Owner 4knot sb.
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
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Re: Autopilot while racing
For the record, I never suggested OTTO was a better helmsman... but I DID ask myself to use such when I was sailing inland single-handed. I wanted to be able to launch my symmetrical spinnaker myself... and OTTO made that quite interesting (best bet is do it as close to DDW as possible, OTTO gets too much weather helm and he gets all punchy)...
Most racing rules are pretty specific against their use, but as said several times above, local RC rules can override this... for electric winches, OTTO, or hydraulic backstays and also apparently lifting foils...
Methinks this has dissolved into sour grapes.
Rule 52, if you want to use OTTO, please contact your RC before you race, who knows you might get the green light (instead of the red protest flag).
"Rum Line" a 1982, S2 7.9 - Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.