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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ian29937 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 14 at 9:41am

But imagine the 4th was as a result of an inexperienced sailor taking him out at the start resulting in a capsize.  Try as hard as he could, he only managed to recover to 4th despite sailing much faster than anyone else in the fleet.  Is it fair that the overall result should be impacted by this race result in any way?  Isnít it fairer that sailors are able to completely discard a defined number of results to ensure that chance events donít decide which sailor wins?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 14 at 5:17pm
So long as everyone knows the system before racing kicks off, I'm not sure it matters that much. You could probably find more results for those 2 helms where the opposite has happened, and that would apply to most of us, I'd think. I know I got lucky at the Lightning Nats being able to discard a 13th!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 14 at 5:33pm
Like Rupert, I can't see anything to get all twisted up about. 

I would happily accept the situation whichever party's place I found myself in.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote fab100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Sep 14 at 6:47am
Originally posted by Ian29937

But imagine the 4th was as a result of an inexperienced sailor taking him out at the start resulting in a capsize.  Try as hard as he could, he only managed to recover to 4th despite sailing much faster than anyone else in the fleet.  Is it fair that the overall result should be impacted by this race result in any way?  Isnít it fairer that sailors are able to completely discard a defined number of results to ensure that chance events donít decide which sailor wins?


Indeed. But not just the inexperienced. Stuff happens.

At a laser open earlier this year, I was looking good for first or second at the first mark when the boat the leeward capsizes to windward and lays his mast across my foredeck. By the time we sort things out, we are pretty much last - 20 plus places lost. Without a discard, happenings like that will result in protests intended only to obtain redress and average points. Meantime, everyone is hanging about waiting for the prize-giving, or they just go home, neither of which is desirable.
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