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THE RULES CORNER - Issue 5 Sailing the Racecourse: The First Beat

THE RULES CORNER

[Rules Corner #5—Sailing the Racecourse: The First Beat]

You’ve just made a clean start, mid-line on starboard tack. You’re pretty much even with your nearby competitors, both those to windward of you and those to leeward. How do the RRS come into play as you make your way up that first beat and around the weather mark?[1]

Let’s begin with what most sailors would consider the most basic applicable rule: RRS-10 (On Opposite Tacks). RRS-10 states “When boats are on opposite tacks, a port-tack boat shall keep clear of a starboard-tack boat.” Pretty simple. Starboard-tack boats have right of way over port-tack boats. Not much to think about here, right? Let’s see.

 

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