Sailing ship race

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paul.mercer
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Sailing ship race

Post by paul.mercer » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:25 pm

Gentlemen
A totally different subject to what we are used to discussing.
If it were possible to match one of the old square rig tea clippers in as race against a modern square rigger using just manpower and without the newer ship using any modern items such as navigational aids or power winches, who would win given winds up to say force 7 or 8?
My own opinion is that he old skippers would be willing to push their ships harder due to their own and their crews experience, but what do you think?

Byron Angel
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Re: Sailing ship race

Post by Byron Angel » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:40 am

paul.mercer wrote:Gentlemen
A totally different subject to what we are used to discussing.
If it were possible to match one of the old square rig tea clippers in as race against a modern square rigger using just manpower and without the newer ship using any modern items such as navigational aids or power winches, who would win given winds up to say force 7 or 8?
My own opinion is that he old skippers would be willing to push their ships harder due to their own and their crews experience, but what do you think?

I think that the odds would likely be with the more modern ships. Their much stronger wire standing rigging would enable carriage of more sail in blowing weather.


Byron

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