Jan 13, 2006, 7:59 AM
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Mike Sanderson's defence of the VOR 70, while interesting and authoritive, is flawed. It is written from a boat that has thus far proved to be trouble free - one of 3 out of 7. He implies that because the Open 60 class have had breakdowns and keel losses, that it is OK for VOR 70s have these problems as well.
VOR 70's and skippers defences
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Frankly - in either class it is not!
Let's not forget that there have been a lot of massive rescue efforts involved with both the Vendee and Around Alone as well as numerous fatalities, in some cases both crew and boat lost without trace. One can only imagine the fallout if a boat with 11 onboard is lost at sea.
The VOR 70 class has allowed designers to put their hands into the performance cookie jar with a mere nod to the fundementals of seaworthy design. It has pushed the costs of a credible campaign out of reach of most of the professional sailing world and has decimated the size and ultimately the stature of the event.
Faced with a choice of exciting racing or exciting design, I know what option I would take. Besides - we are 2/3rds into leg 2 and no-one has gone below 45 deg S.
At the other side of the world there is a very brave girl on a 72 ft boat on her own at 53 deg S in 50 knots, coming the other way. Far more noteworthy in my view.