The last ”Speed and Smarts” skipped telling us about the finish in the last race with Greg Fisher in 24th and David D. in 25th. Before that race David D. was winning the series if he could throw out his worse race, a 22.--- but he had to throw out the 25 and that put him in second with Greg Fisher in first. I e-mailed “S and S” asked what happened and have had no answer. I hope that David D. dose a “S and Smarts” on that subject.
All the good guys keep track of the score in a long series and know who they have to beat to stay ahead or get ahead.
The last race may turn into a match race thing or a team race activity in a fleet race situation.
Usually the first shots are in the prestart, with one boat trying to chase the other away from the line so both can be very late. That didn’t seem to happen as David had a fairly good start except for one fellow that tacked under him just before the start. Was that Greg? Then David was taking a lot of bad air and took a lot of sterns trying to get free air. But did that get him down to 25 by the end of the race and Fisher a 24. Fisher must have been messing with him around the course.
Maybe there is some question of “sportsmanship” to throw match racing into a fleet racing, but it is regularly done and not outlawed by current racing rules. The team racing that I mentioned above is referred to action that slows another boat so other boat can get ahead. Team racing as such with a second boat interfering with a competitor so that another boat will win has been ruled illegal.
Certainly many times a person will cover another for reason of a short or long series and let another boat, which is no threat in the scoring go off uncovered. I have personally won several races because the first two boats are covering each other and let me have the last wind shift.
For a moment I feel like a real winner and then you realize what happened. They let me have it..