XS Sailing http://www.xssailing.com Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:08:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Just Say No to IRPCAS http://www.xssailing.com/news/just-say-no-to-irpcas/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/just-say-no-to-irpcas/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:08:18 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23480 Rob Overton, Chairman of the US Racing Rules Committee, finds fault in how offshore races can be governed by instructions that won’t work. Here he explains…

The Preamble to Part 2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) contains an interesting provision: “If the sailing instructions so state, the rules of Part 2 are replaced by the right-of-way rules of the IRPCAS or by government right-of-way rules.” (IRPCAS stands for International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, usually called the COLREGS)

The rules of Part 2 govern the conduct of racing sailboats when they meet, including right of way, mark-room, and room at obstructions. In theory, regatta organizers could throw out those rules and substitute the IRPCAS rules of the road for their entire regatta, but I’ve never heard of this being done. The only situation I’ve heard of in which IRPCAS rules replace the rules of Part 2 is for long-distance races, and even then, only during hours of darkness. But even in that limited application, IRPCAS rules of the road don’t really work for sailboats racing each other.

The idea behind invoking IRPCAS rules in long-distance races is that those rules don’t allow close maneuvering, so the boats would be safer than they are under the rules of Part 2. But I have the feeling that many of the folks who write sailing instructions replacing RRS Part 2 with IRPCAS rules of the road really don’t understand what they’re doing. Here are a few facts about the IRPCAS rules as they would apply to sailboats racing: full report

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Island Tour http://www.xssailing.com/article/island-tour/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/island-tour/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:08:15 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23482

Hydroptere departed Los Angeles
on June 22nd on what was envisioned to be a record setting run to Honolulu Hawaii. The record of 4 Days, 19 hours, 31 minutes and 37 seconds, established in 2005 by the 90′ Geronimo, was the target. But after 10 days of meandering across the Pacific, much of the time in non foiling conditions,
Hydroptere seems content to to get to land in what ever means necessary. The record long ago out of reach, one must

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Dolphin Down http://www.xssailing.com/article/dolphin-down/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/dolphin-down/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:08:11 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23483

CBS 5 had the scoop from USCG Helo Station at SFO which suffered a “Hard Landing” while on a training session. There are usually 3 Dolphin MH-65D aircraft on station providing SAR and Homeland Security at the station, so while training flights mights be shelved for the time being, assets are still on station and ready to roll!

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A Coast Guard helicopter that was conducting hovering training at San Francisco International Airport crash landed Monday.

An airport spokesman

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2015 Melges 24 World Championship – Mick Anderson presents more images http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-melges-24-world-championship-mick-anderson-presents-more-images/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-melges-24-world-championship-mick-anderson-presents-more-images/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:08:08 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23485 2015 Melges 24 World Championship – Today’s racing images by Mick Anderson.

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West Yorkshire man charged over cocaine seized from Makayabella yacht http://www.xssailing.com/news/west-yorkshire-man-charged-over-cocaine-seized-from-makayabella-yacht/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/west-yorkshire-man-charged-over-cocaine-seized-from-makayabella-yacht/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:08:03 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23487 The man is the fifth person to be charged in the UK in connection with the Makayabella seizure

Makayabella being intercepted off the coast of Ireland
Makayabella being intercepted off the coast of Ireland

A man from West Yorkshire has been charged in connection with the attempted importation of around a tonne of cocaine.

The drugs were seized from the yacht Makayabella by the Irish authorities in September 2014.

James Andrew Hill, 30, was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency at his home address in Hampshire Close, Ilkley, on Tuesday 30 June.

He was charged with conspiring to import class A drugs and appeared before Wakefield Magistrates on the morning of Wednesday 1 July, where he was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Leeds Crown Court on 15 July.

Mr Hill is the fifth person to be charged in the UK in connection with the Makayabella seizure.

In November 2014 Stephen Powell, 48, from Guiseley was jailed for 16 years after pleading guilty to attempting to import the drugs.

