Mar 4, 2006, 7:29 AM
Post #17 of 21
Re: [captamer90] Bermuda Race - Canting Keel in Demo Division Only
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The question really isn't canting ballast as much as it is how that ballast is moved and what it is composed of. Movable ballast has been addressed before (why do you think there are crew weight limits?). A few years ago a boat in one of the big races used plastic jugs of water to stack on the windward side. Downwind they emptied the jugs and before docking cut up the plastic and deep sixed the evidence. No one suspected a thing until a disgruntled crewman ratted out the boat to the race committee. Most canting keel boats have a provision for manually operating the keel positioning cylinders. All that is required is that race organizers forbid the use of stored energy for boat operations, be it electrical or fossil fuel, and the canters will be on an even keel (pun?) with the rest of us. Forget the watermaker, GPS, Radar, issue it is a red herring. Those that have been around can remember when electronic navigation was banned from most grand prix races but the issue of stored power for the working of the ship has been consistently banned. If the canters are allowed but with human power to move the keel, the systems that are developed will benefit all of sailing, not just the trust fund babies that want to buy their fifteen minutes of fame by spending the most. IMO canting ballast is a fantastic way to go racing in a bigger more powerd up boat without having to get twelve people organised as crew but I don't want the drone of an engine or whine of a motor.
?What? So you compare using stored energy, which is allowed under the rules, with cheating?
Oh boy. Stored energy is not banned. Read the IRC rules.
And no, don't leave it up to the race organisers, if we did there would be a different rule for every race. There is a reason to go global.
Canting keels and using stored energy to move them and winches is they way ahead. It will not go away. For as long as your heads are buried in the sand, the boats will continue to be built, and they will go racing - just elsewhere. Something about shooting and feet? The Bermuda Race will actually turn into the ARC, a nice cruising trip for archaic old timers. At least Bermuda is a nicer destination than St Lucia. Oh, hang on though, the ARC lets you use waterballast, and that requires stored energy.
And give it a rest on the 'trust fund babies'. If you knew anything about the wealthier owners in our sport, you would be making a very quick apology for that ignorant remark. I, as do thousands of others, go racing with these guys, enjoy thier hospitality, and make a living by selling my professional services to them. I applaud, and thank every single one of these guys who spend thier millions on building the biggest, best most technologically advanced yachts in the world - it is called redistribution of wealth. Would you rather see them pouring thier cash into horses or motor cars rather than our sport? Whose funding drives the technical advances that we all benefit from in our sport? You think moulded sails, or carbon masts or high spec composite engineering for lighter faster boats was all researched and developed just for the hell of it? No, it was developed because there were guys out there ready to spend huge bucks to take advantage of emerging technology.