I have problems with the current rule 32.2
and sound signal for Flag S
“32.2 If the race committee signals a shortened course (displays flag S with two sounds), the finishing line shall be…”
With the preponderance of W-L courses these days and the predominant use of flags rather than shapes, two problems arise:
1. Competitors often cannot see the flag as they approach the new finishing line for two reasons: Either the flag is streaming directly toward or away from them and they cannot determine which flag is being displayed; or in very light winds the flag hangs limply and cannot be discerned. There is no requirement for the flag to be displayed with the staff horizontal in such conditions and in any case the flags are often hoisted with halyards on a fixed yardarm or mast and cannot be rotated.
2. Competitors approaching a new downwind finish cannot hear the two sound signals from very far upwind of the new finishing line. If only two sound signals are used, most (and in some cases all) of the competitors will not have their attention drawn to the displayed flag S
As an improvement, I suggest that the rule for flag S be changed to something like “two sound signals, repeated until at least the first boat finishes.” This is somewhat analogous to the sound requirement for flag C