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What is the general opinion on the use of camelbacks? I know that the latest Blue book possibly lists then as movable ballast... but doesn’t the benefits of having water easily on hand out weigh the downside? Besides, what is 2kg’s (assuming a 2L camelback)
Grant Steinback30-Oct-2006    Edit    Delete 
Re: CamelBacks
i agree. i myself have a life jacket with a pocket for one of these packs, i think it would benifit for both the crew and the skipper as it leaves the hands on (skipper)mainsheet and tiller and as for the crew if he or she is out on trap it saves them bending in to grab a bottle of water. and like you said whats 2kg's, its not going to make much of a difference at all.
31-Oct-2006    Edit    Delete 
Re: CamelBacks
You guys amaze me with how technical you can get with a bottle of water. Next thing you know is that Doug Brewer will have designed a device to allow him to smoke whilst he is juggling the tiller and mainsheet. I think Doug has exceptional skills to juggle all this at the same time. We should allow an offset for the weight of the cigarette going up in smoke. Just kidding Doug. Guys, I keep my water in bottles in the spare spinnaker bag and drink when I get time in downwind runs. I just forget about thirst during the other phases of sailing and I haven't died yet. Next thing is that you will be storing water in the mast with tubes running to your mouths - if you get my drift. Sorry Grant, the reason I thought of Dougs cigarettes was that I thought you were talking about camel cigs. Not the same as camelbacks ?
Derek Miles
Derek Miles31-Oct-2006    Edit    Delete 
Re: CamelBacks
camel backs were allowed a few years ago but under the new interp of the new rules they are now banned.
5-Nov-2006    Edit    Delete 
Re: CamelBacks
I weigh 85kg+, do you really think it will make a diference for me in a 125 to magicly loose or gain 2kg! I think the benifits (i.e. water on hand) out weigh the move able ballast rules. We are sailing 125, not 470's at the olympics!
Grant8-Nov-2006    Edit    Delete 
Re: CamelBacks
Read E.R.S. 2005-2008 part C.1.3 re personal effects.
Also in conjunction with this you should read R.R.S.2005-2008 Rule 43, 43.1 (a), (b), (c) which gives the maximum permitted weight for "personal effects" and how this is weighed.
Part B 2.1 for Windsurfing has an addition to rule 43 and states that you may carry 1 litre/1.5kg total CamelBack.
I have seen a 420 crew stowing 3 water bottles on his chest at state titles 3 years ago and I got hasseled by an ugly parent brigade who tried to hassel me out because I wore a camelback!
I wear one. Best option!
Greg Hood22-Jan-2007    Edit    Delete 

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