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  1. Hauling a sandbag to the masthead seems like a good activity. Good exercise and great training for future mast & pit people. Rainy day, maybe teach them semaphore.
  2. Well, seems like there are others who will say that excessive emphasis on a "complicated" set of rules is hurting participation. I think there are a lot of social and economic factors that are unfortunately combining to drive falling participation in sailing generally and sailboat racing specifically. I suspect that RRS impacts are well below the level of rounding error.
  3. Hmm, I could have sworn I read it as "if I was on the committee boat" but you're right, he was talking about being on the PC. Interesting piece from Stuart Rose here about how Rule 14 came to be in its present form.
  4. I think that's exactly what the Dave Perry quiz question is saying. L can luff up and leave no room for W to pass between her and the committee boat as long as W still has an option to bail out. In that instance if W chooses not to bail out and winds up hitting the committee boat that's on her, not L. I don't think Mr. Perry is interpreting rule 14 that way at all. I think you may be looking at the diagram I posted, which is not exactly the scenario in the Perry quiz. In the quiz scenario, "L luffs and W makes contact nearly simultaneously with both L and the committee boat." Since L a
  5. Curious, what was the rationale for rule 2, and did the PC conclude that it was broken? Seems like rule 11 would have been enough...
  6. Paper clip to unroll inversions in 12-strand when doing a one-end-accessible eye splice. Bend it into an S shape and it makes a good hook for grabbing the part you want to unroll and pulling it back through. Set of aluminum crochet hooks for various uses. Recently picked up a set of dreadlock crochet hooks that look like they'll be good for pulling cover strands aside to get at the core.
  7. True. Put Blue about it boat length belwo the line at 1, she can come up and close the door until 3. If she alters course at 4 when Yellow can no longer bail out she breaks 16.1
  8. "Damage" is not defined but guidance is given in Case 19: So I think it's safe to say that a scuff or scratch would not be ruled "damage" under RRS. Any common applicable definition of "contact" would, I think, require physical touching. A boat that doesn't touch another boat has avoided contact and is safe from rule 14. Given the scenario below, you say you would penalize Blue for "forcing" a collision between Green and the committee boat. With respect, here's how I expect the appeals committee would react to your decision: Blue to leeward had right of way. Blue did
  9. Yes it is right there. If L with rights changes course when it's too late for W to bail out (as in, when they're already overlapped with the committee boat) L breaks rule 16.1 and can be protested by another boat or by the race committee (but not automatically DSQ'd without a hearing). But if L does not change course she doesn't break any rule if the barger insists on sticking her nose in when there's no room and hits the committee boat. It's W's decision not to tack away that causes the contact, not L's maintaining course and not giving room. Neither mark room (18) or room to p
  10. Granted, the appropriate thing to do with a barger is to give room and protest. However - if you're on the committee boat you have no authority to DSQ a boat without a hearing. And if a boat with rights maintains her course and "forces" a barger into contact with the committee boat I don't think there's a rule that would allow a PC to penalize her.
  11. You can't force him to hit the committee boat, but you can force him to choose to tack away rather than hit it. If he then chooses to break a rule instead you're correct, the proper action is to avoid contact if possible and protest. If you want to avoid protest hearings for beer can races, ask your PRO to put Appendix T arbitration or (in the US) appendix V alternative penalties into the SI.
  12. Probably wouldn't go on their own bottoms, they'd be loaded on a heavy-lift vessel. As I recall the USN tried sending several MSOs to the Persian Gulf back in the 80s using an "enhanced tow" method, with not very good results.
  13. Patrick Childress & his wife Rebecca have a really interesting and informative YouTube channel following their worldwide cruise on their Valiant 40 Brick House. Apparently they've both contracted COVID-19 and Patrick is down hard, in ICU on a ventilator. From what's posted, Patrick's insurance is declining to cover "global pandemic" so a friend of theirs is running a GoFundMe page to help with expenses. If you're interested in following the story or contributing, link is here.
  14. Yeah, it looks more to me like they intentionally included those boats
  15. That's exactly what CRA is advocating according to their letter. And I get that they're pandering to the authorities hoping for permission to go sailing. Good intentions by CRA but maybe not worth the effort if you wind up with those kinds of restrictions. And I'm not sure the authorities will buy into it anyway, the path of least resistance for them is to just say no.
  16. Schock 35 also. Along with Santana and Wavelength, I think Bill Schock must have spend time on the rail at some point in his career...
  17. "Adrift". The real Hazana was a Trintella 44 ketch. Not sure what they used in the movie, but it looks kind of close (at least reasonably period correct) except for the rig and the missing windvane...
  18. All true unless you need a permit from USCG, which I believe CRA does. Many of their events are in the middle of San Diego bay, with a lot of commercial and naval traffic.
  19. Personally I'm against the idea of the organizing authority or race committee getting into the business of being social distancing police. I certainly wouldn't put any of that into an NOR or SI. Do you want to entertain protests because someone saw someone on another boat without a mask? Would you DSQ someone because they didn't maintain 1 meter spacing on the rail? Boaters (including sailboat racers) should know the guidelines/orders in place from public health authorities and each skipper should be responsible to the public health authorities for compliance aboard their vessels. And cre
  20. PHRF Southern California Fleet List here Medicine Man (97777) has two concurrent rating certificates, apparently one for masthead and one for fractional. A couple of J-105s have concurrent certificates if they choose to enter in their one-design configuration (smaller headsail & kite) There are a few other examples. I think it's up to the rating authority (at least within PHRF) whether they want to support multiple concurrent certs or not. That said, I believe that boats are (or at least ought to be) required to declare what certificate they intend to sail under when t
  21. I suspect the business model for these things is going to be for someone to buy several and provide them for regattas as a service. Unless they get a lot cheaper it doesn't seem to make sense for a YC to own them.
  22. Maybe for RC, but I'm not sure it would scale up.
  23. Good idea, especially given the difficulty of getting RC volunteers, but I think the price needs to (and will) come down significantly. The technology doesn't seem that hard, I'm guessing a high school robotics club could build one for under $500. And I can't figure out what the monthly "recurring fee" buys you...
  24. PHRF SoCal probably has one of the more complex rating systems. All boats have both a Regional and an Area rating, and potentially separate ratings for Windward-Leeward, Random Leg or Offwind courses. In addition they will rate a boat separately if sailed in one-design configuration (which includes all class rules including any crew weight or crew number limitations). For example, a J-105 in a windward-leeward race rates 78, but in OD configuration rates 90. If the owner wants both, the board issues two separate, concurrent rating certificates for the boat.
  25. I used the Mary Conlin Company (https://www.vesseldocumentation.com), recommended by previous owner, to transfer ownership. They're quite good. They did later send me a letter offering to do the renewal (with a service fee but I considered it a legit offer of service, not a scam). I did the renewal myself, it was easy and I saved the service fee.
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