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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. Deep vs. shallow keel

    My understanding is that high aspect foils are more efficient in terms of lift vs. drag but are also easier to stall. Everything is a compromise in some way.
  2. Starboard tack after finish

    I was concerned about tacking being very close to the committee boat, as our way was diminishing rapidly being nearly head to wind, and I was afraid of getting blown into them. I did instruct my helmsperson to stay up, but our steerage was also diminishing rapidly for the same reasons. I suppose we could have stayed head to wind for a bit longer, but we would have risked being blown around out of control.
  3. So I found myself in an interesting situation at the finish line in a recent regatta: Came in to finish on starboard right at the boat end of the line, headed up briefly to "shoot the line", then bore away on starboard to regain drive and clear the finish area. A few seconds later another boat came in to finish on port, towards the middle of the line relative to us, and pretty much on our port beam as we bore away after finishing just ahead of them. They protested us, claiming that we had already finished, and that we purposely came down on them and forced them to change course before finishing. There was apparently a considerable debate in the in-camera portion of the protest committee hearing, and deliberations took a long time. We were eventually declared the right-of-way boat and exonerated, however there was no explanation from the protest committee, nor did I want to dig following a favourable ruling. Does anybody have any additional insight into this situation?
  4. Propeller coatings?

    I went from three blade down to Flexofold two blade, and the only disadvantage has been less bite motoring upwind into choppy seas. Motoring in smooth water and everything else has been more efficient.
  5. Installing 5:1 outhaul on isomat boom

    I did this and drilled a hole in the top of my Isomat boom adjacent to the sheaves and rivets for the external dead end, with a stopper knot inside the boom.
  6. PHRF PNW handicappers

    That would be great news. Do they also discuss any intent to work on the "Big Boat" IRC split-off problem? Unfortunately I didn't attend in person, but here's the entire post...no mention of big boats specifically but does say "all boats": Excellent PHRF forum hosted at Royal Vic. last night. Presentations were made by representatives of PHRF Northwest, PHRF B.C.,and Island clubs, leading to very positive dialogue. Most importantly, the meeting resulted in a firm pledge from Eric Nelson (PHRF Northwest president) and Gunnar Jonsson (PHRF B.C. Chairman) to work towards a co-operative system of fair handicapping for all boats throughout the Northwest. Yes, There will be challenges, but I believe we're on the right path. Again, I would remind everyone that both of these organizations are administered by volunteer sailors, who devote large amounts of their time to the cause. They all deserve our thanks and respect. So thank you ALL! Looking forward to some great turnouts and racing in the 2015 Season!] Lots of positive replies to the post as well...seems like a step in the right direction!
  7. PHRF PNW handicappers

    A recent posting from Alex Fox on the Vancouver Island Race Series (VIRS) Facebook Page says: ...the meeting resulted in a firm pledge from Eric Nelson (PHRF NW president) and Gunnar Jonsson (PHRF BC Chairman) to work towards a co-operative system of fair handicapping for all boats throughout the Northwest...
  8. PHRF PNW handicappers

    In NW most follow this format, but there are also many with letters thrown into the mix (i.e. S255 and 4W55) and I have no idea what that represents. If you are a member of PHRF-NW you receive a book each year with the member boats listed AND explanation of the "Codes", the tables that show how they are derived and the formulas. It is all there. Unfortunately most people don't look at that section, only to see if their boat is listed. The coding thing goes back to Dash 34's comment in post #38 that it would be nice to compare the assigned base ratings in the fleet lists for BC and NW and see what the biggest difference is. BC contains the base ratings in the downloadable Excel file while NW does not. If NW did, a comparison of base ratings would be fairly easy. As it is, you'd have to come up with some pretty lengthy and complex conditional statements to reverse engineer the base ratings in NW. May be "easier" to go through boat by boat and derive by hand, but I'm not going to do that for the 700 or so boats in the NW fleet list. NW has a downloadable Excel file here: http://phrf-nw.org/welcome-to-phrf-nw/for-race-organizers/list-of-active-members/
  9. I agree that the rules should be publicly available, but I think that's how they attempt to keep the rules from falling into the hands of the enemy (PHRF-BC). In any case, my paper copy of the rules that gets mailed out each year says: STD Spinnaker Area = (0.83)(ISP)(1.80)(JC) = 1.494(ISP)(JC) Non STD Spinnaker Area = (0.83)((SLU + SLE)/2)((SGF + 4(SGM))/5) If SPL is greater than JC, then SGM when applied to calculate the spinnaker area shall be the greater of the measured SGM or (1.8)(SPL). If you PM me your address I can send you a paper copy.
  10. PHRF-NW uses the IRC spinnaker area formula for both symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers, using the rig dimensions ISP and JC for standard as-designed spinnaker hoist and pole/sprit length. There is no adjustment for carrying both types, and the rating is based on the measurements of the largest spinnaker, regardless of type.
  11. Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    I wonder if he tore that sail with an electric winch?