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Explaining Rule 18.1(b)
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I want to be able to explain why Rule 18.1(b) is required. I have searched these archives and unless I missed it, I did not find the explanation I seek. I searched the internet and found others looking for the same answer. I finally found a Sailing World article that Dick Rose authored in 2014 that explained why 18.1(b) is required. I want to run my understanding by this forum to make sure I got it. Here goes:
Case 132 states "a boat is on a beat to windward when the course she would sail to finish as soon as possible in the absence of all other boats is a close-hauled course or above.“ Please consider the diagram below. Rule 18.1(a) (between boats on opposite tacks on a beat to windward) doesn't apply because Yellow is not on a beat to windward according to Case 132. Rule 18.1(b) does apply because the proper course at the mark for Blue, but not for Yellow is to tack. Bottom line Rule 18 if off during the entire meeting between Blue and Yellow which includes Rule 18.3.
Created: 20-Aug-10 21:33
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