Aug 10, 2006, 12:52 PM
Post #17 of 21
Thanks for posting those "fun" club rules! My club was actually looking for those.
Re: [Guest] Why do they make the Rules "seem" so complicated?
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On to the question at hand:
The basic rules are super simple:
Rule 1 (Safety)
Rule 2 (Sportsmanship)
Rule 10 (On Opposite Tacks)
Rule 11 (Overlapped, Same Tack)
Rule 12 (Not Overlapped, Same Tack)
Rule 42 (Propulsion)
It's in some of the other rules that things get more complicated. However, with the possible exception of some parts of Rule 18, all the other rules of Part 2 are there for saftey. Is Rule 19 somewhat arcane and super specific? Of course it is. Does that mean it is unnecessary? Not at all. Rule 19 exists as a safety measure. The same is true of Rules 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, and 21. On the other hand, beyond Rules 1, 2, 42, 60 (? the requirements for a protest) and the rules of Part 2, your general sailor doesn't really need to know the rules. Sure, the I-flag and Z-flag rules can be important, but, as a competitor competing in good faith, I really don't need to know the specifics of, say, filing for redress. If I know about redress, I can look at a rulebook and deal with it if it comes up.
As to Perry's work, I think that it is a fairly important, and very helpful piece of writing. Can it get super specific and dense, yeah, it can. But on the race course, you can pretty much tell who's read the book and who hasn't by the first mark rounding. That, to me, says the book is useful. I also found it immensely readable. The other nice thing is Perry does a fairly good job imparting a career's worth of knowledge about how rules apply, what the jurry will say, what the appeals are, etc. Between reading Understanding the RRS and reading through the ICSA and US Sailing Appeals, I'll go with Perry. I've read the Team Racing Call Book, and, suffice it to say, after that experience, I have little desire to go through the Appeals.