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Room at the pin?
Nationality: United States of America
In light air with heavy current traveling up the course, Blue and Yellow are approaching a large permanent government mark identified in the sailing instructions as the starting pin. The wind direction heavily favors the pin. As Yellow approaches on or just below a close-hauled course from slightly above the port tack layline, Blue, having been sailing close-hauled on starboard several boatlengths below the starting line, tacks onto port, establishing a leeward overlap.
At the moment that Blue finishes her tack and reaches a close-hauled course on port, the boats are less than one boatlength from the pin. In order to keep clear, Yellow would have had to crash tack to avoid a collision. Instead, Yellow calls for room, bears away slightly & proceeds to sail between the mark and Blue.
Both boats protest.
1. What Rule(s) apply?
2. Does the fact that the pin is a permanent government mark change the analysis?
Created: 20-Oct-28 02:34
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