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The Good and Bad of Online Event Management http://www.xssailing.com/news/the-good-and-bad-of-online-event-management/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/the-good-and-bad-of-online-event-management/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:07:58 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23488 Having all the event information online is both convenient and environmentally righteous, but it also leads to entry delay. Think about the party invitation that says to attend from 7pm to 10pm. How often do you get there at 7pm? Probably never, as you want to show up when the party is buzzing. But that doesn’t work for regattas, as is explained by Tim Finkle, co-chair Can Am Challenge on July 25-26…

I have to take to the podium for a second to vent about something that has bothered me lately. We have been planning for our event at at the Youngstown YC, and have been asking boat owners to sign up early on YachtScoring.com, especially our local boats. You don’t have to pay now, but we need people to sign up if they have plans to attend. Why? It’s simple, the earlier you sign up the better attraction for others who may be on the fence about attending.

The difference between 5 boats registered versus 8 is huge. From a competitors stand point, you see 5 and think it’s a small fleet, but at 8 you think there is a chance at a double digit fleet. It can be a tipping point that brings in a bunch of boats from a yacht club that was on the fence about which regatta to attend that summer.

We all want good size classes to race against, the party is better and we all win in the end. So PLEASE, if you are at all thinking of attending an event, just sign up now and see how the fleet builds!

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Melges 24 World Championship – Day 2 images by Pierrick Contin http://www.xssailing.com/article/melges-24-world-championship-day-2-images-by-pierrick-contin/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/melges-24-world-championship-day-2-images-by-pierrick-contin/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:07:51 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23491 Melges 24 World Championship – Day two images by Pierrick Contin

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Personal Space Violation http://www.xssailing.com/article/personal-space-violation/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/personal-space-violation/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:02:23 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23476

Arturo Encinas captures a little close quarters action at the Barcelona ORC World Championships. Click the link for a full sequence and the damage done!

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A night to remember http://www.xssailing.com/article/a-night-to-remember/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/a-night-to-remember/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:02:19 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23477

What better way to relax after nine gruelling months at sea?

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2015 BACARDI Newport Sailing Week concludes http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-bacardi-newport-sailing-week-concludes/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-bacardi-newport-sailing-week-concludes/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:02:13 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23478 2015 BACARDI Newport Sailing Week – Newport provided great sailing conditions for inaugural day of BNSW presented by EFG

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Prince of Wales officially opens National Maritime Operations Centre http://www.xssailing.com/news/prince-of-wales-officially-opens-national-maritime-operations-centre/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/prince-of-wales-officially-opens-national-maritime-operations-centre/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:01:13 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23479 HRH the Prince of Wales is the honorary commodore of Her Majesty’s Coastguard

HRH the Prince of Wales at the National Maritime Operations Centre

HRH the Prince of Wales officially opened the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham on Wednesday 1 July.

The Prince, who is honorary commodore of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, also spent time looking at the work done at the flagship centre which is at the heart of the new national network.

HM Coastguard’s national network is the first point of call for 999 calls, ranging from vessels in distress, to people trapped at sea and cliff fallers.

The National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) is supported by ten coastguard operation centres across the country and manages up-to-the-minute nationwide search and rescue capabilities.

Since going live in September, it’s dealt with 2,354 incidents.

It also monitors vessels when asked, including those from West Africa as part of measures to protect the UK from the Ebola virus.

Today HRH met with senior members of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and spoke with controllers and operations officers – the people who oversee incidents and deploy resources.
Maritime & Coastguard Agency CEO Sir Alan Massey, said: “This is a wonderful day for Her Majesty’s Coastguard.

“We are greatly honoured that HRH The Prince of Wales, as our honorary commodore, today formally opened our National Maritime Operations Centre here in Fareham. This marks a huge step forward in the Coastguard’s ability to coordinate effective rescues at sea and on our coasts.
“The NMOC is at the hub of a new, integrated network of Coastguard Operations Centres around the UK.

