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Old 09-26-2013
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Re: Americas cup triple touch penalty to Kiwi's


This is standard rules of the road stuff. Oracle was behind and had to keep clear of a boat ahead. Then they sailed 'under' NZ and gained an overlap. At this point they were no longer behind, but were on the same tack and were leeward. The rules state that windward must keep clear of leeward. A leeward boat can come up and the windward boat must keep clear. Since NZ didn't 'do all they were able to do' to keep clear, and eventually hit Oracle, they were assessed a penalty.

At least that's my understanding!

Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

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