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    Australian Sailing

    The first to announce our retirement. Another boat retired before us but forgot to radio in until halfway home. We had 30+ knots of breeze beam reaching just before the Iron Pot. With 9nm downwind to the mark we thought we'd put the boat onto the wind to see what it would be like on the way back. Fuck that for a game of soldiers. The PRO did specifically instruct skippers to be prudent considering the forecast. From the radio chatter there were quite a few retirements and a crew member lifted off and taken to an ambulance. Alive broke a masthead kite halyard. Quest shredded a kite which we witnessed the remains of. Considering the call to be prudent I would have thought a course down the Channel rather than into Storm Bay might have been more prudent. Oh, and those round ups. I wasn't driving. I was attempting to have a piss. But we did get 19 knots under the chicken kite on the way home.
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    Australian Sailing

    Well a mixed days results for us but just wondering. Is this a national championships? Three races for Div B and C during which I'm sure the pin wasn't moved once. Pin end bias on race 1, boat end on races 2 and 3. And results which give places only with no elapsed or corrected time to confirm how well or badly we went.
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    Australian Sailing

    Official Opening Ceremony tonight. I played the "I live too far away," card and sent the Tactition with the promise of a few free drinks and nibbles. Feedback was it was buy your own drinks and a paper bag with a class pennant flag and printed copy of the SI's. Great value for the $350 entry fee. One wonders why it was Invitation Only - Owner + 1. If they made it free for all they would have maxed it on bar sales.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Right now, after a day on the actual water observing the S2H finishers, you could have tied up either of your two boats in Far South Tasmania, retired to your own club house south of Tasman Island and be living the dream. What went wrong?
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    Australian Sailing

    Wedge Island from the east. Epic photo from my friend Sharon. Low res sorry.
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    Australian Sailing

    Note also that the AS SR 4.10.1 require you to carry paper charts. The SI's state these to be AUS 171 and 173 which, "cover the course area and are recommended." Except that they don't cover the whole area. Courses 6 and 8 require rounding of Wedge Island to port (ie from the South). Only the Northern tip of the island is on AUS 171. And the SI's do not refer specifically to AS SR 4.10.1. What is it like to the South of this island? In terms of real safety and navigation this is no problem to us locals. No problem to those (all of us) with electronic charts. But it only takes one pedantic legal eagle (why aren't you doing this series Lydia?) to challenge the AS SR 4.10.1 requirement, the SI recommendation, and the actual charts of the race area on the grounds of compliance rather than reality. Forgive me for being pedantic. In my daily work I operate in a compliance framework which is sometimes ludicrously inconsistent. But that's just about the future of peoples' lives and careers. Sailing is more important than that. Can we get it right? But, nevertheless I have all my Cat 5 navigation requirements to sail, in daylight, the waters I know like the back of my hand. I have my recommended paper charts, my hand bearing compass, my chart protractor, my Garmin GPSmap handheld, and the Navionics app on my tablet. Not to forget my mobile phone to SMS my intention to start and POB to race control. And, my handheld VHF stuffed into the pocket of my PFD. The same VHF that can't be trusted to give the intention to start and POB in a fleet of 33, and would not be permitted in our Hobart Combined Clubs Summer Pennant Series where a, "fitted VHF radio is mandatory," to sail week in, week out, on the same waters as the Australian Yachting Championships. Looking forward to sailing in summer, finally. Whatever the result. My tip for Div 3 is (Slowest Boat) Katwinchar 0.887 1st, Thompson 7, 1.049. (Smallest Boat), back there having fun.
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    Australian Sailing

    I'm wondering how we comply with the Sail Declaration that mentions SA SR 4.24.1 (e) when there isn't one. Australian Sailing Special Regulation 4.24.1 only goes to d). The regatta is Cat 5. And if I'm brave enough to bring this to the attention of the Sailing Manager.
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    Australian Sailing

    SI's are out. Check here. https://www.ryct.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2020-Australian-Yachting-Championships-SIs-FINAL.pdf They were emailed to entrants on Tuesday 24th.
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    Australian Sailing

    00.02 Why am I still awake at this hour? Oh, yes, holidays. Let me check those links again. No. No Sailing Instructions available on or before Monday December 23. Yesterday.
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    Australian Sailing

    35 minutes left.
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    Australian Sailing

