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  1. Svanen

    Chicago Area III

    Apparently you’re not a Millennial.
  2. Svanen

    Chiles vs Hancock on what is an "Open Boat"

    Even better were Bill Tilman's advertisements: "Hands wanted for long voyage in small boat: no pay, no prospects, not much pleasure".
  3. Svanen

    Chiles vs Hancock on what is an "Open Boat"

    Totally agree. P.S. Webb Chiles vs. Hancock is like Dirty Harry vs. Johnny English, respectively. No contest!
  4. Lake Eustis Sailing Club has Wayfarer, Flying Scot and MC Scow OD racing. Miami is good for Snipes (also Flying Scots); see below and here.
  5. Svanen

    Go or No Go

    It shouldn't really make much difference. Both Australian and American civil liability are based upon common law principles such as duty of care, breach of standard of care, foreseeability, etc. American law may feature additional elements such as the Fairhope YC lawsuit cited by Crash, which seems to turn upon the express provisions of a USCG permit issued to the OA. Again, there is a difference between potential and actual liability. If you know of examples of an RO or OA being held liable, please provide links. P.S. I am not an American!
  6. Svanen

    Go or No Go

    Interesting indeed. Thanks Crash!
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    Go or No Go

    Such liability exposure is probably more theoretical than real. A RC doesn't "send out" a fleet, it merely provides an opportunity to race. The actual decision to race always rests with individual skippers. I don't know of any cases in which an RO or OA has been held liable for conducting a race when a weather warning was in effect. If anyone has examples, please post links to those decisions so that we may all learn something. The Coroner's Report on the 1998 Hobart was critical of the RO and RC, but of course included no findings of civil liability.
  8. Svanen

    Go or No Go

    Yes, but: Ajax has said that the other racers don't mind ("no one seems to care that this is going on"). For that matter, Ajax himself doesn't seem much bothered. He has acknowledged that he attends no club meetings, and apparently he hasn't spoken with the Commodore, or anyone else, to find out why the club has adopted this unusual way of doing things. Finally, his phrase "I don't think I like (the way the Commodore does things)" is hardly an expression of serious concern. All in all, the issue seems like a tempest in a teapot. At the end of the day, racers get the quality of race management they want / deserve.
  9. Svanen

    Go or No Go

    The letter option seems too formal and passive-aggressive. Ajax’s real concern (AFAIK) is not the commodore’s reputation, so no proint pretending that it is. And as you say, there are always two sides to every story and the commodore should be given a reasonable opportunity to explain and discuss his actions before piling on with a de facto petition. I much prefer the second option of a drink / quiet chat. Finally, while I am no fan of PRHF, the latter doesn’t seem to have much if anything to do with the commodore’s shenanigans (can just as easily imagine this sort of stuff happening in a OD context).
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    If you want anyone to take the above statements seriously, you need to provide links to multiple, independent, peer-reviewed published articles. Joel: Or was that just bullshit? Miles: That was just bullshit, Joel. I'm surprised you listened to me.
  11. Svanen

    Go or No Go

    Well, I guess that's all the licence the "commodore" needs.
  12. Svanen

    Go or No Go

    Wow. You are not off base, and that is not normal. I don't believe that a fixed starting line would normally make any difference. But even if the club's location has some weird features, the commodore should share his local knowledge with all the club's ROs, rather than usurping their authority. I will give the commodore the benefit of the doubt and presume that he is not choosing courses that favour his boat or crew. But there is no obvious reason why he is involved in the decision-making process. "Commodore" is a nice title, and he or she plays a key leadership role at most clubs; however, out on the race course the commodore is just another racer ... or should be! I'm surprised that your RC hasn't threatened to resign en masse. Has anyone called out the commodore and asked him to justify his behaviour? If so, what rationale has he provided? Has he actually claimed that the ROs are incompetent? Even assuming that's accurate, the proper course (pun intended) would be to arrange for a race officer seminar or similar training.
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    Go or No Go

    I agree that the decision should generally be left to the skippers. However, the RC - typically made up of volunteers - also has to feel reasonably comfortable in coping with the weather. If the RO decides to cancel or abandon, the racers should try to accept that in good grace ... abuse is uncalled for. I'm happy to say that in my own limited experience, the vast majority of racers are genuinely appreciative and supportive of RC's efforts.
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    Go or No Go

    I think the real problem is that you simply have too few boats in your racing fleet. If you have one or more neighbouring clubs - which you probably do, in Chesapeake Bay - you might consider joining forces on race nights / weekends. For example, in Toronto the National Yacht Club runs its own races Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Thursdays the much smaller Alexandra Yacht Club sends one representative aboard NYC's RC boat, and a separate start is provided for AYC's boats. That makes it possible for the latter (usually <10) to race without imposing any significant burden on either club, as well as precluding any conflict with two RCs trying to run separate courses more or less in the same area. Finally, it's an opportunity for members of both clubs to meet, share stories, etc. Overall, a 'win-win' situation. Could you do something similar?
  15. After cocktail hour, natch!