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  1. Hi Gordon, Can you point to where the interpretation you mention is shown. There is still a feeling that it is advantage against an individual boat not the fleet position. Darin.
  2. I dont think this is an attempt to break up anything, and suggesting so just dilutes the discussion. This is about an ICA debating important matters on direction with its members.
  3. I think we are aligned in our concerns Brad, however, my view is that the conversations should be about what the ICA is trying to achieve rather than the people involved. If I were WS I would want to know what the IMCA/ITCA is bringing to the table that is different to the IRSA? If it is only cash then the IMCA/ITCA members should be very wary; personally I dont see what the group brings to WS that the IRSA doesnt already cover at this time and would need to be convinced of the long term sustainablility of the ICA. Not a dig at those involved at the moment as everything has to start somewhere but I don't recall seeing any plans being published about growing the class, encouraging owners to get involved or how the owners can get involved to make the ICA work. The statement sent out notes a lot of technical reasons why the proposal is a good idea, but nowhere does it mention that it will make the class better or allow more people to attend events. If the main objective is to free up spaces within the calendar for IRSA events then it should be up to IRSA to argue for more from WS, not take the IMCA/ITCA and make them fight on their own. What I would like to see as an owner is a strong class at all levels that encourages me and others to get our M's and 10's on the water, travel locally, nationally and international to races with mates and competitors; this doesnt need to have lots of rules, regulations and tie ups. Rather than pushing from the top down, I would like the NCAs to be strong and pushing upwards requesting support from the ICA, looking for more help and advice, more events, more involvement with the class regulations. That is the time when looking to be independent from other radio sailing classes makes sense. This may sound at odds with what I have been involved in during my role on the MYA council but its worth pointing out that the MYA COG (Class Cwners Group) principle was to allow owners and skippers more freedom to promote their own classes not necessarily cast them adrift or push them down a Class Association route which they did not want. If I were to be asked to vote at this moment in time I would vote against this proposal.
  4. What must not be allowed to happen is that this discussion splits the UK fleet and leads to less participation closer to home as for the vast majority of owners this is something that they couldnt give two figs about...
  5. I know that there will be plenty of views and opinions on this statement but from my perspective I would prefer that the IMCA concentrates on participation in the class and encouraging radio sailors to sail the M before approaching WS. This does appear to be a bit of trying to run before you can walk.
  6. The notice below has recently been received by the MYA International Officer. Important Update for the Foundation Members of the IMCA and ITCA September 19th 2021 Direct Membership to World Sailing Dear Members, The Foundation Executives, after due consideration, have recently decided as part of the best practice of setting up the two associations to apply for direct membership to World Sailing rather than through the IRSA. The applications have been submitted to be considered in the WS October meeting. This decision was not taken lightly and has been agreed on unanimously. So why change from a traditional link to the IRSA? There are a lot of positives with this move. 1. The two international class associations will have direct access to WS. 2. The right for each of the ICAs to hold a class world championship is currently linked to the IRSA allocation which is written directly into WS Regulations. This move will enable IRSA to use its allocation for other classes. 3. Each of the ICAs may appoint a member to the WS Classes Committee. 4. It is felt that for the future development of the classes a more direct link with WS rather than via the IRSA would be of benefit. 5. The ICAs already have Events and Technical matters organised. This move will make it possible to argue more strongly for ICA representation on the WS App E Working Party. So all three items that the IRSA currently administers for the classes will be catered for making the extra layer of IRSA administration unnecessary. 6. The associations will have full access to all of the fees from the Championships and will not be sharing with the IRSA. This is a solid financial base to continue from and easily covers any ongoing costs of membership to WS. So, in summary, this definitely gives the classes more freedom as they continue to fine tune and modernise for the future. Except for the fact it is a change from tradition, we feel it is the right pathway to take from here. Change such as this, as explained, brings opportunities. The identified costs of direct membership include: 1. Initial application fee of 1000 GBR pounds. 2. Ongoing fees of several hundred pounds each year. Please feel free to respond to this notice if you have any questions on this matter. Membership update Applications for membership to WS .pdf
  7. Would it be more appropriate to have a set of Club Sailing Instructions, this could have all of the local rules for club racing and then all club events would be covered by these. The MYA SSIs are a good start but probably OTT for general club sailing, however writing your own SI's is simple and the guide on the World Sailing website straight forward. Cheers Darin
  8. With less than a month to the event the MPRSC race team are now making full preparations for the event and looking forward to welcoming skippers old and new with their Marbleheads to the club. Those who have been before will know that the venue is great for a mid summer weekend with space for camping and socialising alongside the competitive racing, the grounds are looking good and the addition of the floating jetty makes launching and retrieval even esier. If you have any questions about the weekend please feel free to ask them, or alternatively just get your entry in and enjoy the 1st National Championship of 2021..... Watch this video of the last time the M's were at Manor Park. (thanks Henning)
  9. Hi Bill, The IRSA sets the regulations for World/Continental Championships and these have a section on the allocation of places at a World/Continental Championships. Each country that is affiliated to the IRSA is allocated a number of places for an upcoming event. This is based not only on their size but also on results of the last event. How each country chooses its representatives is down to the individual country but in the UK the MYA has a long established ranking system for its members and skippers. The MYA ranking system is intended to allow all members to have the opportunity to qualify and also create a series that gives the best UK skippers the chance to compete against each other for practice and to gain experience of competitive events. The basic MYA Ranking system is a series of 6 events plus the last National Championship for the international classes, with the best 4 scores from the last 6 counting events (plus the last Nationals) used by a competitor. The intention is that these events are planned annually such that those wishing to attend can get to at least 4 without excessive travelling, although this doesnt always happen. There are currently 3 ranking lists for the international classes who have active International events. It is actually a lot easier to understand than explain!! Note: It is only classes that come under the authority of the IRSA that are included in this system. Hope this helps. Darin
  10. Hi John, This covered in Appendix E, E 3.5 and is a requirement of the race team.
  11. Hi, one of the hardest things to appreciate when 1st sailing Radio boats is the point that Brad touched on, which is the lightness of adjustments- no need for an arm full of extra tension, or massive changes in rake. Once you have found a sweet spot, mark the positions and come back to these during an event. The strength of the IOM class is in the skill of rig setting and it takes time and practice to get this right on a regular basis. This is another reason for looking at how you build the rigs and rigging, in particular pay attention to the direction of pull on bowsies, you want to be able to adjust these by 2-3mm easily whilst holding the boat or dealing with noisy flapping sails not having to have two people hold the boat whilst you adjust in 10mm chunks! Finally amongst his many skills if you look at Brad’s boats on the water it doesn’t matter if he has changed rigs 3 times in 3 races his settings are always good and repeatable, although I usually only see them from behind
  12. Pre bend in an IOM mast is to counteract the limited strength of the material allowed in the class rules. By putting in pre bend you can achieve a reasonable amount of rig tension and match the luff curve of the sail.
  13. Over time every boat will lose performance from a number of areas, weight gain, loose fittings, dings and nicks on the fin and bulb and I would suggest that regular checks and maybe updates make sense and also add to the enjoyment of ownership. This also runs in to the question of buying an IOM and it is my view that a well maintained older boat is still a good buy for all but the very best skippers and replacing items like John is doing can make them a good buy.
  14. On the Marblehead Class website there has been a question asked by the IRSA technical officer. This has prompted a request for the skippers globally on the desire, or not to consider a change to this rule. Please visit the Marblehead Class website and post any comments here. The post on the class website can be found at: https://marbleheadsailing.wordpress.com/
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