The following proposal had its genesis with a group of frostbiters in the North East where it got kicked around, formalized a bit and brought to the attention of the Master's committee (Bill Symes, Peter Seidenberg, Dave Hartman and Al Clark). The current thinking is to try this "flag rule" at Master's events in the North American Region this year and see how it goes. But first it would be great to get feedback from the Master's sailors out there and get their opinions about it. So, please let us know what you think! In alteration to RRS 42: (1) Flag Q displayed at the start or near a mark indicates that “After starting or rounding the nearby mark, RRS 42 is varied in that except on a beat to windward, pumping and rocking are permitted”. (2) Flag R displayed near a mark indicates that: “After rounding the nearby mark, RRS 42 applies without variation”. (3) It is recommended that Rule (1) be invoked in winds of 15 knots and above, measured at deck level. (4) Flags specified under (1) and (2) above may be changed in Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions. Display of flags may be accompanied by a sound signal.