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post #30 of Old 09-28-2013
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Re: Americas cup triple touch penalty to Kiwi's

With recent rule changes, in fleet racing, not match racing, rubbing has become almost impossible as the committees I have dealt with will just toss both boats, one for not giving rights, and the other for rubbing hulls. In larger vessels I understand the reasoning, however it is now near impossible to prove a point on a crowded start line without contact as the windward boat always claims they gave way. One trick I have used is to strike the other boats hull with my fist to make a loud bang so it is obvious that we were so close that crew in normal position could touch the other boat. It is quite frustrating on a start line to get rolled by someone claiming they gave way when they didn't make any effort to head up.
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