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Re: Autopilot while racing

Originally Posted by SailingJackson View Post
Sailors can use satellite photos for weather, GPS navigation, endless instrumentation, and enough technology to fly a space shuttle, but they cannot use a simplistic device to keep the boat running in a straight line.
Wrong again. Non-electronic, human powered devices are allowed, such as the Davis Tiller Tamer, the Wavefront Marine Tiller Clutch, or even lashing the tiller in place with a jib sheet or bungy cord. Wheel locks suffice on wheel-steered boats.

The RRS attempts to balance the use of technology with safety, and the challenge of racing. GPS and weather information are allowed for safety. In single-hand races, automated, intelligent pilots often ARE allowed, with modifications to the RRS, negating your statement above.

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