Although the Round Robin and Quarter Finals were pretty calm in terms of Yankee Flags, that was made up by the number of calls in the Semi-Finals.
Well, in one of the pairs at least.
I’m going to give you the facts found by way off a diagram and animation.
Animation & BSS-file
The first incident was before the start, just below the committee-vessel. The
start signal was made when boats where approximately in position 5. Before I start explaining what the umpire answered to the two Yankee- flags,
try and make up your own mind.
Blue broke a rule in position 3 by not keeping clear of Yellow, keeping them
away from the start and gaining a controlling position.That’s a red for Blue.
In the previous match the right side of the course was the favourite one.
Blue did not only win the start, it also was free to choose that side. By all accounts it should at least have a penalty that put it back behind
When Blue took their first red flag penalty they came out so close to Yellow
that a second contact occurred. Blue was just ROW after coming to close
hauled-course after taking the penalty on Starboard Tack, but that gave Yellow
no time to keep clear. Blue broke rule 15.
In normal circumstances that would be a blue penalty. But because the Umpires
wanted to make sure that Blue was put back behind, they gave another red flag
with that blue penalty.
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