Posted: 4/1/2012 12:43:05 PM
I spent some time with a high level racing team (no names) recently doing some training. I was surprised by some basic errors in rules knowledge that at least some members of their team had. When I learned the very basic right-of-way rules I was taught that the overtaking boat must keep clear. This  may apply for power boats. In sailing it is a very simplified version of this rule and often does not apply. The sailing rule is rule 12.
by Andrew Alberti
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
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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