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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Quote Originally Posted by KellysEye View Post
    Canceled because of gales the highest gust recorded in the UK was 74mph at the Needles.
    Referred to as a "fine drying day" in less sensitive parts of the Union.

  2. #32
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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Steve
    Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

  3. #33
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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    Ok ! so what is so "Bloody" about the Fastnet race?
    They bang on and on and on and on and on and on about it. In one edition of YM a couple of years ago I counted seven mentions, in different articles, of that one race. OK, that was an outlier, but it reliably crops up once or twice in every single edition.

    It's forty years ago. Move on, guys.

    See also: It's over fifty years since England won the World Cup.
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Quote Originally Posted by KellysEye View Post
    Canceled because of gales the highest gust recorded in the UK was 74mph at the Needles.
    Quote Originally Posted by capnsensible View Post
    Head, nail, hit on.
    Quote Originally Posted by capnsensible View Post
    Love these threads.

    Nanny state, nanny state wah wah wah.

    Shouldnt be allowed shouldnt be allowed wah wah wah.
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

  5. #35
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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Quote Originally Posted by JumbleDuck View Post
    They bang on and on and on and on and on and on about it. In one edition of YM a couple of years ago I counted seven mentions, in different articles, of that one race. OK, that was an outlier, but it reliably crops up once or twice in every single edition.

    It's forty years ago. Move on, guys.

    See also: It's over fifty years since England won the World Cup.
    It's because the 79 Fastnet resulted in real progress in optimising the techniques and gear used in extreme conditions, I don't mind it being mentioned if an actual point's being made.
    Although as you say, it gets name-dropped by bone-idle copywriters at every opportunity..

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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Seajet View Post
    I think Jumbleduck is referring to 1979; the section about that from ' Heavy Weather Sailing ' should be mandatory for anyone buying a boat, we are still learning from it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHTKMGO0YYw
    Spot on

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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    I thought that Silk was only 40 ft long.
    Nearly, Silk was a Bashford Howison 41

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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Jumble duck you appear confused. Can I help?

    Clearly, with Cowes week. racing was cancelled. No one told anyone what they should do about it. Or not.

    Simply 'no race'. Sorry if that takes you off of your points scoring track.......
    Last edited by capnsensible; 11-08-19 at 12:14.

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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Quote Originally Posted by capnsensible View Post
    Clearly, with Cowes week. racing was cancelled. No one told anyone what they should do about it. Or not.
    Nanny says it's too windy to go out, so we'll stay in and have a nice cup of cocoa by the nursery fire.
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

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    Default Re: Why is racing cancelled at Cowes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohlin Karcher View Post
    Is the decision taken by some large organisation, which is desperate to avoid bad publicity or even being sued?
    Yes. Our club racing used to be "any weather - skipper to decide" but now the OOD has to cancel racing if at any time the wind is forecast to exceed 30kn. This is the advice specifically of the RYA and its lawyers. If you are th organiser of a race you cannot hide behind the argument that its the duty of the skipper to decide.

    The irony of course is that 30kn for a sportsboat with no reefing is a bit more dodgy than it is for my 35 ft cruiser with 6 crew and lots of reefing.

    Its modern life. You cant fight it.
    this post is a personal opinion, and you should not base your actions on it.

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