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  • A boat sails in the wind she sees.
    Take away the windward boat from the picture and the boat still sees a velocity header.
    Her proper course of action is to react to it.
    And who can prove which boat is causing the blanketing, i.e., the overlapped windward boat or a third boat astern.
    It makes no sense to allow a course change from a third boat's impact, which the windward boat might not anticipate, yet not allow a course change that the windward boat precipitates and expects.
    Today 19:32
  • Anders, it’s based on the perpendicular projected area concept of the pre-start and course-side of the line not including the extensions. 

    The green line is the boundary on the prestart side between the starting-line and it’s extension. 

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    Today 13:56
  • A  couple of things
    1. There is no proper course before the start so 17 does not apply
    2 . After the start if the overlap was established from astern  (back door) 17 does apply and L cannot sail above proper course.
    3. If L was luffing to clear the pin end of the line that is their proper course, but once clearing the pin they need to come to a close hauled course 
    4. If 17 does not apply then L can luff head to wind. If they go past head to wind they have tacked and broken the rule. 
    5.  When L subsequently bears off if they overrotate to do so and there is contact it is all on L.  If they bear away and do not overrotate then W was not keeping clear. If there was no contact in that situation no foul

    Today 13:28
  • Any coach who coaches his team to intentionally break a Rule and then take a penalty for the purpose of gaining an advantage, has lost the plot.  In the unrealistic scenarios provided, any competent windward boat keeping a tight lock on their leeward opponent should still be able to easily maintain control of their opponent after the leeward boat had competed their 'voluntary' penalty.
    Today 05:51
  • Agree with all those comments which follow the principles of prompt decisions in team racing to avoid delays.
    This is how I have handled it on the many occasions I have seen it happen:
    - after the boat finishes, display the black flag to the competitor
    - go to the competitor, explain that you have seen them go the wrong side of the mark and that you are protesting them.  Then state: "This is your hearing".  This provides the competitor the opportunity consider what happened and to provide evidence otherwise.  After discussion, I have always found the competitor to understand that they got it wrong.  The result of the hearing is then communicated to the RC.
    Today 04:59
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