• What’s Up 1417

    Vad händer den här veckan i seglingsvärlden?

    De olympiska klasserna kör ISAFs världscup i Hyeresoch RC44 kör i Cascais. I Californien så kör 167 båtar Newport to Ensenada.

    Här hemma är det Ice-Breaker i Långedrag.

    Och vi har börjat med våta träningar i Långedrag. Onsdagkvällar efter jobbet. Maila om ni är intresserade.

    Nåt annat?

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  • Hjälp utifrån – ny tolkning av reglerna

    Kappseglingsreglerna förbjuder ju hjälp utifrån, men i en värld där alla har smartphones eller internet-access så behöver man ju fundera på vad det innebär. Vad innebär det till exempel när man postar en bild på Facebook och ens vänner kommenterar en kommande front och föreslår att man går söderut på nästa ben :-)

    Den stora frågan är ju vilka källor man får använda för väder. Tidigare har tolkningen varit att alla skall ha tillgång till informationen för ett rimligt belopp. Dvs den skall inte vara skräddarsydd för mig.

    Nu finns det ett tolkningsfall där man är betydligt strängare. – tjänsten skall vara gratis, annars får man inte använda den.

    Prenumerationer som t.ex. Predict Wind borde innefattas. Samma sak med betalappar som innehåller väder?

    CASE 120

    Rule 41(c), Outside Help

    ‘Information freely available’ in rule 41(c) is information that is available without monetary cost and that may be easily obtained by all boats in a race. Rule 41(c) is a rule that may be changed for an event provided that the procedure established in the rules is followed.

    Question 1
    What is the meaning of the term ‘information freely available’ as used in rule 41(c)?

    Answer 1
    ‘Information freely available’ means information that is available without monetary cost and that may be easily obtained by all boats in a race. ‘Easily obtained’ means the information is available from a public source that competitors can reasonably be expected to be aware of and can locate with little effort. An example of information found by little effort is information that can be found near the top of the list of internet addresses identified by conducting a search for the information using a widely-used internet search program. Information for which a fee has been paid (even if that fee is very small) or that is not easily obtained by all boats in a race is not ‘freely available’. Examples are information supplied only to those boats that have paid a subscription fee or other fee for the information, and information whose location on the internet is hidden or obscure.

    The costs of equipment or software and fees for communication services are not costs for the information that can be obtained with that equipment, software or communications service. For example, a cost to a competitor for a computer or cell phone and for internet access is not considered a cost for the information that the competitor can obtain with that equipment. If there is no charge for access to that information, the information is ‘freely available’.

    However, information is not ‘freely available’ if access to it is limited to persons who have purchased special-purpose equipment or software from the person or organization that provides the information. Such information is not ‘freely available’ even if there is no additional charge made for receiving the information using the special-purpose equipment or software.

    For example, any data or information that can be retrieved at no cost using an existing internet access account is ‘freely available.’ However, data or information is not ‘freely available’ if it is only accessible if one pays the person or organization that provides the information for special-purpose hardware or application software.

    In addition to the above considerations, information is not ‘freely available’ if it becomes available so close to the start of a race that competitors do not have a reasonable period of time to find it and familiarize themselves with it. This prevents one competitor from arranging for data to be posted just before a race, with other competitors not having the time to find it and familiarize themselves with it. Note that, in addition to the provisions in rule 41, a class rule may prohibit certain equipment from being on board a boat, and such a class rule may, therefore, limit information that a boat may use.

    Assumed Facts for Question 2
    Boat A is a large boat with plenty of space for equipment and a large crew with a dedicated navigator/weather router on board. She has an Inmarsat or VSAT system and pays a monthly communications fee of $5000, enabling large amounts of downloads and browsing of the internet. The boat’s objective in having very good access to the internet is to have access to digital weather information for use in routing. All the data used by the boat are available throughout the year at no charge, to anyone with internet access. None of the data that is downloaded comes from the Inmarsat or VSAT communications provider themselves.

    Boat B is a 40-foot boat with a crew of eight. She uses a tablet computer with a mobile data card for which she pays a small monthly communications fee similar to a phone communications fee. The crew purchased a routing and weather analysis application for use during the race. The application costs $2000 and is available on the open market for purchase by anyone. The application includes a paid-in-advance subscription to weather data that can be downloaded during the race. The weather data is the same for all boats that have purchased the application. The weather data is race-specific. The weather data cannot be used with other weather or routing applications and is not usable without purchasing the routing and weather analysis application.

    Boat C is a 40-foot boat with a crew of eight. She uses a tablet computer with a mobile data card for which she pays a small monthly communications fee similar to a phone communications fee. The crew is downloading hi-resolution weather files for a small monthly subscription fee. The files are not tailored to the boat; all boats subscribing to the files receive the same data. Nobody, even ashore with internet access, could access this data without subscribing and paying for it.

