PostHeaderIcon Z Flag Rule

Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013 – 2016 rule 30.2 states, “If (International Code) flag Z has been displayed, (4 triangles, yellow, black, blue and red, formed into a square) no part of a boat’s hull, crew or equipment shall be in the triangle formed by the ends of the start line and the first mark during the last minute before her starting signal. If a boat breaks this rule and is identified, she shall receive, without a hearing, a 20% Scoring Penalty calculated as stated in rule 44.3(c).” The Z flag rule imposes a severe penalty on any boat that is on the course-side of the start line for any reason any time during the last minute of the start sequence. Compare to black flag rule and I flag rule.

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