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To answer narratively:Ok so help me understand. I get that the starboard boat had the right of way but what is the distance required for wild oats to make the move? I get that they fouled as the 2 boats almost hit but what I don't understand is what rule did they violate. I thought the only rule for giving distance of a boat length was when rounding a mark.
No problem at all.Thank you that helps a lot. Im always learning and the whole racing rules is somewhat new to me.
Re the cross, MAYBE. I don't think she could have crossed. They didn't think so either. Its a wicked hard call on starboard in a 100 foot boat. Once they disappear under your bow you kinda have to act.Look at that again. I think WOXI had the crossing if they had just kept going. 45:01
At 45:47. Is Comanche that much bigger than WOXI? Or is that an illusion?
Remember that starboard is the RIGHT OF WAY boat, it can go pretty much anywhere it wants. The rules allow for 'hunting', only with the stipulation of RRS 16.I don't think it's the case, but for discussion's sake - is it possible that Comanche was turning down just as WOXI's started their tack, possibly to avoid a collision? If turning down prevented WOXI from having room to keep clear through the tack, who's at fault?
Yea. Jimmy did not want to sit in WOXI's gas, so he wanted to know if he could tack them and clear the head.Also, I was impressed by Spithill's cool character to quickly refocus on running the boat and calling for layline info rather than remaining engaged in the shouting match.
The rule limits the ROW boats ability to 'mess' with the other boat. The leeward boat can only turn up on a windward boat so much before it luffs and loses way. If the rule were reversed, you could down DOWN (and down and down) on a boat that was going to pass you, a very messy affair.I agree with the interpretation and with Jackdaw's suggestion that doing the turns was the smartest thing to do!
Reading the rules above reminded me of a question I have always had; why does the windward boat have to remain clear? I get the element of them generally messing with the leeward boat's air, but it always seemed to me that in close quarters the leeward boat has a far easier time bearing away from the potential collision.
I generally find most rules have a foundation in good logic and that always make them easier to remember for me but this one has always caused me to pause.
Makes sense upwind, but on a run the leeward boat can luff anyone trying to pass to windward. Also pretty messy with spinnakers flogging.If the rule were reversed, you could down DOWN (and down and down) on a boat that was going to pass you, a very messy affair.
Downwind is different because boats can sail as deep as they want. Also remember that windward-leeward rules only apply on same tack. Once you gybe it becomes a Port-Starboard. In racing boats get forced to gybe all of the time. We often gybe 8 times on a downwind run; 4 because we wanted to, 4 because we HAD to. ;^)Makes sense upwind, but on a run the leeward boat can luff anyone trying to pass to windward. Also pretty messy with spinnakers flogging.
I had assumed the rule was written so that when running the windward boat couldn't force leeward into a dangerous potential jibe. Probably an incorrect assumption on my part though.