Sep 12, 2012, 4:17 PM
Post #5 of 13
From Mike Fahle, Toledo, OH:
Re: [The Publisher] EACH TIME WE PLAY, IT IS A DIFFERENT GAME. WHY?
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The complaint about SIs being too much bother to read or too complex, and therefore a drag on participation, would be at least be a little bit persuasive if accompanied by any supporting evidence. I think that reading the two sets of SIs only supports the need for them as conditions varied between the types of boat, the sailing venues, the equipment, and the goals or desires and issues of the sailors and classes involved.
Especially for championship regattas, the items covered by the SIs in each case were important and hardly taxing for involved racers. They were issues that would have made it more difficult for the organizers if they had to conform to arbitrary standards rather than determine FOR THAT PARTICULAR EVENT how to handle each situation. The suggestion that simpler or standardized SIs would have increased the attendance at either event seems unlikely at best and possibly making complications for event organizers and decreasing attendance (because important issues were not addressed) at worst.
The major complaint in the article seems to be summed up by the author's statement, "Too often sailors get caught not having read the NOR or SIs and get protested for some local rule." Well even if the SIs were standardized or simplified, the competitors would still have to read them to avoid that problem. Look at this complaint from the organizer's point of view. We have sailors who cannot be bothered to read the SIs, even when it is a very big event with big consequences for violating rules. He advocates, "with the final stop being all we need is a rule book and signals and radio calls from Race Committee Boats." I would like the author to address the SIs listed and explain how he would deal with the items covered in the SIs if HE was involved in organizing and managing those events.
Without specifics for his suggestions, this sounds like whining in support of lazy sailors being unhappy that they were held responsible for their own lack of effort and preparation. As a competitor, a PRO, and an event organizer, I do NOT want sailors participating in events I am involved in if they cannot be bothered to at least read the rules before they participate. As far as his comment, "Rule after rule after rule.", again, instead of complaining, tell the rule writers how to make them simpler - they are eager to hear from you!