Rules question - transmitting heat/cold to the swimmer
It's been a while since there's been a good hearty rules discussion on this board, so I thought I'd throw this topic out there.
I think (or hope) we can all agree that a swimmer should not be allowed to take a bath in warm water during a cold-water marathon swim (e.g., by having tubs or buckets dumped on them from the boat, or getting doused by a high-pressure hose).
At the same time, drinking warm feeds is a standard practice on cold swims (just as cold feeds are standard on warm swims). So there's not a blanket prohibition against offsetting the swimmer's thermal discomfort.
Where is the line between an acceptable transmission of heat/cold to the swimmer (e.g., feeds), and an unacceptable one? (e.g., taking a shower from the boat).
Is it whether the heat/cold is being applied by the swimmer on their own (feeding), vs. whether the crew is doing it? If so, can a swimmer can drink part of a feed bottle, and dump the rest on their head? Taken further: What if the swimmer feeds from a large bucket -- drink a sip or two and then dump two gallons of warm/cold liquid on themselves?
It's difficult to know where to draw the line, because seemingly acceptable and trivial practices (dumping feed bottle on one's head) can easily be taken to an extreme.
Any ideas welcome. Andrew, Elaine, Donal, and I will incorporate this discussion into the upcoming iteration MSF Rules.