Re: Mast list for Super freaks
No, you can do it in snow, too. I've thought about it; I do have a pretty nice Kokatat dry suit and have been out sailing when it started to snow, but in winter my heart is in the big motor (self-powered) sports, i.e. XC skiing. I especially like freestyle (skating), but classic is fun too. I spent 23 years in a 'former life' as a better than average runner. I was bitten at a young age by the Olympic bug, and gave it a pretty good shot; good thing I didn't discover windsurfing until I retired from racing, 'cause I won a fair number of races that I wouldn't have been anywhere near the front - not with all the time I would have been sailing! In retrospect, I probably had a better body for XC skiing (was a good bit bigger than the best runners).
This is why I agreed with the comments on speed sailors being the major determinant of who wins and who sets records. I must point out, however, that it didn't take Kimi Raikkonen very long to move from McClaren-Mercedes to Ferrari once Michael Schumacher got out of the way....hmmmm....why do you think he did that?