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  1. 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 the regatta, then AVG of races already sailed - but early in the regatta, redress may be based on an average of some selected range of future races. But how to assign redress for that seeding race, where the fleet make up and size of heat are quite different from the heats of Race 2 and beyond? Here attached is a description of the problem, the logic, and my suggested solution. It has no official standing, and may generate some useful discussion on this (hopefully) rare situation. John Redress in Race 1.pdf
  2. 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
  3. Here is a video link to a tuning video created by Designer, Builder, Sailmaker, Top Sailor and IOM guru, Ian Vickers. John
  4. 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
  5. It sounds like you may be touching on two points. First, if you were both on the same gybe, when he altered course, he has to give you room to keep clear - R 16.1. As weather boat, you were required to keep clear (R11 W/L). From your description, you were able to keep clear - so no rule broken by either boat. Next if there was a mark involved, he bore way just before he reached the zone to break any overlap - so he gains mark room. John
  6. A finish mark is just like any other mark - it has a required side and a zone, and R 18 and Mark room apply. So if you have Mark Room then you are entitled to room to finish. You may want to visit my web site and read chapter 6 - The Finish (especially from page 6 on) https://sites.google.com/site/johnsrcsailingrulesandtactics/ John
  7. Welcome to our sport/hobby. Hopefully, you may find someone local to become a mentor to help you set up your boat - it is much easier to sail a boat that is in tune, than one that is off. One problem for newcomers is steering (or over-steering), and especially if sailing directly towards yourself – as left and right become reversed – but it does improve with time and practice. Learning the rules is quite a challenge – so try to master some very basic ones first eg Port keeps clear of starboard, windward keeps clear of leeward, astern keeps clear of ahead, only tack if you are clear, give room to boats inside at marks, and when in doubt stay clear – BUT ASK AFTERWARDS to find out which rule would apply. There are some helpful sites to learn about the rules. You may find my site helpful – especially Chapter one – The Definitions. https://sites.google.com/site/johnsrcsailingrulesandtactics/ When starting to race, it can be intimidating - you don’t want to screw up the other boats’ races – so what we do with my local fleet for newcomers, is to have them start at the 30 second point – this puts them in clear water around the course, and as they get overhauled, the fleet is spaced out. So less pressure on them. As you improve, you will no longer need the head start, and will begin to start with the fleet. John
  8. The 2019 IOM Worlds now has a web site. https://2019iomworlds.com/site/ John
  9. Dave I found the answer in your post - But happily Boat A protested the evil boat 11 a) Boat 11 Infringed upon Boat A by not allowing sufficient Room for A to TACK And my comment is that there is no obligation for a trailing boat to provide a leading boat for 'room to tack' except at an obstruction (R 19 and R 20). Was there an obstruction? Did A hail for 'room to tack'? John
  10. Dave, I have a question - under which rule did Boat A protest you? John
  11. If Green (Evil 11) on stbd had to alter course to avoid Yellow on port then Yellow has failed to keep clear and breaks R10 P/S. There does not have to be contact. So in a protest hearing, Yellow should lose. The PC could find that there was sufficient room and that Green did not have to alter course, and dismiss the protest. This is a likely outcome if Green did not protest Yellow. If Green chooses to tack to port to avoid Yellow, then Green is not obligated to protest (she 'may' protest). John
  12. Hi David, I have tried to diagram your incident. I think your reference to boat B was really boat A. If not, then we need more info about the positioning of B. Yellow is boat A, entitled to mark room,gybes to stbd to round the mark then once past the mark, tacks to port. (Note that Yellow's mark room under R 18.2.b ends as she was given room and had past the mark) Green is the 'dreaded 11'. She gives mark room to Yellow, and follows Yellow around the mark, but on stbd, hardens up close to the mark, and inside Yellow. and is forced to tack to port to avoid Yellow when Yellow tacks in front of her. Basically, this looks like Yellow breaks R 10 by tacking to port while Green is on stbd. Yellow is not entitled to any room to keep clear under R 15 as she tacked to port and caused the change in ROW by her own action. Another possibility but I cannot tell from your description, but if Yellow was futher ahead and had completed her tack to port, and then Green on stbd altered course such that Yellow was not given room to keep clear, then Green would break R 16.1. John
  13. Hi Eric, not sure what kind of point you are trying to make here - just being facetious perhaps? The rules are quite clear - and the hail of "hold your course" has no import. The definition of Keep Clear says in part Keep Clear A boat keeps clear of a right-of-way boat (a) if the right-of-way boat can sail her course with no need to take avoiding action and, And RRS 10 says Port shall keep clear of Starboard. So 90 can protest all she wants - but based on that photo, she will lose the protest. John
  14. This info was posted on the RC forum - very important change. Since there were only 43 boats they changed from SHRS to HMS 2016 using 3 fleets, 4 up/4 down. This was communicated at the skippers meeting on day one. This link is working and the feed is slightly better than yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPAGzBiJcPo John
  15. link for day 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TycktwtB178 John
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