Posts Tagged ‘rules’

PostHeaderIcon Code Flags

short for International code flags or signaling flags. A set of flags in different colors and shapes and with various markings that, when used singly or in combination, have different meanings. They also have different meanings when used for racing than they do for fishing or shipping. The flags include 26 square flags that depict the letters of the alphabet, ten numeral pendants, one answering pendant, and three substituters or repeaters. See also: cat-in-the-hat, class flag, prep flag, recalls, and warning flag.

PostHeaderIcon Inside Overlap

when two or more boats are on approach to a mark and are overlapped at the time the boat closest to the mark reaches the zone, the boat between a competitor and the mark (without regard to which one is closer to the mark) has an inside overlap. Any boat to the outside of a boat with an inside overlap must give the inside boat room to leave a mark on the required side, room to sail to the mark when her proper course is to sail close to it, and room to round the mark as necessary to sail the course, without regard to any other rules. See also: double rights and Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016 rule 18.2.

PostHeaderIcon Sail Inventory

1) The sails that are onboard at any one time. The number of sails carried aboard may be limited by class rules, Sailing Instructions or rating rules. See also: sail button. 2) The entire complement of sails for a particular boat—wherever they are located. All the sails aboard a boat are also called its suit of sails or wardrobe.

PostHeaderIcon Mast Abeam Rule

a no-longer-used rule that turned off a leeward boat’s luffing rights when a windward boat’s helm was forward of a line that crossed through the leeward boat’s mast and was perpendicular to its centerline. See also: luffing rights.

PostHeaderIcon Scrutineering

checking that a boat complies with all applicable requirements. To scrutineer or scrutinize. See also: Notice of Race.

PostHeaderIcon The Room

shorthand for the protest hearing room.

PostHeaderIcon Warning Flag

a flag hoisted on a committee boat to indicate the beginning of the five-minute start sequence for a particular class or section. The warning flag is taken down simultaneously with the race start. Sometimes, the code flag for the number that corresponds to the starting order of the class is used as the warning flag. At other times, solid-color flags in differing colors are used. Whatever flag is used, it has the same design and color scheme as the class or section’s class flag. The applicable Sailing Instructions indicate the starting order for multi-class races and may modify the sequence timing. See Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013 – 2016 rule 26. Compare to: attention flag and prep flag.

PostHeaderIcon DGM

an initialism for “disqualification for gross misconduct and not excludable.” The scoring abbreviation used to indicate that a boat showed up for, but is disqualified from a scheduled race under Racing Rules of Sailing rule 90.3(b). The boat has the maximum points allowed assessed against her when the race is scored using a Low Point System, and this race must be included with the boat’s finishes, even if throw-outs are allowed. See Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016 Appendix A11.

PostHeaderIcon Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016

ISAF has recently released the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013 – 2016. You can download a copy from this link:

PostHeaderIcon L Flag

When flown ashore, the International Code Flag “L” (two opposing blacks squares and two opposing yellow squares) means a notice to competitors has been posted. When the L Flag is displayed on a stationary committee boat it means that competitors should come within hailing distance—usually so they can check-in. An L flag displayed from a moving committee or signal boat means that competitors should follow that boat—often because the starting area is being relocated. In this instance, the “L” flag is known as the ‘Follow Me’ flag.


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