Ok, how about this:
The boat is sailing in SF and breaks it's rudder in big breeze.
They can't get a new rudder immediately so they fix the broken rudder with carbon so it won't break again while they practice.
They are using the old rudder while practicing because there is absolutely no difference in performance and they don't want to stress the new rudder, afraid that it might fail.
They don't sail any regattas with a carbon patched rudder, which eventually does fail again (does anyone actually know that it was a carbon rudder or was it just the patch, which was obvious).
No rules are broken, no one raced illegally, just reputations besmirched.
This place has nothing better to do than speculate on things it has absolutely no information on. Pitiful.
If indeed your assertion is accurate, which is certainly possible.
answer us these...
- Why would you take the time and effort to do a service repair to a broken rudder, only to be used for a short time practicing, with a level of quality in finish fairing and coating to make it look perfect? ie no noticeable repair done.
- Why wouldn't you notify anyone in the class of your circumstance & intent? (particularly given the proximity to the worlds and being a class officer)
- Why wouldn't you, after the fact, come clean to the class of exactly what happened, as you described above, with hard photographic/documentary evidence? Absent which caused the class pres to formally file a protest during the regatta.
- Where is the broken carbo(fixed) rudder now?
How the hell should I know? Why don't you chase it down if you're so interested? Personally, I don't care, they didn't race with it so it makes no difference to me, as it shouldn't to anyone who has a life.
i thought 'chasing it down' meant asking you. You are the self described insider on this thread...
Was 'how about this' just more anecdotal speculation on your part or factual?