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In Topic: Why do people 'misinterpret' the rules

09 September 2014 - 04:39 PM

On the water judging with real time decisions. Penalties issued upon decision by judges and administered through a shock collar/gps tracking device issued to each driver at registration.

All the bullies and bullshit rules tossers will eventually have a neck that looks like that lonely 8 hr old truck stop hotdog.

Sure would make judging more fun---




This, but maybe less extreme.  If you don't read the rule book, you don't know the rules, that is different.  Misinterpretation is having read the rule book, and not understanding what they meant.  This happens quite a bit in all self policed sports.  How am I expected to know all the intricacies of the rules at play if know one has ever flagged me on it and told me I messed up.  In hockey if I go offside, ref blows the whistle and I learn "oh that's what offside is."  Insert Icing, checking from behind, tripping etc.  Getting instant feedback on how you are playing the game is a huge way to learn the ins and outs of the rules.  On the race course with no judging, you are relying on some jerk-ass screaming at you that he thinks you broke a rule.  A little less nice.  You'll notice that those who have spent a lot (or any) time team racing or match racing with a judge following them and ruling on the incidents are far more familiar with the rules.  This is because they've gotten instant feedback on what the interpretation is.  Two boats come together, there is a flag, ruling, penalty blue, failure to keep clear.  OK! now I know what I need to do to keep clear.  If I don't agree with what they saw I can ask the judge later to explain it too me, now my understanding has grown.  To say that people don't understand simply because they haven't read the rule book is too simplified.  Without someone actually ruling on the case, you don't know if your understanding is even correct or not.  


Unfortunately this isn't feasible for everyone it is the only way to really accelerate your understanding.  Once you know how the rules are being interpreted it is much easier to stay on top of rule changes and what they mean.

In Topic: Zim 15

06 August 2014 - 03:33 PM

I think they have the target market off a bit. 20-30 year olds would want a kite I would think. My 54 year old ass would love to sail this thing and no kite means i can take a newbie or kid along without any issues. Just looks like a lido 14 on steriods bet its pretty fun to go blast around in


You would be surprised.  The V-15 was very successful for a long time.  As an example me and my buddy talked about getting one for a long time, and it just never came together.  It might still, work in progress.  The thing is we spent so long college sailing, that we wanted something similar, just the next step up.  I've sailed I-14s, very complicated, expensive, steep learning curve.  The cool thing about the V-15 is that the maintenance is extremely low.  There is minimal to break, do some hull work every winter or so to keep up, but we're not replacing parts every time we go sailing.  With no time or money, this is huge.  The idea of showing up to the boat park, rigging in 7 min, being on the water with a bunch of other people our age, de-rigging in 7 min, is very compelling.  Also because it is simple you can grab anyone to go sailing with you.  No need to try and round up 4 more for a J24, cheap sails, and low maintenance.  


In Toronto there are about 300 albacores in the area.  Friday night they regularly get 40-50 boats out.  All for this reason.  I would think this is easier to pull off in the NE where you have an abundance of ex college sailors floating around looking to relive the glory days once a week or month.  I know it's not for everyone, but this is who the boat is for.  Is it better than the V-15?