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by Nick Penfold
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Paddlers that have problems making their minds up!
Replies: 13
Views: 2250

Re: Paddlers that have problems making their minds up!

I can't see any reason why refunds shouldn't wait until after the event.
by Nick Penfold
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: C1 Promotion points
Replies: 37
Views: 5940

Re: C1 Promotion points

At this time last year I was very concerned about the lack of promotions in C1M and C1W: by the end of the year things had sorted themselves out, and the proportion of C1s promoted was higher than K1s. What happens in classes with fewer paddlers is that, because a win is relatively easier (sorry win...
by Nick Penfold
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Boat weights in the past
Replies: 9
Views: 2933

Boat weights in the past

According to Wikipedia, Folding kayaks were used from 1949 to 1963; and in the early 1960s, boats were made of fiberglass and nylon. Boats were heavy, usually over 65 pounds (30 kilos). That's seriously heavy, and I would have thought even a canvas boat could be a lot lighter - I'd have guessed 30 p...
by Nick Penfold
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: ICF Drops C2 from World Events
Replies: 7
Views: 2139

ICF Drops C2 from World Events

The ICF has dropped C2 from World Championship and World Cup races, with immediate effect, "to provide extra focus on C2 mixed slalom". The announcement hides a hammer-blow for C2 athletes behind a lot of virtuous waffle about gender equality. The logic might be sound if any of last year's mixed C2 ...
by Nick Penfold
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Online Enrty Transaction Fees
Replies: 14
Views: 2447

Re: Online Enrty Transaction Fees

if I could get a photo of his daughter published on the slalom website?
Noted. If you're using my services for bribery purposes, it'll cost you.
by Nick Penfold
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.3 Veterans Ranking
Replies: 11
Views: 3024

Re: 6.3 Veterans Ranking

Dee says: 35 does seem very young.
I think I agree. And it would put a different aspect on the freedom to enter races issue if Vets started at (say) 45.
by Nick Penfold
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.1 ACM Voting
Replies: 30
Views: 7033

Re: 6.1 ACM Voting

Re "one paddler, one vote", about 65% of our paddlers are under 18 and don't get a vote in elections. Do we give the vote to J18s? J16s? ...J10s? Whether you think what we have is appropriate or not, a rush to change could be a disaster. This is one of those things where should ask someone to resear...
by Nick Penfold
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.1 ACM Voting
Replies: 30
Views: 7033

Re: 6.1 ACM Voting

The club/races-based system isn't ideal, and yes, it disenfranchises independents. Effectively, it puts voting power where effort is put in for common benefit. My guess is that, like democracy in the running of countries, it's the " least worst" option, if only because we can get a quorum.
by Nick Penfold
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.2 Division 1 / 2 Competitions
Replies: 10
Views: 2682

Re: 6.2 Division 1 / 2 Competitions

And, as Nick knows, at Shepperton, we often make the div 2 course a little easier by omitting one or two gates for the div 2 course Yes: and I've already said: At the very least, before supporting it, I would require a provision requiring a substantial difference in the course to be paddled by each...
by Nick Penfold
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.1 ACM Voting
Replies: 30
Views: 7033

Re: 6.1 ACM Voting

I wish I could buy your idea, Steve. But mass attendance isn't going to happen: proxies would make discussion irrelevant, because the decisions have already been made: and lack of engagement/apathy would make for a system that's wide open to exploitation by small but active lobby groups. Representat...
by Nick Penfold
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.2 Division 1 / 2 Competitions
Replies: 10
Views: 2682

Re: 6.2 Division 1 / 2 Competitions

We can't make a rule for one club or site. If we allow a Div 1/2 format, it's there for other clubs to take up, for 2018 or in the future. Pure Div 1 courses have been good for the sport this year, and we shouldn't risk slipping backwards. It seems likely that, if the rule change is refused, the spr...
by Nick Penfold
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.3 Veterans Ranking
Replies: 11
Views: 3024

Re: 6.3 Veterans Ranking

The motion looks long and complicated, because of the ground that has to be covered and the nature of a rulebook. But it can be summarised: * All Vets will be in one division * Registered Vets can enter any ranking competition * Points are allocated by comparison with the equivalent divisional event...
by Nick Penfold
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.1 ACM Voting
Replies: 30
Views: 7033

Re: 6.1 ACM Voting

As I said, I'm not sure the present arrangement is the best option: but it isn't more democratic to give a club of three influence equal to a club of 100.
by Nick Penfold
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.13 Entry Refundable 75/25
Replies: 5
Views: 1693

Re: 6.13 Entry Refundable 75/25

I suggest organiser's discretion, whether the entry can be replaced or not.
by Nick Penfold
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: 6.2 Division 1 / 2 Competitions
Replies: 10
Views: 2682

Re: 6.2 Division 1 / 2 Competitions

Having Div 1 races that are Div 1 only has made things a lot clearer for course designers. Div 1/2s were always supposed to be set to a Div 1 standard, but many of us will remember courses where the Div 1s were badly short-changed, with a dumbed-down course and good water wasted, apparently because ...