only means you can get into serious trouble much faster if a situation arises. I have had to wonder about the sanity of people that take on this type of challenge.

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Old 01-28-2020, 09:13 AM
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Adrenalin junkies.

For myself, sliding a car sideways at an autocross is enough to get me going.

The biggest risk is embarrassing yourself.
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Old 01-28-2020, 01:00 PM
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I get that but I like sports where it is about the skill of the person, not the tool. IROC races is a perfect example. Cars are identically prepared. Its about the driver. Picking the right line, drafting, picking the right time to pass, pushing your car harder than the next guy and doing it at the right time. To me, that is racing. YMMV.

And if you want to talk about name calling and insults, start with your first post here where you brought politics into something that has absolutely nothing to do with politics. Then we can talk about the Model T crack, which again, had absolutely nothing to do with what I was saying.
Did I call you a vulgar name in that post?
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Old 01-28-2020, 02:40 PM
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Did I call you a vulgar name in that post?
Insults are insults.... I guess to you some insults are better/worse than others. The implications were clear even though they were not spelled out.
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Insults are insults.... I guess to you some insults are better/worse than others. The implications were clear even though they were not spelled out.
Insults are insults? Making a statement about the behavior of a general group is the same as directly calling an individual a dirty name?
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Old 01-28-2020, 04:47 PM
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Insults are insults? Making a statement about the behavior of a general group is the same as directly calling an individual a dirty name?
I'm a liberal. You made the comment on my statement.... So, yea you pretty much nailed it.

Just own your words. I insulted you. No if, and or buts a out it. I do not regret it. Put you big boy pants on and deal with it.
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Old 01-29-2020, 06:53 AM
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Sure! If you are so shallow that you can’t apologize for a direct, personal and vulgar insult I will certainly deal with it.
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Old 03-16-2020, 11:17 AM
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A great example of cheating within the rulebook:

https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2020/03/12/nothing-bends-rules-like-this-penske-fueling-tower?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20_March_16_Newsletter_NewDD
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Old 03-17-2020, 11:48 PM
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I do not follow the cup, or any sport for that matter, but this caught my eye.

The boat uses water foils. The speeds are in the 50 mph range and it is a sweet ride ... but ..... the thing that has always bugged me about races like this is these races seem to be more about who has the best tech verses who has the best team.

I would rather see teams compete on identical boats and see which team is the best rather than see who can dump the most amount of money, research and tech into the craft.

Either way ... pretty dam cool boat.

https://youtu.be/hG0e0Ta3-i0

Check out Sail GP. it is a One Design class of racing with 50' Catamarans with foils. The Brits have the best team so far...
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:11 AM
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They had the '12 meter (metre?)' class for about 30 years.
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Old 03-18-2020, 07:52 PM
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Check out Sail GP. it is a One Design class of racing with 50' Catamarans with foils. The Brits have the best team so far...
To me that is racing. Person vs person. Best ability, skill and luck wins.

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