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Learn and/or Improve your Tacking & Gybing skills with these videos

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I don't own these 2 videos, neither I modified them.

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Thanks to real owner, Spitillo.

Fleet Racing - Concrete Example Of Rules - followed or infringed...


RRS 10 reads :


When boats are on opposite tacks, a port-tack boat shall keep clear of a starboard-tack boat.


Analysis :

  • Port tack boat should have tacked to startboard to keep clear of starboard tack boat(s)


Suggestion :

Port tack boat releases her sails, slows down with a gentle & smooth little luff, let the 2 right of way boats round the mark.

She, then, can keep on her way without breaking any rule and without loosing time & ground by doing a 360° penalty turn.



Conclusion : Forsee the situation before it happens, decide your move before it's too late


*Note : The leeward starboard tack boat could have continue his course on starboard and not follow the red boat tacking for rounding that mark.

See Case 09 : http://game.finckh.net/reg_gbr/cases/case09.htm



RRS 16.2 reads :


In addition, when after the starting signal a port-tack boat is keeping clear by sailing to pass astern of a starboard-tack boat, the starboard-tack boat shall not change course if as a result the port-tack boat would immediately need to change course to continue keeping clear.


Analysis :

  • Port-tack boat is on a collision course with the ROW starboard-tack boat.
  • She has to keep clear under rrs 10.
  • She decides to pass astern of the starboard-tack boat.
  • At the moment she is to cross astern, the staboard-tack boat alters her course by luffing to engage a tacking move from starboard-tack to port-tack.
  • And port-tack boat would immediately need to change her course to continue to keep clear.
  • But as the 2 boats are very close, there is collision.
  • As, you can see in the video, port-tack boat is penalized under rrs10, even if the starboard-tack boat infringed rrs 16.2.



Conclusion :


  • Starboard-tack boat : DON'T alter your course when a port- tack boat is keeping clear by passing astern of you.


  • Port-tack : Maybe, don't duck so close... who knows... starboard-tack boats may use the "NPC" server rules and you get screwed to not being granted cancellation for a wrong given pen when it occurs.