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Perversely I think it would have been even better racing if it had been shiftier and flukier. With the wind coming over the corner of the dam it was as steady as you could expect. The short length of legs made it possible for a sailor sailing as fast and tacking as well as his chasers to defend a lead.

Conversely at Burghfield a month earlier the wind was really shifty and variable in pressure when tacking up between the islands. This kept everyone right on their toes all the way to the end as nothing was ever protectable. Risk management was vital and over five races the short moments of good luck and bad luck evened out. 

Comparing the two it is interesting to think that some fluctuating or even random element that opens up opportunities and needs managing can add extra interest to the challenge when so often it is looked upon as less optimum for racing. The variety is key too though.
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Originally posted by Peter Barton

Perversely I think it would have been even better racing if it had been shiftier and flukier. With the wind coming over the corner of the dam it was as steady as you could expect. The short length of legs made it possible for a sailor sailing as fast and tacking as well as his chasers to defend a lead.

Conversely at Burghfield a month earlier the wind was really shifty and variable in pressure when tacking up between the islands. This kept everyone right on their toes all the way to the end as nothing was ever protectable. Risk management was vital and over five races the short moments of good luck and bad luck evened out. 

Comparing the two it is interesting to think that some fluctuating or even random element that opens up opportunities and needs managing can add extra interest to the challenge when so often it is looked upon as less optimum for racing. The variety is key too though.

That makes a lot of sense - it might help that you've got proper fleet racing, in arguably about as equally matched as you can get boats....  I'm not sure variable conditions with mismatched boats is quite so apealling, even with the relatively robust handicap system we now have available to us.  
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There's a lot in that I think. If every lap of every race was the same it would take an awful lot of interest out.
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Agreed, particularly true for identical boats and well matched sailors.
Being possible to defend a lead is theory and actually managing to do it in practice is another thing of course.

Chris Larr of Northampton and myself had a great race where we were within about two boat lengths of each other the whole way around. Whenever the difference got to about four boat lengths it almost (likely deceptively) felt safe.
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