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In Topic: J70 Worlds / Rudder from Another Mother

10 September 2014 - 07:26 PM

So where does this level of cheating get you. Some lead in a king post gets you several years ban. isn't this worse?

If I was racing against someone who was found to have made a rudder out of carbon fibre I would be looking at rule 69 or am I maybe naive and this sort of shit goes on all the time?

Agree, but in this instance it appears that the practice rudder broke in practice. So not "racing."
That is where common sense should come in. Assuming that the speculation and the great "hearsay" in this thread is true -- that the owner actually said that it was his practice rudder etc then I think one can conclude that some form of significant penalty is appropriate. Maybe that penalty is to permanently ban the boat by removing its one design certificate. Or advise the owner that he will be, his boat and sails, will be the subject of complete automatic inspection before and after every race day for any class event for the next 3 years. Penalties do not have to be a person ban if you do not have the proof of actual race violation but you do have admitted violation by the boat of its one design rules.

Just a thought.



In Topic: J70 Worlds / Rudder from Another Mother

10 September 2014 - 06:16 PM

I am attorney by profession. Early in my professional career I spent multiple years trying cases and I understand the difference between "fact" and "opinion" between solid "common sense" and "proven fact". Until we restore "common sense" to the management of our sport and its rules we will continue to lose respect and participation.


In Topic: What happened to PHRF in annapolis?

09 September 2014 - 10:57 PM

I have sailed in Annapolis under handicap rules only a few times so I am not truly qualified to answer the question. However, it is my observation that sail boat racing in general is down across the board in the US because we have failed to encourage all of the 5 ksb to sail and race. We have looked down on them if they are not one design or high tech or big enough or high tech etc. "Back in the day" when I moved from sail OP Boats to owning in partnership (great lakes) a boat we had a big fleet of 27 to 30 or 32 footers that were, on an absolute scale, slower than molasses on a cold January day. But we had fun and tight racing and while we are the bottom end of the size that did the long races it was terrific. I still see those boats but they live on their moorings and they do not race as much any more. I Chicago we have a great non physical club MORF that caters to this group and they still do get participation. There are boats that I raced against with my Cal 3-30 almost 35 years ago still racing but not many.

I think it is cost, lack of encouragement, lack of help from those experience, lack of yacht club focus on really growing participation, not understanding the team side of things. The one design advocates (I love one design sailing) need to remember that people have to become enthusiastic about racing first before you can turn them into one design sailors.


In Topic: Simple Rating Formula

03 September 2014 - 10:38 PM

If you want a simple and available tool use the Portsmouth Yardstick available from US Sailing. Constructing your own rule is far to complicated.


In Topic: Why did bloopers die

31 August 2014 - 10:05 PM

When I bought my Peterson 43 (used) it had a full complement of sails including both a light and heavy blooper, double head rig, blast reacher, tallboy staysail, on and on.  It was the last boat that I have owned that on which many of the specialty sails worked to increase boat speed when used in the right conditions and at the right angles.  I attibute that to the nature of the rig for that boat--high aspect main, masthead, very big fore triangle that was the rule for the early successfull bigger boats under the IOR.  As advantages of fractional rigs, larger mains, smaller jibs move up the fleet from the small boats the bloopers on larger boats disappeared as they did not work.  Under, ORR, IMS and IRC they are prohibitted.


I used the heavy blooper a lot on long races and the staysails both genoa and tallboy a lot. If I still had the 43 and was racing PHRF which permits the blooper I would still use it (but not on a 1 mile windward leward race).


Unlike many I never considered the early to mid era IOR machine's unstable down wind just more difficult drive well.  No question current boats have more stability and are much faster in every way.  My Sydney 38 rates PHRF 27 while the Peterson rated PHRF 60 or 57. But we had really great racing--I have a small picture on my wall of a local race in Chicago that has all of the boats in IOR section 1 racing that day (olympic course -- not yet endless W-Ls) with my 43 in the lead (put getting killed on handicap) with 3 NM 41s, 2 morgan 45s, 2 more Peterson 43s and a boat I cannot identify. The competition was great, better than it is today.  So maybe the IOR era was not so bad?