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Rule 10 at an unusual start
Nationality: United States
Hi everyone, this incident is not, and will not, be subject to a protest. My local OA often starts races off a dock, and because they need to align the start marks so they can sight down the line it sometimes prevents boats from being able to start on a starboard tack. Disaster sometimes ensues. Last Saturday was one such day. In the seconds before the stat, several boats were heading toward the line, overlapped, on port tack, as a boat approached on starboard with the intention to gybe to the start. Port boats saw her coming and just decided to ignore her. Starboard had to sail above their sterns.There is no shallow water nearby.
So someone is wrong. My feeling is all three port tackers are wrong but the middle one may be exonerated as she was compelled to break rule 10 by the other boats? Diagram attached.
Created: 23-Nov-28 16:08
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