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Story Contributors: Zeke Horowitz, Brian Hayes

BASIC RACING RULES OF SAILING EXPLAINED

Visual Interactive Webinar

In this webinar, North Sails experts Zeke Horowitz and Brian Hayes explain and demonstrate basic rules according to the US Sailing “Racing Rules of Sailing”. Using a whiteboard, Zeke re-creates many scenarios that we experience on the racecourse to explain the rules and when they can be applied. The webinar was presented to Flying Scot sailors, but the rules apply to all one-design classes. Below are the timestamps if you want to jump to a specific topic of interest.

Definitions:

4:41 – Clear Ahead and Clear Astern; Overlap
6:57 – Keep Clear
8:45 – Leeward and Windward
10:30 – Proper Course
12:21 – Room
14:08 – Zone

Scenarios:

17:01 – Starting Line Situations (Windward/Leeward, Rule 16, Rule 17, “Barging” and Rule 13)
50:04 – Mark Room (Weather and Leeward Mark)
1:22:00 – Open Water (Room to Tack, Room to Duck, Tacking too close, Rule 17, Rule 18)

If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact Zeke or Brian.

Story Contributors

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Zeke Horowitz

One Design Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Zeke Horowitz grew up in Sarasota, Fla. where he quickly took to sailing and began racing in the Optimist Class at the age of nine. His Optimist racing took him all over the world and inspired his passion for sailing...

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Brian Hayes

One Design Expert —

Brian has been a sailmaker at North for over 30 years. Starting out in handwork and layout he spent his early career in the Big Boat area sailing One Tonners and J35's amongst other offshore boats. In 1993 he transitioned...