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World Sailing President Kim Anderson ran on a platform of transparency and working better with Member National Authorities. One wonders why then that World Sailing is making an issue out of the US Sailing app not being geo-blocked. Yes, behind the scenes World Sailing is making a case out of the fact a free app, which provides pretty limited, basic information is such a threat to the World Sailing monopoly.


It is hard to know exactly what motives World Sailing and their various positions, but it can probably be summed up this way - Follow the money. And read US Sailing's letter to WS here.



What this means is that if you access the rule book via the US Sailing app, and if World Sailing is successful in forcing US Sailing, and every other MNA, to geo-block their apps, every time you go to a regatta in another country, the rule book that you paid for will not be accessible. Leave from Newport and end up in Bermuda, sorry, no app for you. Live in the US and sail in the St. Barth’s Bucket, Antigua, St. Maarten or BVI. Nada. You have to lug around a paper version.



Alternatively, you can go right to the World Sailing site and access the rules there, so what on earth is the big deal about geo-blocking an app that also has the rules?



The questions then are these: Why isn’t US Sailing going public with this problem? Will US Sailing sue World Sailing? Why does World Sailing think geo-blocking an app from an MNA will help “make sailing stronger”, as President Anderson likes to use as his tagline. What about all that transparency you promised President Anderson?


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The key to understanding all the "organizations" whether it be World Sailing, USSailing, the Laser Class, or any so called non-profit has to do with understanding human motivations.

When the organization crosses the threahhold where people start getting paid, the motivations change dramatically.

Usually the first generation of employees is still primarily interested primarily in the mission of the organization but, those dedicated people accept funds "from the gang" rather than continue to fund the organization's activities from their own pockets.

 

When that generation passes the torch the replacements are often just doing a job and rightfully answer to those who hired them rather than the members and friends the first generation served.

 

From there it descends into the morass of social politics and selfish attempts to "be in charge."

 

Those at World Sailing see ways to control and make more money for themselves....

they are doing so.

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it's easy and freemto just download and save the rules on your phone as a PDF from the World Sailing website

 

then you can open it one of the many apps that will read PDFs

 

one thing that did change, is that for the previous 2013-2017 rules, ISAF had a rules app that i'm pretty sure was free - i still have it on my phone.

 

it looks like for the US Sailing app, you have to log in with your US sailing ID # and password before you can download the rules. And even then, it appears that the document is only viewable in the app. That's kind of a pain, because what if you get logged out, and can't remember your password or ID#?

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Reading the tea leaves in that letter, you can download a copy of the WS RRS from their site free of charge ... for now.

 

Perhaps a little bizzar then that -- to the best of my knowledge anyway -- the only member of the racing rules committee who makes money as an author of a book on the rules is USAnian and the committee is chaired by the President of US Sailing.

 

By, I'm sure pure co-incidence, a copy of the localized RRS is often touted as one of the main benefits of NMA membership.

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World Sailing makes the rules freely available to anyone that goes online: RRS

 

You can also get the rules by going to the US Sailing website here

which just forwards you to the WS site.

And the US Sailing prescriptions are here

 

So we can get the RRS for free by going to both the USS site and the WS site. We dont have to be a member of either organization. Seems like a pretty good deal to me. The governing bodies of our sport are providing a free service to all racing sailors everywhere. I would call that a pretty decent public service.

 

Apparently there is an app for the RRS produced by US Sailing which is only available to USS members. Since presumably USS members paid for the development of the app, that seems fair enough to me. As 7070 pointed out the you can get the pdf for free on your phone so its not like anyone is restricting access to the RRS.

 

I'm not sure what the fuss is about.

 

I assume that USS members can access that app' wherever they are but non-members cannot. Perhaps WS thinks that an app that contains the RRS should be freely available to everyone. Perhaps they think that the USS sailing app should not be available to USS members when they are not in the US. That would seem a strange but insignificant position to take.

 

Just know that if French sailors are in the US, we are happy for them to use any app produced by the Fédération Française de Voile and we dont feel any need to have free access to an app produced by FFV.

