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by RoyL
05 Jun 2017, 22:10
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: SHRS scoring system
Replies: 12
Views: 3554

Re: SHRS scoring system

The proposed SHRS system for major races is great for those at the top of the ranking, less so for those below, and the further down you are the worse things become. Basically, you will lose the opportunity to sail against the best or move up in class half way through the event. It is hard to unders...
by RoyL
29 Nov 2016, 17:26
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Pultruded Carbon Spars
Replies: 10
Views: 6281

Re: Pultruded Carbon Spars

What you are missing is that stiffer carbon masts require new, differently cut sails. Which would likely mean replacement of all current rigs. And it is a certainty that once you allow carbon spars in, as others have said, you will find someone selling high modulus tubes that cost in excess of 100 p...
by RoyL
08 Dec 2015, 13:50
Forum: Class Associations and Class Management
Topic: 2015 AGM - Topic: Ratify Emergency Class Rule
Replies: 23
Views: 10262

Re: 2015 AGM - Topic: Ratify Emergency Class Rule

I'm trying to understand why there was no provision made to allow already existing and measured rigs to continue to use the large plate gooseneck for at least a limited period of time going forward. Not everyone will be able to cleanly make the now required modification and to be done right a rig re...
by RoyL
29 Oct 2015, 14:39
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Simple Heat Racing System
Replies: 51
Views: 19621

Re: Simple Heat Racing System

Robert--To answer your question---yes, HMS was used in America, Australia and New Zealand as well as the UK and in other classes (such as the Marblehead) before being adopted by IOMICA. Now do you want to answer any of the questions I asked? And p.s. Robert, for your information there was IOM and ot...
by RoyL
29 Oct 2015, 05:50
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Simple Heat Racing System
Replies: 51
Views: 19621

Re: Simple Heat Racing System

How soon they forgot. Robert, I have 700 posts here for two reasons--One, I've been doing this since before Croatia even sailed in international IOM competition and two, I was the former VC Technical for IOMICA in the days when this forum was a very active place and a lot of questions had to be answ...
by RoyL
27 Oct 2015, 21:56
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Simple Heat Racing System
Replies: 51
Views: 19621

Re: Simple Heat Racing System

My answer, and I think it is true of every participant in a major IOM race, is that in each and every heat under HMS I have a chance to do well and find myself in "A" fleet sailing against the best in the world. Maybe it will only happen one time, might not happen at all, but I still have that chanc...
by RoyL
26 Oct 2015, 23:17
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Simple Heat Racing System
Replies: 51
Views: 19621

Re: Simple Heat Racing System

Ok, so under this proposed system, I can travel four or five thousand miles; sail for maybe half the time under a matrix heat system that has long been abandoned; and then get to sail for the rest of the time in a fixed fleet where my best result could be a 30th place? No thank you. If the goal is t...
by RoyL
05 May 2015, 21:51
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Simple Heat Racing System
Replies: 51
Views: 19621

Re: Simple Heat Racing System

This proposed system is very similar to the old "odd/even" heat matrix system but with the added component of locking you in to a "fleet" with no chance of advancement part way through the event. Gives you all the disadvantage of racing with a mixed group of skill levels (consider how someone who is...
by RoyL
26 Sep 2014, 17:09
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Interpretation - jib boom topping lift restraint line
Replies: 3
Views: 3636

Re: Interpretation - jib boom topping lift restraint line

Kudos and congrats to IOMICA Technical and Executive and IRSA for their handling of this situation. Saw a problem, promptly found a solution. Actions like this only benefit the class....
by RoyL
28 Jul 2014, 17:04
Forum: General IOM
Topic: IRSD
Replies: 8
Views: 6463

Re: IRSD

Just to be clear--it appears that the controversy at IRSA that lead to these multiple resignations was in fact over whether the new Chairman had exceeded his authority and whether motions he was putting forth were "passed democratically". It should also be noted that the slate headed by Lester Gilbe...
by RoyL
22 Jul 2014, 20:24
Forum: General IOM
Topic: IRSD
Replies: 8
Views: 6463

Re: IRSD

Sorry about the title--guess I jumbled the old "RSD" together with the new "IRSA".
by RoyL
22 Jul 2014, 16:12
Forum: General IOM
Topic: IRSD
Replies: 8
Views: 6463

IRSD

It appears that in record time there is trouble among the new "management" team at IRSD. At least three members of the executive committee have resigned claiming significant issues with the new Chairman's governing style and agenda. I think this is truly a shame and a real set back for model yachtin...
by RoyL
05 Mar 2014, 18:33
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Redress...
Replies: 44
Views: 15742

Re: Redress...

Wow! That's pretty harsh. Hard to believe that the intent of the latest appendix E rule revision was to effectively make redress unavailable with the only exception being damage that totally prevented a boat from sailing. Really highlights the need for a change in the sailing instructions until the ...
by RoyL
26 Feb 2014, 19:53
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Redress...
Replies: 44
Views: 15742

Re: Redress...

It would seem that no matter how you look at it, some official clarification is required--if "disabled" can be defined to include entangled and retired than it should be put in writing and sent out to the NCA's. (No offense John, but your interpretation is only yours and not binding). On the other h...
by RoyL
20 Feb 2014, 16:09
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Redress...
Replies: 44
Views: 15742

Re: Redress...

