I have not sailed the new VO-70 enough to appreciate it’s handling and sailing features, but wow, does it make a great crash! 🙂
The above scene took place during Hannelore Ballinger’s Aug 23 Thursday VO-70 race as the fleet came around Fastnet Light. (I tell you I shouted ROOM! as we approached the turn… or at least that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!)
Everybody had a good laugh, then we picked up all the broken toys and continued the race. 🙂
Maybe this is an appropriate moment to repost good-old Rules 19-20:
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
19.2 Giving Room at an Obstruction
(a) A right-of-way boat may choose to pass an obstruction on
(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.
20 ROOM TO TACK AT AN OBSTRUCTION
20.1 Hailing and Responding
When approaching an obstruction, a boat sailing close-hauled or
above may hail for room to tack and avoid another boat on the same
tack. After a boat hails,
(a) she shall give the hailed boat time to respond;
(b) the hailed boat shall respond either by tacking as soon as possible,
or by immediately replying ‘You tack’ and then giving
the hailing boat room to tack and avoid her; and
(c) when the hailed boat responds, the hailing boat shall tack as
soon as possible.
When a boat is taking room to which she is entitled under rule
20.1(b), she shall be exonerated if she breaks a rule of Section A or
rule 15 or 16.
20.3 When Not to Hail
A boat shall not hail unless safety requires her to make a substantial
course change to avoid the obstruction. Also, she shall not hail if the
obstruction is a mark that the hailed boat is fetching.
Come to think of it, since Fastnet Rock was a mark on the race course, Rule 18 probably applied as well. 🙂
No protests were made though, no one drown, and everyone crossed the Finish Line happy. That’s the important thing for a pick-up race on a Thursday in August!