[MHml] Re: CLUB MED - What's the truth?
multihulls at steamradio.com
Thu Mar 8 17:39:59 EST 2001
Club Med PR says:
>... sailed at a record setting pace of 18.3 knots average,
Just after the finish, a PR here (can't find it) announced an average
speed of 15.6 knots for Club Med. This is a 20% discrepancy; does
anybody know which it is?
>... normal wear and tear that comes from sailing over 25,000 miles non-stop.
To the best of my knowledge, this route is a bit over 21,000 miles,
not 25. There is a good bit of controversy as to whether such routes
can even be termed "circumnavigations," as they neither encompass a
pair of antipodes, nor indeed do they even exceed the mean
circumference of the earth (nearer 25,000 miles).
>Grant Dalton explained:
>"We were fine until about 5000 miles from the finish, which is 75%
>of the distance around the world,
5000 miles from the finish is not anywhere near 75% of the "distance
around the world," neither is it 75% of the distance the PR says the
boat sailed, two paragraphs earlier. OTOH, it *is* roughly 75% of the
actual distance of The Race route...
So, what is the truth? Or am I just being nit-picky? What's 4000
miles, give or take? :-)
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