The Rules Guy
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Q:New rules for 2009…read Dick Rose’s diatribe in SW and so I thought I’d try for an understandable and clear explanation on changes to 18 and an overview of 19.
- What are the changes to 18 and how do they apply?
- How about an overview of 19 and how that would work on the water?
- Is it true the 32 BL circle is becoming a 3 BL circle?
Thanks & best regards,
Prouda My Pickle (dish)
- In brief, the mystical distance from a mark when the mark-rounding rules came into play (which could have been anything from 10 boat-lengths for fast cats to 1 boat-length for boats hardly moving against a current) have been ‘standardized’ at three boat-lengths, the same as the distance that the overlap is critical (if you have an inside overlap at the zone you have the right to mark-room even if the overlap gets broken). The other major difference is how much room an outside boat must give to the inside boat: room to sail in a seamanlike way till he gets to the mark (abreast of it if you like) and then room to sail his proper course around the mark.
- The big difference here is that the requirement to have an overlap at two-boat lengths has gone (no one took much notice of it anyway). Now the criterion is whether the outside boat is able to give room when the overlap was established.
- Yes the zone is now 3 lengths (unless the sailing instructions change to 2 or 4)