This week brings the last races of the summer series. Â We are involved in tight battlesÂ on both Tuesday and Thursday nights. Â Assuming I have computed this all correctly, here’s how it stacks up*.
Tuesdays, battle for third
Because of cancellations this summer (freighter traffic and high wind), the Tuesday series will only include 7 races including the one coming up. Â As a result, we can only drop one race from our total scoring, even though we’ve missed three nights on the water. Â Clearly this hurts us in the standings: Â Top Gun is assured first place (going into the race with 5 points) and Battlewagon is assured second place (13 points), followed by Remarkable (17Â points) and then PERSPECTIVE (18Â points). Â So, to tie forÂ third place, we have to beat Remarkable. Â It’s a tough challenge, but we have beaten themÂ before. Â Let’s do it again!
Thursdays, battle for second, third
On Thursdays the situation is quite different. Â After this week, there will have been ten races, which means each boat can drop the lowest three scores over the weeks. Â This helps us a lot, since we have missed exactly three races. Â Going into this weeks’ race, and removing the three worst scores from each boat, we have the following: Â Sabotage is assured first place (6 points), followed by Battlewagon (13 points), Perspective (15 points), and Big Yellow (16 points). Â Yes, 2nd, 3rd & 4th places are up for grabs.Â So how do we win second place? We need to finish ahead of Big Yellow and two places ahead of Battlewagon. Â We’ve beaten them both before (June 30th). Â Let’s do it again!
*Note: Sandpiper and Eclipse have not sailed enough races during the summer season to qualify, even if they show up this week. Â So, although we would like to beat them, it won’t affect the series score. Â In all the point tallies above, I’ve adjusted the scoring to reflect results as if neither boat showed up all summer.