I got to thinking about what was the hardest EC ever and also wondering what was the average finish rate, so I did a little spreadsheeting and here's what I found out. These numbers are for the number of boats, not people, who actually started the EC only. No UM or UF results were included.

First lets look at the totals for all ECs.

Total number boats that have started an EC since 2001: 1090

Total boats to make it to CP1: 861(does not include 2017) 79% of starters.

Boats to make to CP2: 706 (65%)

CP3: 630 (58%)

Total boats to finish an EC: 606 (56%)

A mid 50% finish rate is about what I expected, but finish rates overall vary quite a lot. If we use finish rate as the sole measure of difficulty, the we see the hardest EC ever was the second running of the event in 2002. In that event, only 5 of 25 starters completed the full course, a 20% finish rate.

The second hardest was 2012, the year with several big storms that decimated the fleet and only 17 (28%) out of 60 boats finished.

After that the next were 2001 (33%), 2016 (40%), and 2011 (42%)

These six races really pulled down overall finishing rate. If you take them out, the overall finish rate goes up to 72%.

So what were the easiest races then?

2014 and 2018 both tied at an 80% finish rate, but since 2014 had the biggest field of 109 starters, and highest %age to get to CP2 I'm going give it the nod.

2004 (79%) and 2005 (77%) each had high finish rates as well.

The biggest year for the EC was 2014 with 109 starters, followed by the ill-fated 2015 event with 107.

I count 105 confirmed for the EC today. If we all actually start this will be among the biggest fields we've had.

What do you think was the hardest? The easiest? War stories encouraged!