Wet & Forget Race 6
A great day for a Brampton blast, and big thank you to Rob and Rusty as our starters for the day. Some very close results mid field. 1st to Kantime, 2nd Sonnet and 3rd Nexus. Thanks to the Russell entries again. A review of the video start showed Nexus, Solvieg and Frivolous Fish all were right on the line at the start, with the Race Committee unable to determine who won the start, so unfortunately the spot prize for the best start, had to go unclaimed this time. However, with such an improved result with over ¾ of the fleet being within 1 boat length of the line at the gun, we are re-aligning and re-focusing the camera and expect the spot prize to be awarded next time out. Results here
After Match Discussions
An incident in the race raised the issue relating to giving room at moorings on the Paihia side of the line. The OCC Sailing Instructions state:
14. RESTRICTED AREAS
14.1 All yachts when racing must pass on the channel side of all moorings west of the Start line. These individual moorings west of the start line are hereby defined as obstructions (but not a continuing obstruction).
So the question is – do you have to give room to a boat, so it can clear a mooring on the Paihia side of the start line? What do some of the RRS say?
19 ROOM TO PASS AN OBSTRUCTION
19.1 When Rule 19 Applies
Rule 19 applies between boats at an obstruction except when it is also a mark the boats are required to leave on the same side. However, at a continuing obstruction, rule 19 always applies and rule 18 does not.
19.2 Giving Room at an Obstruction
(a) A right-of-way boat may choose to pass an obstruction on either side.
(b) When boats are overlapped, the outside boat shall give the inside boat room between her and the obstruction, unless she has been unable to do so from the time the overlap began.
(c) While boats are passing a continuing obstruction, if a boat that was clear astern and required to keep clear becomes overlapped between the other boat and the obstruction and, at the
moment the overlap begins, there is not room for her to pass between them, she is not entitled to room under rule 19.2(b). While the boats remain overlapped, she shall keep clear and rules 10 and 11 do not apply.
Obstruction An object that a boat could not pass without changing course substantially, if she were sailing directly towards it and one of her hull lengths from it. An object that can be safely passed on only one side and an area so designated by the sailing instructions are also obstructions. However, a boat racing is not an obstruction to other boats unless they are required to keep clear of her or, if rule 22 applies, avoid her. A vessel under way, including a boat racing, is never a continuing obstruction.
Room The space a boat needs in the existing conditions while manoeuvring promptly in a seamanlike way.
So does that provide the answer? Well an Arbitration or Protest Hearing could answer that, which one did a year or so ago. However, it is always better to give room, avoid splintering fiberglass, and have the matter sorted out afterwards.