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  1. Need one of these social distancing sticks...
  2. I think they grandfathered NASBLA courses for the first couple of years but now require a new course. I can kind of see why since there's content specific to California regulations. There are several free options listed here. I did the one from DBW, you just have to read a PDF and they send you a 60 question multiple choice open book exam. Pretty easy and reasonably informative even if you're an experienced boater. Then the card is $10 and as far as I can tell it's lifetime. California has to grab cash for something, this isn't the worst thing they could do.
  3. Well that's the other sort of weird exemption: "A person operating a vessel in an organized regatta or vessel race, or water ski race." But I'm guessing they could still nab you on your way in or out.
  4. California's is phased in by age, starting with under 20 in 2018 and going up until everyone in 2025. They do have exemptions for certain licenses and certifications. The one aspect that irks me is they exempt rentals. Seems like that's a group that most ought to have to demonstrate some safety knowledge before they go out on the water. But I'm guessing that industry lobbying go that thrown in.
  5. It's a lot more government bullshit if you get caught without one. Don't know if USCG will be checking but if you get stopped by the local harbor patrol for any reason I imagine that will be on their checklist. $100-$500 fine and the court will order you to take a boating safety course and provide them with proof of completion within 7 months. This year it's required for anyone under 40, and by 2025 everyone will have to have it. Better I think to spend $10 and a little extra time, and it never hurts to brush up on boating safety.
  6. I'm in the process right now even though I've got a few years before it's required for me. It's pretty easy - there are a couple of free online self-study courses that fulfill the education requirement (I'm doing the one from California DBW and it's basically read a PDF pamphlet and do a paper exam which, as far as I can tell, is untimed and open book).
  7. Is that how they do appeals in your part of the world? ;-)
  8. Yeah, I think the important part is "this hearing is closed." Frequently in the explanation phase the competitor who lost will want to continue to argue their case, why the facts or conclusions were wrong, you didn't properly consider this or that, etc., etc. When I see that happen I'll usually tell them that the hearing has been closed, the decision is what it is and they have the right to file an appeal if they think it's wrong but the PC is not going to reverse itself now.
  9. The black & white procedural rules for a valid protest aren't difficult: Make your hail (if required) Fly your flag (if required) File in writing before the protest time limit Identify the incident in the written protest. Note that identifying the incident is all that's required to file. You don't have to identify the protestee (although that's required before the hearing) or the correct rule. And a greasy pizza box is an acceptable form. That's it. It's not that high a bar, and the protest committee doesn't really have the latitude to ignore it if the compe
  10. Well, 100% of protests are lost by someone. Frequently loss is due to one party or another (or both) not understanding the rules (and not the complicated ones, usually the simple ones). So protestees usually lose because they broke a rule, or protestors lose because they alleged a breach that wasn't (or sometimes on validity - but that's not the PC's fault). I believe that most juries do their level best (which, granted, is sometimes not very good if it's an ad hoc PC with little experience or training) to determine if a rule was broken or not. But recognize this often isn't an easy call
  11. A couple of other changes that impact sailors on the water: 16.2 "anti-hunting" rule now only applies on a beat to windward and applies when the keep clear boat has changed course to "pass to leeward" (rather than "pass astern") of the ROW boat. Old rule 55 (Trash Disposal) has been renumbered as rule 47. It now applies to support persons as well as competitors but may still carry a penalty less than disqualification. But the big change here is that rule 47 has been added to rules listed in rule 86 that can't be changed by NA prescriptions, NOR or SI. This change was introduced
  12. Good article on retrofitting with LED nav lights here.
  13. Friend of mine was over in Catalina, said that the Harbor Patrol came around on Monday and told everyone to get out or go to Cat Harbor.
  14. I've got one of those and like it as well. But I wouldn't clip it to a pulpit like the guy in the ad - I've seen an article about tests done by the Naval Academy that indicated that when lifeline systems fail it's almost always the pulpit structure that goes. Also, if you've got a double tether don't clip the spare tether back to your harness or you've just bypassed the quick release snap shackle - if you blow it you'll still be attached to the boat. I made a short loop of small stuff on the tether to hook the carabiners to when not in use so they don't dangle but the only thing on the ha
  15. I dunno, seems like the pros should be allowed to race for fun sometimes too. I doubt they're using their beer can wins to pad their resumes...
  16. Hey, at least it was the chick in the tube top...
  17. Nope. World Sailing Q&A 2020-002 clarified that the definition of "hull" from the Equipment Rules of Sailing should be used (vs. Webster's, for example) and that sprits, either fixed of retractable, are spars. Wings on a skiff, either fixed or retractable, are part of the hull.
  18. Good summary of changes important to sailors on the water in the January version of Spinsheet, available online. Spoiler alert - there's not much. Main one being that over early and finish will be based on the hull rather than previous "hull, crew or equipment". Most of the rest is mainly rearrangement and nitpicky stuff mostly of interest to judges.
  19. Kirby 30 - super clean, very successful example in Long Beach.
  20. There's no "opportunity" any more either, and ROW only owes the keep clear boat room to keep clear initially on gaining ROW (rule 15) or if ROW is changing course (rule 16). It also looks as though 3695's pole may be in the water and she may have just crash-gybed, so this may have begun as a port-starboard. So not enough from this snapshot, I think, to say. Would need to collect more facts about what led up to the incident. Also possible exonerations for rule 14 violations (43.1(c) in the 2021-2024 rulebook.
  21. I dunno about the back tow idea. It looks fine in benign conditions in the Uma video (clear astern, flat water, slow speeds) but I'm not sure it would be much better than front tow if you were alongside the hull at any speed (see the video and pics in the PBO article). I wonder if that system includes a way to release the back tow if you need to.
  22. Good article from PBO here. Their bottom line conclusion is if someone is being dragged you need to get the boat under 2 knots in less than a minute or they're probably dead, either from drowning or blunt force trauma. Consider how you would do that in a sport boat under a kite in any sort of breeze. I think you'd have a lot better chance adrift in a properly kitted out PFD. Their other important lesson, I think, is if you use a tether use a short one and clip onto the high side. If you fall to leeward the tether should catch you before you go off the boat, and if you fall overboard
  23. Keep in mind that ideally a tether will stop you from going over the side rather than keeping you attached to the boat while in the water. Short tethers and fixed attachment points (padeyes at work sites rather than jacklines) help with this. I think if I were in the water at any speed I'd rather be detached from the boat and rely on locator beacon, strobe and whistle.
  24. US Sailing Safety Equipment Regulations for Ocean and Coastal races require a tether with "a means to quickly disconnect the tether at the chest end." Doesn't specify "under load" but seems like most tethers meet that with a snap hook with a stout lanyard. Also requires life jackets to have crotch/leg straps, whistle, light, reflective material and be marked with the boat or wearer's name. Nothing about a personal knife but they do require a sharp, strong knife accessible from deck or cockpit.
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