Reply To: OK Dinghy Weight Concentration
It is interesting to listen to all the comments so far and to read the discussions on building wooden boats in the technical bit of the forum.
If you want a rule re-worded or changed then you have to get a better one – it is not always that easy and the technical committee do spend a long time on this.
If we can get a good swing test with numbers that relate to what are considered acceptable and unacceptable limits, then we can can look to a c of g rule that can be measured.
As Greg says , the rules have worked quite well to now and to change them wants some thought.
I was not at the worlds and have not seen the boat that was disq. but it is important to get all this in context.
According to the protest – the scrutineer raised an issue with extra metal plates in the boat. It was deemed that they constituted excessive weight installed in an area where correctors are not installed and if considered to be correctors would have exceeded the allowable amount.
The competitor was disq from a race but allowed to compete and discard this result.
There are harsher penalties that can be used in certain circumstances. As I have read this, the job was done and those inviolved went away to race – end of story.
I obviously have an opinion personally and at the risk of stirring things up here it is:
1. As has been said – it is a Worlds and a long way to go. As it is a World Championship, then competitors really should ensure that their equipment is correct before going.
2. It is not right to abuse the organisers and officials – without them you wont get a race. If we were all perfect we wouldn’t need scrutineers but apparently we do.
3. I have officiated at a Worlds where a competitor did not have valid certificate – and had not had one for thje qualifiers. He wondered why I was not sympathetic to his cause when he had taken my place in the team. He was faster than me anyway and had earned his place on merit but he should have ensured that his equipment was right.
4. I am always disappointed when competitors feel they have to stretch the rules especially when they have talent in abundance – I would love to be able to compete at the top level but it isn’t gouing to happen even if I had a boat that was half the weight!
5. We do not need to re-write the rules – if people have a better way of describing things or controlling measurements – we would all like to hear them – it would make the job of the class volunteers – tech people- measurers etc much easier. Kepp the discussions going because this is healthy – but don’t get too bogged down in trying to pick detail faults with the current best offering we have when the intentions are clear.