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Post Options Post Options   Quote jeffers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 6:13pm
Originally posted by iGRF

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brass Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 11:19pm
Originally posted by JimC

Originally posted by Paramedic

If you're 3/4 of the way through a series would you be happy if the rules changed?
Doesn't that happen in every winter series every four years?


This used to be a problem in Australia, particularly for the Sydney Hobart Race, which started on Boxing Day and finished (for an unfortunate few) after New Years. We likewise conducted many National Championship series over the Christmas/New Year period..

For many years the Australian MNA, by prescription, delayed the implementation of the RRS until the middle of the new year.

Since the 2009-2012 rules, Introduction, Revision has provided that for an event beginning in the preceding year the effective date of the new rules may be postponed by the NOR or SI.

This prevents the rules changing in the middle of race.

Most clubs do NOT use this provision for their weekly (summer) series, given that there is usually a Christmas/New Year hiatus to enable keen sailors to study the new rules.

Interestingly the implementation dates for the changed rules has historically floated around a bit:

1989-92 Rules effective 1 May 1989
1997-2000 Rules effective 1 Apr 1997
2001-2004 Rules effective 1 Apr 2001
2005-2008 Rules effective 1 Jan 2005
2009-2012 and thereafter effective 1 Jan 2009, with above provision to postpone.

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