| Dragon Worlds NEWS |
dragon worlds News no 3 | october, 26 th 2020 | Germany |
GPS devices are still forbidden in the International Dragon Class .The proposal to allow them has missed the necessary two-thirds majority in the IDA Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 24 October 2020. The Dragon Class as a Gentleman’s Class continues to focus on discipline and fairness among sailors internationally. GPS devices are an excellent help for training. During the races they may still not be used on International Dragon Classes.
Background to the decision:
The proposal of the IDA Technical Committee was to allow GPS devices to be used as an aid to starting – and to limit the permission to the start only. The main argument for this was the lack of controllability of a ban. However, it is still unclear how the ban on use beyond the launch should be controlled.
On the decision against GPS much in the AGM with 17 yes to 13 no votes, which suggests a majority narrowly missed the required two-thirds majority for changes to class rules. But if you calculate the number of International Dragon Classes of the respective National Association behind each vote, the result is 465 Yes to 802 No. This is a very clear picture of the mood against GPS.
Proponents of GPS devices see not only the uncontrollability but also the technical progress as a development that the class should not be able to escape. Opponents argue that we want to stay in the Dragon class and sail ourselves. The use of GPS devices on board is comparable to a Tour de France in which e-bikes are permitted. There is no question that races with e-bikes can be a very interesting thing. Only with a Tour de France would such a race not have much to do.
Dr. Gregor Berz | Commodore German Dragon Association