Recently I have been ask to add this sentence "If only one gate mark is in position, that mark shall be rounded to port.” to my Sailing Instructions. Even though I've used it in the past I stopped using it years ago. This instruction has the potential to create more issues.
Assume that the port gate mark drags 10 feet; to some boats the mark is no longer in position, but to others it's still in position. While sailing downwind it will be hard to detect if the mark is in position or not . This means that some boats will take the starboard mark to port and some to starboard. It would have an undesirable outcome that could cause many protest hearings.
I am interested hear your opinion regarding this.