    Boat D is a 40-foot boat with a crew of eight. She uses a tablet computer with a mobile data card for which she pays a small monthly communications fee similar to a phone communications fee. She additionally contracts for a subscription for private weather data for $15,000 for the race. That private weather data includes extremely high resolution satellite imagery on which every squall can be seen and tracked. This imagery is not customized for the particular boat and is available to any boat that pays for it and has the ability to download it.

    Question 2
    Do any of these boats break rule 41(c) if they receive information using the services described?

    Answer 2
    Boat A does not break rule 41(c). She does not pay a fee for the information she receives. Paying a fee for a communications system, such as an Inmarsat or VSAT system, and a monthly communication fee that enables her to communicate and access information on the internet does not break rule 41(c).

    Boat B breaks rule 41(c). The routing and weather information that Boat B downloads cannot be accessed without the special-purpose software that Boat B purchased. Therefore she is receiving information that is not freely available to boats that have not made that purchase.

    Boats C and D break rule 41(c). The fees that they pay enable them to receive weather information that they would not be able to receive if they had not paid the fees. The requirement to pay a fee for information, whether it is large or small, means that that information is not available at no monetary cost, and therefore the information is not ‘freely available’.

    Question 3
    Can rule 41(c) be changed for a particular event?

    Answer 3
    Yes. See rule 86.1. Rule 41(c) is a rule that may be changed for an event provided that the procedure established in the rules for such changes is followed. Case 121 discusses that procedure.

    Question 4
    Can the restriction stated in rule 41(c) be changed for an event without
    changing the rule?

    Answer 4
    No.

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  • Long Beach – Behind the Scenes

    Kul klipp från Taylor Canfield och US One Sailing Team. Är det bara jag som tycker att man verkar ha mycket roligare än andra matchracingteam?

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  • Dirk de Ridder avstängd i 5 år

    Jag vet inte om ni minns fusket där Oracle hade stoppat bly på fel ställe i ett par AC45 i upptakten till America’s Cup? Här är sammanfattningen av vad som hände.

    Det fick ju till följd att ett antal seglare inte kunde vara med i själva AC, men casen skickades ju också vidare för att göra en bedömning utifrån regel 69 – Grovt olämpligt beteende. Och nu börjar det hända saker…

    Först och främst skall man ju veta att det är en fight mellan AC och ISAF vem som skall sköta eventet. ISAF vill ha större inflytande, men alla tycker inte att det är vägen framåt.

    Detta skiner väl igenom ganska tydligt i Russel Coutts kommentar på Facebook här om dagen:

    The following report is spot on in my opinion.

    The ISAF jury appeared to be on a crusade to “save the America’s Cup” and I believe they may have allowed that belief to cloud their judgment.

    In fact, it is interesting to note that around the same time, the president of ISAF was actively discussing moves to try to grab more control over the event.

    There are many very good people in ISAF that have worked hard and given up a lot to further the interests of the sport. However, the current administration with their politically charged agenda is doing our sport a huge disservice in my view.

    I Rapporten han hänvisar till Yachting New Zealand kritiserat ISAFs agerande. Meningen var att man skulle behandla Matthew Mitchell och Andrew Walker som var inblandade i fusket runt AC45:orna, men huvudpoängen är att ISAF inte har agerat särskilt proffsigt.

    Och då har man ju öndå haft en riktigt tung jury på plats i San Francisco.

    Nu kommer också domen från ISAF mot Dirk de Ridder. Resultatet blev 5 års avstängning, vilket måste anses extremt tufft. Men det stod ganska klart att han vetat om fusket och dessutom ljugit för juryn när de flesta andra försökt säga som det var.

    The Jury is comfortably satisfied that:
    Dirk gave the instruction or direction to add the weight to the forward king post; Dirk knew the weight had been added;
    Dirk knew it was a breach of the AC45 Class Rule;
    Dirk did not tell the truth in the hearing in this regard.

    Läs mer här:

    AP Sources: Cup sailor de Ridder suspended 5 years
    Sail World: America’s Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced

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  • Yachting Monthly testar actionkameror

    Want to take hands-free pictures from places you can’t get to yourself? Michael Topham of What Digital Camera magazine, tests six of the best actioncams for cruising yachtsmen

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  • Xp33 Norix på Marstrandsfjorden

    Stephan Berntsson är ute och rastar sin nya Xp33 på Marstrandsfjorden. Ser kanonbra ut!

    Skit i träningshelgerna. Snabbast på Marstrandsfjorden under april och maj vinner en flaska Springbank. Förra årets rekord: 20.26 knop.

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  • Sweet… Farr 280

    Nya Farr 280 ser ju sjysst ut. Och massopr av snygga lösningar. Ser ut att kosta US$ 114k på YachtWorld. Tror man det kan bli en klass?

    369-f-15_0

    LOA 8.72m
    LWL 8.02m
    BEAM 2.87m
    DRAFT DEEP 2.10m
    DISPLACEMENT 1,625 kg
    BALLAST 652 kg

    Stor 31 m2
    Fock 20 m2
    Assy 9 3m2

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