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  1. I have been in similar spot during seeding races for a 'major' event when, as PRO, I had two such requests in separate seeding heats. Both were similar in that they affected a Starboard tack yacht approaching the finish which became hooked on a following, give-way, boat still 'running' to the leeward mark(s). My protest committee (seasoned sages with years of experience) advised that in such cases, because the protesting yacht was on the last leg of the course, the only fair redress was to award its finishing position as where it was in the 'running order' at the time of the incident. So, if the yacht was the third in the line of yachts approaching the finish at the time it was 'taken out' and had to be rescued (technically disabled as the result of the actions of a 'give way' yacht) it should be awarded third place in that heat. This seems the fairest approach for this particular situation and is not too difficult to write into any management procedure: however it does require race officials to be on their toes and observing the yachts - exactly what properly trained observers should be doing - so the yacht's position can be confirmed. Redress for activities on other legs of the course are more appropriately addressed by some average scoring system which, as you suggest, should be related to the seeding heat size and the yacht's performance during part of the rest of a regatta. In multi-day events, perhaps the average should only be based on other races on the same day as the seeding race(s) took place; assuming that Race 2 and beyond are sailed on the same day as seeding. Skippers often have completely different performances on other days of the longer events. The other factor is that redress should really only be considered for a protesting yacht which has been disabled by the actions of a yacht which loses the protest! This is something that definitely needs addressing. Mike Kemp
  2. It may be too late but can I throw a few pebbles in this current pool of comments and debate please? On the 'amendment'. It strikes me as being an attempt to stir up a debate on something that, for one reason or another, the Executive seems to feel doesn't need discussing. A composite proposal like the 'amendment' is doomed because it would be impossible to take a vote on one part until the other part has been debated and decided. If one wants to get things accepted, then the chairman must be able to ask the meeting for a yes, no, or abstention on one item. That's enough of that; anyway why shouldn't 'juniors' get a free affiliation, they are part of our future and should be given as much encouragement as possible. On the subject of the acquaint and publicised information. In my former Radio Sailing 'life' I spent a number of years as the author of a 'Small Yacht' column in a publication which, as experiences showed, was read around the world. When I was being persuaded by my family to get out of my chair and go sailing again I met an old friend Council Member fresh from the latest Council Meeting who uttered words to the effect "what do you think of taking on the editorship of the MYA Acquaint?". My wife immediately exclaimed "we want you to go sailing again - BUT YOU'RE NOT WRITING ABOUT IT!" She remembers how much time I spent punching the keyboard after spending a lot of my time at radio sailing meetings scribbling notes, taking pictures, and analysing results sheets to meet the publication deadlines. In those years I managed to build up a selection of contacts overseas who would occasionally feed me reports on international events in their country. Even so, it was hard work gathering up enough information to make each month's column interesting, informative, amusing, and readable - sometimes it worked! Preparing such a 'newsletter' takes time and a lot of input; in the case of the acquaint that input would have to come from 'people who were there' in the case of race reports, and 'those who know how' in the case of useful information for newcomers to our sport. It would be all very well for someone to volunteer to be 'editor' but it would be thankless task to wring out enough material to present a rounded information package. The late Chris Jackson did a marvellous job with his 'Model Yachting Newsletter', but even he could not keep it going for much over a couple of years. Perhaps the modern equivalent would be some sort of 'Blog', but they tend to be the somewhat personalised ramblings of a single person. There are clubs around the districts that, habitually, circulate their membership with short reports after each club racing gathering. Perhaps they could include the 'editor' in each of those circulations which could form the basis of a sort of acquaint with added news on the latest 'official' updates on rules and 'MYA matters'. I suppose that sort of thing might snowball and everyone could become more involved - stranger things have happened! The AGM. 2018 was the first I have attended in my 'modern era' and, although there was some warm discussion, I felt that it was a pretty tame affair compared to some I remember from the past when the likes of Norman Hatfield, Peter Maskell, and even Chris Dicks presided. There were often quite fiery and loud debates then, along with serious discussions on things like the target of 2000 members for the year 2000. There used to be reports read out and even activities of Auditors mentioned; voting was carried out with club delegates having a card indicating the number of votes they could submit - all 'real AGM' stuff.
  3. I can see the point of extra 'organisation' time, but it means one has to think / plan well ahead in terms of performing in Ranking Events! What about the potential for 'conflicts of interest' in some of the proposed VC Officer candidates?
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    It's a bit late to respond but, as no one else has bothered, I'll chuck in a comment as a possible solution. My original I0M, a 'Rhythm' carrying the number 7 (yes just 7 as hull number) is a hard chine built with ply panels and one inch wide (25mm) glass tape along the inside of the joins. It has one coat of 'fluid' SP resins epoxy inside and out and is finished off, on the outside, with a two part International yacht paint. It is still 'true' and I am considering putting its patches back on to see how it measures up to the current crop of I0Ms.
