Posted: 7/1/2015 12:24:38 PM
This month we have the Pan-American Games in Toronto, with the sailing run from the RCYC. Sailing is currently scheduled to run from July 12th to July 19th with July 20th as a reserve day. The final races, called medal races, are scheduled for July 19th and 20th. I thought that describing what happens during the umpiring of a medal race would expand members’ understanding and appreciation of events, and Lynne Beal, a member of the club, graciously agreed to provide that explanation. Lynne is an ISAF International Judge who has participated as a judge at many major international events including the 2012 Olympics. She will be a judge at the Pan-American Games this year. Lynne is also chair of the Sail Canada Appeals Committee. – Andrew Alberti.
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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