As usual I am looking for a solution not for an argument. It is simple to chop down most any suggestion as few are perfect. Let's see if we can keep this thread rolling along sort of like: "I see where you are coming from and why. But I don't think your solution is on the right track. Here is another positive contribution which may solve the problem." Rule 42 as written gives a distinct disadvantage to anyone who is either a poor pumper or a big sailor. A sailors is allowed one pump per wave and that pump can only be used to cause planing when planing conditions exist. If you fail to get on plane and the skipper next to you pumps once and jumps on plane. All you can do is watch the other boat sail away. The cause of the difference in launching onto that wave may only be the other sailor is brutally strong. ( Rule 42 Does not always keep muscle out of the game.) The cause may be that the other sailor is a lot lighter and the pump vs his / her weight was much more effective. ( Rule 42 favoring one size of sailor?? That would be bad wouldn't it?) The cause may be the other sailor is just a lot better at the game. ( So as you sit there with no weapons to keep up you are left behind by a LOT because you are just a little less effective. Rule 42 is sold as effective because it supposedly keeps the coordinated and trained sailors from abusing the rest of the sailors and keeps the fleet together.) OK SO suppose we had a rule that, when others are planing, allowed the klutzes and fatsos to pump until their arms fell off or until they were also planing. The astute committee would fly a flag when in their opinion at least some of the fleet was planing. The flag could be flown at a mark or by a boat ( hopefully making a big wake) blasting across the top of the fleet on the leg where the committee felt the pumping would allow klutzes and fatsos to keep up better. Please! If you don't like the general concept behind the concept of my proposal at least take the time to honestly compare it to the status quo. Currently Rule 42 is written such that if planing conditions exist for some, they can use their pump to end the game with those who cannot. My proposal may be flawed. Perhaps even fundamentally. But the current rule is an abomination as well. I am proposing at least one idea which might fix the abomination. What is your suggestion for improving or correcting the current unfair situation?