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Countries have to qualify to get an entry in each class, a stupid sailor who cannot tie a bowline would not be able qualify.   Sailing is the only sport I can think of right now in which one competitor can dramatically slow down or adversely affect another (deliberately or not), if countries could have multiple entries then the jury would be very busy deciding what was deliberate team racing.
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Originally posted by MikeBz

Countries have to qualify to get an entry in each class, a stupid sailor who cannot tie a bowline would not be able qualify.   Sailing is the only sport I can think of right now in which one competitor can dramatically slow down or adversely affect another (deliberately or not), if countries could have multiple entries then the jury would be very busy deciding what was deliberate team racing.
Zola Budd and Mary Decker might disagree but with regard Olympic sailing becoming a match race you make an very valid point 

And again proper sailors donít tie bowlines


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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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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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The people of Madagascar have been sailing multi hulls centuries before the western world did 


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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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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? 

My only reference point is the Eddie Eagle movie  
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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

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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