Quarter finals done, Sail offs done and Semi finals done. Only the finals and petit finals are left for tomorrow. I will however, not be umpiring those, nor buzzing around the match race boats as one of the wing boats.
For the Olympic part of Kiel-week, tomorrow is also Medal Race day and apparently they need a few extra umpires to do addendum Q umpiring. I’m a bit disappointed but not surprised to be out of the MR-Team.
I’ve already brushed up on Addendum Q, but since the extreme Forties are also using them, I’m already quite familiar with them. The trick will be to wait and wait and wait before showing any flag. Unlike in MR umpiring the protested boat must be given the opportunity to take a penalty voluntarily.
Anyway, that’s tomorrow…. Back to day 4, and…..
THE PIN END PROBLEM
In shifty wind conditions most match race officers use the three windward marks solution. Besides the ‘regular’ mark they put in two extra coloured marks on each side. And then start the matches according to the shift at the entry to one of the those three windward marks by using a Charlie flag with a coloured flag (corresponding with the colour of the windward mark the match should sail to).
So far, so good.
But with each shift the starting line is also biased. Either Blue or Yellow has an advantage, not so much at the start, but at the entry on the preparatory signal.
The RO however cannot shift the pin-end mark. Boats already racing are using that same line as a finishing line and have planned there strategy according to how the line was, when they started. Changing that would unfairly influence the match race…….. or does it?
The Entry (with dail-up) in a Match Race
One school of thinking is to change the pin-end according to each wind shift, so that the entry is as equal as possible for Blue and Yellow. Another is more inclined to not touch the pin-end during the whole flight, for reasons I described above. And also for another reason;
The rulebook says a mark of the starting line may be moved no later then the preparatory signal. So between the start of one match and the entry of the next, the RO can move the pin-end according to the rules. That is not restricted in Appendix C. But is that fair? The Blue boat has timed the length to the pin end to the second. So I’m pretty sure redress will be asked when a mark boat is towing the pin-end to a new location just before entry.
What do you think?
Give me your solution to the Pin End Problem.