|New Rules, Familiar Faces, Steady Hand
The ILYA is fortunate to call John Strassman a "friend of the Inland". As chair of the Rules Committee for US Sailing, Strassman brings the newest action on the rules and their interpretation to our region. The 2017-20 rules are generated internationally but many national authorities have select thoughts on changes for their nation's sailing. These "US prescriptions" are well-considered and, fortunately for us, well-explained by John Strassman of Milwaukee YC.
Twenty-three participants listened to the basic course which culminates in a four-year certification if the test is passed and the individual is recommended. The information, certification or not, is most welcome. The course was filled with old-timers ready for re-certification, first timers. Maxinkuckee, Upper Minnetonka, White Bear and loads of local SE WI volunteers - great mix for great discussion.
The beauty of this system is the consistency of the ILYA operation of race committee, the advantage of Strassman's knowledge base here at home, the enthusiasm of our volunteers to learn.
So that said, the editor is taking some license in the reporting of the course.
Time to buy a U flag. - This was a flag which was utilized in the last quaddrenium but has now been made formal in the is edition of the RRS. It falls at the start between the penalty of a "Z" flag and a Black Flag. It carries less penalty for subsequent race scoring implications than the Black Flag - a bit gentler but perhaps flown more easily due to its lesser impact. Having said all that, the Black Flag is flown so infrequently in our home races that this is necessary definitely only for those hosting regattas.
Suggestion - get medical info on all boats with emergency number. List on NoR.
Follow the rules - the new rules have simplified the process. There is no need to re-phrase them in SI's. They are well-written. Spend time on the alterations to the rules in your particular lake or regattas. Simplify your lives.
Dave Schmidt got a new title - no more measurer, he is now a technical committee. This allows "measurers" to protest sailors taking this area off the shoulders of the Protest Committee who often felt at a loss to execute scantling rules.
Listen, use common sense - Sailing and race committee is teamwork. Listen to the sailors, listen to your fellow RC members. If the process is fair, you have made a good decision, i.e. all boats are over at .5 seconds.
SI's and NoR's
Look at Appendix S - the standard sailing instructions will make it easier. The class rules are implied to be in effect - no need to re-state them; the course diagrams are in this section.
FYI - Chip Mann has drafted a set of standard sailing instructions for our fleets which can be adapted for use on your lake's local regattas. If you are like Beulah and Cedar, we have loads of local changes for the lake series. You will need to take a look to see if parts apply.
NoR - in the editor's view, this is the most wide-reaching change. Rules that have been changed from the rulebook that impact the sailor's decision to attend need to be addressed in the NoR. A new addition is the separate listing of all the local information - social events, local ordinances, mooring, registration details. Appendix K is the template for this document. Thanks to Larry Krause for writing all our NoRs in the newest form.
Both the NoR and SI's are binding in terms of the rules. Take care.
WHAT? Yes, the course designations change again!
1 - Look for an "A" on the course board. That means there is an offset at the mark. So you will see "WA" or "LA" - so we are all from WALA WALA, or NOLA? - It's all in Appendix S. No "A", no offset. Can you imagine?
2 - There is consistency on one point. If the course is a "W", it is an upwind finish; an "L", it is a downwind finish
3 - New change - the numbering has changed. (Oh, for the days of a "1/2") The number on the board now indicates the number of times the boat will pass that mark. A WA4 means the finish is the fourth time the boat passes that mark ( a W7 last year or an old 3 1/2)- and there is an offset. An L4 means no offset, the finish is leeward and the boat has gone up and down for a total of 8 legs. The finish is the fourth time the boat is to leeward. The sailor has sailed four leeward legs.
4 - Truly, forget the words Olympic, Gold Cup. Look at Appendix S and determine what to call a triangle, W-L-W. You enjoyed it, you can use it for part of the Bilge Pullers wannabe test. Or there is always, "in the old days" . . .