Friday, May 12, 2017

Race Rocks & Race Passage: Inside or Outside?

As the two lead boats, Rage & Kinetic V, approach the next turning point in the race, there is another tactical decisions the crews must make, inside or outside?
"Race Passage" is a narrow slot between Race Rocks and the mainland. Taking the Passage can cut a huge amount of distance off of the race course at a most critical time, the final sprint to the finish.
But wait, not so fast!
 Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it often is, and the same adage applies to Race Rocks.
Fickle winds, currents and unpredictable wind direction shifts can often occur when cutting through the Passage, and winds are generally more stable and predictable outside of Race Rocks.
Each boat must decide for themselves as they approach this crucial point in the race, "inside or outside"?
Usually, in daytime hours with a steady breeze and not too adverse tidal flow, most boats choose the shorter route through Race Passage, but there has been more than one instance where the wrong decision at this point in the race could mean the difference between winning and losing.
Tide is incoming at Race Rocks until about 4 pm today, after that, the tides will start working against the remaining boats that haven't yet finished.

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