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This is currently causing some discussion on another forum I read, and thought it might be interesting to air it here.

I have Norfolked-it up to stay on-topic (!).

Two River Cruiser sailing boats race each other for five miles along a wide channel. In the channel there is a strong current that flows at a steady 10 knots and the boats are sailing with the current (so it is helping them along).

Boat A stays closer to the North side of the channel, where there is no wind at all.

Boat B boat stays closer to the South side of the channel, where there is a 10 knot wind blowing in the same direction that the boat wants to go (so blowing from behind the boat).

Which boat wins the race?



Answer should be obvious to an experienced sailor, so maybe let some others have a go first?

David

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Boat C (a motor cruiser) approaches Boats A and B, and takes mid-river to give plenty of room. Boats A and B then drift to mid-river, whilst their skippers gaze at the top of their masts, forcing Boat C to take avoiding action. Whichever direction Boat C takes, one or both of Boats A and B will attempt to meet him head on. And there I retire, suitably tin-hatted. Tinhat

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Ok then just for sport.

Boat A wins because B has been run-down and sunk.

The channel they were in is also a traffic separation zone and by going to the South side boat B is against the traffic, and still thinks my 250,000 ton bulker is going to give way to sail.

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Does the RCC have any involvement ( say, hanicaps)?  Evil Grin

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David,

I am terribly tempted to say a dead heat, but I also have a nagging feeling that boat B will win, but then my racing tactics always did let me down.

Hugh

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I am going to buy a dead heat, but I am sure there will
be a fly in the ointment! Probably Regulo! Playful

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At the risk of upsetting some members, well OK probably quite a few I’m just loving Ray’s posting.  Tinhat

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neither - they both get caught and fined by a BA ranger for speeding.
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"Hypothetical Sailing Race"

This is something we should encourage all sailies to do!  Playful Wink
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Boat A on the North side turned left inside the yellow post and went aground so Boat B finished first!:tounge-in-cheek:


or possibly:
Boat A travelling at 10 knots with the current.
Boat B travelling at 10 knots with the current so a 10 knot wind in the same direction has no effect.
Dead Heat - I think - unless i have missed something obvious Question
It is a lot easier doing it than thinking about it!!! Smile  boat-sail

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