Thursday, March 12, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners 3 : Overlaps & Right of Way Defined


  • Right-of-Way: When one boat has the Right-of-Way, the other boat is required to Keep Clear.
  • Avoiding Collisions - All boats are required by rule to avoid a collision if possible! Right-of-Way is no excuse to cause a collision.
  • A boat Overlapped to Leeward has Right-of-Way. Overlaps are established from the transom.
  • Green boats have right-of-way. Red boat must keep clear.

3rd post from the MAST Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know" I will post a segment each day from this great contribution to making sailboat racing more accessible. Ralph, Montreal Sailing.