    Hmm, click on the link in the "event website" https://www.yachtingchamps.org.au/2020-yachting-championships/race-documents-entry/ Or the link on the RYCT website http://www.ryct.org.au/sailing/ayc20/ and do you find any Sailing Instructions? Seems to me that today is definitely "on or before Monday 23 December 2019." Unless my calendar is wrong. Race 1 for Div 1 (the S2H) starts in 3 days and competitors don't know what the SI's specify yet? Continuing the Monty Python theme, does anyone else think that this event is turning into a farcical aquatic ceremony?
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    Australian Sailing

    I think he was talking about Snoopy. He is a bloody peasant.
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    Australian Sailing

    Entries closed at 1200 today. 32 entries, plus those who might enter late and pay the additional fee.
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    Australian Sailing

    My bad. Not a sponsor. An entrant that I hadn't spotted before. From 19 to 23 in a day it's hard to keep up with the rush.
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    Australian Sailing

    Just received a bizarre sequence of emails from AS relating to the championships. With two days to go before entries close competitors have been invited to a welcome function and briefing. Do they not predict that any more entries will come in the next two days?? Or are the late comers not welcome? And what I presume was my invitation was incorrectly addressed to someone else; a sponsor, who has a similar first name, completely different surname, and isn't actually an entrant. Or maybe I was sent his invitation by mistake, he was sent mine, and he's wondering who the fuck I am. And then there was a follow up, correcting the time of the function. FFS There are only 23 entries. How hard can it be? Mail merge. Mailchimp. Are these foreign concepts to a national body?
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    Australian Sailing

    There are people outside of your little Queensland club (aka The Rest of The World) who have absolutely no idea what you are on about. Plain speaking please. All the details. Or at least enough for a coherent narrative. We don't all have solicitors to interpret your interpretations. Nor do we have the cash to afford such. QC representation in sailing matters is not the norm ... yet.
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    Australian Sailing

    What bloody good is a Court of Arbitration for Sport when a sport's governing body can just say no? Surely AS, as the national body of an Olympic sport receiving most of its funding from the Australian Sports Commission (ie the tax payer) would have conditions requiring it to participate? I could understand if it was a minor, non Olympic sport like AFL or NRL.
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    Australian Sailing

    So when you learn to read you will note that there are different letters and sounds in the words STARTERS and ENTRANTS. Then you could look up the definition of ENTRANTS. And finally, fuckwit, you could look up the difference between SERIES and RACE. Then you could learn to count, and how to do the basic mathematical concept of subtraction 24-12=12, or multiplication 2x12=24 and see that there are twice as many entries in the Summer Pennant than in the IRC States. Are you from Queensland? I can put you in touch with some award-winning teachers in your neighborhood if you'd like to go back to school.
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    Australian Sailing

    Race Results of this weekend's TAS IRC Championships vs IRC Entrants in the Summer Pennant Series, Race 4 of which was held last weekend. I'm still wondering why there is such a difference in number of entries.
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    Australian Sailing

    No one offered me a half-price deal for the new certificate I just paid for. Where is this half-price IRC shop?
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    Australian Sailing

    Ask Lydia for all the details on the Div 1 entry requirements. He is all over the (alleged) Matt Allen TP52 conspiracy. Me, I can't imagine anyone shipping a non-S2H TP52 all the way to Hobart just for the IRC Nationals. The S2H race counting for Div 1 seems more like an incentive to get some "glamour" boats to the series to please the sponsors, blinkered media, and give the regatta some "credibility." BTW Tassie sailors don't often choose to drink at the Customs House.
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    Australian Sailing

    Yes. For Div 1 only.
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    Australian Sailing

    Our certificate won't be ready by next week but it's interesting to compare the entry list for the Tasmanian IRC Championships next weekend to the Australian Championships in Hobart in January. Why aren't these local boats stepping up? And where is the "all conquering" Philospher? Is there more behind the scenes manipulation to come? Surely not.
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    Australian Sailing

