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For such a long race I don't think waiting will effect anything other than a fast start on the gun. I vote to maintain the existing start.
Although well intentioned I agree that playing weather roulette is less than an exact science. The point is not how fast we leave the harbor but can we reach the dominant weather system in time to keep up with it for as long as possible. That being said I have no insight as to when that might be. Any further changes are sure to catch some of the fleet unaware with weeks of hard feelings to deal with. So the Race must be done as published plain & simple. Let's get on with it.
None so blind
I agree with starting on time... why start a precedent of multiple postponements?
...second thought. The time as set now is 23:00 Thurs in Melbourne and fine with me. Changing start times might unintentionally make some SOLers miss the start. Also, predicting Wx more than 7 days out is a lottery so won't make any difference to overall elapsed time. Stay with the current start time.
“We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
I am not someone who uses any 'aids' I just try to predict from the forecasts. Bored lets g !et on with it, DC already set
I vote start the race. The race is long!
nacrr
I am more interested in a race than a record. Many have joined this race and have made plans accordingly. I vote to start.
This is a long race, unless there is a clear advantage at the start,I see no reason to wait any longer. If there's a weather system in your way, sail around it.....we have some big advantages already, those familiar with the East Coast of the US know we'd be battling the Gulf Stream all the way down to the Carrabean.

My vote is - lets go!
The sooner I can stop NOT sleeping for 6/7 weeks means let's go as planned.
LaoziSailor

Everything gets done by not doing anything!
For me I dont really mind but as SOLers have said we dont want to up set anyone by keep changing start so start as planned. 13200 miles is a long one and to catch a good start does not mean finishing in good winds. Fair winds fellow SOLers.
sadler.

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