Dick Carver wrote:A full 44% of the rules governing Conditions For Racing refer to actions taken while not racing, by the RRS definition.
To say that Section C rules are only in effect between a boats prep signal and the point at which she finishes and clears the line is simply wrong.
Dick - I think you confusing "when and how rules should be checked" and "when rules are in effect".
An example: It's between heats (or between races) and I decide to try going down to my #2 rig. I hastily undo my shrouds, my backstay, snap off my jib and pack my #1 suit away... As I'm fumbling to get my #2 out of the box, another competitor walks over and calmly protests me for violating C.4.2
Now there's no question that he is right - my boat at that moment weighs in good 250+ grams short of the prescribed 4,000g.
The question, however, is does rule C.4.2 apply when my boat is ashore and not racing?
Personally, I don't think it does. It is my responsibility to make sure that my boat complies with all of the rules of section C (and any of the other sections for that matter) while I'm racing her. When she's ashore, or packed in my car or in my garage - she doesn't need to be compliant (and most of the time she's not).
Certain restrictions that are extended for the duration of the event are so noted in the LIMITATIONS section - easily understood and accepted! E.g. you are to use the same fin and rudder for the duration of an event, you are to use same 3 rigs (one of each) for the duration of an event etc.
They are labeled "LIMITATIONS" because they don't necessarily define what is legal/required of the equipment but rather stipulate certain additional restrictions (i.e. another fin might be equally class legal and boat can be fully CR compliant with it but C.6.2 (LIMITATIONS) states that you shall use the one with which you started the event (unless damaged, broken...). Perfectly simple and easy to understand.
This whole battery issue is pretty simple (and really not worth the amount of effort and certainly not the amount of bile that has been expended on it). To make sure that everyone understands it the same way (just like everyone understands the rule about appendages the same way) - all we have to do is move C.5.3(d) from USE to LIMITATIONS and prefix it with "During an event".
Period. End of story...
But I guess it's more fun to piss on each other for days in plain view of the whole sailing world...