3/28/2024 9:01:35 AM by Andrew Alberti

Tacking II

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2/29/2024 12:38:07 PM by Andrew Alberti

Publication Changes and Tacking

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11/23/2023 3:03:52 PM

How to Finish

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11/23/2023 11:29:27 AM by Andrew Alberti

Required Hails

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1/16/2023 11:38:13 AM by Andrew Alberti

Penalties and Sportsmanship

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4/19/2022 6:20:32 PM by Andrew Alberti

Sailing Rules: Mark Room - When Can You Gybe?

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1/10/2022 4:59:17 PM by Andrew Alberti

Mark Room at a Gybe Mark

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Posted: 3/28/2024 9:01:35 AM by Andrew Alberti
In the February issue of Kwasind, we published the first of a series of three articles on tacking, written by Andrew Alberti. Today we are publishing Part II on the website. This article talks about tacking onto the layline, at the weather mark.  Keep an eye out in late April or early May the last article in this series. Click here to read the article.
Posted: 2/29/2024 12:38:07 PM by Andrew Alberti
When I started to write these articles in 1997, Kwasind was publishing as a hardcopy magazine, twelve times per year. About 15 years ago, we started to publish the diagrams on the club website in an animated form. Jump ahead a few decades and the trend reverses: Kwasind was published only three times in 2023.
Posted: 11/23/2023 3:03:52 PM
Last summer, I observed several boats getting confused about where to finish. I am going to illustrate some of the scenarios. The rules are actually quite simple, but the application can sometimes confuse sailors.
Posted: 11/23/2023 11:29:27 AM by Andrew Alberti
During my judging last summer, I heard some strange things about the hails people expect to hear. I thought that I should look at the Rulebook, and see which hails are required.
Posted: 1/16/2023 11:38:13 AM by Andrew Alberti
I had the privilege of judging at multiple events this year.  I noticed something new this year.  I ran into quite a few RCYC judges while travelling to regattas outside of the club.  Aside from our two International Judges, Lynne Beal and Pat Healy who serve all over the world, I also ran into Andrew Van Nostrand, Dale King, David Dunphy, Heather Macnaughton, Margaret Samuel, my son Peter Alberti and Scott Collinson serving as judges at a variety of events.  This is, in my opinion a great development in the involvement of RCYC in the wider sailing community. 
Posted: 4/19/2022 6:20:32 PM by Andrew Alberti
I have now written two articles about mark-room at a gybe mark. In both cases, the mark denotes a point at which boats would clearly need to assume a different tack to sail to the next mark. We typically call these marks gybe marks, a term for which there is broad, but unwritten agreement as there are no definitions for gybe marks in the Racing Rules of Sailing. Nevertheless, two rules change depending on whether a gybe is required or not.
Posted: 1/10/2022 4:59:17 PM by Andrew Alberti
Two issues ago, I started a discussion of mark-room at a gybe mark. I presented some fairly common scenarios that appear when two boats approach a gybe mark and round together. I am going to continue that discussion this month with some slightly more complicated situations.
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 2020 are based on the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-12 or 2013-2016 or 2017-2020 and have not been updated to reflect the changes that apply as of January 2021 with the publication of the Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-24. A copy of the new rules can be found on sailing.org.
Andrew Alberti has been writing these monthly articles in the Kwasind since early 1997.  They explain the Racing Rules of Sailing. Andrew is an International 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. 

Send your questions to Andrew at kyrules@alberti.ca.


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