Thanks for the time in replying. Ive added a gif of the exact spot on google earth. the reeds cant be seen on he photo so Ive pretended tat the land was the reed. I was in the red boat and the other guy in the blue boat. the white dots are the course I wouldve taen had I decided on falling away after seeing that I wasnt going to make it in front of the starboard tack boat
Where are you located?
- What was the type of boat you and the other guy were sailing on?
6.5m open boat called a polyvalk like this one http://www.eilandvanmaurik.nl/cmslib...valk_actie.jpg
- How wide was the channel?
tricky to say because it was between the reeds at the land (to port) and reeds at an island to starboard), the contours of both vary but roughly follow the picture. What also made falling away tricky was I couldnt see the contours of the reed island behind his sail. However assume abut 4 or 5 boat lengths(in boat lengths) where we crossed paths.
- And how long was it (how many tacks to pass through it)
it took 3 tacks for both of us to pass through it completely.
-And, were the weed patches labeled as obstructions? It is acceped they are obstructions because they signify shallow water - keels have been damaged by people who ignore the reeds.
-Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t there and the protest committee had access to all the facts, not me. It sounds like you tacked over to the weeds in order to avoid ducking that other boat as well as at least one other?
No just me and him at the time. I avoided ducking because I was ahead after my first tack in the channel,ducking wouldve brought me to the reedsisland ti tarboard alot quicker than tacking and I wouldnt have been sure I could've made the tack as the contour of the reeds to starboard couldnt been seen as they were behind his sail, but I knew the amount of room reduced cause that was the narrowest point of the channel.
- I’m inclined to agree with the findings of the committee. After you tacked, how much time passed before you were in the weeds?
about 1 minute bf 1 or 2. we were traveling at very very low speed, the boats are heavy.
-I’m assuming that the other boat was on the verge of tacking as he too, was only seconds before the weeds himself.
No when I tacked he wasnt in the middle of the channel, he was approaching and behind me (but to my windward after I tacked under him)
-Ordinarily, weeds wouldn’t constitute and obstruction. It has been a long time since I read Case 33, but wasn’t that situation where the two boats were beam reaching on a lee shore of a river?
sorry, I dont know.
-If you feel you are absolutely in the right, you can always appeal the case and try to win it that way. I’m inclined to trust the judgment of the more experienced sailors on the scene.
well I would too except they are in the same team and frequently push the rules in their favour.
-The big thing you should take away from all of this is you need to learn how to duck! If you were able to duck, you would have “owned” all the other boats on your next tack. Work on your tactics and boat handling skills.
If I'd have ducked I would've immediately have had to tack after he passed see dots on image) as I wouldve been a few seconds from sailing into the reeds island to starboard. The contours changed and the channel gets to its narrowest point. Exactly how close it was impossible to tell because the island was behind his sail. Like I said I was ahead on port tack by about 5m and the boats are 6.5m so I had to give way to his starboard tack. Tacking in front and under is the standard option in competition as ducking from such a lead would require giving up windward territory and more time to execute the ducking perfectly, (which is not possible when sailing singlehanded as I was). after my first tack I didnt really have alot of time left to decide what to do even though we were travelling at 1 knot towards each other( if that!!).