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    Nanny State or nanny goat state: conspiracy or clusterf*ck?

    The NOR and SI have very specific definitions, and  there have been tons of protests (and cases) defining their use over the years.  Generally they are defined as:   - NOR - Defines "who" is eligible to enter the race.  Can define requirements on the boats such as certificates, minimum...
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    Barge much? (FP)

    Their failure was that they setup above the layline for the "boat" end.  That defined their options from then on.  They have the details and systems to have known they were above the layline, and subject to potentially being blocked out of the line, LONG before they became overlapped.  They...
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    Barge much? (FP)

    The difficulty is determining the difference between holding the main to prevent it from gybing (when sailing deep by the lee), vs physically restraining the boom from moving even though the main has actually filled on the other gybe.    
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    Barge much? (FP)

    SS...I believe there is (or was in older rule sets) about this exact situation.  Where a boat "artificially" held their sail against the natural flow and claimed stbd rights.  I believe this was done with a preventer line and the vang, and that it was not just sailing by the lee but physically...
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    you make the call

    John...I would normally agree...except that the video does not show S altering course or not altering course.  The only thing it does show is the spinnaker going up and hitting the leeward boat.  It does show P turning and the bearing does change, but again how much is impossible to tell by the...
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    you make the call

    The reality is that in this case we only have a video which does not show the action of the Stbd boat.  What is on the video is that P does change course to leward several boat lengths away from the contact with S.  That is on the video.  What the video does not show is the actions of S during...
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    how to ruin racing, part 2

    While true that conduct does not have to rise to a rule 69 to lead to an exclusion, the defensibly of the exclusion has to be based upon a non-arbitrary event. A hearing or administrative "event" would allow the exclusion to not be arbitrary in nature. Without documentation of some sort, then...
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    how to ruin racing, part 2

    In this case redress time limits are not the same as protest limits during a race. Granted I suspect that at this point he could not race for this weekend, but the exclusion is for the entire season as well. A hearing can be held, and I suspect that any OA who would hear of this could also...
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    how to ruin racing, part 2

    Peter, I think this is exactly the point. The letter does 2 things, excludes him from this race AND excludes him from all races in 2017. To do that would require some set of reasons that would have to be defined, or it would definitely fall into the "arbitrary" side of the rule. IMHO while...
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    how to ruin racing, part 2

    All clubs essentially need to abide by the RRS and USSailing prescriptions. That includes following their own NOR and eligibility clauses. While it is entirely normal to restrict entry, especially to a competitor who may have been say banned from the club (and club events), to do so without...
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    zero the hero

    I get what you are saying. But as a former pro, and one who worked my way up to that position, the bike means a lot less than people think. A $2k investment in bike and wheels, which is WAY less than many pay, puts you 100% on par with the top pro in the world. Now will a $15k Madone help a...
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    zero the hero

    Hard to compare the situation with sailing to cycling or masters swimming. As someone who has participated in all of these, there simply is no difference. Swimming is simple...there is no advantage to being a coach vs a normal swimmer. It is all about physical performance and time in the pool...
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    prince of pain-from the FP

    This is very interesting to me. Foilers have been claimed to be the "future" of sailing. We are continually hearing how much this will change sailing for the better, get more people involved, etc. Yet it raises safety, inadequate skills ("zero volunteer drivers") and injury concerns to a...
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    New Cubed - First Supermaxi Since Speedboat

    Lets see...spend a couple million to make a boat. Sail boat for a bit. Then just scrap it? Nah. He might want to keep it as a trinket to look at, but rich guys don't get rich looking at million dollar depreciating items. They buy art to look at that goes up. Probably just go up for sale...
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    new low

    Perhaps I do...perhaps I don't. Does not really matter. You wanted comments to the post, I posted and defended my view, which is that the entry is invalid. So that result is against you...suck it up. Take the info I gave and perhaps come up with a defense against it. Or not. Or call me a...
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