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Racing Rules of Sailing - Up wind sailing.


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This is a presentation held at Palm Beach Sailing Club recently aspart of our training program. It is not meant to be definitive, but a guide;

UPWIND SAILING AND THE RULES

A basic over view;

Depending on the refs times 2 plus side Judges plus Video ref in Rugby League and they still get it wrong. Manly Sea Eagles are always getting Ripped Off!

What chance have you at a Protest hearing?

The solution is to keep out of trouble. Remember our conservative Regatta strategy goes out the window if you have a hole in your boat!

Going up wind the basic rules apply;

Please read the rules for details this is an overview only.

Fundamental Rules

1 to 5.

Particularly rule 2 Sportsmanship.

When boats meet.

Rule 10. Port tack Boat keeps clear.

Rule 11 Windward boat keeps clear.

Rule 12 Overtaking boat keeps clear.

Rule 13 Tacking Boat not to interfere with other boats..

Limitations

Rule 14 Avoiding contact is every skipper’s responsibility.

Rule 15 Acquire right of way boat must give other boat room to keep clear.

Rule 16 Right of way boat changes course must give way boat room to keep clear.

Rule 17 ON same tack and overlapped leeward boat (right of way boat) cannot sail above proper course.

Fundamental solution is efficient boat handling

Best way to stay out of the protest room and get to the top mark in the best position.

1. Go around the bottom mark properly, this sets up your whole work. You should be hard on the wind the moment your sterns are adjacent to (and close by) the bottom mark.

2. Know how to change gears:

a. Slow and high

b. Fast and low

c. Hold without stalling

3. Keep a proper lookout.

4. At the start know what side of the course you want to be on and start accordingly. No Point starting at the Pin if you want to sail the right side of the course.

5. Go for a clean start in clear air that allows you to follow your strategy.

AS A RULE OF THUMB IT IS FAR FASTER TO AVOID A SITUATION THAN TO GET IN A DOG FIGHT AND THE SOLUTION NEARLY ALWAYS LIES IN YOUR BOATHANDLING SKILLS.

MOST OF SAIL FOR FUN, LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY!

This discussion is about the Racing Rules of Sailing these do not apply to non racing vessels. Refer to the International Collision Regulations for the rules of the road (Waterways) involving non racing boats.

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Non racing vessels should never meet! The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea mean that they should be some distance away at all times, don't know what the distance is, a mile or something.

On rule 17 maybe this is the interpretation: "A leeward boat is entitled to sail up to her proper course, even when she has established a leeward overlap from clear astern and within two of her hull lengths of the windward boat." but like Darcy says this doesn't hold true if the windward boat is overtaking or the leeward boat hasn't gained an overlap from astern.

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