When are corrected times and class winners announced in a yacht race?
August 31, 2013 7:29 AM Subscribe
I'm writing a story about the Newport Bermuda Race, and having trouble with one detail in particular: I know that there's a total elapsed time for the race, and then a corrected time which determines the actual winner in each class/division, but I don't know when a crew would be informed of their corrected time or of where they placed in their division.
I understand that it's a pretty straightforward formula that even an amateur can calculate online
, so would the race officials tell you your corrected time over the radio once you've crossed the finish? Would you be calculating it on your own, with pretty good confidence that your numbers will match the official race results? If you won in your division, would you know that immediately, or would you have to wait until results were announced later in the day? Is this the kind of situation where spectators following the race on Yellowbrick
would know for certain who had won each division before the official announcement?
I understand this is a pretty minor detail, but since it's obviously an important plot moment in a story about a race, I'd like to get it right if I can. Any and all information is very much appreciated!