Does rule 22 allow the use of a heart rate monitor during racing? (Watch Kontides interview at 00:44 and 03:24.)
A link to that interview would be niceWatch Kontides interview at 00:44 and 03:24.
Damn I feel stupid for not noticing at first! Anyway, the facts are: 1) It's a fairly small part of the boat park that we see, and for three min only, and there are two of these things visible. It's unlikely they were the only ones in use in that fleet. 2) The guys wearing them show them openly - they didn't have to take their shirts off right there for everyone (including the measurers!) to see. 3) It's a World Championship regatta, so if these things are checked anywhere at all, it's here. On the other hand, things like clearly illegal control systems have been allowed at this level before. But at the very least, those guys wearing their straps obviously genuinely believe that they're not doing anything questionable.People in the background are wearing them.
No. Repeat class rule 22(b): "Any use of electronic equipment not specifically allowed in the rules is prohibited unless modified in the sailing instructions."So according to the rules, use of onboard camera's and GPS trackers is also illegal.
This means that the last Olympics were in violation as well
They have also never had sail numbers at the Olympics and they are mandatory. Here has never been a class legal Laser at the Olympics including going back to 1996 in Atlanta.So according to the rules, use of onboard camera's and GPS trackers is also illegal.
This means that the last Olympics were in violation as well :
Same with most Youth Worlds that I've seen. The rationale behind it is that if there's only one boat from each country, the national letters is all you need to identify them. How that works legally I don't know.They have also never had sail numbers at the Olympics and they are mandatory.
Not asking which nations But what rules did they break? Just curious.I've seen skippers rig their boats illegally on 3 consecutive days at world championships, being told for the first two days to change it (which they did as they launched) but still trying to get away with it on the third day. It just wasn't individuals but whole national squad's
So, twenty-seven years ago things were better (The class has really been Olympic longer than it was non-Olympic.)All I can say is the general level of cheating and that is what it is, has increased since the class went Olympic.
Not saying that i endorse breaking the rules but if it happens more often it is maybe time the get more dialog going on between those who apparently think that a specific rule is hampering them and the rule makers. An update might prevent the problems in the future.