In late December on behalf of our club, I asked ARYA to clarify how, as our governing body, they (and we) should interpret the rule RRS E4.3(b).
Thanks initially to Rod Jackman for seeking advice from Murray Jones (an International Judge), and to Chris Wood and Andrew Wardrop for getting this ball rolling.
The ARYA Race Management Committee have produced a document which gives significant background and research into the topic, which I have attached below. The RMC has sourced information from a number of authorities – including the Racing Rules of Sailing, the IRSA Call Book for Radio Sailing, Two radio sailing International Judges, the interpretation given by IRSA on the topic when the rule first came out in 2013, Mr Murray Jones, who is a Tasmanian International Judge, and the “Racing Rules Explained” by Trevor Lewis. The result is a paper written by Bill Clancy which explains the rule, as well as giving additional information about managing the rule. There are references included.
It is an important interim document that needs to be understood by all skippers.
I say interim because the actual rule will NOT be amended until the next iteration of RRS which will be in 2020.
It is this document that shall govern our interpretation until then.
At last we got back to Montrose for our scheduled Thursday twilight series after being thwarted in past weeks by weather & tide. Tide was on its way out when 7 yachts fronted the starter & by the end of sailing was at a very low ebb which made launching a bit difficult.
A series of 8 x 2 lap scratch races were run in A rig NW conditions. Some very close racing with the results as follows. Richard won the series with 21 points from Tony B on 28 points, Cliff 31 points, Kyle/Lisa 32 points, Col 33 points, Rod 35 points, Dave 46 Points. Hopefully when we sail next in mid January at least one set of launching steps will be in place.
In the mean time have a good Christmas
A long overdue shake up of the storage shed at the Brook was achieved today. The recent break in last Tuesday made the task imperative anyway, so that we could make the building more secure.
The fitting of the new galvanised corrugated sheeting was taken on by a very able team led by Roddy Jackman. There were 'feathers' flying. I saw Don McLeod, Geoff Rainbow, Andrew Wardrop, and others lending a hand.
I was held up in traffic and arrived 5 past 9.00am, however already the keen members had removed all stuff out of the shed and began to sort all. John Gard, John Banks, were two of the early shift, and I bet Andrew Wardrop was there too. Peter Sylvester is to be thanked for bringing his tandem trailer for us to load all the rubbish into. Once that trailer was full he headed to the refuse centre with Dennis Lees to tip the lot, and Peter said on the scales there was 300kg of rubbish! Thanks again for Peter taking the second load to the tip after we all called it a day, with another 160 kg to shift from his trailer onto the tip . Greatly appreciated by us all Peter.
The broom brigade helped by shovelers got stuck in and cleared the whole area of one or two wheel barrows of dirt and leaf litter. Rob Gavin, John Smith, Wayne Turner, Phil Turnbull were giving lots of instructions and help to that end. David Murfet provided a perfect pinch bar to lever the old trunk from the dynabolts holding it down, and my sledge hammer did the rest.
Wayne Behrens with Geoff Mathews's help sorted the reorganising of where the equipment and trailers would be stored. The arrangement is this: the boat trailer fits as per the photo, that is on the right hand side. the new trunk for the electric motors is placed to the rear of the boat trailer now. This means quick and easy access to both boat and trunk. The BBQ trailer now sits next to the fork lift. As this trailer has less regular use that the boat one, it is obvious how much better the new arrangement will be in the future.
We have discovered that the thieves have stolen our first aid kit, the fire extinguisher, the 4.5kg gas bottle with burner ring, and two 9 kg gas bottles.
The team worked so efficiently the task was all but complete by 11.40am, when Jammy rang the dinner bell. Many thanks to David 'Jammy' Jones and his right hand Lyn for putting on a great BBQ. Well done both.
Les Hanson called in after a commitment elsewhere to lend a hand.
All in all there were eighteen in the crew plus Lyn keeping Jammy in control. You should all be proud of what was achieved today. Thank you all for all your efforts and support. Best, Ray.
"There are few, if any, forces in human nature more powerful than a shared vision".
This editorial article has been published today in Saturday's Mercury; announcing our club's intention to participate in the Montrose Bay Yacht Club's Open Day sail past on the 8th October. We hope you can join us.
A nice coincidence that 'Intrigue', one of Andrew Wardrop's favourite yachts that he has crewed on, is on the same page. We have to thank Robert Gavin our Publicity Officer for penning a great article.
This photo was produced by Ray Joyce to illustrate some of the RY classes our club race and accompany the article, however it did not make the cut unfortunately.
For the first time today one of the new flag banners to promote Radio Sailing and RBRYC was set up and flown. The club has five of them and the intention is to fly them at all of our sailing days, at the brook and Montrose.
Video from Mike Holbrook at the canal yesterday using his on board gimbaled camera on the DF95. Before lunch we had 5 boats racing & then the breeze died