I didn't read this whole thread (or any of it) because it would give me a head ache..But as an observor of starts at the RMOCR this past winter, judges were real quick with the flags pre-start for sculling and excessive rolling..
LAy your boat on its side to protect a leeward hole? Never seen that done on purpose.
I don't see room for him to have tacked in there, but if he had it's clear he gained more speed coming out of the tack than he had when he went in. He gained at least a half a boat length on the red boat when he came out of the tack. That's a 42 violation.
The other boats? Some are moving, but nothing like that guy.
Ya know when yer pumping-
Interesting story-I was racing with an old retired guy in the middle who knew my boat real well- well, we're racing, and he was a great coach-I mean great-he knew it all. So we're rounding a mark, and a guy fouls me bad. Well Bill gets very upset. He said, "This is Corinthian sailing!" And he didn't explain, and the race took over the conversation, but I learned something that day.
Ok, by now most people should have received their latest issue of The Laser Sailor where this situation was addressed in the Q&A with Bill O'Hara.
If, after having read either of the articles in TLS (Bill's or the companion article on judging by Bob Bowden - Rob's dad!) people have further questions then please pass them along to us. We can do a series of follow up questions for the next issue.