Dave Perry Rules Quiz
Published on December 1st, 2014
Boat Q touches the windward mark while on starboard tack. Instead of bearing away around the mark, Q continues on a close-hauled course for a length or so to get well clear of the other boats, and then promptly tacks to port tack, gybes back onto a broad reach on starboard tack, and continues in the race, having done about a 240 degree turn. Boat T protests her for breaking rule 31, Touching a Mark, and claims she did not take a penalty because she did not do a 360 degree turn. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?
Boat T’s protest is disallowed. Rules 44.1 and 44.2, Penalties at the Time of an Incident, permit a boat that has touched a mark to take a One-Turn Penalty by getting well clear of other boats as soon as possible and then promptly making one turn that includes a tack and a gybe. The rule contains no minimum amount of degrees the turn must include. Boat Q properly complies with rule 44.2 and therefore has taken a penalty. Rule 64.1(b) states, “if a boat has taken an applicable penalty, she shall not be further penalized…”
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