“When the network is fully in place by the end of this year, both mariners and the general public will be able to count on an unprecedented quality of service from our excellent systems and highly trained staff.”

MCA maritime operations director Richard Parkes, said: “The official opening of the National Maritime Operations Centre marks another important milestone in the history of Her Majesty’s Coastguard.

“It signifies the step change in capability that our new National Network will deliver and recognises the tremendous amount of hard work involved in bringing this network online around the coast of the UK.”

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Second wave http://www.xssailing.com/offshore/second-wave/ http://www.xssailing.com/offshore/second-wave/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:34 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23451 With 13 boats having left Sunday on the 2,800 mile Transatlantic Race 2015, a second group of 20 is likewise due to begin the journey today (1st July) from off Castle Hill Lighthouse in Narraganset

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470 Open European Champs – Close racing wraps up qualification series http://www.xssailing.com/article/470-open-european-champs-close-racing-wraps-up-qualification-series/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/470-open-european-champs-close-racing-wraps-up-qualification-series/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:28 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23452 Stunning racing conditions on day two at the 2015 470 Open European Championships wrapped up the qualification series.

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Raid Emeraude 2015 by Charles Dheret http://www.xssailing.com/f18/raid-emeraude-2015-by-charles-dheret/ http://www.xssailing.com/f18/raid-emeraude-2015-by-charles-dheret/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:47:35 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23455

Another perspective form Raid Emeraude 2015 with great images by Charles Dheret,  Full gallery at his Flickr web flickr.com/photos/charlesdheret – Results for the 2015 Edition are now posted at raidemeraude.com Check Manu’s Cirrus R flat bottom & Rocker in the first pic.  Also good to see the Bimare F16 continue to grab podiums in the C1 division as done at Carnac…

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Outboard engine theft increased 40% in last six months http://www.xssailing.com/news/outboard-engine-theft-increased-40-in-last-six-months/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/outboard-engine-theft-increased-40-in-last-six-months/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:47:31 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23457 Security marking firm urges owners to be extra vigilant as the summer season gets into full swing

Outboard engines
Credit: Ron Kroetz

Outboard engine theft has increased by more than 40% in the last six months, according to security marking company Datatag.

The firm is urging owners to be extra vigilant this summer, with outboard theft now accounting for nearly 60% of all marine crime.

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Often weighing around 60kg and have a value of up to £3,000, a sub 20HP engine is an easy target for criminals as they can often be removed from transoms and placed in the back of a van or a pick up.

However, outboard theft is not just limited to the cost of replacing the stolen engine, with thieves sometimes using chainsaws to cut through a boat’s transom, causing significant damage.

Datatag strategic alliance manager Dave Luscombe, said: “Marine theft is a significant concern for the industry and the reason why we developed our Marine Security System. Our technologies provide irremovable and unique identification so that even when VIN plates are altered or replaced the original owners details are still identifiable to Police in the event of a theft.”

The Datatag Marine Security System features evident warning labels to deter thieves, UV etching, Datadots and RFID transponders.

The combination of these elements has a proven record in reducing crime in other industries such as construction and motorcycle.

Aiding in the police’s work to defeat criminals is Datatag’s secure database, which unlike many is accessible 24/7 through a dedicated call centre allowing fast, secure and easy confirmation of ownership.

George Cheeseman, sales and marketing manager at Suzuki, where they’ve been the first manufacturer to offer their customers Datatag, said: “We want all our customers to get the most out of their Suzuki marine equipment and in fitting Datatag we feel we can allow them to relax just that little bit more.”

Owners of all marine outboards can protect themselves with a Datatag Marine Outboard Kit. They’re available through the Datatag website or selected marine dealers.

