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Interpretation for definition of "sailing the course", and rule 28.
Nationality: United States
Hi all, An odd rules discussion has come up and I would like to seek the wisdom of this forum. This never resulted in a protest, etc - but we would be interested in knowing how to act in the future when similar situations come up.
For the purpose of this discussion, the course is a triangle, with marks L (leeward, also a starting and downwind finishing mark), W (windward mark) and J (jibe) mark. For the purposes of this discussion, lets assume the course to be sailed is a simple triangle, starting a L, then W, then J, finish at L, all marks left to port. Many boats correctly sailed this course exactly as stated.
However, one boat, due to the wind direction at the time instead first sailed to J, rounded and left it to port, then back to L, rounded it to port. At this point he realized all other boats had sailed instead to W for their first mark, and proceeded then to sail to W, J, and finish at L. No marks were "unwound". Overall, his course was L (start), J, L, W, J, L (finish).
How should he be scored? Did he sail the marks in proper order (this seems the most salient disputed question in applying the definition of sailing the course? Does he have to do any unwinding?
Thanks to all, Chuck
Created: 22-Aug-01 21:48
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