Posted: 1/13/2020 9:01:58 AM

In the past four issues, we have done an overview of the right-of-way rules. In the first, we reviewed Section A of Part 2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing. In the second, we looked at the definitions, in the third we went over Section B of Part 2 and in the fourth, we examined Section C of Part 2. This issue, we will finish the series with Section D of Part 2, Other Rules. As its name suggests, Section D contains a collection of rules that didn’t belong in Sections A-C.

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Posted: 1/13/2020 8:53:09 AM

In the past three issues, we have been doing an overview of the right-of-way rules. In the first, we did a review of Section A of Part 2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing. In the second we did a review of the definitions, in the third we did a review of Section B of Part 2. This issue, we will look at Section C of Part 2, Marks and Obstructions. Many of my articles over the past 22 years have covered rules in this section, but this is the most involved and complicated part of right-of-way rules, so I will only provide an overview in this issue. Even reprinting all of Section C would make the article too long, so I have only reprinted the headings and introductions.

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Posted: 1/13/2020 8:42:53 AM

In the past two issues we have been doing an overview of the right-of-way rules. In the first, we did a review of Section A of Part 2, in the second we did a review of the definitions. This issue, we will look at Section B of Part 2, General Limitations, which is essentially limitations applying to boats that have right of way according to Section A.

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Posted: 1/13/2020 8:25:19 AM
Last issue, we started an overview of the right-of-way rules. That issue focused on Section A of Part 2. At the end of that article, I said would next focus on the definitions. Early in the Rules book, there is a separate section helpfully titled “Definitions”. Many of the words in the book sail under the colours of the standard definitions provided by a good dictionary, and that is what we use if a word is not defined in the rulebook. Some words, though, need a very specific definition and we find those here. If a word is in italics in a rule, then it is defined in the rulebook’s definitions; its meaning and its role in the rules that use it is specifically tied to the definition listed there. Note, for instance, the way the conventional concepts of “Clear Astern” and “Clear Ahead” are modified for racing by the boats’ respective tacks.
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Posted: 5/1/2019 9:23:43 AM

As we start a new sailing season in Toronto, I am going to start a new view of the right-of-way rules. I hope that by giving an overview, I can help my readers understand the rules for themselves. The Racing Rules of Sailing has the right-of-way rules in Part 2 titled “When Boats Meet”. We start with an important concept. Boats are free to sail, at least according to this section of the rules, anywhere, in any direction, at any speed, with any course alteration until they meet another boat or boats. This section of the rules puts limitations on that sailing, once boats meet.

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Posted: 5/1/2019 9:14:27 AM

In the last article, I started a discussion about redress. I discussed two grounds for redress, an improper action or omission of the race committee (62.1a) and giving assistance (62.1c). There are two additional grounds for redress listed in the rules and I will discuss them this month.

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Posted: 5/1/2019 9:07:57 AM

At some regattas, protest committees spend more time on requests for redress than on protests, but I don’t believe that I have spent much time in these articles discussing them. What is a redress? The Oxford dictionary defines redress as “remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation), set upright again”.  Under the racing rules, some undesirable or unfair situations can be fixed, some cannot. Redress is covered by rule 62.

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This page provides links to a set of articles original published in Kwasind magazine. The versions here include animated diagrams. The original articles can be found within the original magazines which are available online back to January 2007. 

Articles before December 2016 are based on the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-12 or 2013-2016 and have not been updated to reflect the changes that apply as of January 2017 with the publication of the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-20. A copy of the new rules can be found on sailing.org.
ABOUT ANDREW ALBERTI
Andrew Alberti has been writing these monthly articles in the Kwasind since early 1997.  They explain the Racing Rules of Sailing. Andrew is a National Judge and National Umpire. He is a member of the Sail Canada Rules and Appeals Committees. The interpretation of the rules contained in the articles is Andrew's and not that of the RCYC or any of the committees he sits on. 

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