From the Feedback - 27th October 2000

An open letter to the organisers of The Race from a concerned yachtsman
Anyone can join in with our From the Feedback features, all you have to do is click on the blue question link at the bottom of each article, or hit the My Feedback button at the top of every page. Tell us what you think, and don't feel you have to wait for us or someone else to get around to a topic. If something is steaming you up in your class, club or pub - let us know. We'll be publishing the choicest moments from the stuff you send us - but each contribution may or may not be subjected to a rigorous process of editing for language, taste and imparted wisdom. And of course, as they so famously say at the start of anything like this, the opinions expressed in From the Feedback do not necessarily reflect those of the management, staff or investors of Instead, and much more importantly, they reflect your views. Concern is growing around the world that by the planned start date of The Race only two or three boats will be ready - and that's using a pretty liberal definition of ready. Respected French journalist Christian Fevrier recently wrote of his concerns about the situation, and one of our madforsailing readers has also given the matter some thought. Alun Davies, Cayman Islands My guess is that everybody reading this loves sailing and does not want sailing to be made a mockery of by the non-sailing world. More often that not, journalists seize upon opportunities to undermine sailing, after all bad news sells newspapers. It appears that sailing is at long last beginning to be accepted as a sport that anybody can do, not just the wealthy, and also as a sport that can be exhilarating at any level. I have been involved in sailing for twenty