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by Lester
03 Sep 2009, 08:44
Forum: General IOM
Topic: IOM in ISAF
Replies: 198
Views: 57675

I have recently spent some time looking through the ISAF website. A few things sort of jumped out at me. Hi Roy Some interesting points, thanks. First, it appears that a class when it is affiliated with ISAF (although entitled to attend ISAF meetings) is specifically not entitled to voting rights. ...
by Lester
15 Aug 2009, 01:48
Forum: General IOM
Topic: IOM in ISAF
Replies: 198
Views: 57675

Organizing authority (Club hosting the World Championship) is responsible for nominating Jury members not ISAF! Robert's message made me realise that some folks may be unfamiliar with the rules about International Juries. Here they are. The first rule, as Robert says, is that the organising authori...
by Lester
28 Jul 2009, 22:36
Forum: Class Associations and Class Management
Topic: Election Reform
Replies: 35
Views: 15683

It may be worth glancing back before we move forward; there are (or, in some folks minds, never were) good reasons for where we are. This takes some unpicking, so please bear with me. IMHO Bruce has provided a particularly well-balanced approach for discussion. On the concept of having 2 classes of ...
by Lester
27 Jul 2009, 22:10
Forum: Class Associations and Class Management
Topic: Election Reform
Replies: 35
Views: 15683

How democratic system(other than the possible 3) get the votes that gave Bruce winner? Hi Antonio I think I understand your question (smile), and I think the answer is simply that Anders Wallin, the 'official' counter of the votes, made an error, incorrectly identifying Bruce as the winner at first.
by Lester
14 Jul 2009, 23:17
Forum: Class Associations and Class Management
Topic: Results of 2009 AGM
Replies: 41
Views: 22131

The "resolutions" that are being referred to are plain and simple not binding on anyone. I think this should say, "In the opinion of Roy, ...". Almost everyone else thinks that these resolutions are binding. There is nothing in the IOMICA constitution or regulations or rules that allow for the pass...
by Lester
14 Jul 2009, 08:33
Forum: Class Associations and Class Management
Topic: Results of 2009 AGM
Replies: 41
Views: 22131

The official with responsibility for counting the votes of the election, Anders Wallin, has re-issued a corrected count of the votes. Everyone has this. The official with responsibility for counting the votes of the election has stated that the first vote count was incorrect. No one can pick and cho...
by Lester
11 Jul 2009, 17:30
Forum: Class Associations and Class Management
Topic: Results of 2009 AGM
Replies: 41
Views: 22131

Some owners might wonder what the fuss is about. If an NCA votes all its block according to the majority, or if it votes its block pro rata in proportion to the owner vote, what does it matter? The short answer is, it doesn't, provided everyone knows the counting method in advance of the ballot. How...
by Lester
11 Jul 2009, 15:19
Forum: Class Associations and Class Management
Topic: Results of 2009 AGM
Replies: 41
Views: 22131

Anders Wallin had the task of officially counting the votes. It has been clear for some days now that the votes were incorrectly counted, with Bruce Andersen incorrectly identified as the new Chairman. Anders has provided a corrected re-count of the votes, and this shows that Alfonso Moreno is in fa...
by Lester
09 Jul 2009, 16:31
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Feedback on Barbados 2009 World Championship
Replies: 26
Views: 11534

...reduce the number of International judges. However, the target number should be zero not three. If we ... cannot find within our ranks people that are capable of holding the respect of all competitors in their decision making then we don't deserve to hold major international events Hi Roy There ...
by Lester
22 Jun 2009, 15:25
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Barbados Worlds 2009 International One Metre Notice Of Race
Replies: 119
Views: 48449

Hi Peter Thanks! Tried a moment ago, and this is what I get when I click on the link ( http://pointers.audiovideoweb.com/stcasx/3c3winlive3264/play.asx ) provided: "Windows Media Player cannot connect to the server. The server name might not be correct, the server might not be available, or your pro...
by Lester
22 Jun 2009, 14:21
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Barbados Worlds 2009 International One Metre Notice Of Race
Replies: 119
Views: 48449

Sen Peter Gilkes wrote:We are pleased to announce that our live video streaming is up and running
Hi Peter

Could you give me an idea of the times (local, or GMT), please, when streaming is likely? I've tried a number of times during the day and evening, and get a 'Server not available' error. Thanks!
by Lester
02 Jun 2009, 23:09
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: When to call 'Contact!'
Replies: 5
Views: 3180

Folks vary. Some are more willing to call a contact than others. And at the 1999 IOM Worlds in Malta I noted some invented contacts (of the sort that Roy calls the 0% rule)... While ranting about protesting some years ago at http://www.onemetre.net/Race/Protest/Protest.htm I noted: "A lot of researc...
by Lester
01 Jun 2009, 10:30
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: When to call 'Contact!'
Replies: 5
Views: 3180

When to call 'Contact!'

