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  1. The problem with packing sailboxes and model sailboat in vehicles regardless of size is : In the event of an road accident , if all items are not properly tied down in place those items can become missiles and cause additional personal injury.
  2. Terry , Greetings the" edit button !" is only shown at the end of your posts, see above .
  3. Don't worry, Terry, I have yet to learn or be told how to include pictures.
  4. At a soccer game you can have thousands of supporters all at the top of their lungs shouting abuse or giving different advice. It is called freedom of speech!
  5. At a soccer game you can have 60,000 supporters giving advice.
  6. When forcing another boats off course or luffing other boats as we know it became part of the rules , so did confrontation and consequences became part of racing. "Power over others is weakness disguised as strength".
  7. Hi ! Ian Greetings. We are well aware of the difficulty to get people to run races my wife has played that game for some time, I might add there is a need for beginners /novices support in that department , How else will they learn, you could call it initiation if you want, the incentive one year free dues here, also where we involved the general public, its called participation, you have only to see how the supporters act at a soccer game as they all want to join in. With respect to your comment above " It is hard enough to persuade people to run races now " my solution for that rest at the door step of the clubs management team to provide race support them selves they want the honour and glory then they have to work for it. M's has a cumulative system for recording points , an uncomplicated task for sure. if you can add you can score1 Competitors get fleet plus one for being naughty which is added and done on the spot, quick and easy with the stroke of the pen . At a soccer game Man. vr. L/pool. Get a red flag and you are gone. Ian, I believe that prevention is better than disciplining adults , hence tough points penalties makes competitors think twice ,as the game is all about points as most know when they have breached a rule Enforcing penalty turns, invariably ends up in a fight with the perpatrator pleading innocents , not good ! We have concluded turns are subject to " Embarrassment + Penalty* a double dip . What are we trying to accomplish here ? There is the risk of additional collision and additional rule infractions and the possible inability for the competitor to completed the penalty in heavy weather or under calm conditions , also there could be multiple violation going on at the same time , say at the start line and at turn markers.
  8. Resistance to change and the need to adapt is not new and often misunderstood . I have done enough model and big boat racing too know the difference. I agree that many rules work well for some people but not the majority, there is a need to portray unsuitable rules in a simple form . There are model sailing organization who have adopted a reduced format and simple form of racing guidelines. We should not loose sight of the objective, nobody is forcing clubs or skippers to change their sailing practices, they are entitled to their own prescriptions, however there are simpler and more appropriate solutions to the R/C rule problem . A viable solution could be to reduce or eliminate apparent existing complexity by removing such rules and or simplifying others which are clearly intended for big boat racing , also to revising most if not all rules in simple comprehensible form as presently not suitable for model r/c yacht racing in their present format.
  9. We rarely hear competitors or participants in other sports or compedative activities, Complain ;Debate or mis understand rules pertaining to their respective sports as you may find regarding racing radio control model sailboats. Many sailing magazine and sailing organizations spend a great deal of their time unraveling violations; which occur on the race course with disagreements between contestants ,the executive hold court by apportioning blame ,with a view to make the impossible viable. Many experienced sailor feel obligated to provide lectures and graphic explanations on rules, while others write books on the subject with a view to promoting clarity regarding rule amendments deemed to be progress. I ask this question ,can all this define the sport of sailing as that of gentlemen ? or are catch 22 complicated rules a way to manipulate the out come of an event . We need to bring dignity back to sailing . Recently there have been many advances in model yacht design new classes have joined in the fraternity, speed in the new game in town , we should not take every thing for granted as one major sailing organization complained about the lack of participation, my next questions are what is driving people away , and the other, not attracting new blood to the sport. These are serious questions. As you can see I have not painted glossy a picture, now I am going to hang it on the wall. Time has come ! May I offer these solutions , the rules as we know it , ideally , relate to big boat sailing, section "E" is a referral. We need to create our own un complicated racing rules / guidelines with specific intent, to reduce collisions, suitable for model R/C yacht racing, subject to points penally only, and not embarrassing 360 turns. There has been sufficient advancements in model yacht racing that we should create with justifiable reason our own comprehensive set of rules or guidelines specifically suitable to our type of radio racing in all acceptable and realistic weather conditions. "A man who chases two Rabbits catches neither ".
  10. The topic of colour is beyond fascination never the less very personal , woman in a red evening gown or a woman in a white dress both the epitome of beauty. It is said that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder . However with certain industry standard items, color affects the over all appearance and desirability Never the less what look good to one person may not suit another, for example, we just purchased a new car I wanted dark grey my bride wants red and as you can imagine the she won the day, Hey guys" keep the pease" I did not go down with out debate , however deep down I knew that red was the only colour that suited that car, it is the same with any thing color affect the over all appeal . A lady goes into a car dealer ship she was confronted by two identical cars one blue the other green she just hated the blue , so color is a matter of personal choice we all have our favorites ,Sunday Green: Saturday Purple: Friday two year ago Red: Thursdays to compete with Brown's next door:Brown: Wed' and Thurs' can't make my mind up : and now the Monday morning blues. On the side of practicality, White of which there are over 100 shades can have two personalities modern or antique. My dear friend Bikeboy ,I can't choose a colour for your yacht, no body can, it is the bridge you have to cross, and demons you have to face and all depending on the day of the week you chose Friday two years ago.
  11. Anticipation of the inevitable is a sixth sense.
  12. SAIL NUMBERS & DRAMA " Drama happens" when 5 or say 6 boats are all trying to round the 3rd up wind marker all at the same time. Rule 18 goes out the window , as this now becomes a matter of survival , you have got a" LOG JAM " or "GOLD RUSH before your very eyes ,if you live in Texas you could call it a Stampede of which there is no imminent stopping cause Lucy ain't . " Its all is in the thumbs" and it's only blowing 17 knots, your hull is being bounced around, blocked by other boats as they jostle for position, all you have is your Sail Number to go by to see where you are . The other contestants are calling for" water", calling 'mark room " , "go up" no sail numbers spoken here , other peoples the babies are crying . What is your best option in the singular? In anticipation of what is about to happen at #3 . My golden rule is to keep clear , get clear air, avoid being blanketed, forget about overlaps, crack off your sail a little, SAIL WIDE , and go like a Bullet Train.
  13. If you ask 10 guys to interpret the starboard tack rule you will get 10 different answers. If you ask 10 guys to interpret RRS #18 rule you will get total confusion.
  14. " The Gift of Sailing will not be handed to you on a silver plate, you have to work hard for it."
  15. Superchef Some people go out and buy a new ,boat the fist thing they want to do is race the thing, and after that, they want to come in first . Sorry to say that it does not work that way, for example the majority of dedicated people who arrive at the winners circle have been at it for years . For many of them ,it has been an up hill battle ,you sir, will need to travel that road, you have a lot to learn ,face your many defeats, your pride and joy will show many battle scars . The very first thing you will need to accepts is the agony of defeat, if you can't manage that , go round back and have a good cry and come back smiling. Know this, coming in last place ," a most honorable position for sure ." From that vantage point your destiny in racing has posibilities. You will also need to make pease with the Wind Gods and Mother Nature. The wind is your engine. We have all been there, at least I have.
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