Spring 2007
Additional Patrol Boat
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Farewell to Leon
Going the extra mile
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Medieval Banquet
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RYA Racing Charter
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Tom Field
Working Party
The RYA Racing Rules Of Sailing And Racing Charter
Richard Cannon - Sailing Secretqry
    When I started sailing the International Yacht Racing Rules were extremely harsh and unfriendly; if you infringed a yacht on the start line and you were protested the only options were to retire immediately or at the end of the race have a long and adversarial protest hearing where you would probably be disqualified. If you touched a mark you had to retire immediately.
    Now days things are very different; we don’t have Yachts (too elitist), we have two turn penalties for infringing a boat, and one turn penalty for touching a mark. There are much more friendly alternatives to a full protest hearing.
I have sailed at AQSC since 1993 and during that time we have never had a protest hearing; this gives an easy life but isn’t good for improving the knowledge of the rules.
    The rules and using them to one’s advantage is a very big and enjoyable part of sailing, We don’t have referees so we are responsible for obeying the rule and taking penalties where necessary. There is a great deal to learn and often quick decisions must be made and they won’t always be correct.
    The latest rules allow advisory hearings where the parties to a protest present their case to a ‘Rules Advisor’ who decides the facts and who is at fault; there are no penalties unless a helm decides to take a voluntary penalty. This can be very educational, improves every bodies understanding of the rules and improves the fairness of racing.
    I hope we start getting some protests and advisory hearings.

   RYA Racing Charter Objectives
    To provide the framework for everyone to enjoy the sport of sailboat racing in whatever capacity and to whatever level the individual desires.
    To ensure that the sport of sailboat racing welcomes people and treats them equally.
    To ensure that those who experience sailboat racing are encouraged to continue.