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Rob B

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Good article. However, the rule states nothing about "proper course" or "best VMG" for the STBD boat. The rule is simply, "She must not be forced to sail above close hauled to avoid the boat that tacked in the zone." Overstanding the weather mark is pretty common as boats will typically overstand a little knowing there will be people tacking in front of them at least before the circle so opportunities for late tackers are there. The rules are written to avoid "subjective" situations and be as black and white as possible. While true the burden of proof lies on the port/tacking boat we all like to think STBD will be honest regarding weather or not they were actually forced to sail above close hauled to avoid contact.
 

Ferdad

New Member
In the context here, Brett is using vmg etc to explain that what is close hauled has interpretation.

Ie, in heavy winds, the mainsheet might be out 1m, or .5m, and the boat is close hauled in both cases, but the heading is different.

Similarly in very light, the boom position and correct course for close hauled varies again.

Close hauled is the best vmg angle upwind...not an angle to the wind, a harder hiker will be lower..
 

Jason Rucker

Active Member
Has anybody looked in the appeals under us sailing? In Dave Perry’s rules quiz book no mention is made of vmg in this context. I’ve always managed to stay out of the protest room. The rules are fascinating.
 

Rob B

Well-Known Member
Has anybody looked in the appeals under us sailing? In Dave Perry’s rules quiz book no mention is made of vmg in this context. I’ve always managed to stay out of the protest room. The rules are fascinating.
Not me! It would seem that I love the room! At least it looks that way if you count the number of times I've been in it the past 2 years, (always as the protestor and never the protestee). My record is pretty good as well. Went in 4 times. Won 3 and lost 1. Learned a bit at every hearing!

That said. The committee HATES subjective material. In this situation I can see conditions being a part of the equation at least regarding rig trim. You can sail on your weather course well eased to keep the boat flat in breeze. Even then it's easy to tell if someone is forced to sail above their close hauled course based on what their sail does. You need to see a pretty decent luff to say, "Yeah, he was forced above close hauled to avoid contact." Some people will use the "soccer penalty" mentality and over re-act to get the foul, (going for the academy award). I've always thought this was a BS way to win a race, but these techniques are being coached these days.....
 
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