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5 November 2021

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Twas back in May more than a year ago, as we were all battened down for what we thought would be a short, painful but necessary lockdown that would ge to grips with the new Corona virus, that bonknhoot presumably with time on his hands opined "that these races down the Atlantic, around that southern island and back up are badly described as 'round-the-world'. Round Antarctic seems more accurate with a leg to get there and another to get you home again (if you're French). A proper round-the-world race surely should attempt to circumnavigate the globe there where it is wide, so either a round hugging equatorial latitudes, or a spin hugging one or other meridian from North to South and another back from South to North, or the other way around." SRC liked the idea and so early in 2002, a SOL fleet departed Haifa for the first of six legs of the ESRW "chasing the setting sun", the Equatorial Sailonline Round the World Race, to return seven months later to Kuwait, on the opposite shore to Haifa across that rather arid barrier that once was the cradle of civilisation, Mesopotamia.

A "race less travelled", so what did me learn on our journey? Well, perhaps that…
a race from Haifa to Gibraltar is a proper ocean race in itself, with only Crete and Sicily providing minor topological interferences to following the wind
a race from Gibraltar to the Cape Verdes is a proper second ocean race; the two combined thus becoming a colossal ocean race
a race from the Cape Verdes to the entrance to the Panama Canal is simply a steady downwind sleighride
a race from Panama City to Honolulu is also mostly downwind, but takes a tediously long time
a race from Honolulu to New Caledonia is also mostly downwind, and equally long in duration
a race from New Caledonia to Singapore is also mostly downwind, but once through the Torres Strait, it's pretty much all over bar the Chat
a race from Singapore to Kuwait is not all downwind, and getting out of the Malacca Strait first does not win you the race, but keeping to the eastern shores of the Arabian Sea on your way to Hormuz does.
a race from Kuwait to Haifa, going the other way round, should be mostly upwind and therefore perhaps even more and certainly differently challenging

But what we also learned, if we did not know this already, is that aner59 is quite the master at putting an offshore series together, as you can see from the points tallies for the top five below, which shows aner59 with four podiums and then a gap, and then the rest. Veramente Stupendo, Aner!

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