A late start due to lack of wind, also means a late finish.
We went out on the water around eleven and came back ashore past seven o’clock. After being dismissed for jury work after our debrief we went for dinner and I’m now back at my hotel room. It’s half past eleven.
Today I want to ask you about two situations which were raised by one of the umpires after debrief. Not situations that happened on the water – more like a theoretical exercise.
In a match race, Yellow and Blue are both head to wind next to each other with half a boat space between them. Both start tacking, Blue going to starboard and Yellow going to port. Timing is the same, rate of turning is the same. At the end there’s contact between the boats both on the transom corner.
If either one would have stayed head to wind and the other would have turned the contact would not have occurred…..
Who gets the penalty? And why?
Second scenario, in match racing, but now tacking towards each other.
Blue on starboard luffs and starts tacking. Yellow on port also luffs and starts tacking at the same moment going to starboard.
When they both have completed their tacks, the bows touch each other a second later.
Who is to be penalized and under what rule?
I’ll give you my opinion after your initial comments.