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Rule 18 2021-24
I am sure many of us are preparing our various talks and presentations on the rule updates and I would be interested to hear other views as how the change to 18 will apply.
The last sentence of new rule 18.1 advises that rule 18 no longer applies between boats when mark-room has been given. I think this may be a significant change as it means after mark room has been given18.2(f) will also be turned off and this may encourage boats to dive into a space. I would appreciate other views as to whether the following is a correct interpretation of the new wording.
Yellow and Blue enter the zone overlapped.
Between positions 3 and 4 Blue has given mark-room (even though Yellow did not take it) so 18 no longer apples.
Any luff by Yellow between positions 4 and 5 must now comply with 16 and she cannot luff Blue into the mark (unseamanlike).
Blue keeps clear by tacking.
No rule broken.
As I see it the difference between old and new is that under the current rules Blue was continually obliged to give Yellow room to sail her proper course under 18.2(f) which in this case may be a high close hauled course to shut the door on Blue. Is this a correct interpretation of the new wording and, if so, how do we clearly explain to the sailors when mark-room has been given (but not taken)?
Created: 20-Aug-12 02:17
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