The Sailing Instructions designated Course 2 (Offshore Race) as: Start - Government buoy 1 (port) - Mark (starboard) - Government buoy 2 (starboard) - Finish. No mark was identified as a rounding mark.
Furthermore, they stated that the Race Committee may place a windward mark, displaying a red flag before the warning signal, which boats must leave to port. The red flag was displayed.
The boats sailed the course as shown:
Did they comply with RRS 28.2 (a) in accordance with Government buoy 1?