Tuesday, 08 March 2022 11:05

Room to Pass Astern

I came across a situation, but didn't see a result. Posting here for some discussion.

Two boats are sailing close-hauled, Yellow (port-tack, windward) and Blue (port-tack, leward), when the starboard-tacked Green boat becomes a problem. Yellow hails "room to pass astern of Green" and proceeds to accelerate down on Blue to dip Green's stern forcing Blue to duck to avoid a collision. In the scenario, nothing happened and all boats continued racing. However, if I were at the helm of Blue, I would have immediately protested Yellow. Blue and Yellow were overlapped during the entire event. 

I have an idea of how this would play out in a protest hearing, but what do you think?


*This led me to purchasing Dave Perry's 100 Best Racing Quizzes based on The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024. I did not see a quiz that matched exactly, though Quiz 74 begins similarly. I can post that quiz and others in the future.
Friday, 14 June 2019 09:50

How does CRAM race dissimilar boats?

How do we do it? One of the biggest concepts that our newest sailors get a crash course in is how do we run a regatta with a bunch of different boats. Often we find new sailors under the impression that their 1985 Hobie 16 can't compete with the modern Formula boats. Well the thing is, they aren't even scored together!

Sunday, 18 February 2018 11:58

Port-Starboard and a Wind Shift

Rules Quiz - Port Starboard with a windshift

Boats S (blue, on starboard tack) and P (yellow, on port tack) are both sailing close-hauled and are converging on a beat.  P will safely cross S.  However, when they are less than 2 boat-lengths apart, the wind shifts to the right ten degrees.  S heads up (changes her course) in response to the windshift such that P is unable to keep clear.  There is minor contact with no damage or injury, and both boats protest.  You are on the protest committee.  How would you decide this and why?
Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:10

Cram's New Blog

These days, everyone seems to have a blog about something.  Not all contribute value to the world. This, we hope, will be an exception. 

The goal here is to help all of us become better sailors. This, then, is a tool to help provide valuable insight into various catamaran focsued sailing topics, including a number of different subject areas such as: