Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hands On: Dave Perry's 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes

I don't know how it seems to turn out that I end up reviewing the books around here seeing as I can barely read, but sure enough a copy of Dave Perry's 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes was on my desk to read through and write a little diddy about.

Just like the title of the movie Titanic gives away the ending of the movie, 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes is made up of 100 rules quizzes. Shocking, right? Perry's quizzes routinely showed up in Sailing World (formerly American Sailor) and he took the best of those and others that he did to complete this book -- those quizes have been tweaked and updated for the new 2009-2012 rules.

This book is a great companion to Perry's other book -- Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing -- or after you've done a good review of the rulebook. Alternately, you could use also use it before reviewing this material to see where you're weak... if you're anything like me, that would be basically everywhere. In fact, in the preface of the book, Perry encourages you to have the rulebook on-hand, pointing out that "the best judges will open their rulebook during a protest hearing to be sure they get it right".

The quizzes are broken into "chapters", based on parts of the rulebook. For example, Quizzes 1-5 are about the Introduction, Definitions and rules of Part 1 of the rulebook and Quizzes 6-29 are about the rules of Part 2, Section A and Section B of the rulebook. When it's necessary there are detailed illustrations provided to explain each situation.

The point of the quizzes seems to be illustrating relatively common situations that we can all easily see ourselves in. Most of the quizzes have multiple layers to them, meaning that there are numerous rules that apply to the situation being described. While looking some of the quizzes over, you may find yourself doing what I did, taking notes on a peice of paper to keep all of the events straight.

There is a section at the end that was relatively interesting -- how to prepare a protest and a defense. It's a ten page section of the book that goes through everything from lining up your witnesses properly to the way you hold the models when you're in the room explaining what happened. It's a great way to get yourself mentally prepped because getting tossed from a race is the worst feeling in the world, especially when you know that you were probably right but the other guy was better during the hearing.

Overall, this is a great book to help test out your knowledge and get yourself ready for anything the race course or protest room might throw at you.

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