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    Posted: 27 Oct 04 at 4:27pm

What do you  think is the best counting race to discard ratio?

At most events i've been to it's:

  • 1-2 races 0 discards
  • 3-7 races 1 discard
  • 8+ races 2 discards

but ive been to a few with 8 races 1 discard, and 4 races no discard. What works best?

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The Olympics this year was very nearly NO discards!  It was only because of the uproar from the MNA's that the discard was reinstated. Worth having a look at the ISAF site for information on this.

Personally I think one discard is sufficient since this allows for a bit of gear failure (gear failure in two races equals poor preparation) and dodgy French Finn sailors who let you pass and then protest you! 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harry44981! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 04 at 5:45pm
but maybe more discards with high performance boats on short courses?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigwavedave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 04 at 6:10pm
Why?
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And what about a series?  At BBSC we have a 50% discard so that those that can only turn up for the mornings (or afternoon) can still qualify.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigwavedave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 04 at 6:42pm

A club series is a different matter.  I was talking about a regatta, open meeting or nationals etc.  For a club series you need to be a bit more flexible, and BBSC is just that.  Great sailing for all

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I think 1 discard is enough for a weekend event, provided you get at least three races, and even then it would be better if you needed four before the discard kicked in.  As for week long events I guess it depends, but two discards over the course of a week's nationals is fair enough.  1 discard for every two days of sailing, more or less. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sailor girl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 04 at 2:25pm
yeah, i think 1 discard for three races. or 4 at a push!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harry44981! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 04 at 7:21pm

but if you had a discard for every 3 races, then you'd have 2 for 6-  which is a bit ridiculous. The only reason for 3 race series with 1 discard is for opens, when they don't want people packing up after being BFD in race 1, when normally a discard only comes in after4 races min.

I'd say 1-7 races 1 discard, 8-13 2 discards and 14+ 3 discards

Alowing for 1 BFD (or bad race for every 4ish)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Contender443 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 04 at 7:52pm

Does anyone know if there had been no discards at the Olympics if we would have more or less medals?

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