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  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I'm honestly curious, how many people here have actually seen and/or participated in a protest hearing?
  5. Well, all the redress requests appeared to be around the fact that the Finn marks were dark orange, the nearby Laser marks were red and some Finn sailors overstood their weather mark thinking they were sailing to the Laser mark. PCs weren't sympathetic, all of the redress requests were denied. I'd expect that at a high level like that the sailors have a pretty good idea whether they broke a rule or not and can do the risk/reward math on doing turns. For the record I agree with you both that if you think another boat has broken a rule a protest is not inappropriate and that most racin
  6. Finn class in Rio, 3 protests (not including redress requests). One DSQ, one invalid, one initially DSQ but reversed on reopening (video evidence changed the facts found). https://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/results/notices/protest-summary.php?view=pro&rgtaid=12379&evntid=31369&order=ASC
  7. If you look up Riggingdoctor.com, they rigged a 45' cruising cutter several years ago. Lots of information about how they did it and their experience with it over several years use. He mentions that after replacing all the SS with dyneema the boat sits a couple of inches higher on her lines and can carry significantly more sail with less heel due to reduced weight aloft.
  8. From the article it sounded like they had the funds for the haulout but were delayed due to overload at the yard. Hopefully "likely beyond repair" just means "beyond economical repair" --maybe some wealthy benefactors will step forward.
  9. Seems to me World Sailing could publish the 21-24 rules but still run the Tokyo Olympics (and maybe any remaining qualifying events that bleed into 2021) under the 17-20 RRS. That would leave all of the Olympic competitors on the same footing and racing under the rules they've trained under for the last 4 years. That would keep RRS changes in sync with future Olympic quadrennials - I don't guess the Tokyo postponement will ripple to Paris, I'd expect those games to go as scheduled in 2024.
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    You think they're clustered in Los Angeles?
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    I'm a little surprised they didn't send her to the Bay area or even to Seattle, seems like the need there is greater. But I'm sure people with more information than I have made the decision.
  12. Plenty of people, instead of flemishing the tail or doing something reasonably seamanlike, just take a bunch of extra figure 8s until they run out of line. Which doesn't add anything to the security of a properly tied cleat hitch and, at least in my opinion, looks lubberly.
  13. Looks neater than 10 extra figure 8s on the cleat...
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    It's still a ship and has to come down for maintenance sometime - any sailor should know that. And that's why we have two. This refit has likely been on the schedule for years and probably started well before the virus scare was a thing. They can probably curtail some of the refitting activity but I'm sure there are some projects that will take a bit of time to wrap up - could be waiting on parts/materials, etc., plus a certain amount of testing needed after repairs are complete. But I'm sure they'll make her ready for sea as quickly as they can. Likewise all of the services (including th
  15. Agree in principle. But also need to keep in mind (as I'm sure many PROs do) that everything that the RC does that isn't required by the rules is an opportunity to make an error. What happens when the countdown on the radio is out of sync with the starting signal? Or the radio countdown that normally starts at 10 seconds gets delayed for a particular race and they start counting down from 5 seconds. Or the person on the radio announces the wrong class, different from the class flag that goes up? If there's only one signal, the one required by the RRS, there's less opportunity for the RC
  16. The car tanks also run at 5,000-10,000 psi to get that much gaseous H2 into a reasonable-sized tank. That's what the filling stations provide, I don't know if you could get that kind of pressure from a local welding supplier.
  17. As a possible point of reference the Honda Clarity is rated at about 360 miles (real life suggests more like 275 from what I've heard) on 5.4 kg of H2. Lives in a couple of high pressure tanks under the back seat and taking up some but not all of the trunk space. The cell makes 103 kW and drives a 174 hp electric motor via a lithium ion battery. I'd imagine a similar setup would be practical for sailboat propulsion, assuming there were H2 filling stations available.
  18. Personally I'm a big fan of this technology. It's currently being used in a couple of cars - Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity, I think a couple of Hyundais. Availability of fuel is decent and getting better in southern California & the Bay Area. I'm seriously considering getting a Clarity. Not sure the concept would work well for boats unless H2 became widely available at fuel docks.
  19. If you're thinking a fairly severe and/or extended storm, would you think about taking the genoa off the furler (while conditions are still relatively benign) and stowing it belowdecks? Seems like that would reduce windage and the possibility of problem due to a failed furling line.
  20. I've also seen the SIs specify that the order of hailing (since the last boat hailed is at some disadvantage compared to the first boat hailed) is not grounds for redress.
  21. If you set the regatta fee to cover the club's costs then you can leave it up to each owner and crew how much, if any, of that gets passed on to crew members. If I knew an owner's financial circumstances were similar to or worse than mine I wouldn't have (and haven't had) a problem with pitching in for entry fees and expenses for the more expensive races.
  22. Tactically, why would you not want to know what options are open to a competitor and anticipate what he's likely to do, including the ROW and room rules which will pertain?
  23. What do you do about crew who are members of another club with reciprocal privileges? Do they have to buy a crew membership as well? And who polices this? Is the RC checking ID cards and blazer badges before the start?
  24. If it's a revenue issue (assuming services to nonmember racing crew are a significant expense), couldn't you just raise race entry fees? And maybe scale them to boat size, which would generally correlate to crew size?
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