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Can i ask for room to tack after the 1 minute hooter?

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Prior to the start but after  the 1 minute signal. On starboard tack approaching the bank  ( no inner distance mark) 

Hailing for room to tack , the reply was you can not do that before the start.

as i understand it rules of PART 2 operate in the racing area for boats that intend to race, are racing, or have been racing. Penalties arise only after the 1 minute signal.

who is right.

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Yes you may hail for room to tack if you are sailing close hauled towards an obstruction at any time while subject to the racing rules and Yes a penalty applies for failing to respond as required by R 20 at any time after the 1 minute signal.


John Ball

IOM CAN 307 (V8)

In my private capacity

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