Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mike Martin on AC RRS

Mike Martin (Director of Umpiring for the 34th America's Cup) is interviewed over at the Daily Sail.  You'll need to sign up for a membership to read the full article.

Here is a very interesting quote regarding Rule 18:
“Also with room at the mark – rule 18 – in the past there was one set of rules at the windward mark and a different set of rules at the leeward mark and we just eliminated that and it is the same at both. Right now the inside boat when they reach the zone, any outside boat owes them room. For example, if you are approaching a mark to round it to port, and you are on port tack, you have room at that mark. In the past you couldn’t come in on port tack at the weather mark, but under the new rules you can – you don’t have right of way over the starboard tacker, but the starboard tacker has to give you room to round the mark - which is the same situation as it’s been at the leeward mark for years. So we are just trying to make it symmetric up and down the course and trying to keep it simple.”
Mike notes that he thinks -- or hopes -- that some of the AC RRS changes, such as the deletion of rules 13 and 17, will be incorporated into the ISAF RRS.

6 comments:

  1. Keep 17 to prevent the "cheap shot"!!!

    The more I think about deleting 13, the more I like it. So much less room for argument on if I was still tacking or not.

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  2. The needs of a fleet race at the weather mark are much different from those of a two boat match race.

    I hope no one is seriously considering changing R 18 to give a port tacker mark room against a stbd tacker (marks to port)at the upwind mark. Such a change would lead to mayhem.

    John

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  3. John-

    That rule doesn't seem to be leading to chaos in the AC fleet racing (at least so far). Wouldn't it be a good step to making rule 18 far more simple ("inside gets room!")

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  4. But they are not racing in a 20 boat (or bigger fleet). Just think what will ensue if a couple of port tackers come into the stbd lay lay, already crowded with stbd tack boats. How are the stbd tackers supposed to find the room to let them in? The current rules forces the port tackers to find a place for themselves.

    The rules have to serve more than a match race or a small olympic event.

    John

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  5. This wouldn't be a rule, but if the ww mark was a starboard rounding, that would allow for an easier RRS 18, would it not?

    I guess you'd have to leave a leeward mark as port rounding.

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  6. Wouldn't wanna change 18 in favour of port tacks. That would sorta override 10, and create more confusion, not less. The whole argument about making the rules symmetric makes no sense, because upwind and downwind roundings are so different. John's chaos at the top mark is precisely why it is a bad idea.

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