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2017年4月25日 (火)

QUESTION FROM A FAN; Interesting Starting Line

Garda_rc_l18634QUESTION FROM A READER;
>Subject: Interesting Finish Line
>Dear Sir,

>I have been looking for a rule or case study that accepts a finish line that is moving.
>Can I ask what rule or case would allow a moving mark to be acceptable.


>Situation.
>Mark Boat is to set finish line.
>1. Buoy is set as mark.
>2. RIB used to set other end of finish line at 90 degrees to previous mark.
Garda_rc_1>3. Anchor is broken and light. Ride line is short. 15 knots wind. RIB can NOT hold position.
>4. Committee decides RIB driver will do his best to hold finish line position. The driver works very hard for hours but impossible to hold same position.
>5. Result: Every finishing boat had different finish line. Time keepers position moving up to 15 meters between boats.
>This is OK ? Under which rule or case study?

>Solution was to bring new heavier anchor and rode line we had time. Not sure why committee did not send a runner with new anchor.
>No spare boat? No safety boat? No spare anchor? ......not sure.

>Thank you. (M.S)

ANSWER BY THE EDITOR;
Such situations do not occur every time, but rarely exist.
Id like to introduce two examples in my inexperience for sailboat regattas.

Img_0035testImg_0045testExample #1: J/24 World Championship 2000
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, USA  September 22-29,2000
<Sailing Instructions>
10 THE START
10.7 If weather conditions require, the Signal boat and the Line End boats may keep their position with the aid of the motors. This shall not be grounds for requests for redress.
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14 THE FINISH

14.3 If weather conditions require, the finishing line mark boat may keep its position with the aid of the motors. This shall not be ground for requests for redress.

J24_usa_starting_lines<Background and Comment>
The organizing authority for this regatta is the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport in conjunction with the International J/24 Class Association. The racing venues are Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay at Newport, Rhode Island, USA where are the most suitable place for racing, but difficult area to conduct races. Because the sea depth is not so deep about 30-40m, but the tide is strong and the topography is complicate. Then it often happens that the anchor drags. The Race committee boats may keep its position with the aid of the motors under the SI 10.7 and SI14.3.

For such situations, the indispensable condition is making sure of capable boat drivers.
As you know well, Newport is famous as a sacred place of America's Cup. Many expert race officers are there. It is just an American sailing history with 166 years’ tradition.

Left side photo: from the left, Editor, Mr. Brad Read (J/24 World 2000 champion), the late Mr. T and  Mr. I)
Right side photo: International Jury members, Alex, Grame, Tuna
SIs pdf:「j24_world_championship_2000_sis_word.pdf」をダウンロード


Garda_map2Garda_map1Example #2: XXVI LAKE GARDA MEETING OPTIMIST CLASS 2008
FRAGLIA VELA RIVA, ITALY 20th - 23rd March 2008

<Background and Comment>
The regatta venue is at Riva Del Garda in the northern end of Lake Garda, Italy. The Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It is a popular holiday location and is located in northern Italy. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Garda)
When all is said and done, the depth of water is marvelous. According to the geography, Average depth is 136 m (446 ft) and Max. depth is "346 m (1,135 ft)". Therefore, the Race committee must use concrete anchors instead of normal iron anchors under financial and environmental circumstances.

See attached map photos which were taken by editor at the entrance of club house in year 2008, 2013. It is confirmed by photos that the lake depth is 350m.
The other photos show a concrete anchor and a water-soluble rope. They will sometimes be disposable.

And through unavoidable circumstances, the Race committee boats may keep its position with the aid of the motors as well as an example of Newport, USA.
For such situations, the indispensable condition is making sure of capable boat drivers. Lake Garda is also famous because at where world championships and international regattas are held seven or eight events every year. Lots of expert race officers gather together from all over Italy. It is Garda's sailing tradition.

Map photo: 「garda_map2.jpg」をダウンロード
Garda Meeting NoR:「2008_garda_meeting_nor.pdf」をダウンロード


Garda_principal_race_oficerGarda_rc_boat_anchor<CONCLUSION>
1. This subject is not under RRS, but a matter of race conduct.
2. That is the best thing for you NOT to do such the conduct. No capable driver is here and there.
3. Such situations rarely exist. But the action of the signal boat and/or the line end boats must be described beforehand on the Sailing Instructions.
 

Wishing you a very happy season with good wind in your sails!

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