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circle jerk

The “Oceanic Offshore Committee” of World Sailing (chaired by Matt Allen) has put out a “Recommendation” about their troubled Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore Event for the 2024 Olympics. This is transparently a response to the recent IOC declaration of misgivings about the proposed event. What the World Sailing honchos are now suggesting is that the race take place as a series of laps in an area of just 20x20 miles, close in to the Southern shore of France. Their original proposal was for the race to be run in an area of 24,000 square miles - a real ocean race. World Sailing are trying to damp down the IOC’s stated misgivings about field of play, security and, crucially, the costs and complexity of TV coverage. So what was conceived - and initially accepted - as a genuine offshore race now wants to be a round-the-buoys procession of repeated laps within sight of land (or at least within mobile phone range). Pathetic....

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thirty something

Two major European clubs, the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large ( UNCL ) for France and the Royal Ocean Racing Club ( RORC) in the United Kingdom, already partners in the management of the IRC tonnage, announced the launch of a call for projects for the creation of a new class of boats, called Class 30. These sailboats, with a length of 30 to 32 feet, accommodating up to 6 crew will be available in three versions that can each sail separately in one design or together through a rating. The 1st version is intended for clubs, with minimal and simplified equipment, while the Class 30 OD (One Design) is aimed at private boaters with a wider range of equipment. A third model called Olympic is being considered if offshore racing is registered for the Olympic Games , in particular with video broadcasting systems. Read on....

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black flag

Where do you stand on this  touchy R/C issue? So the grand poohbah of our little Dogpatch Wednesday night sailing club sent this out to his master email list. Note the last sentence. This is the entirety of the message, the ellipsis replace any personal identifying information. I am not participating in the current series. Nor was I involved with the RC last evening. I'm really just curious how others might react to receiving something like this: I've had a number of complaints on last nights RC. Horns going off late, horns going off out of sequence with the flags, late start, etc. I'd like to reiterate the RC responsibilities for everyone. 1. The first page in the RC book that is at the stand tells you what you need to do. READ IT. 2. No more than 3 people on the RC stand. Three is all you need. One to check boats in, one to manage the flags, and one to watch the time to ensure the races and the prestart start on time. Anymore than 3 and you have people standing around with nothing to do but interfere with the Race Committee. This is not a get together or a party. The RC has a job to do, an important one. If you want to have a get together do it AFTER the race. 3. The first horn goes off at 5:55 and that is started by turning on the red switch on the horn box (This is in the book and in the instructions) at 5:55:50. NOT 6:00, NOT 6:04 or 6:03. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Everything after that is automatic. 4. The raising and lowering of the flags is supposed to be synchronized with each horn and the only way you can accomplish that is to be...

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records ‘r’ us

For decades record-setting in sailing has been dominated by adventurers, pioneers, eccentrics and, in recent years, pro-sailing teams in custom built machines.  That is now set to change with the advent of a new platform that will enable any skipper and crew to use their yacht and its rating, to attempt a record course and then see their new benchmark time published. Bringing a new concept to the world of sailing, ‘Corrected Time Records’ enables a new category of sailing record which is launching with the IRCRecords.com platform. Attempts will be calculated and ratified using the highly popular ‘International Rating Certificate' system (IRC). Whether a 100’ supermaxi, standard production cruiser/racer, sports boat, high-tech racing yacht or a classic, the IRC rating rule is highly inclusive. Having a record that is based on corrected time rather than the more traditional elapsed time, allows teams to compete on a level playing field. Operated by sports management company Fourth Cape, IRCRecords™ fills a large gap in the sailing record arena. Managing Director Charles Darbyshire explains: “We’ve all enjoyed watching the high-profile teams going on standby then attempting & breaking the major records. We are very pleased to be launching the concept of corrected time records, which will make the skill and thrill of record breaking accessible to a much wider group of sailors, making best use of the equipment they already own or have access to. We wish IRC rated yachts the best of luck as they establish, then lower the corrected record times across our wide variety of challenging courses.“ Read on....

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thin is in

Catamaran builder Sunreef Yachts has released the first pictures of the company’s in-house developed solar power system. Using ultra thin, shock-resistant and highly efficient solar cells, it is said to be the industry’s first composite-integrated photovoltaic technology. More....

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men of the cloth

With the rise in popularity of long range blue water cruising, the world’s leading sailcloth manufacturer Dimension-Polyant is experiencing greater demand than ever for its time proven and distance-defying products. DYS, a rugged Dyneema laminate, remains the most popular cloth for blue water cruisers who are also keen on maximising performance on the occasional race track. DYS is the cloth of choice on many of the yachts in the Oyster World Rally, for example. For the ultimate in low stretch and durability, GXLD’s GraphX Carbon Dyneema Spectra laminate structure makes it the strongest and most durable product in the Dimension- Polyant range. Where loads, budget or specific operating conditions such as increased mildew resistance are required, woven hybrid Vectron and Hydra Net Radial are also viable options. Both of which benefit from Dimension-Polyant’s UVi technology which increases the resistance to degradation from UV light by 10 to 15 per cent. Read on....

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