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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Aug 20 at 9:41pm
What is the point of winning if you know you cheated (either deliberate or inadvertently)? I do get the idea that if you graze a mark and nobody sees you you might not do your penalty turn simply 'cos nobody else bothers but I've always don the turns if I know I'm in the wrong and still do.

If it's not clear cut then go with your conscience and, if the post race discussion says you were in the wrong, then retire.
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I completely agree with all your points.

If I'm OCS I deserve to be called out for it. Mind you, I will be annoyed if someone else is and doesn't get called out.

H2's observation about yellow being slower is interesting! We know that's almost certainly not the case. But it doesn't take much to get the message out that yellow are slower, or blue or whatever.

And now probably anything other than red is slower... Because it's not new...

Same for sails.

People start to think one specific version is quicker, more new boats in that version bought. New boats will be quick...

I doubt that many new Toppers are being bought by club sailors...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote polc1410 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 20 at 6:50am
Parents and their lawyers...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote andy h Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 20 at 7:41am
I always liked the N12s because in that fleet if you had a plain pale grey hull you'd stick out like a sore thumb.  "Which boat was over, RO?"  "Oh, it was that boring grey one sandwiched between the lime green one and that pink one with the purple spots".  BTW: that whole thing about parents listening on the VHF at Topper opens does happen.  I was amazed when I witnessed it first hand.
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Absolutely happens all the time. "Line clear" calls usually made on private channel (not hard to find an listen in if you are keen!) Or mobile phone.

I gather if you get in a national squad some private schools give substantial discount on your fees... Which means there is at play. All rather sad.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 20 at 11:22am
Does the Topper have a National squad under the new RYA system?

Anyway, the answer to Topper hull colours appears to be manufacturing costs, and the sails sheer boringness of how people want sails to look these days.
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Luckily some classes are still firmly believers in stripes!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tink Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 20 at 12:46pm
Originally posted by polc1410

Absolutely happens all the time. "Line clear" calls usually made on private channel (not hard to find an listen in if you are keen!) Or mobile phone.

I gather if you get in a national squad some private schools give substantial discount on your fees... Which means there is at play. All rather sad.

Love know where your evidence is. Most sports scholarships are a small fraction of the fees, usually sub 100. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 20 at 1:15pm
Some colours appear to chip more easily, red Toppers have less damage.
Sales bound to be affected by the refurbs, they look like new boats.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 20 at 1:57pm
Red is the worst colour for fading due to UV and oxidisation. This pretty much applies to any form of red pigment.
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