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  1. JimC

    Snowflakes and sailing

    Why would it be a get out of gaol free. He may get penalised for the language, but that doesn't absolve you from breaking the rules.
  2. Is everything we've understood about microcracking in polyester laminates wrong then Julian? I've understood one of the big advantages of the Laser layup being that it goes soft at the perfect rate - fast enough to encourage a steady flow of new boats into the class, but slowly enough that older boats aren't too badly outclassed. This in contrast to some of the very high end classes where epoxy foam boats stay fully competitive for years, and consequently there are precious few second hand boats.
  3. JimC

    Dear Dr. Rules

    Isn't a bridge a gate mark? Hence the SI stating that more than one span is acceptable? You can sail the wrong side of the gate on any bridge that crosses a channel to an island, and I see no definition that says it *must* be possible to sail the wrong side of a mark.
  4. Not, I submit, closely followed. Length is king not only because of wave drag, but because it brings so many fringe benefits as well.
  5. JimC

    Racing Dinghy with Easily Stepped Mast?

    What a load of nasty and stupid posts on this thread... If you're going to have to step a mast singlehanded ease of doing so is a sensible consideration. I know its too late for the OP but: 1. The most important one is light weight. Carbon masts are so much easier. 2. Another one is narrow beam about the mast step - If you have to hold that stick up in the air and stretch 5 feet across the boat it won't go well. The closer you can get to the mast step from the land the easier it will be. 3. Height is another good one. No height of the mast, height of the boat on the trailer or trolley. If you're reaching 3 feet across the boat and have to hold the thing 4 feet up in the air that''s a big deal. The lower the boat on trailer/trolley and the lower the highest point on the boat the better 4. Ease of getting the stick in position. If you have to juggle the end of the mast through a narrow gap and twist and turn it to get fittings through gaps then that's a mjor pain and best avoided. 5. And of course ease of making secure. Mast gate arrangements are handy because you just stuff the mast in place and can do the shrouds up at your leisure, but if the price of that is major failings at point 4 then you'll curse it. Rigs with lower shrouds and T terminals are really good, because all you need to do is slot in the lowers and the rig is supported.
  6. JimC

    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    With a certain amount of experience in EU tender requirements, which this strongly resembles, I can tell you that the devil is in the detail. In particular the tender scoring. Typically with the things I've been involved with there's a score sheet, and each tender is given points on each item. Then all those numbers are added up and stuffed in a formula - and you can see those in one of the documents - and it spits out a number at the end, and best number wins. So if somewhere deep in the scoring is something like "Is it an International Laser (50 points)" then that can significantly impact the result. I see signs, however, that ISAF/WS think they are being looked at pretty closely for this tender process, and that they reckon something that unduly favours the incumbent will be jumped on.
  7. JimC

    Topaz Omega mast length

    I doubt anything is going to be a direct fit. At the very least there will be frigging with rigging and probably need to change mast length. He is aware, I presume, that the hull is almost the cheap bit and the rig costs money? And if its genuinely a bare hull with no fittings or foils then the actual value is probably negative.
  8. No, I don't have a knife I'm not convinced with what I do they are much use. With what I know now even if I did I wouldn't risk taking one off the boat. The knife was absolutely and completely irrelevant to what else was going on, but the whole prosecution system gave it a really high priority. I'm afraid in my opinion the incident disproves your point. Maybe you weren't stopped and searched as often as I was when I was younger.
  9. I was on the jury in a court case here in the UK just a couple of weeks ago. Defendant was a professional seaman. There were other charges we needn't go into, but when he was arrested he was carrying his normal tote bag, and zipped away in a pocket in the bag was his sailors knife, which was a lock knife with the point broken off. They not only charged him with carrying the knife, but treated the whole thing really seriously, to the extent that they produced witnesses and photographs of the knife in court, even though they'd made a complete mess of gathering evidence and producing witnesses for what IMO (and yours too I bet) were much more serious charges... I don't think under UK law I'm allowed to tell you how long the jury deliberated on the charge in question, but the jury returned to court and returned a not guilty charge on that count before they agreed a verdict on any of the other charges. Based on this I've got to say that any time you've got a knife in the UK you are at risk of serious crap from the police, no matter where it is.
  10. There is an argument to say that with boats that have extreme binary performance you should handicap them only on their performance in suitable conditions. If the object of the exercise is to have fun racing against each other and see who was best on the day, then the performance of the binary performance on the days when they are guaranteed to be DFL is of no interest whatsoever, especially as such boats are not very likely to sail on days like that anyway. So if you have a 20 foot boat that hangs in with the 30 foot boats on a good day, maybe it should be rated level with the 30 footers, and then a race win is a real achievement, not just an artifact of binary performance. Of course that doesn't go down well with people who like winning races solely because their boat suits the day. There is an argument about series scoring of course, but if you have some boats with binary performance in the mix then the number of discards also has a big impact on results.
  11. JimC

