Posted: 8/1/2016 1:31:07 PM
Barging is a word that does not appear in the rule book, but it is a concept that is recognized by many at the starting line. On any starting line and in particular one where the committee boat is very favoured – for example if there has been a big wind shift to the right – there will be crowd of boats at the committee-boat end of the line. Many of those boats will be trying to start right next to the committee boat, where there may be clearer air and where they are clear to tack to port just after starting. Some of those boats will come from above the layline to the committee boat and would like to squeeze in above the boats to leeward of them. These are the boats we say are barging.
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 on line 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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