When should an Observer (or, indeed, Umpire) call 'Contact!' between two boats, or a boat and a mark? I can think of three possibilities. First is, the Observer calls a contact 'on balance of probability'. That is, when it is more likely than not that two boats were in contact. This might be called ...
by Lester
29 May 2009, 09:17
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: ISAF reply to CR changes proposed at 2008 AGM
Replies: 23
Views: 11145

I read the ISAF response as a rebuke to self- important pedants who spend their time creating problems for the sport of it. I'm reminded here of the practice of some film critics of writing a review without bothering to view the film. Most readers won't notice because they won't have seen the film,...
by Lester
28 May 2009, 21:59
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: ISAF reply to CR changes proposed at 2008 AGM
Replies: 23
Views: 11145

Hi David In all fairness, I think you may have overlooked underlining this section of the code of conduct for this forum. I've done it for you here: Equally, officials and helpers are required to provide comments and information which uphold the highest standards of discussion and debate. The "Accep...
by Lester
28 May 2009, 19:09
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: ISAF reply to CR changes proposed at 2008 AGM
Replies: 23
Views: 11145

If Roy's posts were always quite free from, ah, character assassination, name calling, insults, personal attacks, slurs, degrading remarks, and reference to the personality of other participants, well, then he is entitled to cast the first stone. But to business. I also did not find a single word in...
by Lester
28 May 2009, 18:21
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Time to change the Roy and Lester dynamic
Replies: 4
Views: 3381

Yup, a whole topic. Wow, imagine that! I did hope that, with me no longer responding, Roy might quit his gratuitious personalisation, slurs, inuendo, name-calling, dissing my past actions, and mud-slinging on what he thought were my general intentions. I did hope that Roy might turn to discussing th...
by Lester
28 May 2009, 15:54
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

Hi Val

Yes, it seems I did miss your point, sorry.
by Lester
28 May 2009, 12:18
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

Hi Val Yes, the class rules were changed in 2002 (along with quite a list of other issues). The rules now require either batten pockets or battens. I don't know that there are any 'strong feelings' that this needs 'correcting' or 'dealing with'. No known sails are out of class and no owners or measu...
by Lester
28 May 2009, 10:12
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

Don: There is nothing wrong with asking questions when you are unfamiliar with the IOM class rules. Hi Don Actually, there is nothing wrong with asking questions, period. Only those afraid of the answers want to restrict question-asking. And yes, the rules are too complicated Actually, the rules ar...
by Lester
28 May 2009, 09:55
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

3. I don't have any batten pockets in my mainsail, so I must put three battens, isn't it? Hi Joan Yes, 3 battens needed. 4. And if I must put battens in my mainsail, I understand there is no restriction in the material and measurement of them. I know of no restriction on materials, but dimensions a...
by Lester
27 May 2009, 22:49
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: ISAF reply to CR changes proposed at 2008 AGM
Replies: 23
Views: 11145

Well, what has been learned? Just my opinion, of course... From the long list of 'Reject's, we discovered that the class would have received a more sympathetic and more helpful response in achieving the desired class rule changes from Robert Grubisa as the Chairman of the RSD Technical Committee tha...
by Lester
27 May 2009, 19:16
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

Hi Don Well, on the face of it the rule does seem to permit a batten that is 2 mm long (smile). Perhaps the real issue is whether your measurer would accept it as a 'strip of plastic or wood'. The measurer has to mark the 'batten pocket point' on the leech in order to complete certain of the measure...
by Lester
27 May 2009, 18:15
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

As happens from time to time, things are not quite as straightforward as they could be. Don asks whether a 'batten' could be inked onto the sail (just like a sail shape indicator stripe). 'Batten' is not an ERS defined term, and interestingly is not explicitly listed as a part of the sail in ERS G.1...
by Lester
27 May 2009, 14:25
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

Hi Antonio

I think line 34 is the relevant line:

34 G.3.1(a)(4) Does each sail have three batten pockets, or battens if there are no batten pockets, at the leech? yes / no
by Lester
27 May 2009, 10:53
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

There is no point in having batten pockets if there is nothing in them Hi Val From the point of view of the rules, I'm not sure this matters. The rule requires pockets, but if there are none it requires battens. The rule makes it quite clear that there is no *requirement* for the pockets to carry b...
by Lester
26 May 2009, 22:13
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

Reads to me like you SHALL have 3 batten pockets OR 3 battens at the leech but not both. Hi Barry Well, I think what it says is somewhat different from how you read it. I think this is what it says (using your editorial style): You SHALL have 3 batten pockets OR 3 battens if there are no batten poc...
by Lester
26 May 2009, 18:20
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: G.3.4 ON RULEBOOK
Replies: 38
Views: 16305

Hi Antonio

Sure; a mainsail can have no battens. But if there are no battens it must at least have 'batten pockets'.

An interesting follow-on question: if the mainsail has batten pockets, can it also have battens?
by Lester
22 May 2009, 08:48
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: World Champs 2009
Replies: 102
Views: 35219

Ok. Time to wrap this one up, I guess. This is a summary of where I think we have got to on the vexed issue of colour in our sails, originally triggered by the MYA's suggestion that this needed looking into, and probably needed some rule changes. On the matter of permitting coloured sail material in...
by Lester
21 May 2009, 12:52
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Battery Weight & Placement
Replies: 118
Views: 44064

Hi Val Just to check (since I do not really see why your IJ laughs), the question you are asking is, 'Do the current IOM rules permit a change of position and/or weight of a battery pack between heats, between races, or not at all during an event? My recollection is that you thought the class rules ...