    Ten weeks to go before this. Anyone else going to bother to enter? I hope not. When I get my entry in I am guaranteed top 10!!
  25. So first some context. My crew and I have just won a five race Winter Series with a score (after drop) of 4. We live in a fairly cold part of Australia and ironically winter (and autumn) is the only time our boat is eligible to compete in the top level of racing conducted by any of our three local clubs. Why, you may ask? Well, for some reason, even though all the summer pennant races are conducted in either smooth or sheltered waters (see map), the organising authorities have in their wisdom decided to over-ride the Australian Sailing Category 5 Safety requirements and insist that a fitted (not hand-held) VHF radio must be installed. For those in other regions the safety categories are: Race Category Description Category 0 N/A (Trans-oceanic races) Category 1 Offshore races of long distance and well offshore, where boats must be self-sufficient for extended periods of time, capable of withstanding heavy storms and prepared to meet serious emergencies without the expectation of outside assistance. Category 2 Offshore races of extended duration along or not far removed from shorelines or in large unprotected bays or lakes, where a high degree of self-sufficiency is required of the yachts. Category 3 Offshore races across open water, most of which is relatively protected or close to shorelines. Category 4 Short offshore races, close to shore in relatively warm or protected waters, normally held in daylight. Category 5 Races with limited rescue availability, in protected waters, in daylight hours or in sheltered waters at night. Category 6 Short races close to the shoreline in protected waters, in daylight hours only and with effective rescue availability Category 7 Short races in sheltered waters, in daylight hours only and with effective rescue availability. Boats not complying with Rule 3.01.3 (Special Regulations 2017-2021 Part 1) are not required to carry buoyancy. Our boat is a sports boat, very limited space below decks, where a fitted VHF radio would be very difficult to access in an emergency, and a handheld is actually more accessible and safer. But I digress. This is the context. Word is that we could apply for a dispensation, another boat has, but according to one prominent club official, "we wouldn't want anyone to know that." Our summer season is about to kick off with what is essentially a three day social event with a separate entry system and SI's from the regular summer pennant series. Race 1 of the opening series is a passage race from A to B on the map attached (note: entirely within smooth waters, but at night); a day harbour race in the very protected upper estuary (around point C); and a day race on the following morning from C to D. All, as you note in smooth waters. The series is this weekend. Entries closed yesterday at 1700. So, yesterday afternoon, out of interest I consulted the NOR. The regatta was to be Cat 5N. No amendment to the VHF radio requirement. I entered one hour before closing time. I almost instantly received a phone call from the Sailing Manager who stated that the boat was not eligible for Cat 5N because it didn't have lifelines. I drew his attention to 3.12.3 and 3.12.6 of Cat 5 which states Lifelines (if fitted). He seemed surprised by this so I risked asking the elephant in the room question. "Have you amended the Cat 5 requirements to insist on a fixed VHF radio?" "No," he replied, "We haven't done that for this series." "Excellent," I said, "I will have the 5N Safety Audit form to you tomorrow." Note: the provision of a VHF radio (either handheld or fitted) is NOT mentioned on the AS Cat 5 Safety Audit checklist! At 1704 a text message arrived advising that the SI's were now available online (they were not available when I entered). At 0852 this morning I received a text from the Sailing Manager stating, "further to our conversation of yesterday ... please see Clause 12 of the ... sailing instructions, regarding a fixed VHF radio is mandatory." I have since discovered that the NOR has now been amended (after entries had closed) to also state that a fixed VHF radio is mandatory - although this could well be in breach of RRS 89.2 b: 89.2. Notice of Race; Appointment of Race Officials The organizing authority shall publish a notice of race that conforms to rule J1. The notice of race may be changed provided adequate notice is given. I'm not sure that "adequate notice is given," means that the NOR can be changed after all entries have been received!! But, it gets worse. In previous years the more serious safety category requirements only applied to the night race. Now the Cat 5, plus the requirement for fixed VHF radio applies to all races in the series. Local boats from the area around point C, a brackish water estuary 1 NM by 0.5 NM who normally race under Cat 7 at best, cannot compete in a race in their own backyard. I cannot put my sports boat on its trailer and tow it the location and race this round the cans race even though I've just won a 5 weekend round the cans series in a waterway far more exposed in winter under a lesser safety category. Yep, the same waterway that I can't sail in over summer because it's not safe. There are two aspects to this situation: 1. The arbitrary application of the Cat 5 VHF amendment excludes boats from racing in events on waters that they can race on at other times of the year, organised by the same authorities; and 2. The farcical situation of changing the rules for this weekend's race series because, and I can only reach this conclusion, they did not want my boat to enter for fear of a) setting a precedent, b) trying to cover their arses; or c) they think I'm a bolshie prick and don't want me to play.