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Lockdown Sailing Rules Quiz

Lockdown Sailing Rules Quiz


We would like you to take part in the Irish Sailing Lockdown Sailing Rules Quiz! Take part as an individual, as a class team or a club team. Scenarios will be sent every two weeks, we will keep a leader board and there will be a prize for the best individual and team (Club or class). Please feel free to share with your club or class or team and just submit one answer per team.

  1. A scenario is attached with statements by the boats involved. You are the local judge for your club, and have been asked to settle their disagreement by deciding which boat if any has broken a rule.
  1. You have a few days to ask any questions (before Friday 3rd of April). Once you have decided send back your answer! Send your answers (max 200 words) to Gordon Davies gordonwilliamdavies@gmail.com.
  1. On Monday 6th April at 1700hrs we will have a short webinar to discuss the answer. There will be a panel of 3 International Judges to answer the questions and discuss the scenario (Gordon Davies, Chris Lindsay and Cxema Pico)
  2. The webinar link is here: Webinar link click here!

Topic: Lockdown Sailing Rules Forum

Meeting ID: 985 028 161

Password: 756782

  1. The webinar recording will be able for you to download afterwards if you are not able to make the time.
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Lockdown Sailing Rule Quiz
CHALLENGE 1

It had been a wet and windy day on the water, but the Cruiser fleet had had an exciting race. As you are sitting at the bar two of your friends come in – friends to the extent that you have been competing against them ever since you started Junior Sailing! You all sail 35 foot cruisers.

Your friends seem annoyed. You ask what the problem is…

Once they have both told their story they ask for your advice. Did either boat break a rule, if so which one.

First story:

‘My boat is called Blue Horizon. It was on the first beat; I was on port. I saw Yellow Peril coming towards me, on the other tack. I heard them shout something. I knew we were going to cross ahead, even if it was going to be close. I reckon we would have had at least a metre to spare.

All of a sudden, there was a lot of shouting and Yellow Peril luffed and tacked to leeward. I heard someone shout protest but I ignored it because we had done nothing wrong.’

Second story:

‘I was helming Yellow Peril. It was windy and the boat was being knocked about by a big swell. I saw Blue Horizon coming towards us on port. I thought we were on a collision course so we hailed ‘Starboard’. When ‘Blue Horizon’ did nothing we were really worried so we decided to luff and tack. I did not want to bear away in case ‘Blue Horizon’ did the same. We tacked in a hurry and lost way.

We hailed Protest but Blue Horizon did nothing.

Below is a diagram of the incident. By convention the wind is coming from the top of the page. (if you can not see it , there is a GIF version attached to it)

What do you think – did a boat break a rule? If so which rule and why?