Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire

A Rules Weekend

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Its been a long summer, what with engine problems, lack of time and busy weekends. Koala is now on the hard in Bangor, but more of that in the next post.

This weekend, I  attended a National Judging Seminar in the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire. Hopefully this is the start of the process of becoming a qualified sailing judge!

The course was run by Chris Watts, from the RYA and Gordon Davies from the ISA.  It was attended by a great mix of folk from a wide range of sailing backgrounds – Team and Fleet racing, Water Wags, Squibs, keelboats, Shannon One Designs and of course Wayfarers!judging-seminar

The Seminar was run over two days, with a multiple choice exam at the end of day one and three scenarios to write up at the end of day two.  There was a huge emphasis on process – protests, hearings, redress, rules etc etc.

I have always referred to rules as ‘port / starboard’, ‘avoiding collisions’ or ‘mark room’, whereas everyone was talking about Rule 11 or Rule 18…….

I definitely have a lot of learning to do in the next while.  However, I look forward to getting out and gaining experience, while Koala is out of the water for the next couple of years!


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