 

Im not sure about an app produced by YNZ because of course there is the whole question about whether New Zealand sailors should even be let out of New Zealand in the first place but that is a different debate for another thread. :)

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A brief update on the US Sailing racing rules app. For the 2017-2020 version of the Racing Rules of Sailing, we produced an ebook, which is available via the US Sailing Bookstore App on
(iOS) and
(Android). Once the app is installed, all members can download rulebook free. You will need your Member ID, which you can look up on the
if you don’t have it handy, and your password, which you can
if you have misplaced/forgotten it. Also, please call the office if you have any questions at (401) 683-0800 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT).
This electronic version of the rulebook includes the 2017-2020 RRS, the US Sailing Prescriptions, and excerpts from Dave Perry’s Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing (click on the red diamonds that appear next to a rule or definition). While the Rulebook and Prescriptions are downloaded to your device, and thus you can use it disconnected and in any country, an Internet connection is necessary to pull up the Dave Perry excerpts. There is, nor will be, any geo-blocking.
With regards to World Sailing, I would like to clarify the impetus for the letters that have been posted, and which have prompted this dialogue. Over the past several quads, World Sailing has been revising its reproduction policy for the Racing Rules of Sailing, particularly as it pertains to the Web and electronic distribution. MNA’s have always had a royalty-free license to produce, distribute and sell the RRS in print/hardcopy, within their territories. However during the past several quads, and without due process or discussion, World Sailing began reserving the worldwide rights to distribute the RRS on the Internet, and now in all electronic forms (ebooks, apps, etc.) for itself. Currently MNA’s may either license the app available from World Sailing, or develop their own and pay a royalty to World Sailing.
US Sailing supports World Sailing developing an app and making it available to MNA’s that may not have the resources to build their own. However, we strongly believe as the digital age is now mainstream, MNA’s should be able to produce and distribute the RRS in whatever format the sailors in their countries prefer, and not be penalized or taxed for efficient, sustainable practices by leveraging digital format. Many of our fellow MNA’s are of the same opinion. For the short term, we are currently working with World Sailing to ensure the availability of our 2017-2020 app to our members and sailors in the U.S for use worldwide. For the longer term, we are working through the World Sailing governance and submission process to revise the reproduction policy in a transparent manner that affords MNA’s the ability and freedom to serve their sailors and markets in the best manner and without unfair restrictions and costs.
Stay tuned, and thank you for your support.
Jack Gierhart

 

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The key to understanding all the "organizations" whether it be World Sailing, USSailing, the Laser Class, or any so called non-profit has to do with understanding human motivations.

When the organization crosses the threahhold where people start getting paid, the motivations change dramatically.

Usually the first generation of employees is still primarily interested primarily in the mission of the organization but, those dedicated people accept funds "from the gang" rather than continue to fund the organization's activities from their own pockets.

 

When that generation passes the torch the replacements are often just doing a job and rightfully answer to those who hired them rather than the members and friends the first generation served.

 

From there it descends into the morass of social politics and selfish attempts to "be in charge."

 

Those at World Sailing see ways to control and make more money for themselves....

they are doing so.

 

 

TLDR: "Follow the money"

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A brief update on the US Sailing racing rules app. For the 2017-2020 version of the Racing Rules of Sailing, we produced an ebook, which is available via the US Sailing Bookstore App on
(iOS) and
(Android). Once the app is installed, all members can download rulebook free. You will need your Member ID, which you can look up on the
if you don’t have it handy, and your password, which you can
if you have misplaced/forgotten it. Also, please call the office if you have any questions at (401) 683-0800 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT).
This electronic version of the rulebook includes the 2017-2020 RRS, the US Sailing Prescriptions, and excerpts from Dave Perry’s Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing (click on the red diamonds that appear next to a rule or definition). While the Rulebook and Prescriptions are downloaded to your device, and thus you can use it disconnected and in any country, an Internet connection is necessary to pull up the Dave Perry excerpts. There is, nor will be, any geo-blocking.
With regards to World Sailing, I would like to clarify the impetus for the letters that have been posted, and which have prompted this dialogue. Over the past several quads, World Sailing has been revising its reproduction policy for the Racing Rules of Sailing, particularly as it pertains to the Web and electronic distribution. MNA’s have always had a royalty-free license to produce, distribute and sell the RRS in print/hardcopy, within their territories. However during the past several quads, and without due process or discussion, World Sailing began reserving the worldwide rights to distribute the RRS on the Internet, and now in all electronic forms (ebooks, apps, etc.) for itself. Currently MNA’s may either license the app available from World Sailing, or develop their own and pay a royalty to World Sailing.
US Sailing supports World Sailing developing an app and making it available to MNA’s that may not have the resources to build their own. However, we strongly believe as the digital age is now mainstream, MNA’s should be able to produce and distribute the RRS in whatever format the sailors in their countries prefer, and not be penalized or taxed for efficient, sustainable practices by leveraging digital format. Many of our fellow MNA’s are of the same opinion. For the short term, we are currently working with World Sailing to ensure the availability of our 2017-2020 app to our members and sailors in the U.S for use worldwide. For the longer term, we are working through the World Sailing governance and submission process to revise the reproduction policy in a transparent manner that affords MNA’s the ability and freedom to serve their sailors and markets in the best manner and without unfair restrictions and costs.
Stay tuned, and thank you for your support.
Jack Gierhart

 

 

 

 

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A brief update on the US Sailing racing rules app. For the 2017-2020 version of the Racing Rules of Sailing, we produced an ebook, which is available via the US Sailing Bookstore App on
(iOS) and
(Android). Once the app is installed, all members can download rulebook free. You will need your Member ID, which you can look up on the
if you don’t have it handy, and your password, which you can
if you have misplaced/forgotten it. Also, please call the office if you have any questions at (401) 683-0800 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT).
This electronic version of the rulebook includes the 2017-2020 RRS, the US Sailing Prescriptions, and excerpts from Dave Perry’s Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing (click on the red diamonds that appear next to a rule or definition). While the Rulebook and Prescriptions are downloaded to your device, and thus you can use it disconnected and in any country, an Internet connection is necessary to pull up the Dave Perry excerpts. There is, nor will be, any geo-blocking.
With regards to World Sailing, I would like to clarify the impetus for the letters that have been posted, and which have prompted this dialogue. Over the past several quads, World Sailing has been revising its reproduction policy for the Racing Rules of Sailing, particularly as it pertains to the Web and electronic distribution. MNA’s have always had a royalty-free license to produce, distribute and sell the RRS in print/hardcopy, within their territories. However during the past several quads, and without due process or discussion, World Sailing began reserving the worldwide rights to distribute the RRS on the Internet, and now in all electronic forms (ebooks, apps, etc.) for itself. Currently MNA’s may either license the app available from World Sailing, or develop their own and pay a royalty to World Sailing.
US Sailing supports World Sailing developing an app and making it available to MNA’s that may not have the resources to build their own. However, we strongly believe as the digital age is now mainstream, MNA’s should be able to produce and distribute the RRS in whatever format the sailors in their countries prefer, and not be penalized or taxed for efficient, sustainable practices by leveraging digital format. Many of our fellow MNA’s are of the same opinion. For the short term, we are currently working with World Sailing to ensure the availability of our 2017-2020 app to our members and sailors in the U.S for use worldwide. For the longer term, we are working through the World Sailing governance and submission process to revise the reproduction policy in a transparent manner that affords MNA’s the ability and freedom to serve their sailors and markets in the best manner and without unfair restrictions and costs.
Stay tuned, and thank you for your support.
Jack Gierhart

 

 

I have to say that the choice of using the bookstore app (IOS) makes the usage extremely clumsy and hard to use. HUGE step back from the last version that actually pretty well. PDF's just don't work on phones!

 

Hope you get the rights pissing mach squared out

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