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Dave Perry explains the 2013-16 Racing Rules of Sailing
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Dec 11, 2012, 8:36 AM

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KEEP-OFF BUOYS AND RACE COMMITTEE BOATS...
On January 1, 2013, the new edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing will go into effect. These rules are locked in through 2016, the year of the next Summer Olympic Games. Rules authority Dave Perry helps explain some of the significant changes.

Dave is chairman of the US Sailing Appeals Committee, Rules Advisor to the US Olympic Sailing Team and Artemis Racing, the Challenger for the America's Cup, co-author of the North U Rules & Tactics seminar, and author of two books on the subject. Here Dave discusses the new 'Mark' definition:
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Race committees often hang "keep-off" buoys off the transoms of their committee boats to keep boats from getting too near to them. The age-old question is: are these buoys part of the committee boat, i.e., part of the "mark," or not? The new definition Mark answers that question. By removing the phrase "or temporarily" from the definition, it is now clear that an object attached temporarily to a mark is part of the mark.

Mark An object the sailing instructions require a boat to leave on a specified side, and a race committee boat surrounded by navigable water from which the starting or finishing line extends. An anchor line or an object attached accidentally to a mark is not part of it.
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For more on the rules, get Dave Perry's two books Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2016 (which includes the complete rule book) and Dave Perry's 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes available at US Sailing, 800 US SAIL-1, or http://www.ussailing.org




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