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    Posted: 21 Sep 19 at 9:00pm
Madagascar has never won an Olympic medal, they have even sent athletes to the Winter Olympics.

We are somewhat myopic with our appreciation craft from other cultures. Obviously the Scandies built some amazing boats but they had abundant high quality material. The sailors of the Indian and Pacific Oceans did awesome things with very limited resources and creativity. 
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When are the Olympics in Madagascar?

That photo is great. Some amazing boats out there in the wider world.
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Originally posted by JimC

No, entries are strictly limited, and each country has to qualify at one of a number of international events in order to be able to send someone. Its all documented on WS web site. The only country that doesn't have to qualify are the hosts.

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No, entries are strictly limited, and each country has to qualify at one of a number of international events in order to be able to send someone. Its all documented on WS web site. The only country that doesn't have to qualify are the hosts.
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Originally posted by JimC

The Olympic qualification system is pretty robust. I suspect the average club sailor would have a nasty surprise if they lined up against any of the qualifiers.

Interesting, I had presumed that provided a country kept basic rule of one entry per class they could send anyone. Theoretically could not Mr average club sailor from U.K. gain Madagascan citizenship learn to tie a bowline and represent Madagascar. 

Or obviously could an Olympic champion do the same? 

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The Olympic qualification system is pretty robust. I suspect the average club sailor would have a nasty surprise if they lined up against any of the qualifiers.
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The people of Madagascar have been sailing multi hulls centuries before the western world did 


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Originally posted by Rupert

Never thought of myself as a proper sailor, which must be why I use bowlines for many things. Can't think of a better knot to tie a rear reefing line round a boom, for instance. Or even a painter to a bow.

I do demonstrate on courses how they can undo themselves in certain circumstances, though.

The real useless knot for slippery rope is the rolling hitch. I expect the sailor from Madagascar would rightly never have bothered to learn it.

My best ever capsize was tacking an IC, somehow in walking behind the back of the sail tied a clove hitch around the end of boom. 


 


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Never thought of myself as a proper sailor, which must be why I use bowlines for many things. Can't think of a better knot to tie a rear reefing line round a boom, for instance. Or even a painter to a bow.

I do demonstrate on courses how they can undo themselves in certain circumstances, though.

The real useless knot for slippery rope is the rolling hitch. I expect the sailor from Madagascar would rightly never have bothered to learn it.
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