I always appreciate your great work in LOOK TO WINDWARD.
What is the meaning of “significantly”? Now the Japanese Sailing Federation (JSAF) has been confusing how to translate the word "significantly" into Japanese. I just found a description about the word in your CYA Appeals.
The preamble of the appeals is as follows;
PREFACE1 The Canadian Yachting Association Appeals, Interpretations of the Racing Rules, 2005 - 2008 follows a complete review of all of the cases previously published in the 11 June 2003 edition, and also includes Appeals 92 to 95, which were decided in 2004. Although few Appeals required substantive revision, there are numerous cases of editorial revisions to reflect changes in rule numbering, names or text. For example, rules relating to redress no longer use the term “materially prejudiced” and so wherever possible this term has been replaced by “made significantly worse,” as used in the 2005 - 2008 rules.
Would you please let me know how to understand which is the difference between “materially prejudiced” and “made significantly worse,” with easy English?
I would be very happy to receive your reply. But please don't regard this as an obligation because I know well you are very very ... busy.
Thanks in advance.
The word "significantly" in the redress rule is very subjective!
It is not a fixed quantity, but depends on several variables.
Perhaps a few examples will make things clearer?:
If a boat entitled to redress has only lost 1 place in a fleet of 40, her score is not "made significantly worse". But if that same loss of one place happens in a medal race and she loses a medal because of it, you could argue that one place is "significantly".
Last year the nomination to the Olympics of the American woman windsurfer was about a redress for one place. That Jury found it to be significantly.
In a normal fleet race with nothing else at stake, I would think that "significantly" should be at least 4 or 5 places.
From the dictionaries:
- fairly large; by a substantial margin;
- a difference among observed values, deemed large enough to be considered reliable;
- having or likely to have a major effect; important: a significant change in the tax laws;
- fairly large in amount or quantity: significant casualties; no significant opposition.
The old wording of "materially prejudiced" had a material component. Something had to be broken. Something that influenced the speed of the boat. That part is now covered by rule 62.1(c) and therefore no longer needed in the wording.
With your permission I’ll make an LTW Q&A about this.
As always, with highest regards,
I deeply appreciate your kind and quick reply.
I will be very happy you post my question.
In my district, the plum (Ume) blossoms are at their best now.
This flower smells very sweet.
With kindest regards;
So, I had to look up the plum (ume) blossoms,
and found this picture and blogpost: Spring 2008 : Japanese Plum (Ume) Blossoms. Over here, in the frozen north, spring still seems like a million years away.... (sigh)
Thanks for reminding me that spring will arrive here too, Sen!