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Re: Autopilot while racing
Yes for some raised on video games the physical exertion of actually steering a yacht at sea really is too much of a trial. But, all is not lost, for them there is always yacht racing with finger-tip precision, the sport of rc sailboat racing how to race radio controlled sailboats
which only requires two thumbs.
OK, so we're quick to toss out insults to others when someone brings up the question of autopilot, but it's nothing more than guidance in the horizontal plane. Why is it that automated guidance in a horizontal plane is somehow beneath the dignity of sailors, but automated guidance in the vertical plane is fine and legal in the highest level of racing, as demonstrated by Oracle? Some notes here: Team New Zealand to take legal action against Oracle after America's Cup - reports - Story - 3 Sport - 3 News
I can accept the idea that "It's just how it's done", but don't try to apply some logic or rationalization to the rule. AC rules suggest stability control is OK because people are still needed to run the boat, but that logic applies just as well to conventional autopilot.