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    Posted: 07 Aug 08 at 11:30am

I saw this section being open and I can't resist.

I've got a question about yachts:

When I took part in the Round the Island Race last June, I noticed that some of the sail numbers were composed of digits and a letter.

Most of the time (in our time slot) this letter was a 'T' but I also saw an 'L'.

I can understand that some must be class-related, but what about the others?

 

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UK (GBR plus 3 or 4 numbers and a suffix letter) Yacht sail numbers are issued by either RORC (R suffix) or the RYA (Y, L, T or N suffix). Like "Cherished" car numberplate's some combinations are more desirable than others and some classes have blocks assigned to them/agree to try and acquire similar numbers. 

So sometimes they mean something sometimes they don't.

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Why are the vast majority of dinghy covers blue?

Sorry, its one of those pointless things I have always wondered about.

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Because they had lots of blue cloth left over after the Russian Revolution dried up the market for blue cloth for the Prussian Uniforms.......oh no thats RAF uniforms

bored moi?

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Same reason the edges of rollered yacht jibs are blue. It resists degredation in the sunlight for the longest. Unless a physicist wants to correct me!
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Originally posted by Rupert

Same reason the edges of rollered yacht jibs are blue. It resists degredation in the sunlight for the longest. Unless a physicist wants to correct me!

some are red.......

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Bang goes that theory! Maybe all dark colours are better than white...
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Originally posted by Fans1024

Why are the vast majority of dinghy covers blue?

Sorry, its one of those pointless things I have always wondered about.

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White or yellow would get dirty too easily

 Black would become too hot in the sun

 

Green would camouflage it too much so you could not find your boat and would trip over other boats in the dinghy park

 

Pink or purple would just be wrong (unless you were a teenage girl)

 

Orange would make it impossible to write poetry about your dinghy cover

 

Which just leaves blue

 

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All covers go green in the end from mould, so why don't they make them green in the first place?!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tmoore Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 08 at 8:22pm
not if you prop the front end of the boat up.... i think it probably just comes down to traditions (after all, rooster and laser now do grey covers and you often see red undercovers....)
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