3 boats overlapped on a down wind leg approach a leeward stb hand gate mark.
They are all 9 metre keel boats, wind is 8kts so no issues regarding boat handling
Each boat is about 6 metres apart, the inside boat is about 8 metres wide from the buoy at the point where they are likely to intend turning.
all boats are overlapped when entering the zone, all 3 boats are on Stb
upon entering the zone the middle boat bears away hard into the outside boat claiming the need for mark room, this probably gives boat 2, 2 boat lengths (20 metres) width from the buoy.
Is the middle boat entitled to take so much mark room? I looked at the definition of "mark Room" and also rule 14 regarding an inside boat bearing away,
my opinion is that an inside boat is only entitled to be able to round close to the mark, and as such cannot bear away