China Coast, and how to score an AC45 series?

 
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 13 Oct 2012
 


Earlier this week we asked some pointy questions about the AC45 fleet racing scoring system. We weren't alone in thinking that 40 points for a win in the last race of a series might be 'a bit much.' Since then both Bob Fisher and Paul Cayard have both made reference to the heavily weighted score, not necessarily approvingly.

A fair number of Sail-World Asia readers agreed with our Editorial, too, and there were no complaints. However, the quote we like best came from a blog published by one of the US newspapers, from a journo who scored a trip round the bay on one of the amped-up cats. The reason usually given for weighted end-of-series race scoring is that it helps define a winner, and it makes it easy for non-sailors to understand. The reporter wrote, 'Say what you will about the America's Cup - and we have, again and again - but this was a fairly breathtaking experience. As for who won the race, no one much cared about that (apparently, however, it was a good day for the home team).'

If that's the case - why bother with the 'Super Sunday' stuff? Use a sensible scoring system, make the sailing aficionados happy, and let everyone else just enjoy the spectacle (which is fabulous). Unless, of course, there is an ulterior motive behind it all...

Guy Nowell, Editor



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