I agree that when requesting redress you should have to retire and not sail the heat. However, I don't think the term "disabled" can be stretched to mean "entangled" particularly since "entangled" was removed from the language of the redress rule in the last revisions of Appendix E. Some sort of cla...
by RoyL
19 Feb 2014, 22:00
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Redress...
Replies: 44
Views: 15742

Re: Redress...

It would seem at minimum then that the sailing instructions for races should include the addition of the word "entanglement" in the redress rules. Is this something that IOMICA should send out to the NCA's as a suggested change and/or pass on up to ISAF to have changed?
by RoyL
19 Feb 2014, 16:58
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Redress...
Replies: 44
Views: 15742

Redress...

I observed a recent incident that made me question the newly revised Appendix E "Redress" rule....It appears that under the latest revision of the rules, a boat in order to receive redress has to be unable to continue to race. On its fact this would seem to mean that a boat that is entangled for ove...
by RoyL
07 Oct 2013, 22:04
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: 2013 World Championships
Replies: 44
Views: 20427

Re: 2013 World Championships

Is there going to be video from the upcoming World Championship? Live? Daily Updates? Also, will there be regularly updated results? Blog? Twitter?
by RoyL
01 Jun 2012, 15:32
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Data transmission from the boat
Replies: 41
Views: 16050

Re: Data transmission from the boat

It is somewhat unclear what is going on. Has IOMICA adopted an emergency rule change and is asking for IRSA's approval? Is IOMICA asking IRSA to impose the attached language on all r/c sailing unilaterally? Is IOMICA just asking IRSA what it thinks? Please explain.
by RoyL
17 Apr 2012, 23:12
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Euro 2012 in Spain (Malaga) CANCELED
Replies: 7
Views: 5370

Re: Euro 2012 in Spain (Malaga) CANCELED

It does seem that something here is off the mark.
by RoyL
21 Mar 2012, 18:55
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: IOM Class Rules and MFs - 2012 Edition
Replies: 13
Views: 6175

Re: IOM Class Rules and MFs - 2012 Edition

Marko: As a purely legal matter the inclusion of a copyright notice is helpful in protecting one's rights, but not a mandatory legal requirement. I believe the important (lol) issue being discussed however is the inclusion of an ISAF logo in the IOMICA rules letterhead. That is neither legally requi...
by RoyL
01 Mar 2012, 18:42
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Data transmission from the boat
Replies: 41
Views: 16050

Re: Data transmission from the boat

From my talks with various manufacturers, it would seem that in the near future no one is talking about integrated, automatic control systems based on telemetry data. The likely standard telemetry information to be built into most receivers in the near future is battery voltage and servo positions. ...
by RoyL
01 Mar 2012, 04:02
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Data transmission from the boat
Replies: 41
Views: 16050

Re: Data transmission from the boat

Marko: Totally agree in all respects. Very well said..roy
by RoyL
25 Feb 2012, 02:19
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Data transmission from the boat
Replies: 41
Views: 16050

Re: Data transmission from the boat

There is a huge difference between receiving data and automated control systems. Having a read out that shows wind speed, battery voltage, boat speed, etc. is very different from a radio system that automatically controls rudder or sails. For example, allowing a readout that shows heel angle to me i...
by RoyL
23 Feb 2012, 23:29
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Data transmission from the boat
Replies: 41
Views: 16050

Re: Data transmission from the boat

As I said at the start of this discussion, the issue of telemetry is not going to go away. Today a number of receivers transmit battery information as a matter of course back to the transmitter. Within five years, a lot more information will be sent automatically. Unless the class wants to limit the...
by RoyL
22 Feb 2012, 23:09
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Data transmission from the boat
Replies: 41
Views: 16050

Re: Data transmission from the boat

SI's can't over ride the class rules. If they could, you could write instructions and have races where there was no minimum weight or no maximum on sail area etc.
by RoyL
12 Feb 2012, 17:15
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Data transmission from the boat
Replies: 41
Views: 16050

Re: Data transmission from the boat

This is a real issue that needs to be addressed. It is very likely that within the next few years, virtually all radios will include built in telemetry and not just receiver battery voltage. And as now written, even if reception by the transmitter were disabled, any signal from the boat, whether or ...
by RoyL
24 Jan 2012, 17:27
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: 2013 World Championships
Replies: 44
Views: 20427

Re: 2013 World Championships

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by RoyL
23 Jan 2012, 05:01
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: 2013 World Championships
Replies: 44
Views: 20427

Re: 2013 World Championships

Yes, I really have always believed that more information available to more people is the best course. Without getting into the details of what happened in 2008, I was of the opinion then as I am now, that as much information as possible should be shared with the class membership. In hindsight, in fa...
by RoyL
22 Jan 2012, 21:04
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: 2013 World Championships
Replies: 44
Views: 20427

Re: 2013 World Championships

I always thought that keeping everyone informed and soliciting feedback from members on important decisions was part of the role of an organization's leadership. Maybe it is a little messy and time consuming and sometimes people might even disagree with you or tell you things that you don't want to ...