It didn't take long for the Tacticat overlords to identify what was obviously a bug in the program, and it was soon fixed.
Who would have thought that this weird anomaly from the world of sailing software would be replicated in real life? And at the Olympic Games no less?
In the Tornado catamaran class, the Dutch and American Olympic teams have developed so-called code 0 gennakers which are designed to be carried upwind as well as downwind. Although they may be slower downwind than a normal Tornado spinnaker, the code 0 sails are apparently so much faster upwind in the expected light wind conditions in China that these two teams are almost certain to win the gold and silver medals.
So now those energetic and competitive Australians are rushing to copy the Americans and Dutch.
The British, superior and aloof as only true Brits can be, say they already tried that idea and it will only work in a narrow wind range.
And the Austrians, dour and disgruntled, are threatening to boycott the whole regatta.
Ohmigod. The Olympics are just like Tacticat. All it needs now is someone hailing, "The darker the windier" or "My taylor is rich" all the way round the course and they will be identical. (Sorry. Tacticat in-joke. You had to be there.)
Apparently there is nothing in the Tornado class rules that prohibits using a smaller spinnaker or the use of it upwind. Just to be sure the Aussies posed a couple of questions to the Chief Measurer and, according to SailJuice Blog received the following answers...
Does the non-one design ‘code zero’ upwind spinnaker contravene the class rules?
The concept of a smaller gennaker does not contravene the class rules. Class Rule G.5.3 does not specify minimum dimensions.
Is a “dolphin strike” permitted on the bowsprit?
No. The addition of a compression strut and associated rigging below the bowsprit spar would contravene class rules F.5″
I have no idea what "non-one design" means or what a "dolphin strike" is but it's all starting to sound more like the America's Cup than the Olympics. It's only a matter of time before the lawyers jump into the fray.
My immediate reactions....
- I'm glad I sail a strict one-design class where such shenanigans are almost inconceivable.
- Who would have thunk that even a bug in Tacticat would emulate real life so well?
- If the Tornado class had aimed to ensure that they will never ever ever be invited to sail in the Olympics ever again, could they have devised a better strategy?
As they say in Tacticat, "Why cats are not olympic any more?"