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monday on wednesday http://www.xssailing.com/volvo-ocean-race/monday-on-wednesday/ http://www.xssailing.com/volvo-ocean-race/monday-on-wednesday/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:47:26 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23458 Talk shows, live sporties, SCOTWs, flying scows, and one of the biggest races in the world.  It’s another Sailing Anarchy video tour!

kind of a big deal

Ian Walker and Jamie Boag began their Volvo Ocean Race adventure way back in the Green Dragon days, and if anyone’s earned the victory in the world’s premier sailboat race, it’s them.  Clean grabbed Walker and Boagie (both late to their own show, of course) as well as Phil “Wendy” Harmer and best overall OBR Matt Knighton for 45 minutes of chat just before the final awards show last weekend.  Plenty to learn and plenty to laugh about as these boys depressurize after a well-deserved few days of R&R in Sweden.  As all of our VOR coverage, this one is thanks to Sperry, where Odysseys Await.

better late than never

It’s only been 6 years since On-The-Water Anarchy broadcast the first-ever live racing action from a Melges 24 Worlds, and thankfully the cameras are better, the network’s better, and the location and fleet size are both far better than those dismal grey days from the Chesapeake Bay.  The racing, unfortunately, is just as bad – ultra light air began the first four shitty races without much improvement in the forecast – but if you dig sportboats, you’ll still enjoy this live action with 95 boats on the line (half of them Corinthian), and significantly more than the next week’s J/70 Worlds in France.  More links here, and results here.

straight talk sally

Remember all that debate about Saving Sailing?  Team SCA standout Sally Barkow gets to the answer in just a few minutes.  One of our favorite all-time sailor chicks…listen to Sally talk about the race, about inspiring the next generation, about sailing instructors and mentors, all here.

the genny fan club

Who knew when superstar skiff/sportboat/match racer/SCOTW Genny Tulloch came to commentate with Clean and JC at the 2010 America’s Cup that it would be the start of a new career?  While we think the TeamSCA boat might have done well to add her to the race crew, Genny did a lovely job of sharing the 2014-15 VOR with the world through her daily shows and live-finish commentary.  Always a great chat and good chemistry with her old friend Clean, the brilliant GT is always worth watching.

23 proof

We’ve seen the stills, but until there’s video, it never happened.  Last week, the world’s first foiling sportboat proved that, indeed, she does.  Where to from here for the Q23? 


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2015 Melges 24 World Championship images by Mick Anderson http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-melges-24-world-championship-images-by-mick-anderson/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-melges-24-world-championship-images-by-mick-anderson/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:47:22 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23460 2015 Melges 24 World Championship images by Mick Anderson. 95 boats and 500 sailors from 18 countries are lined up.

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Video: Rare humpback whale sighting off Dartmouth http://www.xssailing.com/news/video-rare-humpback-whale-sighting-off-dartmouth/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/video-rare-humpback-whale-sighting-off-dartmouth/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:47:18 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23462 The sea creature can be seen causing quite a splash in the footage posted on YouTube earlier this week

Humpback whale off Dartmouth

A rare sighting of a humpback whale was made off the coast of Dartmouth earlier this week.

Halcyon Yachts director Pete Green and four crew had been delivering a motorboat from Chichester to Dartmouth when they spotted the mammal making quite a splash just off the estuary entrance.

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Speaking about the sighting Mr Green said: “We were just coming into Dartmouth and I saw some splashing and at first had no idea what I was looking at. I thought maybe it was a water-skier that had fallen off and then it was obvious that it was some kind of creature.

“I thought it could’ve been dolphins but it looked huge so I wondered if it was a load of dolphins and then it became obvious that it was a whale. It was leaping right out of the water and making a huge splash.

“It’s such a rare sighting. I’ve logged over 100,000 miles and I’ve been in and out of Dartmouth hundreds of times and I’ve never seen anything like it, it was amazing.”

As the group slowly approached the whale, it dived under water and surfaced again a few miles further out before disappearing out of sight.

Normally a rare sight to witness, a humpback whale was also spotted off the coast of Liverpool on 17 June.

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“Absolutely grandiose” http://www.xssailing.com/article/absolutely-grandiose/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/absolutely-grandiose/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:47:12 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23463 DO NOT USE!

The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race has come to an end.

