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  1. Heisenberg

    RIP Charley

    My family sailed out to greet Heritage as she sailed into Duluth, MN as first-to-finish in the Trans Superior in the late '70s. We could see her out on the horizon as we crested the Duluth hill on our drive down to the marina. We sailed out a couple of miles and tacked well below her as she...
  2. Heisenberg

    i done did it

    The correct number of boats = n+1 where "n" is equivalent to the number of boats currently owned.
  3. Heisenberg

    Breakin' the law, breakin' the law

    So I need to amend my original post. The infringement was, indeed, for Rule 42. She was sculling, and I thought that was pretty clear but hadn't read that report until now. None-the-less, I'm glad this is opening up a discussion. World Sailing is about the last place I expect to see any...
  4. Heisenberg

    Breakin' the law, breakin' the law

    It's not a question of whence we came. The rulebook was a disaster in the '80s, too. It needs a hard look to see where it can be simplified and made more black-and-white. Ultimately, the purpose of the rules is to stop boats from hitting each other and/or somebody getting hurt. I'm in favor of...
  5. Heisenberg

    Breakin' the law, breakin' the law

    Even at the highest level of sailing (the Olympics arguably), competitors don't know the rules. This is an indictment of both competitors and the rule writers. Yes, the rules are too complicated, but it's on the competitors to know how they work. This is a constant and ongoing problem, which...
  6. Heisenberg

    World Sailing saved from liquidation...what a surprise

    Make Nevin Sayre head of US Sailing, and tell WS to go fuck themselves.
  7. Heisenberg

    When a penalty isn't a penalty?

    If you feel strongly about it, file an appeal.
  8. Heisenberg

    Is there any logic to owning a boat?

    The correct number of boats to own = n + 1 where "n" is the number of boats currently owned. Consequently, you really ought to be looking at 2 boats concurrently.
  9. Heisenberg

    my Cup runneth under

    Participating in sailboat racing is exciting. Watching it, not so much (from a lifelong racer of sailboats).
  10. Heisenberg

    what is it?

    Looks suspiciously like a Laser... errr ILCA.
  11. Heisenberg

    what say you?

    More facts would need to be established to truly know what transpired, but based on the information available:  Both boats violated rule 14, avoiding contact. Windward did not "keep clear" of leeward. Leeward, based on their advanced angle of heel perhaps did not allow sufficient room and...
  12. Heisenberg

    what say you?

    There's no longer a "sail below your proper course" rule.
  13. Heisenberg

    Caption Contest

    It shrinks?... Like a frightened turtle!
  14. Heisenberg

    same old, same old - not quite!

    I was being ironic. Still, after playing this game for 50 odd years, I'm amazed at the complexity of the rules and "turd polishing" that goes on (see "tweaks"). If the rules are essentially meant to keep boat from colliding, say that without obfuscation. The entire rewrite conducted a couple of...
  15. Heisenberg

    same old, same old - not quite!

    With such pedestrian changes, how are the book writers supposed to make any money this go-round?
  16. Heisenberg

    Help me out with some MORC History

    A bit longer than your specification, but the Chance 30-30 was always a solid all-arounder in its day.
  17. Heisenberg

    Beer can racing - When to protest or not

    Unicorns are also delicious... Heisenberg probably not so much. Neither is necessarily an expert on the Racing Rules of Sailing, although the inherent uncertainty of location and velocity of many rules situations lends itself to Heisenberg 
  18. Heisenberg

    Beer can racing - When to protest or not

    It was that or Stabby the Unicorn. Both seemed edgy in their own unique way.
  19. Heisenberg

    Beer can racing - When to protest or not

    I find in many situations folks simply think they know the rules, but what they actually know is some combination of current rules and long-ago abandoned versions. With that in mind, the friendly chat is a good starting point followed by the pain of going to the room if behaviors do not change...
  20. Heisenberg

    Jury awards $6 million in favor of Bruce Kirby How long will it take for the appeal to be filed?

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