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Proper Course when spinnaker collapses Published on September 28th, 2022

Proper Course when spinnaker collapses

Published on September 28th, 2022


The racing rules allows for fair competition, but it is a challenge to understand every scenario. To help facilitate the process, the Racing Rules of Sailing Forum offers an opportunity for experts to voice opinion. A post by Jim Archer (USA) had a question regarding Rule 17 and Proper Course.

Rule 17 sates that if a boat clear astern becomes overlapped within two of her hull lengths to leeward of a boat on the same tack, she shall not sail above her proper course while they remain on the same tack and overlapped within that distance, unless in doing so she promptly sails astern of the other boat. This rule does not apply if the overlap begins while the windward boat is required by rule 13 to keep clear.  READ MORE



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