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WINDWARD LEEWARD OVERLAP
Nationality: United States of America
Club Race Officer
About 2 minutes prior to the start, three 30-34 foot keel boats are reaching towards the start (position 1). Winds are blowing approximately 10-12 knots. Between position 1 and 2, yellow and orange both comes down to try to get a leeward overlap on the boats in front of them.
At position 2, all three boats are sailing almost dead down wind on starboard and orange is overlapped on yellow by approximately 1-2 feet and yellow is overlapped on blue by approximately 1-2 feet. There is approximately 6 -8 feet of separation between blue and yellow and yellow and orange - boats have room to maneuver.
Once overlap is established, orange as the leeward boat turns up fast and yellow turns up trying to avoid collusion with orange, as soon as blue sees yellow coming up, they turn up quickly to avoid collusion with yellow. At position 3, contact is made between all three boats almost simultaneously.
Yellow protested orange under rule 14 and rule 16. Yellow did not protest blue because they saw blue try to avoid collision by turning as quickly as possible.
Three questions: 1: Given that prior to orange changing course, there was approximately 6-8 feet separating the boats, does rule 16 come into play or is this a case were blue and yellow were not keeping clear of orange? How would you rule?
2: Would there ever be a time that no boats are found at fault even though there was contact between all three boats?
3.) If the protest committee finds that blue was a fault - would they need to file a protest against blue since blue was not a party to the original protest?
Created: 19-May-06 18:44
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