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  1. On Christmas Day we lost one of the great Marblehead sailors of recent times after a long illness. He would have reached 63 next week. Laurent travelled enormous distances to compete throughout France and abroad at the highest level. When not racing he was kind, helpful and always ready to share his considerable knowledge and skills. He was totally commited to radio sailing (all classes except One Metre) and a member of the national technical commission responsable for the development and calendar. RIP Laurent Jerry
  2. Lots of solutions if you are an electronics/micro computer expert. If you are not capable then there are ready made systems. If you want just the timer unit Ken Binks (kbits.co.uk) sells one that does the simple job very well. We have one. I hope they are still available. Many clubs have access to PA or Disco systems which they might lend to their RC sailors, at least for major events. These can have cordless microphones, headsets, etc. and some are waterproof. Problem is many run on 250 volt supply so you need a shed, stage or a very good tent. Many clubs use a cheap megaphone with SD card or USB inputs. Simple, portable, and ready to use. They come in all sorts of power outputs at all sorts of prices but for around £50 you should find one with hand held microphone and horn and siren functions - handy for announcements or for guiding the mooring/recue boat crew. Works well but keep rain out of the input slots. I used a cheap car radio with SD card and USB inputs all mounted in a wooden box with speakers. Bit of a bodge but cost next to nothing. Lots of power available but thirsty on 14.4v Lipo batteries. Don't imagine you could use the remote control unit at the pondside - they have limited range for use inside a car. These radios have far more functions than we need but when you get the hang of using them they will start/restart by removing and replacing the SD card, or by using source button and the fast forward/reverse buttons. Of course as a bonus you have a radio for the workshop when not racing.
  3. I stand by what I wrote. I deplore the attitude that you must hit another boat to prove you were in the right, which I hoped had died out twenty years ago now we have fewer wooden boats and higher speeds. I have seen boats disqualified for that even if Rule 14 says no damage no penalty. Profiting from legal loopholes may be part of the game at top international level, but should have no place for the amateur sportsman. "Plastic" boats may seem to absorb contacts but cosmetic damage can develop into structural problems with weakened joints and . Clearly "I've got a shiny new boat, don't hit me" is no excuse, but tolerating beginners' errors is an essential element of sportsmanship. It may be difficult to prove that a change of course was to avoid collision rather than a tactical move, but an obvious call of "XX is starboard YYY" or "Windward boat keep clear" would be good evidence and would alert observers to the possibility of an incident. High quality umpires or vigilant observers could help to reduce bad behaviour or unnecessary risk taking. Habitual rule breaking is a symptom of poor race control. Even in Formula 1 we are now seeing penalties for contacts with little or no damage (or dangerous manoeuvres without right of way), and it is said that these decisions should be applied consistently until such situations cease to exist .
  4. I share your aversion. IOM is perhaps the worst class and many people have given up, changed classes or changed clubs because their enjoyment has been spoilt. Competitors should be more critical of their own behaviour and remember: - Shouting or arguing creates a bad impression for spectators and potential recruits. - Right of way does not give the right to knock another boat out of the way, and the overriding rule is to avoid collision if possible and then if appropriate to protest. Good umpiring or observing could support or dismiss the protest but a gentlemanly agreement between the opposing skippers would be preferable. - A good sailor (or umpire) should think ahead and be aware of who in the vicinity may want to (or have to) tack. - Start line is a difficult situation and barging or refusing to keep clear of windward boats is prevalent, perhaps even encouraged when the U or black Flag is enforced. However it is often caused by a badly laid line or a wind shift in which case the OOD should consider abandoning the start procedure. - We will all be on port tack at some time and, except near the windward mark, it is frustrating to be attacked by starboard tackers who have nothing to gain by standing on. - At the windward mark the port tacker MUST decide whether it is possible to tack under the starboard tacker, to cross ahead or astern, and if none of these to bear away and keep clear of all approaching boats. Poor visibility of a distant mark is not a valid excuse for poor judgement. - On running legs port tackers should be more aware of the need to keep clear of starboard tackers and beating boats coming the other way. - A boat at fault must not gain advantage and must wait or take further penalty turns until the other boat is ahead and able to sail correctly. If the other boat is unable to continue the minimum possible penalty is to retire. - The OOD has the power to announce increased penalties for all if bad behaviour happens or is anticipated. Jerry
  5. I belatedly came across this thread. For what it's worth, the economical boats I have sailed against include several I would regard as good value in terms of results for the price. Nothing would turn a less talented sailor into a winner but a top boat might flatter by promoting a few places. A good sailor probably needs one of the expensive types to do well at national level, but could put up a good showing at club or regional level with an eco design. From observation over several years I can recommend any of these modern era designs - Tara, MX, Wedge or for home builder the Alternative. Jerry
  6. My Isis has always been 100% watertight. My pot is not glued or screwed to the hull, it is a perfect fit and there is just a tiny smear of Loctite silicone around it. That had the disadvantage that the only way in for water is via the pot lid, the water on the deck is sucked in by the flexing of the hull in heavy weather unless the lid is properly screwed down with a smear of vaseline. I found the problem one day when the hull was dry inside but the pot had a centimetre of water in the bottom. Since then I have made a drain hole in the bottom of the pot and the receiver is raised on a small foam block. That works even if there is a slight leak from a badly applied deck patch. Thanks to Barry Chisam for a perfectly built boat.
  7. If any UK IOM sailors want the long haul to Marseille, the French nationals are September 20-23 on the site of the 2007 worlds. Notice of race in French https://www.unm1882.fr/copie-de-vrc-unm-cup On line entry from 4th June; confirmation 15th July. Entry fee 105 euros includes a gala dinner at the yacht club and a polo. Registration / practice 19th then 4 days racing. Hotels 64 euros.
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