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40′ Series 2017 — The Sardinia Cup

The six race 2017 40′ Series Championship Q1&Q2  requires skippers to choose among three boats:

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  1. The Ker 40
  2. The Class 40
  3. The SOTO 40

Each boat must be raced twice in the six races scheduled for Q1 & Q2 of 2017.  Sardinia was our first opportunity to test our ability to choose.

The Sardinia course was a great choice to kick-off the series.  The legs of the course cover all points of the compass — testing the polars of all three boats.
Here is how the race developed, plus some comments on skipper strategies in the series:

The best (hoped for, but truly unexpected) news for me was that javakeda won the race.

How did that happen?  As I see it:

Ker 40s took the first two positions, while kenza sailed his Class 40 to third place. [2]
Ker 40s took the first two positions, while kenza sailed his Class 40 to third place.
 Series Strategies:
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Results validate the choice of the Class 40 by most top ten skippers.

As outlaw said in chat early in the race, the key to this series is performing well in the slower boats.
He certainly lived up to that standard with his 7th place finish in a SOTO 40.
Moreover, as a group, the skippers who chose the Class 40 performed better than expected based on ‘random wind’ pre-race routings.

Next up is the New Hebrides race.
The results of this race provide data for gaming strategies in boat selection.

That looks like a fitting subject for another post.