9. The sailors are better. Not better than Randy Smyth.
8. The wind is better. Good yes, not best ever.
7. The sea is flatter??
6. East Coast is shrinking.
5. El Nino
4 Global Warming
3. The beautiful women are in VaB (see checkpoint photos).
2. Super pinpoint navigation. This is my guess. For most of the history of this race "keep the continent on your left" (and hope you don't pass the checkpoint) was the level playing field. Today's boat goes right to the finish line without sailing any additional miles. Comparing these records to the "good old days" il like comparing pole vault records before and after the introduction of the fiberglass pole.
And the #1 REASON?......Post your opinion or comment.
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#7013 - 05/13/0208:36 AMRe: Top Ten Reasons Records Being Broken ?
I agree- winds 12-18, out of the correct direction, and gps...all adds up to records.. I'm a veteran of the old way- did the race in Hobie 16's when the race was 24 hrs a day. We didn't have a clue where we were most of the time!
#7016 - 06/27/0210:25 PMRe: Top Ten Reasons Records Being Broken ?
I wonder if it has anything to do with the sailors on the boat? It could'nt have any thing to do with Brian or Jamie right, it's got to be some some kind of fluke. My post of on 6/27 must be wrong..........
#7017 - 10/28/0204:52 PMRe: Top Ten Reasons Records Being Broken ?