OK, I worked out on my way in this morning that it's just over 6w to go before Salcombe Week, which will be the 1st serious competition for Team Heaven Sent since the restoration.
Posted: 25/05/2005 10:26:58
By: Andrew M
Sadly this banging and barging is not unique to the Merlin Rocket Class nor is the cynical use of the Racing Rules sic Ben Ainslea last race Sydney 2000. Soccer, Rugby,Cricket now sailing fast bedcoming a contact sport, how long before there are boarding parties? It costs nothing to be a lady or gentleman and often you gain, thed lift you get letting a port tack boat go oftgen puts you ahead of him wheras being lee bowed by him is tombsville. Too much zagression but bthats the story of life in Townie Blairs Britain.
Posted: 25/05/2005 11:24:03
Andrew, one issue is a reluctance for people to protest people. Me included. Example, port tacker at Rutland on the start (name no names, but they know who they are)'unable' to get out of the way of us on Starboard because of a port tacker below him refusing to get out the way. We had no choice but to take emergency action to avoid a collision. Then a clear refusal by the port tacker to do turns.
Posted: 25/05/2005 13:56:13
Its amazing what can happen if you dont follow the fleet and keep your nose clean.Protest room what where! Sailing is FUN. Beats hod carrying.
Posted: 25/05/2005 14:20:47
By: SCOOBY DOO
The answer is to protest those at the front of the fleet. I'm tempted to have a crack at someone if I see everyone rocking away from me at Salcombe again. I know I'm not going to win, but why come even further behind cos I'm stubborn about obeying rules?
Posted: 25/05/2005 14:39:11
I'm inclined to agree. There is a certain reluctance to do turns, and that's primarily because the chances are if you do yours, then had the boot been on the other foot they other boat wouldn't have done theirs.
Posted: 25/05/2005 16:54:27
By: Chris D
Posted: 25/05/2005 17:17:47
By: SCOOBY DOO
When I started sailing Lasers in the 1970s they had a major problem of non rule observance. They solved it at major events by having an on the water judge with a whistle (especially at the start & windward mark). When the judge saw an ininfringement he blew his whistle. Either someone did turns or protested or he protested the boats involved. It worked pretty well. Bear in mind this was before the days of on the water judging for team/match racing and video cameras.
Posted: 25/05/2005 17:23:08