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Rules at a Continuing Obstruction Redux
Nationality: United States of America
Another issue around a "virtual" continuing obstruction.
Green, Yellow and Blue are maneuvering as shown below. Blue establishes an overlap on Yellow approximately 1.5 boat lengths from buoy 1. The buoys shown are midchannel buoys between two rock jetties. They are not marks of the course. There is no contact at any point.
The sailing instructions state: "A straight line connecting adjacent center of channel marker buoys within the jetty shall be considered a continuous obstruction in accordance with Racing Rule 19.2. NO YACHT MAY CROSS SAID LINE."
The sailing instructions also require boats to douse spinnakers as they enter the channel.
Neither Yellow nor Blue protest.
Red, about 200 yards behind the three boats and in a position to observe, protests Blue for breaking rule 28.1 since Blue passed to the wrong side of buoy 1. Red informs Blue on the dock after the race and files her written protest within the protest time limit.
What do you all think?
Created: Sat 20:21
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