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Soton_Speed

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In Topic: Arctic Blast to Set Record Low Temperatures

10 January 2014 - 06:13 PM

It was autumn, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild.  Since he was an Indian Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, and when he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the weather was going to be.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that
the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the
village should collect wood to be prepared.  

But also being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea.  He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is the coming winter going to be cold?"

"It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed," the meteorologist at the weather service responded.  

So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared.  One week later he called the National Weather Service again.  "Is it going to be a very cold winter?"

"Yes," the man at National Weather Service again replied, "it's going to be a very cold winter."  

The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find.  Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again.  "Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?"  

"Absolutely," the man replied. "It's going to be one of the coldest winters ever."  

"How can you be so sure?" the Chief asked.  

The weather man replied, "The Indians are collecting wood like crazy!"

In Topic: A rewrite of the Offshore Special Regs is underway. Apparently.

08 November 2013 - 07:14 PM

 
In my opinion the requirement for mainsails that reef to 40% or trisails for inshore racing is a bit silly.  In 7 years of Solent racing we've put a reef in during a race once.  When it gets windy enough to need 2 reefs, or even more, the racing is cancelled anyway.  
 
A get you home storm jib is all that's really required for cat 4 racing I would think.


The 3rd reef mainsail or trisail is Cat 3. Only a 'heavy weather' jib is required for Cat 4- though I know of at least one class that mandates the carriage of a trisail when racing one design.

I just wondered whether the commitee was acting on feedback or by their own initiative.

In Topic: A rewrite of the Offshore Special Regs is underway. Apparently.

02 November 2013 - 04:46 AM

I would like to know which regs in cat 4 the commitee considers onerous..