Sailing Rules Evening 24th March 2017.
As most of you will know the rules of sail racing undergo review every 4 years. The changes for 2017- 2020 came into effect in January and can be found linked here -2017 rules of sailing. There are not any major changes. However, Herne Bay Sailing Club will be holding a session on the 2017 racing rules which will be hosted by Head of Sailing at Kings School Canterbury, Sam Brearey (About Sam).
Start time will be 7.30pm the bar will be open and tea and coffee available.
The session will be interactive/discussion based and will include the 2017 changes and questions and answers. To facilitate all levels of knowledge and to cover areas that interest you we are inviting you to submit questions, scenarios, or preferences of rules to be covered. These can be sent to Laurie Dengate (contact details on Dutyman). Closing date for submissions is 18th Mar 17.
Summary of changes
18. Mark roundings.
18.2. Has a new clause, mark room clarification.
18.3. Tacking in the zone, has been changed so it only applies at port hand rounding marks.
19. Room for Obstruction, clarification about overlaps and marks.
20. Room to tack, rewritten for clarity, but with much the same meaning.
21. Exoneration, generally speaking this rule has had some housekeeping covering what happens when you are forced to break a rule.
22.3 (Backing a sail) now applies to a boat moving sideways by backing a sail (sometime used at a start line).
24.2 Rewritten, interfering with another boat.
30.3 New "U flag" rule. This is a variation on the black flag which doesn't carry over to successive starts.
32.1. and 32.2 (Shortening and abandoning) changes that are mainly housekeeping.