  5. Following the recent posting of certification forms for the I0M I was reading through them and a thought crossed my mind. There are a couple of places where someone is required to certify that ball or roller race bearing are only used in gooseneck, fairleads etc. The question that popped up in my mind... Does this mean that 'ball raced servos and/or winches' are prohibited?
  6. I have just attempted to go to the recommended 'sailwave' site to see what that spreadsheet looked like and my Anti-Virus software stopped me with a message that the site is 'unsafe', being 'a known dangerous website'! Better follow the advice and use HMS - it may be a bit over the top for your local club mornings, but it will do the job.
  7. John, A bit late, sorry, if you go to the Sailsetc site URL http://www.sailsetc2.com/store/index.php/download/ and look for: RP-14E M swing rig GIZMO plan This gives you four pages of diagrams showing how the GIZMO is set up: it doesn't exactly explain how it works, but once you have put the various bits in place and strung it up correctly I guess experience of its use and, maybe, a knowledgeable club mate will eventually lead to 'cracking it'. I don't have experience of it, my old No Secret swing rigs were much simpler devices. I have no connection with Sailsetc apart from being a customer. Mike
  8. This may be a bit late for you but I have only just spotted your post. I am not really a fan of long push-pull servo links - too much risk of failure through passing over-centre and locking the rudder at the wrong moment. I am a long time user of a closed loop wire system for linking servo to rudder using what look like mini winch drums at each end. They have the advantage of enabling a rudder throw which is different to the servo movement - make the 'drums' of different sizes. They can also provide a more positive, less 'lossy', connection. It is a 'home workshop' solution where a small lathe is handy, to turn up one's own fittings. A wire system could easily pass through the necessary angles to meet your need, passing over, probably under, guide pulleys or hard metal guides on their way. An alternative would be to use a closed loop of the bendy plastic push/pull rods used in some model aircraft installations - they should be able to accommodate the necessary angle changes in your yacht as long as the servo and rudder stock are far enough apart to keep the bends to as large a radius as possible. Either system is going to involve some loss of energy so you will almost certainly need a more powerful servo than normal. Maybe we shall bump into one another now I have my '6' back on the water (us, not the boats) when yours gets wet. Best wishes, Mike
  9. Can't speak for others but part of my family's encouragement to 'get out of my chair and go sailing' was my wife's comment "you're not writing about it again!" Previous experience of writing for Y&Y was pretty successful as long as one kept to a couple of hundred words or so coupled with two or three decent photos submitted within a few hours of the event conclusion. Maybe I'll try my hand again sometime this year. )
  10. The only time I built a plywood chined hull, following the designer's guidelines, it was only the inside of the joints (corners or chines) that had a 25mm wide band of glass tape applied. I then painted the hull with a two part yacht paint - it is still good and I would feel confident in putting it back on the water today, if the radio was charged up. I cannot remember when that was - suffice to say it is an I0M registered number 7, so it is 'knocking on a bit'. Totally enclosing in a layer of glass seems a bit of over-kill.
  11. I spotted this thread while browsing the forum and found myself smiling and wondering if Bill's database included entries for Eels, Jelly Fish, and flexible plastic bags? Catching an eel or jelly fish on a fin or bulb is, indeed, something else and results in a 'call' that is definitely not in the published rules of sailing!
  12. John, Thank you for that info. I had found my way to that page before, but completely forgot to check whether such a correction had been posted; I was carried away by my latest version Bryan Willis' book. Mike
  13. I've been attempting to get up to date with the new edition of the Racing Rules and find that Appendix E3.8(d) modifies the Racing Rule 32.1(b) to "because of foul weather or thunderstorms." Racing Rule 32.1(a) says "because of foul weather" Racing Rule 32.1(b) says "because of insufficient wind etc. The Radio Sailing appendix does away with that wording: is that right?
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    Having just read the addendum to the I0MICA AGM Agenda I am somewhat shocked to read of moves to actually reduce entry numbers for Championships. Having been out of Radio Yacht racing for around eighteen years it has been interesting to see how things have moved on: fleets have increased in size, facilitated by improvements in Radio Control technology - yet someone wants to reduce numbers permitted to sail. The potential publicity impact of twenty or more yachts on the water at once must be so much more than when we were limited to a dozen or so. The development of HMS - it is humbling to see one's name in the small print of the spreadsheet info - has helped to manage the big fleets effectively, perhaps it could be taken further. Image an event where the lovely lake has a pontoon or breakwater stretching out: either side of the projection is a radio yacht racing course. On one side, call it South, the H heat is just starting while on the other, call it North, the D heat is in progress including 6 skippers who have just finished in the previous E heat on the South side. Think what a spectacle that would provide for the media to watch: think of the exercise skippers would get; the control system would display the 'heat boards' on a monster digital display which would update as each heat is completed. The logic currently woven into the HMS workbook could, perhaps should, be reconstructed in a proper database form - from there the sky is the limit. Should we really be writing specific entry limits into the rules?
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