Thursday, February 6, 2014

Team Racing - Animated!

Bryan has put together a cool Flash team racing guide -- great for competitors who are new to it or for umpires looking to brush up on their team racing skills.

Monday, September 23, 2013

More AC34 Rules Analysis from Bryan

Bry McDonald has put together another analysis, this time of the "no call" call in Race 2.  Take a look:


Sunday, September 22, 2013

AC34 Rules Analysis from Bryan McDonald

Computer engineer and team racing umpire Bryan McDonald put together this analysis of the Rule 10 penalty against ETNZ in race 13 of the America's Cup.   My read watching the call in real time was that (1) Spithill did do a big "hollywood"but (2) even so he had to alter to avoid, so the call was correct.  But Bryan's careful analysis suggests that may be this is wrong!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Another Quiz

This is a real one from last weekend at the ICSA Southern New England Team Race:

Three boats going upwind.  X to windward of A, but very close to her and they are bow even.  Y is to leeward of A, on the same ladder rung, but separated about 2 boat lengths from A.  

Y tacks to starboard.  As soon as Y reaches close hauled on starboard, A hails for room to tack.  X promptly tacks, and Y ducks A as she is heading up to tack into the space X has given her. 

As soon as Y starts ducking A, X protests A for hailing for room to tack even though she did not need to, as Y ducked her. Y protests boat A for breaking rule 10.

What should the call be?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Rules Quiz: Rule 18

Here is a great diagram from Gerald Coleman, coach of TAMUG Sailing, that illustrates a new aspect of Rule 18 under the 2013 Racing Rules of Sailing.  In a team racing, opposing boats red and green are approaching the third mark of a digital-N course.  Green reaches the zone clear ahead of red.  Shortly after position 3, red luffs slightly to avoid contact with green's transom, and protests.  What should the call be, and why?


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sponsored: Black Friday Sale

A quick note from our sponsor Sound Boatworks.  Although Sound Boatworks was in the the area hit heavily by Superstorm Sandy, they are now fully back up and running, and are holding their annual "black Friday" sale next week.


Barely Legal

An interesting article from Tufts sailor Amelia Quinn on getting as much as she can out of the boat in light-air as a college crew -- without crossing the line into illegal kinetics.

For our international readers:  please note that college sailing uses a modified (improved...) version of Rule 42!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

RRS 2013-16 Study Edition

ISAF has just published this "Study Edition" of the 2013-2016 Rules. It highlights the changes in the new rules and there is a section in the back setting forth the rationale for each change.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

New Blog from Rob Overton

Rob Overton has just launched a new blog called By the Rules.  Rob is, among other things, Chair of the US SAILING Racing Rules Committee and an very respected International Umpire. Check it out.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Open Discussion: Mark-Room


This is an open thread.  What are your thoughts about the new definition of mark-room and the changes to rule 18?

Mark-Room:   Room for a boat to leave a mark on the required side. Also, 
(a)  room to sail to the mark when her proper course is to sail close to it, and 
(b)  room to round the mark as necessary to sail the course. 
However, mark-room for a boat does not include room to tack unless she is 
overlapped inside and to windward of the boat required to give mark-room
and she would be fetching the mark after her tack.