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    California boaters card???

    I think Casartelli's death in the 1995 Tour may have revived the issue but believe it was Andrey Kivilev in Paris-Nice in 2003 that tipped the scales. UCI made helmets mandatory in 2003.
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    Reasons to lose a protest

    Need one of these social distancing sticks...
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    California boaters card???

    I think they grandfathered NASBLA courses for the first couple of years but now require a new course. I can kind of see why since there's content specific to California regulations. There are several free options listed here. I did the one from DBW, you just have to read a PDF and they send you a 60 question multiple choice open book exam. Pretty easy and reasonably informative even if you're an experienced boater. Then the card is $10 and as far as I can tell it's lifetime. California has to grab cash for something, this isn't the worst thing they could do.
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    California boaters card???

    Well that's the other sort of weird exemption: "A person operating a vessel in an organized regatta or vessel race, or water ski race." But I'm guessing they could still nab you on your way in or out.
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    California boaters card???

    California's is phased in by age, starting with under 20 in 2018 and going up until everyone in 2025. They do have exemptions for certain licenses and certifications. The one aspect that irks me is they exempt rentals. Seems like that's a group that most ought to have to demonstrate some safety knowledge before they go out on the water. But I'm guessing that industry lobbying go that thrown in.
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    California boaters card???

    It's a lot more government bullshit if you get caught without one. Don't know if USCG will be checking but if you get stopped by the local harbor patrol for any reason I imagine that will be on their checklist. $100-$500 fine and the court will order you to take a boating safety course and provide them with proof of completion within 7 months. This year it's required for anyone under 40, and by 2025 everyone will have to have it. Better I think to spend $10 and a little extra time, and it never hurts to brush up on boating safety.
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    California boaters card???

    I'm in the process right now even though I've got a few years before it's required for me. It's pretty easy - there are a couple of free online self-study courses that fulfill the education requirement (I'm doing the one from California DBW and it's basically read a PDF pamphlet and do a paper exam which, as far as I can tell, is untimed and open book).
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    Reasons to lose a protest

    Is that how they do appeals in your part of the world? ;-)
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    Reasons to lose a protest

    Yeah, I think the important part is "this hearing is closed." Frequently in the explanation phase the competitor who lost will want to continue to argue their case, why the facts or conclusions were wrong, you didn't properly consider this or that, etc., etc. When I see that happen I'll usually tell them that the hearing has been closed, the decision is what it is and they have the right to file an appeal if they think it's wrong but the PC is not going to reverse itself now.
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    Reasons to lose a protest

    The black & white procedural rules for a valid protest aren't difficult: Make your hail (if required) Fly your flag (if required) File in writing before the protest time limit Identify the incident in the written protest. Note that identifying the incident is all that's required to file. You don't have to identify the protestee (although that's required before the hearing) or the correct rule. And a greasy pizza box is an acceptable form. That's it. It's not that high a bar, and the protest committee doesn't really have the latitude to ignore it if the competitor hasn't cleared it. That said, I think there is a difference between an ad hoc PC assembled at the last minute because everyone was hoping there would be no protests and a committee of qualified judges. The former probably do often want to find an excuse to kill a protest so they can get to the bar. The latter are generally eager to hear a case, but bound by the validity requirements. They might even tend to allow a "leaner", but recognize that would be subject to appeal.
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    Reasons to lose a protest

    Well, 100% of protests are lost by someone. Frequently loss is due to one party or another (or both) not understanding the rules (and not the complicated ones, usually the simple ones). So protestees usually lose because they broke a rule, or protestors lose because they alleged a breach that wasn't (or sometimes on validity - but that's not the PC's fault). I believe that most juries do their level best (which, granted, is sometimes not very good if it's an ad hoc PC with little experience or training) to determine if a rule was broken or not. But recognize this often isn't an easy call when you get credible but conflicting accounts of what happened from the parties, and jury conclusions sometimes have to rest on a very narrow balance of probabilities. Good North U article here, oriented at sailors rather than judges, about how to do a protest. As a judge, although I enjoy hanging around a nice yacht club and the energy of regatta day, it's much more fun and rewarding if there's some business to do.
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    Quick and easy RRS 2021 synopsis?

    A couple of other changes that impact sailors on the water: 16.2 "anti-hunting" rule now only applies on a beat to windward and applies when the keep clear boat has changed course to "pass to leeward" (rather than "pass astern") of the ROW boat. Old rule 55 (Trash Disposal) has been renumbered as rule 47. It now applies to support persons as well as competitors but may still carry a penalty less than disqualification. But the big change here is that rule 47 has been added to rules listed in rule 86 that can't be changed by NA prescriptions, NOR or SI. This change was introduced specifically to address the practice of some OAs changing the rule to allow disposable biodegradable sail stops (elastic bands or wool yarn). Those are characterized as trash and a boat can be protested and penalized for using them.
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    Simple Electric/Instruments

    Good article on retrofitting with LED nav lights here.
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    It's hoot'n in So Cal

    Friend of mine was over in Catalina, said that the Harbor Patrol came around on Monday and told everyone to get out or go to Cat Harbor.
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    Tethers - Quick Release or Not?

    I've got one of those and like it as well. But I wouldn't clip it to a pulpit like the guy in the ad - I've seen an article about tests done by the Naval Academy that indicated that when lifeline systems fail it's almost always the pulpit structure that goes. Also, if you've got a double tether don't clip the spare tether back to your harness or you've just bypassed the quick release snap shackle - if you blow it you'll still be attached to the boat. I made a short loop of small stuff on the tether to hook the carabiners to when not in use so they don't dangle but the only thing on the harness D-rings is the snap shackle