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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Simon - as an active A Catter myself I completely agree with you. The Q is though is would the legal team of an insurer or NA feel the same? I do not know the answer, but claiming negligence even though it all seemed OK at the time is as old as lawsuits are.
  2. Like NEURONZ I did wonder if insurance lay behind this issue. Consider where the liability insurance for an event comes from? Here in Canada it comes from our national authority Sailing Canada, then from the organizing club. This has lead to a certification program for race officers who if they follow the rules are covered by the NA and Club insurances. Also think of a situation where a foiler, out of control, kills or even seriously disables a fellow competitor. Then his family bring a lawsuit claiming negligence,caused by racing the very different boats in one fleet, against; A the Natioal Authority B the organizing club C named individuals on the RC D the boat skipper that caused it to happen. Just organizing a defence against such a suit can be ruinously costly, you need the deep pockets NA and Club insurers to step up and defend this case. I have personally worried about this type of liability while acting as volunteer race officer at a club level. What if a line squall trashed the fleet and someone drowned? Was I covered?
  3. A-Class gear developing

    We use an IPad and an app called Clinometer which very accurately measures angles. Setup the boat level side to side on trestles and measure its transom so as to be vertical, not much else to measure true vertical off. Then insert the foils and measure the angle of the leading edge or trailing edge just below the hull. Boards vary but this gives a good starting measurement. Mark the lead or trailing edge on the slider. Then unless you have a very different hull the slider at deck level moves 7.5mm per degree of angle. I marked these at the back of the slider and drilled holes into which I insert a pin stop. Then haul the slider aft till it hits the pin and you have a repeatable angle of attack on the Centerboards, at my level of foiling (experimental at best) I feel that in flight adjustments are too clever by half. The rudders can be done the same way but better is to make a parallel sided template that fits exactly over the tip foils and use your IPad to measure these.