only came into being following common sense. The main thrust of these is that you should never put yourself in the position of being out of control, having no water to sail in, or risking imminent collision. We did discuss whether to treat some of the rules seriously, and some not, but ditched that approach. For those of you uncertain about rules, the Group does have a nice little book (available from RodL), or there are plenty of books on the market. The IYRA introduced new rules in 2001 as some of you will have noticed with the starts, which are now with hooters/flags at 5, 4, and 1 minutes before the start, and then 'Start'.
The discussion then veered on to what were actual problems, and we concentrated on the starts. Unfortunately, maybe, we rely on partners/press ganged people/bystanders kidnapped etc. to provide the person-power on the shore, because we're all sailing, and we made a common resolution (I think) to make the briefings better, and properly brief our starters.
There is a kit with flags, horn, umbrella, buoys for marks etc, but there have been problems with transporting all of this. Briefly, if any sailor is uncertain about the start, they should keep back off the line, and not risk impeding other boats, or going over the line early. We decided to make a recall more easily seen, if there was a messy start. The other problem can be at marks, and the general rule to follow is that you can't impede or barge, and should be sailing 'a proper course' from mark to mark. If you don't know what this means, please ask. One final point - crowding up at the start, or a mark, only puts you in dirty air, as opposed to clean air, so avoiding all of this should do you good.
So, a successful weekend, and thanks to SteveR for organizing it. Last year's meet here was disrupted somewhat by building works. This time Lakeside proved to be an even better venue.
Canoe Sailing In Holland (PaulW)
Following a discussion with Jan & DaveP before dinner at the Boaters Restaurant on 5th October, about the possibility of sailing on the Dutch lakes, whether in Friesland or Zeeland, I wrote them a letter with some ideas: