a fight about a bowline


Former ISAF Laser Measurer
Sooooooo.... there may or may not have been a heated debate between the RC and a member of my club as to whether or not there is a rule stating a laser must have a bowline?

I've scoured the laser book and I can't find a rule stating that there must be a bow line or any sort of tethering line... anyone else know if any rule requiring me to have a bow line?
The requirement of having a bow line / tow line is not a class rule but a safety rquirement by a governing authority like your national sailing authority, but it might even be a club rule. While the class fundermental rule prevents the use of any equipment not mentioned in the class rules, there is a small rule (R25) that permits you to use any mandatory safety equipment prescribed by a governing authority.