Rules/Officiating

Dave Perry’s 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes

Quiz 50

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Boat Q is beating towards the finishing line in very light winds and adverse current. Just after her bow crosses the finishing line, she bears away and sails off the course. Boat P protests Q for failing to completely cross the finishing line. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?

Quiz 31

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Boat S (on starboard tack) is approaching the leeward mark to be rounded to starboard. Boat P (on port tack) is similarly approaching the leeward mark on a collision course with S. When three lengths from the mark, P hails, “Mark-room!” to S. S remains silent. When right at the mark, P begins to gybe inside of S and S is forced to bear away to avoid hitting P. S protests P. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?

Quiz 29

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Boats W and L are beam reaching along the starting line on starboard tack. Ahead of them, Boat X is nearly motionless on a close-hauled course. To avoid hitting X, W asks L for room to pass to leeward of X. L refuses, claiming that W can pass to windward of X. L passes to leeward of X and W passes to windward of X. W protests L. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?

Quiz 27

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Boat P (on port tack) is sailing close-hauled within one length of a dock. Boat S (on starboard tack), also close-hauled, is on a collision course with P and hails, “Starboard!” P replies with a hail of “Room to clear the obstruction!” S tacks to avoid the collision and protests. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?

Quiz 24

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Two overlapped boats, W and L, are broad reaching on starboard tack within two lengths of each other. W has caught up with L from clear astern and is attempting to pass her to windward. L begins to slowly luff above her proper course and W keeps clear. When W is within a couple feet of pulling clear ahead, W luffs sharply, clearly breaks the overlap and bears away, causing the boats to become overlapped once again. L continues to sail above her proper course in an effort to delay W from passing her. W keeps clear and protests L. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?

Quiz 16

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Two 25-foot boats, L (a leeward boat) and W (a windward boat), are approaching the right-hand end of the starting line, a 30-foot powerboat, to start an upwind leg. Both boats are beam reaching, with L on a course to pass one length to leeward of the race committee boat. Twenty seconds before the starting signal and when two lengths from the race committee boat, L hails, “No room! Don’t go in there!” to W. Both boats hold their courses until W is overlapped to leeward of the race committee boat. At that point L luffs and W makes contact nearly simultaneously with both L and the committee boat. There is damage to the race committee boat but not serious damage. Both boats protest each other. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?

Quiz 14

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With 30 seconds to go before the starting signal, Boat P (on port tack) on a beam reach, is approaching Boat S (on starboard tack) who is on a close-hauled course. P proceeds to luff and then cross head to wind all in one motion, ending up to leeward of S. Just after P passes head to wind she holds her course, telling S to keep clear because she is on starboard tack and a leeward boat. S luffs to avoid contact with P and protests. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?

Quiz 12

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Boats A and B are approaching the starting line to start. B is a few feet clear astern of A and yelling “Up! Up! Up!” A holds her course. B then becomes overlapped to leeward of A and A immediately luffs (heads up) approximately 15 degrees and there is contact between the starboard bow of B and the port corner of A’s transom. There is no damage or injury. Both boats protest. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?