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  1. It sounds like you may be touching on two points. First, if you were both on the same gybe, when he altered course, he has to give you room to keep clear - R 16.1. As weather boat, you were required to keep clear (R11 W/L). From your description, you were able to keep clear - so no rule broken by either boat. Next if there was a mark involved, he bore way just before he reached the zone to break any overlap - so he gains mark room. John
  2. A finish mark is just like any other mark - it has a required side and a zone, and R 18 and Mark room apply. So if you have Mark Room then you are entitled to room to finish. You may want to visit my web site and read chapter 6 - The Finish (especially from page 6 on) https://sites.google.com/site/johnsrcsailingrulesandtactics/ John
  3. Welcome to our sport/hobby. Hopefully, you may find someone local to become a mentor to help you set up your boat - it is much easier to sail a boat that is in tune, than one that is off. One problem for newcomers is steering (or over-steering), and especially if sailing directly towards yourself – as left and right become reversed – but it does improve with time and practice. Learning the rules is quite a challenge – so try to master some very basic ones first eg Port keeps clear of starboard, windward keeps clear of leeward, astern keeps clear of ahead, only tack if you are clear, give room to boats inside at marks, and when in doubt stay clear – BUT ASK AFTERWARDS to find out which rule would apply. There are some helpful sites to learn about the rules. You may find my site helpful – especially Chapter one – The Definitions. https://sites.google.com/site/johnsrcsailingrulesandtactics/ When starting to race, it can be intimidating - you don’t want to screw up the other boats’ races – so what we do with my local fleet for newcomers, is to have them start at the 30 second point – this puts them in clear water around the course, and as they get overhauled, the fleet is spaced out. So less pressure on them. As you improve, you will no longer need the head start, and will begin to start with the fleet. John
  4. The 2019 IOM Worlds now has a web site. https://2019iomworlds.com/site/ John
  5. Dave I found the answer in your post - But happily Boat A protested the evil boat 11 a) Boat 11 Infringed upon Boat A by not allowing sufficient Room for A to TACK And my comment is that there is no obligation for a trailing boat to provide a leading boat for 'room to tack' except at an obstruction (R 19 and R 20). Was there an obstruction? Did A hail for 'room to tack'? John
  6. Dave, I have a question - under which rule did Boat A protest you? John
  7. If Green (Evil 11) on stbd had to alter course to avoid Yellow on port then Yellow has failed to keep clear and breaks R10 P/S. There does not have to be contact. So in a protest hearing, Yellow should lose. The PC could find that there was sufficient room and that Green did not have to alter course, and dismiss the protest. This is a likely outcome if Green did not protest Yellow. If Green chooses to tack to port to avoid Yellow, then Green is not obligated to protest (she 'may' protest). John
  8. Hi David, I have tried to diagram your incident. I think your reference to boat B was really boat A. If not, then we need more info about the positioning of B. Yellow is boat A, entitled to mark room,gybes to stbd to round the mark then once past the mark, tacks to port. (Note that Yellow's mark room under R 18.2.b ends as she was given room and had past the mark) Green is the 'dreaded 11'. She gives mark room to Yellow, and follows Yellow around the mark, but on stbd, hardens up close to the mark, and inside Yellow. and is forced to tack to port to avoid Yellow when Yellow tacks in front of her. Basically, this looks like Yellow breaks R 10 by tacking to port while Green is on stbd. Yellow is not entitled to any room to keep clear under R 15 as she tacked to port and caused the change in ROW by her own action. Another possibility but I cannot tell from your description, but if Yellow was futher ahead and had completed her tack to port, and then Green on stbd altered course such that Yellow was not given room to keep clear, then Green would break R 16.1. John
  9. Hi Eric, not sure what kind of point you are trying to make here - just being facetious perhaps? The rules are quite clear - and the hail of "hold your course" has no import. The definition of Keep Clear says in part Keep Clear A boat keeps clear of a right-of-way boat (a) if the right-of-way boat can sail her course with no need to take avoiding action and, And RRS 10 says Port shall keep clear of Starboard. So 90 can protest all she wants - but based on that photo, she will lose the protest. John
  10. This info was posted on the RC forum - very important change. Since there were only 43 boats they changed from SHRS to HMS 2016 using 3 fleets, 4 up/4 down. This was communicated at the skippers meeting on day one. This link is working and the feed is slightly better than yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPAGzBiJcPo John
  11. link for day 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TycktwtB178 John
  12. link for the feed keeps changing - this is working for day 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggd-JNgzynM a bit jerky and no sound John
  13. Here is the link to the youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yzxK7a9kJQ&app=desktop John
  14. Hi Brad, I would call myself a rules (and tactics) enthusiast (not a boffin), but I will always try to promote the needs of the grass roots sailors first and foremost. John
  15. Hi Brad, great to have your input - and I agree that the rules should take into account the needs of the small club race and not just the world championship. I think it is much easier if the Appendix E reflects the needs of everyday club racing and let the NOR/SI/International Regs set more stringent requirements for use at World and Continental Championships. To me that is better than having these stringent rules in App E, and make the national and local levels make over-rides through our NOR/SI documents. I am not defending the Outside Help E.4.2© but it is actually a small change - replace 'race committee vessel' with 'race committee' - the rest of E4.2 remains unchanged. As E4.2 only applies while racing (a defined term), it does not prevent help, repairs and tuning advice to a boat not in the current heat. While E4.2 does seem to prevent a competitor from helping to relaunch a grounded boat, or untangling a sheet or re-hooking a fitting during a heat, and that is not changing in the current proposals, I read one comment that the 'race committee' could be interpreted as any help from anyone 'directed' by the race committee. That may take a case in the case book to clarify. John
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