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Swiebertje
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@bigal wrote:

Could the Committee rule on this before the Championships as I believe this to be preferable to having a protest against Mike decided by the Medway YC protest committee . As i see it there are two impediments ;

(1) do the rules permit carbon poles ?

28. SPINNAKER, ASYMMETRIC POLE and JIB STICK
28.1 Materials shall be metal or wood.
@bigal wrote:

(2) do the rules permit more than one pole ?

Though the rules state “Spinnaker pole”(singular), AFAIK it is permitted as the rules do not clearly forbid them.
There is precedence (boats have sailed with dual. poles in the past) and nobody objected nor did anyone propose a rule change.
Innocent until proven guilty applies here too. To condemn someone we first need clear rules. As long as the rules are unclear any sailor is in title of the benefit of the doubt.