A friend and me do a lot of sailing in RAL and on Virtual as well. Here we have a virtual Match Race Situation, where we are not sure who is right.
I think that Aquabat infringes rule 16.1. He’s changing course and not giving me enough room to keep clear
He off course thinks completely different and thinks I did not do enough to keep clear ( my boat is Fix oder Nix) . So witch rule applies ?
"Agubat" vs "Fix oder Nix"
Alexander did not tell us which boat was Yellow and which was Blue. I’m assigning Blue therefore to Aquabat (the leeward boat) and Yellow to Fix oder Nix (the windward boat)
After the Yankee flag (one either boat) I would display a yellow penalty flag.
Perhaps you want to analyze the situation yourselves first, before you read my reasoning after the break?
At first we have rule 11. The Yellow windward boat must keep clear. They are on a collision course but still far apart so Yellow keeps clear.
Then Blue changes course. She luffs. Not hard, but steady. She does not break rule 16.1. Yellow has plenty of room to keep clear.
Instead of luffing Yellow chooses to bear away. By doing so she is very much at risk of not keeping clear. But that is her choice!
Blue continues to luff, but again slowly.
When both bows are next to each other Yellow is no longer keeping clear. Penalty on Yellow
After that she gybes and must keep clear while doing that and then under rule 10 must keep clear as port boat
Blue immediately bears away to avoid contact. I cannot see if they hit each other, but she at least complies with 14
In my opinion Yellow takes to much risk by bearing away, she infringes either rule 11, 13.2 & also 10 and cannot be exonerated under Blues change of course and rule 16.1
Perhaps some of you see this differently?
edited 12:12 / 29/1/2011 jms