RACING RULES FOR KIDS AND SMALL BOAT TACTICIANS
'Borrowed from Scuttlebutt'
As a small boat skipper or tactician, I am too busy with steering or trimming to get into arcane details (of the rules). I offer the following as a lighthearted collection of very basic rules. While it mixes right of way rules with tactical rules of thumb, I find it quite a good place to start. Experience and study will fill in the blanks.
- Don't hit other boats. Collisions are slow and arguments are slower.
- Keep out of the way of boats in front of you.
- Port tack boats usually have to stay out of the way of everyone else.
- Windward boats must stay away from leeward boats
- The inside boat gets to go round the mark first.
- Don't hit marks. Doing circles is slow.
- Don't hit the committee boat. First, it is a mark (see Rule 6) and
second, it really makes them mad.
- Nothing good ever happens on a layline.
- The port tack layline is a very ugly place.
- Control your own destiny: stay out of the Protest Room.
Protest Committees are uncontrollable: with a 100% solid case,
you have a 50% chance of being DSQ.
-Hugh Elliot, US Sailing Certified Judge
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