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    Posted: 18 Aug 08 at 12:53pm
Now this is funny...

"In the Star and Tornado classes, today’s medium-strength breezes proved incompatible with the USA’s light air equipment selections. In the Tornado, John Lovell (New Orleans, La.) and Charlie Ogletree (Kemah, Texas.) have been using their small gennaker designed for very light winds. In the Star, John Dane III (Gulfport, Miss.) and Austin Sperry (Gulfport, Miss.) had chosen a hull designed for Qingdao’s predicted light winds. Dane said, “We used the light air equipment, but we haven’t sailed in any light air.”

In the stars Race 2 the USA came second.. in 7 knots at the 1st windward mark..in Race 8 they came last in erm 8 knots at the 1st windward mark.

I've heard a few excuses in my time, but "had chosen a hull desgned for predicted light winds" really takes the biscuit...
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in which case 2nd is a pretty good result, see Percy/Simpson have moved up, COME ON BOYS!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Lukepiewalker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Aug 08 at 6:45pm
It is true though... Apparently they went with three boats, and presumably having looked at the first races chose the light wind one...
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