Nov 23, 2010, 8:18 AM
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UN-AMERICAN TO DIET ON THANKSGIVING?
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By Sam Rogers, professional sailor
As we approach the most gluttonous day of the American calendar year, most true patriots will be priming their stomachs for a mass amount of Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cheesy mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy, yams, green-bean casserole, fresh baked rolls, gravy, pudding, apple pie, french silk pie, gravy, pumpkin pie and many more traditional family favorites, like gravy.
For Melges 32 sailors preparing for the Gold Cup, which begins one week after our nations hearty holiday, they are faced with a weigh-in that will require a more modest serving of the tasty treats our Pilgrim friends brought to Plymouth Rock. While there is a constant debate over the nature of weigh-ins, their effectiveness, and whether or not to do away with them, the only concern I have is that it might be highly Un-American to partake in a crash diet over Thanksgiving; is this any way to pay respects to the people who invented the Cornucopia?
While the idea of an actual weigh in is not the problem, where to set the limit and how often to perform checks is. Most often, there is a limit set by the class in conjunction with the builder that helps provide safe tolerances for the boat. The weigh-in usually only takes place at the beginning of the event, and with the goal of the team to be 60-70 lbs over while racing, every team member is given a “target weight” which is typically 3-15 lbs below their normal weight.
This target weight largely depends on their size, and how much the person who is making the targets actually likes them. The day of weigh in, everyone reaches their target through 2-3 weeks of painful dieting and immediately after finds the nearest restaurant that serves tasty comfort food, putting the team highly over the limit. Not only is this unhealthy as most team members often resort to days of starvation and dehydration causing people to faint in some cases, but it also defeats the purpose of having a weight limit as every team is over it while racing.
The other option would be to raise the weight limit and require that teams remain under it with spot checks throughout the event. That way teams could then build their crew around this weight, stay under it and feel comfortable knowing they are not 70 lbs less than the boats they are racing against. Of course I might be a little bit biased at the moment since I am in the middle of trying to lose 14 lbs and all I can think about is gravy, but I think this option is much better. -- Read on: http://42marine.com/un-american-to-diet-on-thanksgiving/