Gybing inside the zone
Nationality: United States of America
In a recent race 3 boats (1,2,and 3 and I was number 3) were reaching out towards a mark under spinnaker on a starboard tack. At the mark all three boats would pass it to starboard and then head up just a bit reaching somewhat higher than before while stil flying their spinnakers. The boats were in single file one behind the other and very close. As the three continued to sail towards the mark they were sailing at a high angle taking them above the mark. Just before the mark boat 1 decided instead of falling off to nearly dead down wind to pass the mark they would gybe over onto port then gybe back onto starboard to pass the mark. Boat one announced their intention to gybe to boat 2 who announced the intent to me (boat 3). I barely heard it when all at once both boats in front of me gybed over onto port. I was still on starboard but we did a crash gybe onto port to avoid them. All three boats were in the zone and there were no overlaps. Did I have to gybe? Did boat number 2 foul me when he became a port tack boat and required me to change course? I can't really find anything in the rules that talks to this. Any help anyone has would be GREAT!
Created: 17-Oct-25 01:49