Posted: 8/1/2015 12:27:11 PM
I took a break from this series in July to provide a special look at umpired medal races in the PanAm games. In June we looked at rule 15. This month we will look at rule 16. Rule 16, like rule 15, is a limitation on the actions of right-of-way boats, but while rule 15 reins in a boat at the time she acquires right-of-way, rule 16 limits the way she may wield it. In short, while a right-of-way boat may alter course, rule 16 ensures that the other boat has an opportunity to keep clear of her.
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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