It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!
If I'd wanted to live in a Banana Republic I'd have gone to South America.
And the keep clear but is not required to anticipate any action of the right of way boat. Again, it would be much more complex if they were required to act on the stated intentions of another boat. Lots of room for ambiguity in the protest room.
The confusion about the new rules or the ones before is simply that the new 2017-2020 rules have made no change in this regard. In the 2013-2016 rules the same situation was there - that the only hail that has any meaning in the rules before an incident is the hail for room to tack. And in fact for many previous editions of the rules. This is nothing new, and has been the case for as long as I've been racing at least.
The requirement to hail "Protest" if you wish to protest is also there, and has been for as long as I've been racing.
The rules state that you must give the give way boat room to keep clear when you alter course. The give way boat is ONLY obligated to react to the movement of your boat, and not to all of the yelling you might be doing.
Sure, that doesn't mean I don't indulge in a bit of "keep up!" hails on the start line, but they don't mean anything under the rules and I don't bother mentioning them in any protest. I only mention the helm movements and timings. They're more of a warning to the other boat that you think they are not keeping clear as they should, and if they don't do something about it the next word out of my mouth might be "protest".
You never know, I might be right!
In short you only have to hail when either the timing of something is not obvious or when an action is optional. When the rules are quite clear you are expected to follow them without need to be told to do so.
Last edited by howard easton; 13-02-17 at 10:23.
"flaming" is correct that only two hails are mandatory under the rules ("protest" and "room to tack"), but other hails may be seen as efforts to avoid contact under rule 14.
March 22, 2017