Posted: 7/1/2012 1:08:16 PM
One area of the rules that seems to continue to cause questions is the area of luffing rights – who can luff? – and who can’t. This month I will start with a review of who has luffing rights. Next month I will cover what you can do if you don’t have them. I need to start by explaining that luffing rights is an informal expression that is not in the rule book. Some judges would prefer that we not use the term, but I find it useful. The concept appears in the negative in rule 17.
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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