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    Re: Leg 46
    From: Mike Wescott
    Date: 1999 Feb 07, 19:07 EST

    Kevin Redden said:
    > I was puzzled by Answer #2. The 70 days given would only be correct
    > if you sailed rumb line courses for the whole trip. The problem is
    > that nobody in their right mind would do this! The rumb line distance
    > of 14,112.7 nm is 586.9 nm longer then the Great Circle distance of
    > 13,525.8 nm.
    > By sailing the legs (other then the departure/arrival legs) using
    > Great Circle courses, the time required is almost 3 days shorter
    > (67.1 days). Of course, nobody figured in the time spent on sampling
    > the rum and sobering up again during the obligatory stop in Barbados!
    >    :-)
    And nobody in their right mind is going to sail the GC courses either.
    The GC course from Wellington to Cape Horn takes you well south of the
    Antarctic Circle. The weather will be bad enough much further north. The
    wind and weather would play a more important role in the eventual route
    taken than would the GC courses or the rhumb line courses.
    	-Mike Wescott
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