JohnMB

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  1. JohnMB

    Scoring question

    In the guidance it states: I am not convinced that they would (or should) write: If a race officer or protest committee does or does not do something over which it has discretion or is not mandatory, even though it may be totally unfair it is neither an improper action, or an omission for which redress can be given.
  2. JohnMB

    Scoring question

    I don't agree that the WS document shows that the reason is irrelevant. It definitely says that bad judgement by the RC is not an improper action as long as they are working within the rules. I think it would be much more of a stretch to say that a deliberate unfair action (even on within the discretion allowed by the rules) would not be improper. It may be hard to prove, but that's a different question. If the RC deliberately acts in a way that favors one a boat over another even if they do so within their allowed discretion I think that is still an improper action.
  3. JohnMB

    Racing Dinghy with Easily Stepped Mast?

    Playing with a snark mayflower at a friends place last weekend. its the perfect boat for his lake, super stable, easy to set up and no problem just throwing a kid in the boat and letting them figure it out. Definitely one person set up :).
  4. JohnMB

    Dear Dr. Rules

    There is no requirement to say a mark has to be surrounded by navigable water. A bridge is only a gate mark if its defined that way. I think the table shown above lacks a little clarity, even though the title of the table is Marks of the Course, the column heading is Marks or passage. There are five items in the table, three have the work 'Mark' in either the description or the name, the other two are bridges. The notes allow boats to pass through any span of the fixed...... either side of the swing span. You could argue that the end outer pylons of the bridge are marks, but any central pylon does not have required side (since boats are allowed to pass under the next span along). I would say that if the OA wants the bridge to be a gate mark they can state that, and probably should, clarity is king.
  5. JohnMB

    Racing Dinghy with Easily Stepped Mast?

    its important to remember that stepping the mast solo is the critical factor here. you should not get too concerned about the other trivial differences between the recommended boats.
  6. JohnMB

    Snowflakes and sailing

    Which is why every sport has an approach to limit this behavior to what is considered an acceptable range. What is acceptable changes with time. It wasn't that long ago that blatant racism was considered just talking shit to an opponent. I do not believe that this level of 'talking shit' is still considered acceptable. I have no doubt that it is still present in most sports. But sports have mechanisms for dealing with this. It was never 'needed' for white professional sportsmen to taunt, spit at, and swear at black professional opponents. That did not stop them doing it. It was never 'needed' for professional football players to try to injure their opponents. That did not stop them doing it. (or from clubs giving them bonus's for doing it. Rules and standards of conduct can and do evolve. As players of our sport we can make choices as to how that evolution should occur.
  7. JohnMB

    Rules Question: Case 78

    I suspect the wording was intended to indicated that this type of behavior is acceptable in any type of fleet racing whether is is one design or not, rather than being intended to limit the application to only one design or 'handicap or rating system'. Maybe the wording is ambiguous, maybe in the opinion of the drafters box rules fall under one or other of these terms. Since this is a case in the case book I would say act in whatever way you consider fair and if necessary appeal.
  8. JohnMB

    Snowflakes and sailing

    I have never worn an ascot when rowing.
  9. JohnMB

    Snowflakes and sailing

    There are plenty of examples of sports, especially amateur sprout where foul language is not tolerated at all. If the Henley stewards hear you drop an F-bomb you will not be in the next race, and I've never considered rowers to be snowflakes. And a significant proportion of the crews at Henley are weekend warriors. Whether the sport allows foul language or not is a choice, and I believe having a PC decide where and when it is inappropriate is not the worst option out there. Personally I'm ok with most cursing on the course, but I have seen drunk adults on the course swearing and intimidating boats with junior crew, where it was clearly not appropriate. There should be some recourse for this.
  10. JohnMB

    List of crew positions for a 40' race boat

    I still stand by my original comment, which is what you responded to, and it seems that you agree that is doesn't need to be the most experienced crew.
  11. JohnMB

    List of crew positions for a 40' race boat

    really that needs 'The MOST EXPERIENCED" person on the boat to be doing it. rather than them training people, driving, trimming? Is that how you roll, most experienced person always on runners? Its something I've heard said a lot more than I've seen in action.
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    9 yrs and no more attempts??

    info is here https://www.speedsailing.com/ and https://www.weymouthspeedweek.com/images/PDFdocuments/Event_Guide_2017.pdf Its a 500m course, with a 100m lead in.there can only be one competitor in the lead in area at a time, which does allow for more than one competitor on the course. Old school weymouth was a circular course with timers, and you picked your angle to cross the course.
  13. JohnMB

    9 yrs and no more attempts??

    Weymouth speed week moved to GPS at some point. Seems to work well for them. The course is like a fan, narrow start gate and limited angles allowed. main objective is to not have high speed craft crossing each other
  14. JohnMB

    List of crew positions for a 40' race boat

    Fair enough, I have much more experience on masthead rigs.
  15. JohnMB

    List of crew positions for a 40' race boat

    Taking a newbie out in heavy air and trying to train them will always be a mistake. Getting a newbie properly trained with enough experience not to mess up in heavy air doesn't require getting them to be the most experienced person in the boat. It needs a fairly well contained set of skills, which can be developed early in someones crewing career.