Posted: 2/1/2012 12:54:32 PM
Happy New Year. This is the first article I have written in 2012 (January’s article was originally written in 2011 for the December Kwasind, which doesn’t exist). With it, I am celebrating fifteen years of writing these articles, which began with the major changes to the rulebook in 1997. The articles primarily consider the right-of-way portion of the rule book (Part 2 When Boats Meet). That section of the book is seven pages and has fourteen rules. If I also include the definitions (four pages) and the fundamental rules (two pages), I am pretty sure that I have covered most of them by now at least a few times.
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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