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Darin Ballington

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  1. Well, after a long wait the 2019 Nationals is over, two great days with conditions that required almost all of the rigs; it never got to B2 conditions, but that was Ok as I dont have a B2 rig! I thought the race management was excellent, despite the best efforts of the wind and weather and I thank all of the race team , Birkenhead Club for their efforts and West Kirby SC for making us feel so welcome. Its going to be a great venue for the 2020 Worlds, keep your eyes peeled for more on that.... From my point of view it was great to see the variety of competitors and boats who were there and see that the age of the boat was not a major factor in the fun factor or competitiveness. If you want to know more about how to get into the class take a look on the Marblehead Class website, there's information and tips on how to find out the next events and the great "pimp my marblehead" series whihc helps you get the most outer of an older design. Anyone else enjoy themselves?
  2. At the recent 10R and M nationals there were a number of radio issues. The reasons for this appear to be varied but from what I could see it related mainly to the low walkway- salt water-large waves and carbon fibre hulls. The only solution for some was to pull the antenna outside of the hull and leave the bare end pointing up, but this didnt work for all. Does anyone have any thoughts to a better solution?
  3. You don’t have to hit someone to protest them,its simple, avoid contact and then protest the boat in the correct manner. If they do not accept the hail then hold a protest hearing. no point in complaining about the conduct and doing nothing. The rules and process are there. Having said the above we also have to accept that we are in a competitive sport and mistakes and contacts do take place and we should accept when we are in the wrong and take our penalty turns without hesitation.
  4. Velcro the receiver to the side of the pot, that way if any water gets in the pot it is not sitting in water.
  5. Ian, if you login and tap on the avatar/name you will see the real name of the member. Darin
  6. Hi Sean, Replying for Derek Priestley. I am interested in this, can you please send me your contact details. Derek Priestley my email is yottyderek@tiscali.co.uk
  7. Hi Anthony, The system used in the UK is that the sail number will be the last two digits of the boat registration No. This should be identified on the inside of the hull if registered in the UK as GBRxxxx, and also on the deck - usually a set of 20mm high stick on numbers, again GBRxxxx If the boat is not registered in the UK then you can get a number from the IOM registrar, currently Nick Cowern, (need to be an MYA number for this) and then apply this to the hull as per the class rules, which he can advise you on. Always worth getting a check measurement done on a "new to you" boat for piece of mind. Final option is that you can get an MYA personal sail number (PSN) which for a small fee will allow you to use the same number on all your sails- i.e. move them from one boat to another, or on different class of boats. The boat still needs to have a registration number but you can have a PSN certifciate which allows you to use your own PSN, again the PSN is only available as a benefit of being an MYA member. Darin
  8. Hi Henry, My view is that just because something is free does not mean it has no value, without volunteers such as yourself and others over many years the MYA would not be the valued association that it is, I do agree that value of membership and bank balances have no relationship. If we are to secure the sports long-term future, even if this is as a niche part of something else, then we may have to provide financial sureties or guarantees that would take years to collect; it has taken 7 years to build up modest balances after all Darin
  9. The selected VP's view, and presumably that of their clubs and members on whose behalf they proposed the fee amendment obviously places little value on the time and effort that the volunteers throughout the MYA put into ensuring that the sport thrives in the UK. To place a value on being affiliated to the MYA purely on the amount of surplus in the bank is wholly wrong and places little value on the 100 + years of history, the club structure, district structure, technical expertise, national racing calendar, ranking system, district racing calendar, race teams, measurers, registrars, class captains, district councillors, MYA council, website, forum, social media, secondhand market, I could go on. If the surplus was £100k then there could be a discussion to be had, but at this time the surplus is circa twice the annual fixed cost of running the MYA without any future planning for projects or funding taken in to account and by constantly wishing to keep the affiliation fee at rock bottom the Vp's are doing nothing towards a successful future that presumably as previous hard working council members they hope for the MYA. As a wise group once said " Something for nothing has little value to the recipient"
  10. Fantastic news for Radio Sailing in the UK. IRSA World Championship 2020 - Press Release.pdf
  11. Fantastic news for Radio Sailing in the UK IRSA World Championship 2020 - Press Release.pdf
  12. Afternoon David, No email from you on the 22nd, but I did respond to Bill when he asked me about the ratification - he said he would pass this on. I have received the RO report, thanks, should have acknowledged receipt- apologies, look forward to the financial return, copy of HMS and Trophy declaration forms to close out the event. Darin
  13. Doesn't matter whether it is full size or RC, 90% of the sailing fraternity will only ever need to know a fraction of the RRS, and in most instances, in full size, they will only need to know port and starboard as avoiding a collision is the biggest consideration at club level. In RC we tend to feel we need to use the rules because we have more incidents and observers to note these incidents, and invariably both parties are trying to use the rules to avoid one of them having to say sorry! - old man syndrome... As to the intricacies of the rules and the interpretations they need to be there for the 10% who will want or need to know this, usually at the top of the sport. It should also be noted that although the RRS are written in English they are used globally and provide an international standard, whether we agree with them or not. I suspect that a world of "local" rules would not be well received.
  14. Surely it is a lot more simple and clearer to have the rule state. "competitors, support personnel and Race Committees may provide reasonable physical assistance to a boat or skipper whilst racing, this shall not include any form of tactical advice whilst the boat or skipper is racing" Darin
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