Ragtime, Fortaleza – is rhumb line the best line?


Friday AM. Dark line is rhumb line to Tahiti

LOS ANGELES—Who has it right?

As the four boats in the Transpacific Yacht Club’s 13th Tahiti Race approached the equator and the critical passage through the light-air Doldrums in the 3,571-nautical mile contest, Doug Baker’s front running Magnitude 80 was on a southwesterly course with Bob Lane’s Medicine Man 241 miles directly behind.



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