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  1. Fine idea but they seem pretty spendy… And I think for bigger regattas and especially youth events you’re still going to want to have several crewed RC boats stationed around the course.
  2. I think the RaceQs watch app is hands-down the best sail racing watch app out there. I don’t think it runs on the Quatix but it does run on the Fenix series and other models at the lower end of the Garmin range. It has an especially useful “My Courses” feature where, if your club uses fixed marks, you can upload courses to the watch and it will automatically index to the next mark as well tell you the heading and predicted TWA for every leg of the course. And it will automatically upload your track to RaceQs, including the marks and the start line if you ping it beforehand. Plus the
  3. If anyone in Southern California is interested in a Volvo MD2B for parts, parting out or possible rebuild, I've got one posted up in Classifieds that I'm trying to get rid of.
  4. I suppose they could if they weren't worried about a breach of contract lawsuit. Builder would certainly incur damages. More likely the suppliers would have some sort of equitable adjustment clause in the contract that would attempt to keep both sides closer to whole.
  5. I wonder to what extent the larger builders have long-term contracts for materials? In which case it would be the suppliers, not the builders, in a squeeze.
  6. Not sure about boatbuilding but I've heard a few stories recently about building contractors either reneging on or asking to renegotiate contracts that were made before the pandemic hit. I expect they'll eat what they can especially for a good customer but I don't think they're willing to go bankrupt based on unforeseeable material cost increases. Surely my fiberglass job can be categorized as "infrastructure" and I can get a tiny fraction of a trillion dollars from Uncle Joe?
  7. Maybe not, but I've seen spring plunger snap shackles accidentally come loose when the lanyards got snagged. One race twice within about 30 seconds on a hoist, after which we were fresh out of spin halyards. This seems better if you want to be able to open it somewhat quickly without tools but absolutely, positively don't want it to come open unintentionally. But a Tylaska type is probably a better balance between security and quick opening.
  8. Fair enough...although the premise of the original question (stbd POV boat was not entitled to room) is flawed.
  9. Why couldn't a race committee (or any boat) protest a boat in that circumstance, if informed by a person who did not have a conflict of interest? It's not information arising from an invalid protest or redress request, and it's not a breach of a Part 2 rule. If the protestor filed as soon as the video evidence became available to them, it seems like that would be a good enough reason for the PC to extend the time limit. No obligation, certainly. But if a competitor can make the RC aware of a potential error and give them an opportunity to fix it I think everybody wins. I've got to beli
  10. Except for rule 43.1(c). If a boat has ROW and/or is entitled to room and doesn't cause damage or injury she is (not may be, not even shall be, but is) exonerated for breaking 14. A piqued PC might DSQ them but they'd probably be reinstated on appeal (assuming that either the original PC or the appeals committee couldn't find any other breaches).
  11. I'm not sure I can identify a main trimmer. Red suit guy is trimming headsails, except at the very end where the narrator says "you shouldn't have the main". Not sure what blue shirt's role is (I think he's narrating though) but it appears to have to do with the front of the boat. Is the driver supposed to be trimming main also?
  12. Starboard does make a difference. He's not only owed mark room, boats on port are obligated to keep clear no matter where starboard goes (subject to rule 16, maybe 18.4, etc). So the question of how much room the starboard boat "needs" to round the mark and avoid inside boats isn't really relevant. But I agree that in this situation with the other boats looking to be stalled at the mark the better part of valor might have been to go round the outside, carve a nice turn and come out with speed. Could very likely pass a few boats that are caught up in the cluster and maybe even wind up with
  13. Case 128 talks about "If the race committee observes..." and there have been some discussions in other places of the implications of the rules allowing the RC to assign a score of NSC without a hearing. NSC is different in kind from OCS and DNF where the RC are naturally in a position to directly observe a breach. A failure to sail the course (missing a mark or rounding the wrong direction, for example) may or may not be directly observed by the RC. I'm not sure this implication was fully appreciated by the drafters when they determined that NSC could be assigned without a hearing. Would
  14. You're probably right on the course notation, especially if that's the way they marked it for prior races. I'm not suggesting "blasting" the RC - they're people, they made a mistake. I'm just saying that they should recognize it and try to ensure they do better another time. And I agree with Snowden that perhaps it would have been good for the competitor to point out the error to the RC so they could postpone and fix.
  15. Just to add that the RC could have avoided this error if they'd signaled the course the way they said they would in the SI and not made the RC volunteer do math. Seems like it should have been: Course O W = 7, J = 1, L = 3 I don't guess any of the competitors would have been confused by that and a fair race could have been had by all. I would also question the score of DNF. Sounds like the competitor did finish according to the definition. Score should have been NSC (same points, I suppose, so maybe a distinction without a difference). I'm assuming that the RC saw the incid
  16. Port of LA will be collecting expired marine flares in Cabrillo on Saturday, June 19. Must live, work or berth boat in Los Angeles county. Details
  17. I expect the limitation with RaceQs is that it will only use its estimate of true wind direction, you have a limited ability to adjust. And it doesn't figure wind speed at all. Still, pretty useful for comparing boat vs boat.
  18. Olympics should be about accessibility (which means affordability) and competitor ability (which includes both athleticism & smarts), not about the pinnacle of technology (we've got AC for that). Viewer- and/or TV-friendly helps although I don't know that sailing is ever going to crack prime time. J70, Melges 24, FarEast maybe. Anyway, reasonably modern planing keelboat with asym kite. Crew of 4 with genders evenly split & a total crew weight limit (which probably means the girls drive & do bow, & if they did it right you could probably put at least one Finn guy in the mi
  19. Yeah, I think that's true in most of the free states. Just not California because we're going to save the planet by ourselves...
  20. I think it can still be sold as stove fuel, but you won't find it in the paint section any more. 'Cause planet, you know...
  21. One advantage to documentation is that you can renew for up to 5 years at a time and not have to hassle with it. Starting next year all renewals will be for 5 years to save the USCG admin costs.
  22. Sounds like the USNA experiment was done with shock loading - "several crew being hurled against the lifelines." They also noted that the leg of the stern pulpit was vertical, at a right angle to the deck where the bow pulpit was angled and survived better.
  23. Don't have a link to the actual study but below links to a Practical Sailor article. Granted a bit dated (2012) and may be unique to stern pulpit designs similar to the Navy 44. But their finding was that the solid structures failed significantly below the breaking strength of 1x19 wire. I don't know but would suspect that real world failures are mostly as found in the study or a result of compromised swage fittings. Are there any cases of wire lifelines parting in the middle of a span? https://www.practical-sailor.com/safety-seamanship/usna-lifeline-test-reveals-weak-
  24. Regarding strength, there was a study done by the Naval Academy that found that when a lifeline system failed it was pretty much always the pulpits that gave up first. I suspect this would be true even with less-than-perfect dyneema splices or lashings (assuming no chafe, which I know is a big assumption but is at least readily inspectable).
  25. That shouldn't be a surprise, even if there are several threads...
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