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We had pretty bad case of this last weekend, which I royally screwed up by treating all marks as rounding marks. I've now learnt that our sailing instructions don't specify that any marks are rounding marks. 

But it got me thinking about w/l with a gate. In the course below, what would stop boats from spinning around 3s then heading straight for the finish?

 Does the diagram or the word 'rounding' go far enough to remove ambiguity as to whether the mark is a rounding mark? 




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The diagram clearly illustrates that boats are required to round all marks.  They are all rounding marks.

The required side of each mark is the side illustrated.

Sorry, I don't follow you about 'spinning around 3S'.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote furtive Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Aug 18 at 1:34pm
Not sure what you mean by "spinning around" either.

I think a boat could leave the whole gate (3S and 3P) to port on the way to the finish though, if they wanted to for some reason...
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Given course 02, could a boat do one full loop around 3s (passing mark 2 to port as she goes), then take 3p to port, 5 to port then finish? 

J2.1 (5) descriptions of marks, including starting and finishing marks, stating the order in which marks are to be passed and the side on which each is to be left and identifying all rounding marks
(see rule 28.2);

Have the marks in the diagram been sufficiently identified as rounding marks? If they have, what element of the course description in the SIs make that so? 


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Where did you get that diagram from?

I have to agree that it does not show how 2 shall be rounded on any leg after leg 2/3.

See Appendix L Addendum A for the proper way to illustrate a Trap course.

I know there were some problems with the courses shown in Appendix S and they were replaced/amended, but Appendix S doesn't have trap courses.
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RS700 nationals this year. They were in a joint event with the 800s but on an outer loop.

The 800s had a spreader mark, which makes the sneaky loop around 3s not possible, as you would pass the spreader to port before the windward mark. 

But basically most sailing instructions we do on the circuit are like this. Sometimes there is a note that all marks are rounding marks, but often just a course diagram. 

I was just wondering what constitutes ambiguity as references in the RYA case 1985/4 quoted by Presuming Ed. 
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Sorry I was a bit quick on the draw with my initial answer.

The diagram dose NOT 'illustrate' that Mark 2 at the end of the 4th leg is a rounding mark, nor which hand it is to be left on.  The diagram has omitted the path between 3p/3s and 2 on the 4th leg.

To save the race, however, I would be satisfied that the heading 'Mark Rounding Order' was sufficient to say that all marks are rounding marks and that Mark 2 must be rounded after 3p/3s, so the 3s spin is not on.

This still leaves the problem about which hand 2 is to be rounded on.


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It's a shame 3s isn't drawn green. That would arguably give clarity to rounding direction.
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I think the arrow around 3s is quite sufficient to illustrate rounding to starboard.

The problem lies with 2, other than the leg 1 - 2.
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Showing 3s as green could cause further problems if the actual mark is red...
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