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Rule 18 in match racing - when does it stop to apply? Thoughts on the new rules 2021-2024
The situation is the following: Yellow enters the zone of the windward mark clear ahead of Blue. Yellow passes the mark and then without never leaving the zone luffs and tacks on starboard. When he finishes hertack, Blue's bow has crossed the extension of the line from the previous mark, so the boats are on the same leg.
According to the current rules of Appendix C " Rule 18 applies between boats when they are required to leave a mark on the same side and at least one of them is in the zone. However it does not apply between a boat approaching the mark and one leaving it"
Q1: Can one argue that one boat is approaching and one is leaving the mark? At what point does a boat start leaving the mark, when he is on the new leg or when his stern clears the mark? Up until when a boat is approaching a mark? What is the condition at position 8?
Q2: If the above is not applicable(one boat approaching the mark and one leaving it), then rule 18 does apply? Are they both still required to leave the mark on the same side?
Q3: What do you think about Rule 18.2(c) as changed in Appendix C.... Blue at position 8 obtained an inside overlap but from the moment the overlap began the outside is able to give mark-room... Do you think that in this case she is required to give it even though 18.2(c) only refers to when the outside boat is unable to give mark room.
The new editon of the rules is clearer on the question if Rule 18 still apllies since 18.1 as changed in Appendix C states: " Rule 18 no longer applies between boats when the boat entitled to mark-room is on the next leg and the mark is astern of her"... so it is pretty clear that rule 18 does not apply any more....so is it just a simple port - starboard situation? What do you think?
Created: 20-Aug-20 18:11
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