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I just found this site. I hope someone can answer for me.

If I establish my overlap from clear astern to L and further than 2 boatlengths away from W, can I sail above my proper course?

One of our members understands the rule to say I cannot sail above my proper course once inside 2 boatlengths. I say I can if I establish my overlap far enough out.

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Yes you can. See Racing Rules of Sailing 17.1. Just make sure you are more than two of your boat lenghts away at the moment you "become" overlaped.
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George is right. I also find that many people don''t understand that "proper course" is NOT necessarily the rhumbline to the next mark. Your proper course, without a spinnaker, for example, could be much higher than someone else who has a chute up. If your paths cross and you start your overlap from further than 2 boatlengths to leeward of him, (you''re not "overtaking"; you''re simply on converging courses) he''s got to keep clear of you. Windward''s hailing "Go back to your proper course!" because he wants you to head off the way he is, has no meaning. Your proper course is simply different from his.
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Thanks folks. Forgive me if my questions are too fundamental...

Just learning. At this late age, (44), it takes longer than it used to.

I''ve posted another, please take a look. It''s on Changing course from leeward
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Thanks folks. Forgive me if my questions are too fundamental...

Just learning. At this late age, (44), it takes longer than it used to.

I''ve posted another, please take a look. It''s on Changing course from leeward
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