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  1. rgeek

    Has anybody started fully crewed racing yet?

    Not a problem. Only really happens at mark roundings
  2. rgeek

    Has anybody started fully crewed racing yet?

    The lifting of restrictions has been accelerated here in Ireland. Sport is specifically catered for as of 29th June with full contact sport allowed. Social distancing criteria is changing at that time to consider distance (2m), duration, and environment. That should encourage fully crewed club racing getting going again. Offshore will get going almost immediately, with focus on the 700 mile RORC counting Round Ireland Race in late August. First regatta will likely be at the end of July, with the IRC Nats the 2nd weekend of September. We've seen sales pick up again in the last couple of weeks.
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    are umpires good enough?

    Tone does begin at the top. But that's mostly the competitors who are winning. The PC is a tool available to competitors, nothing more. It just needs to make it protesting easy and fair, giving everyone the opportunity to have their say and get along (if they want to) and apply the rules in an impartial and ruthless fashion.
  4. rgeek

    are umpires good enough?

    We put on the jury on the water at last years Irish IRC Nationals. No point in paying IJs to sit around drinking coffee all-day is my book Some uncertainty beforehand but by the first evening we had competitors actively asking for their fleet to be observed. For me, the key is for the jury to be there as a witness for most incidents leaving the choice to initiate a protest in the hands of competitors. Agreeing on a threshold of RRS2 or 14 gives the jury space to take independent action for stuff that they shouldn't be expected to "unsee". Between the 2 these measures keep things fairer in terms of coverage of the course too. ... In terms of the OP and getting involved in the middle of a race? Never seen an IU/IJ behave in that fashion. ... Stopped umpiring after taking time to explain a pretty technical call when a competitor queried it post-race only to get f bombed. Add a coach having a drama as I had the temerity to make a straight forward call on one of his team at an event earlier, and time pressure mounting up anyway put an end to it.
  5. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Wouldn't be getting giddy at that one. England destroyed Ireland upfront, turned them over at will and exposed their unchanged game plan with a 3 man rush defence. Yet England relied on Sexton errors for 9 of their 12 winning margin, failed to secure a bonus point while Ireland failed to convert another 2-3 penalties inside the England 22 into points.
  6. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    The Irish Daily Mail is a rag. Hacking the phone of a dead person to get a story is beneath contempt and casts a light on the standard of all their reporting. 5 years is a long way away in politics but if that happens it shows the Greens have learned nothing from the punishment beating they took after their last trot in government. Most likely the Green will get wiped at the following election and SF will be handed a larger majority.
  7. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Followed by a sudden rise in multi-story developments consisting of bedsits for the city centre. Meanwhile, we have Facebook and LinkedIN building the modern equivalent of Victorian mills (the Sun Light Soap Factory if we can only hope it'll be that enlightened) in Dublins comfortable suburbs. Massive graduate salaries are still not enough to con many to work for them though.
  8. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    More a case of RTE finally asking the right question after the game was over. Brexit is an "English-problem" faced off by a unified front of all parties. It's not an existential issue for people here in the same way that the issues at the top of the list are. It's just some shit we'll have to deal with and a distraction from the real problems people face. There are now multiple generations here who are done with bullshit. Done with a society set up for a small number. Done with an economic system that has pushed pension provision into the housing market with the inevitable consequences for anyone under 40, and has screwed anyone between 40 and 50 who didn't hop on the ladder at just the right moment. The difference is that Ireland has lived through the reality of overlordship and social conservatism/agrarianism and it was pretty ugly. Where there are similarities is that the movement that has finally dealt with the legacy of those issues is issue led and activist. In this case empowered by success with real issues of paedophile priests, industrial schools, Madeline laundry, gay marriage rights and womens health rights. It doesn't have a single political party that leads it but the closest political party that represents the common ground, and that has done massive work to, frankly, infiltrate what has been going on has been Sin Fein in late 60s early 70s civil rights mode. You have to consider that one of the legacies of British rule in Ireland is that the Irish are not blind to what it takes to overcome an oppressor. Whether you view Ireland as ahead of the curve, behind it, or simply out of phase I don't know. But youth (meaning anyone under their mid 50s in this case) reacts against what has gone before and the Irish are shaking their heads at young Brits doning cardigans and muttering on about it all having gone too far, or commentators claiming British downfall is all down to WWI. ... Being a strong constituency TD can get you a long way in Ireland (look no further than Tip or Kerry) and yes there is still plenty of conservatism, but the results don't lie. Not just the collapse of FF/FG support over the last 2 elections but the countrywide support in the recent referendums. There are pockets of the country like Donegal and Roscommon that vote no to everything, but that have recently been on board for change. But for every Murphy there a 3 Catherine Noone. In every constituency, someone has been giving the racist nationalist drum a thump. Our nasty piece of work failed to save her deposit (again) and had a decline in her vote as people realised what the Italian fascist billionaire-funded waggon was really all about. Similar picture elsewhere. People are done with politicians lining up to say any shit they are paid to or that will get them to an easy pension. ... Here in north Dublin the local FG TD who tried to use his post to bring a national hospital to the constituency has been punished remorselessly by the same electorate that would of benefitted for 2 elections. There is a general mood here to start holding people to account. We're shaking our heads at the D4 southside friends giving a seat back to the outgoing minister for housing. Simon Harris (health) has had a fight on in Wicklow despite the abortion rights campaign and the FF spokesman for health also only got in on the 15th count. .. before anyone claims that Harris prominent role on the abortion issue was his downfall Wicklow returned SF, PD and Green candidates at the top of the ballot.
  9. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Trust me it was not. It just depended on where you were. There was a poster round here with the words "If you really believe in a unified Ireland, vote Sin Fein"
  10. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    There are no parallels between UK politics and this Irish general election
  11. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    2024 is the proposal for SA joining the 6 Nations
  12. There's more to BLE that just the transport. GAP and GATT for instance. Would be good to have a common set of profile/service/characteristics to address interoperability.
  13. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Nah MKR is showing signs of being back to it's best. No better deadpan comedy out there at the moment.
  14. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Bozz is going to protect the interests of Brexit voters by expanding global free trade? Did I get that right? What does he mean by that? Free movement of capital? Free movement of labour?
  15. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    There's an "add to ignore" thread?