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.
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!
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?