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why y?

From the the Fabulous Forums…

When should the RC fly Code Flag Y (all sailors must wear PFD’s while racing)?  We had 2 MOB’s Sunday in our Clubs races. a J22 crew got knocked over in a puff when the main sheet wasn’t  eased quick enough and an Ensign crew fell out of the boat as it heeled over. there was  12-15 kts of wind, flat water.

Yes the water is still chilly but they were not inf for very long.  there are some in our club who feel that code flag Y should of been hoisted and others who think that if the SI’s have code flag in them and the RC does not fly “Y” and someone gets hurt the club would be liable….I’m just looking for you’re opinion (HAAAAAAA, i’m sure there are many)

I’m in the camp of… (As a skipper) :.it’s the skipper’s responsibility to sail or not due to the conditions and if you have crew that are unfit to sail they don;t go.

( As a PRO)  : depends on the weather…20+kts. and steep waves added to chilly water I’d think about it, especially if there a lot of older crews sailing. But Sunday was 83 degrees, ave. of 13 kts of flat water….champagne sailing conditions….

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