Agnes from Budapest has a question about rule 42. That rule is unique in the rulebook, in that it has his own 'special' interpretations - not in the Case-book but separately. In answering questions about rule 42, I always first grab my copy of those (Rule 42 Interpretations 2009-2012)
I would highly appreciate your and your readers' comments on a Rule 42 problem I faced recently.
The 470 class rules (http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/4702011CR061110-.pdf) say
"C.1.1 RULESRule 42.1 last sentence say "Her crew may adjust the trim of sails and hull, and perform other acts of seamanship, but shall not otherwise move their bodies to propel the boat."
(a) The following RRS 2009-2012 rules shall apply as amended below:(1) If the average wind speed is above 8 knots, measured at deck level, the race committee may permit pumping, rocking and ooching after the starting signal. (change of RRS 42.2(a), RRS 42.2(b), RRS 42.2(c)). The signals will be made according to RRS P5."
Let us consider rocking. My reading is that class rule C.1.1(a)(1) changes RRS 42.2(b) to mean that 'rocking is permitted' (above 8 knots etc.). On the other hand Rule 42.1 prohibits a set of body movements that propel the boat and in my opinion body movement that induces rocking is one of these prohibited actions.
My question - Shall the judges penalize a boat on the water when they see that the crew of this boat is standing on the foredeck, grabbing the mast with his hands, and rolls the boat back and forth vigorously? (Wind died suddenly but flag "O" is still in effect on a windward leg.)
Many thanks for any kind of comments and thoughts.
Well Agnes, this is how I see it:
Looking at the Interpretations of Rule 42, I read under 42.2:
42.2 Prohibited ActionsThis rule has been been "switched" off by the RC, they have permitted rocking after the starting signal.
Without limiting the application of rule 42.1, these actions are prohibited:
(b) rocking: repeated rolling of the boat, induced by
(1) body movement,
(2) repeated adjustment of the sails or centreboard, or
Rocking, i.e. repeated rolling of the boat, induced by body movement is now permitted!
Any body movement!
It does not say you have to sit (or hang in the tapeze) or be anywhere specific, before you can use your body to induce repeated rolling of the boat. So standing on the fore-deck, grabbing the mast is permitted in my opinion, as long as flag O is in effect.
42.1 may prohibit actions not listed in 42.2, but rocking is listed, so that doesn't cover your example.
Just my two cents.