Aggressive sailing

Some recent incidents while racing have resulted in damaged boats and crews with varying levels of distress, anger and incomprehension. The point is that these incidents are inclined to dissuade members from racing.

While aggressive use of the rules is normal under serious competitive sailing when all crews (should) have a good understanding of the rules, it is not the same for those who have less experience of racing , when they may be baffled as to what is going on. It is suggested that at SSC we should all be attempting to make people aware of rules, but in a relatively benign environment.

Rule 14 AVOIDING CONTACT – A boat shall avoid contact with another boat if reasonably possible. However a right of way boat or one entitled to mark room :

  1. Need not act to avoid contact until it is clear that the other boat is not keeping clear or giving room or mark room.
  2. Shall be exonerated if she breaks this rule and the contact does not cause damage or injury.

So you can be disqualified under this rule even if you have right of way, and particularly if injury or damage occurs. #