    The Future of One Design

    I've seen a lot through ISAF minutes, yes. I submit the major SMODs are predominantly from english speaking first world nations. The rest of the world also has plenty of fine boatbuilding companies, but they don't get a look in. But its hardly likely those of us who do live in Aus/USA/NZ/GBR will see much of a problem.
  12. You know it occurs to me that we might have a big shakeup in the way one design dinghies are handled in the future. The thing that might kick it off is the monopoly investigations into the Laser et al. At the moment, it seems to me that we have two basic approaches to one design, which one might call measurement led and builder led. -- Measurement led is the class association dominated model, where a relatively simple set of rules are defined on paper to a greater or lesser extent, and any boat that complies with those measurements is basically OK. Building may be open to anyone, or it may be open only to authorised builders, but the principle remains the same. The IP is generally owned by the Class Association, the designer or both. The big advantage is generally seen as competition between builders. The big disadvantage is that builders compete on performance, not price, and so the costs can escalate unbelievably. Europe Olympic masts being a case in point. Another disadvantage is that there is a tendency for classes to be dominated by the "best" builder who may attain near monopoly status. --- Builder led classes are dominated by a builder or consortium/cartel of builders, who typically specify manufacturing tolerances that are not publicly available. To comply with the rules the boat and components must have been manufactured by an authorised builder in accordance with a builders manual, and any measurement is simply to attempt to detect cheating. The big advantage is generally seem as much less variation between boats. The big disadvantage is generally seen as lack of competition between builders, and perceived poor value for money. The one thing that is common across both models is that there is never competition on price within a class. Competition on price is between classes. Another major disadvantage is that it is definitively a monopoly supplier situation. ------------------------------------------------------------- Now we have seen increasing dissatisfaction with monopoly supplier situations from the smaller nations in past ISAF minutes, and now we also have legislative pressure against monopoly supply, resulting in ISAf having to look at classes in that respect. We have also seen, with Laser Performance, problems caused when the cartel of builders fall out or the builders aims no longer coincide with the Class Association. Should we be looking for a new model? At the Women's trials that led to the 49erXX one of the options, the Arup Skiff, proposed a concept based on modern ISO9000 manufacture, where multiple builders would be permitted, but there would be very tight controls on manufacture, instead of a measurement based approach, so that components would be as identical as possible. This is exactly the sort of process that is used in industry widely, and also the sort of controls that are necessary if a monopoly builder buys in components from sub contractors. At the time it was rejected as being impractical, but my experience in the high tech industries is that legislative pressure has a wonderful habit of making the impractical practical. I wonder if something like this could be an idea whose time might come? Ask Question Print Page Email Page
  13. JimC

    Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    No reason why the Europe rules shouldn't get shaken up if the need is there. Actually there's a separate topic there...
  14. JimC

    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    No idea why the current version of the IOC is so keen on mixed events when not too many years ago they were very anti. One thing though, saying to the IOC "your requirements are BS and we're going to ignore them" might not end well.
  15. JimC

    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    The extent of the sky falling headless chickening on this amazes me... Its only a damn format change for the games, its not even going to affect the average sailor... It comes over loud and clear (and little else does) from the IOC documentation that they wanted more mixed events. So, this is what they wanted. yes, its a new format to sailing, but so were all male events, all female events and compulsory mixed events. We never had those before and largely still don't out of the games. If you look round sport in general there are a good number of events where separate individual performances add up to a combined score, both with the same individual in different formats, different individuals in the same format and even different individuals in different formats (swimming medley relay for an example of the last). Its not as if this is totally out on a limb and utterly different from anything else out there. As for some of the more extreme comments, I suppose they might schedule starts on two different courses, but bearing in mind all Olympic racing shares courses at the moment its really pretty unlikely isn't it! I would hope that over the next few months a whole bunch of varied formats get tried out to see what works. A relay might be fun, combined corrected times rather than points scores would give the opportunity for a really stellar performance by one half of the team to make up for a lack luster one by the other, points for the team could be added up before or after discards are applied... Then do we race them off the same start, different starts or what. What about tactics? If both boats are on the same course are both members of one team allowed to combine together to sail a boat from the other team right to the back of the fleet? In which case does the other boat come back to help? To be honest I doubt if the average IOC member can really tell the difference between a 470 and a 49er or even cares... Big changes in event format rather than equipment may well be what they've been agitating for. Who knows: I'm not a party to those smoke filled rooms. But for small nations I bet a change in format is a lot more palatable than throwing out all the boats and starting again. But calm down dears, its only the Olympics. It doesn't affect most of us!