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    Default Cowes Week start line confusion.

    Can someone please explain this to me?

    “A theme common to many of today’s starts was overly enthusiastic competitors who appeared to have not noticed the inner distance mark was on the course side of the line”

    I used to race

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    Default Re: Cowes Week start line confusion.

    Simples - competitors thought/assumed that the inner distance mark was ON/part of the line and thus were OCS. The IDM would ideally be on the line but it doesn't have to be...

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    Default Re: Cowes Week start line confusion.

    Presumably competitors ignored the true transit down the line and assumed the IDM was on the line this rendering themselves OCS .

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    Default Re: Cowes Week start line confusion.

    I expect the same tide which was taking the IDM over the line was tending to take the competitors the same way?

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    Default Re: Cowes Week start line confusion.

    You’re probably right but I always thought the IDM was to protect a committee boat, not a castle

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    Default Re: Cowes Week start line confusion.

    Do they still have two start lines, one with an IDM half a mile North of the castle?
    The white group IDM would probably be to keep the boats from grounding on the rocks until they're clear of the line.

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    Default Re: Cowes Week start line confusion.

    Often an inner distance marker would be positioned a little bit ahead of the true start line - to avoid the risk of it drifting back behind the line, when it is technically legal to pass outside the inner distance pre start then move further inshore whilst still behind the line

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    Default Re: Cowes Week start line confusion.

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    Do they still have two start lines, one with an IDM half a mile North of the castle?
    The white group IDM would probably be to keep the boats from grounding on the rocks until they're clear of the line.
    Surely that’s a navigators responsibility

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    Default Re: Cowes Week start line confusion.

    Quote Originally Posted by dunedin View Post
    Often an inner distance marker would be positioned a little bit ahead of the true start line - to avoid the risk of it drifting back behind the line, when it is technically legal to pass outside the inner distance pre start then move further inshore whilst still behind the line
    Agree with that hence the question and the number of OCS.

    The buoy in question is beyond the start line as per my original post

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    Default Re: Cowes Week start line confusion.

    Quote Originally Posted by XDC View Post
    Surely that’s a navigators responsibility
    You don't exactly get a navigator in a 3 man boat.

    What are all these boats OCS? I don't see too many in the results?

    Just the normal blather from the commentary, or did lots of boats return to restart?

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