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  1. I ask if there has been any progress by MYA on my suggestion? I was just reading the HMS regulations for another question when I spotted this line item. HMS 1.8(d) Except where HMS 1.8(b) applies in Race 1, requests for redress under RRS E6.6 (e) and (f) may only be made in Race 2 or following races. I had not noticed this line item before- but as it stands, any regatta that runs under H MS cannot use my proposed solution unless there is a specific item in the SI that overrules 1.8(d) to allow redress in Race 1 - and this is highly unlikely as any RC would not normally anticip
  2. Can anyone help identify this M? It looks like it dates from the 1980s. Its most identifiable feature is that it is a double-ender. Thanks John
  3. Just to let you know that I have revised all the chapters to match the new 2021-2024 edition of the RRS. They may be found at https://sites.google.com/site/johnsrcsailingrulesandtactics/ I may need to make some revisions once World Sailing issues the new edition of the Case Book, and IRSA Call Book (used to be IRSA Case Book). The new versions of these articles should still apply to the current 2017-2020 period, however be aware that some rule number were changed. John
  4. The study version of the new RRS is available here https://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/StudyVersion20212024WorldSailingRacingRulesofSailing-[26383].pdf John
  5. Before you go spending money, ask why do I want (need) Country Code (GBR) on my IOM. You only need the country code if you are participating in International Regattas (IOM World and Continental Championships). For local and National events, the Country Code is optional. John
  6. World Sailing has published the next edition of the RRS for 2021-2024. Here is my quick summary of the changes, especially those affecting Appendix E for RC sailing. John RRS 2021 - 2024 Changes Summary.pdf
  7. Thanks for replying - yes, I have those measurements, but it would be much easier to have a measurement from transom to mid-band. John
  8. I put the outer wheels 12 inches on center. One local friend made one with the wheels about 8 inches on center and it took a lot of effort to push the mast forward and back - the pressure would cause the wheels to lock and deformed the mast out of round. The effort is much reduced with the wider spacing. Pics of mine below. The wheels on mine were cut from a piece of 3/4inch oak plank (left over from a furniture project). I cut out three disks using a hole cutter. Then I chucked each disk in my drill press and spun it while holding a Dremel with a sanding drum against the disk to create a g
  9. I am refreshing a Pikanto for a new skipper. Can someone provide me with the recommended mast rake for A rig, B rig, C rig? Thanks John
  10. Hi Garry, thanks for the feedback and support for my theory. As the HSM system is 'owned' by the MYA, could the appropriate committee review this issue, with a view to updating the HMS documentation. Currently, it fails to provide a solution for this circumstance. That way we would all have a standard process for Protest Committees around the world. John
  11. I received a panic message from a Regatta Director some time back - His Protest Committee wanted to award Redress to a boat in an HMS Seeding Race. There is no guidance in the HMS procedures for awarding redress in a seeding race, so what should they do? I don't remember how they decided to resolve the problem, but I gave it some thought after the fact and came up with a possible solution that may help Race and Protest Committees in the future. For normal multi-heat races, we accept a mathematical model for redress - eg AVG points for some number of races – if the incident is later in th
  12. We have a local sailor who fits his IOM mast box in his smart car - the hull goes in a box on the roof. John
  13. Here is a video link to a tuning video created by Designer, Builder, Sailmaker, Top Sailor and IOM guru, Ian Vickers. John
  14. I am in Canada and have had items shipped from Europe, AUS, NZ, and USA to Canada. When they arrive they are subject to customs duties and taxes. When the package was shipped via courier (eg FedEx or UPS), there were also customs brokerage fees, but that did not occur when shipped by postal package - so ask the shipper to use the mail service and not a courier. John
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