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revenge of the nerds http://www.xssailing.com/c-class/revenge-of-the-nerds/ http://www.xssailing.com/c-class/revenge-of-the-nerds/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:47:08 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23464 11406303_368972116642920_4721066424794686576_o

Long the place for the dreamers and tinkerers to play, the evolution of top-end sail racing has finally made winged catamarans not only technologically interesting, but actually cool.   How else do you explain all the good looking youth engineers throwing their souls into the Quebecois Rafale Little America’s Cup project? Here’s an update from Canada, and head over to the thread for the latest likely entry list and chatter about the Little AC.

Our hulls are in the last stage of fabrication, i.e. just adding the daggerboard cases. Plateform assembly should be well advanced by the end of the week, depending on a few missing bits and pieces.  A prototype set of our hydrofoils has been tested by the Mystere Composites team on their Espadon Air Design 20ft catamaran. Results have been very encouraging with some good speed and stability. Our set of foils and rudders are being built as we speak by the Mystere team.  The wing is also at an advanced stage of completion. The front element is 90% complete. The flap / rear element is 60% or 70% complete. Most of the wing assembly should be complete by next weekend.

We are on track to be hitting the water on the weekend of July 4th and 5th. We should have 1 months testing and debugging before we ship the full kit to Switzerland.  There are still some questions marks on some key elements, especially shipping and budget. We are keeping our head down and hoping for the best.

I have to give a big shout to all the people who have supported us and helped us get this far, especially all our sponsors who have trusted us to deliver! We hope to make a good showing in Geneva and make them proud.  Overall I have been really impressed by the resourcefulness of the team and what we have manage to achieve considering where we started from. Few would have given us much chances of making it this far. For sure we have had to make many compromises along the way to save time and/or money. The result will be a boat that is slightly heavier than we would have liked but it’s not a bad effort for a first attempt. It will be a tremendous plateform to work from in the future.

 The team keeps some update and uploads regular photos on our Facebook page, accessible also from our website (http://etsclassc-rafale.ca/)



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Flying 15 and K1 Open Meetings at Rutland SC http://www.xssailing.com/article/flying-15-and-k1-open-meetings-at-rutland-sc/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/flying-15-and-k1-open-meetings-at-rutland-sc/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:47:03 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23466 Dave McKee and Andy Weatherspoon from Dovestone SC made their visit to Rutland SC worthwhile, winning the Flying 15 Open Meeting by four points

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2015 Melges 24 World Championship – Day 1 images by Pierrick Contin http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-melges-24-world-championship-day-1-images-by-pierrick-contin/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-melges-24-world-championship-day-1-images-by-pierrick-contin/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:46:58 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23468 2015 Melges 24 World Championship – Day 1 images by Pierrick Contin

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Peter Sowrey appointed as new ISAF Chief Executive Officer http://www.xssailing.com/news/peter-sowrey-appointed-as-new-isaf-chief-executive-officer/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/peter-sowrey-appointed-as-new-isaf-chief-executive-officer/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:46:52 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23470 Southampton, UK (July 1, 2015) – The world governing body for sailing, International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has appointed Peter Sowrey as the new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Sowrey is the former Managing Director of Business Process Outsourcing and Sales for Accenture, a multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. Click headline for full report.

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Adventures of a Sailor Girl is now in Maarstrand for Stena Match Cup http://www.xssailing.com/article/adventures-of-a-sailor-girl-is-now-in-maarstrand-for-stena-match-cup/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/adventures-of-a-sailor-girl-is-now-in-maarstrand-for-stena-match-cup/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:46:46 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23472 Video from today, at an interview and sailing footage package with Keith Swinton and Johnnie Berntsson

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Got lumber? Got foilboard! http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-got-lumber-got-foilboard/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/video-got-lumber-got-foilboard/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:46:41 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=23473

The simplicity of this foilboard is testament to where design emphasis is directed when foiling. As for the guy, his skill is testament that something can appear simple when it is not.

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