Today a new Rapid Response Match Racing Call appeared on the ISAF website. The first one for 2008.
It addresses taking a penalty in proximity of a mark. Mark L is not a rounding mark when boats are on a beat to W or when running to the finish. I started thinking about this. When does a mark stop being a rounding mark?
On a beat the first rounding mark is the Windward mark. Once you've passed W then the Leeward mark becomes a rounding mark. But at what moment does W cease to be a rounding mark? If it is as soon as you have passed it - i.e. the mark is behind you - a boat can then take a penalty IN the two boat length zone. Just as it can in this call, in the two boat length zone of L.
What do you think?