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Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013 – 2016 rule 30.1 states, “If (International Code) flag I has been displayed (square yellow flag with a black center circle), and any part of a boat’s hull, crew or equipment is on the course side of the start line or one of its extensions during the last minute before her starting signal, she shall thereafter sail from the course side across an extension to the pre-start side before starting.” Dipping the line is inadequate. If a boat is on the course side at any time and for any reason during the last minute of a start sequence (such as being over early), to start properly, she must sail around either end of the line before restarting. Also referred to as the round-an-end rule. Compare to: black flag rule and Z flag rule.

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