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Total briefing on changing in racing rules

22nd February 1997
A SERIES of nationwide seminars to explain the most fundamental changes to the racing rules for 50 years begins next week at locations across Ireland. Top rules experts, including an international judge and umpire, will deliver eight seminars that hope, not only to give an outline of the implications of the rule changes, but are also designed to help delegates filter the new rules, which will be in force until the year 2001, throughout Ireland's yacht club network. ISA speakers Norman Long, Billy Lacy, Tony O'Gorman and Ron Hutchieson are targeting eight venues and up to 400 sailors with a flip chart presentation that will focus on the ISAF's serious attempt to make sailing a "no contact" sport. "More than anything else," says international judge Norman Long, the new rules are framed to ensure that "boats shall not hit other boats."
Following their attendance at the International Sailing Federation's rules seminar two weeks ago, Long and the seminar hosts have all the latest details gleaned from the Brighton conference, which attracted 140 race officials from 50 countries. While the majority of next week's seminars will focus on part two of the rules which deals with the issue of when boats meet, Long believes discussion in this area may focus on the new restrictions imposed on right of way boats. Despite the fact the ISAF claim the new rules are simpler and more readily understood, there are now even more than before. An additional 11 regulations bring the total count to 89 racing rules.
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