RRS 42 and Appendix P……What Are Those Judges Doing?

So, you’re a Laser sailor in a District Championship event.  You’ve read the Sailing Instructions and notice there is a SI rule that states:  “RRS Appendix P will apply.” 

You sail to the starting line and you are a bit early.  You line up with your fellow competitors and scull to hold position.  Just about the time the gun goes off, a couple of judges in a power boat come up behind, blow a whistle, point a yellow flag directly at you and hail your sail number!  You start and finish the race only to find out you are scored DSQ without a hearing for not taking your penalty at the yellow flag.  What’s going on here and what could you have done better?  Download Article


Seconds to Go One Boat Length at Boat speed Of

Boat
Size (ft)


1 kt


2 kts


3 kts


4 kts


5 kts


6 kts


7 kts


8 kts


9 kts


10 kts

10

6.0

3.0

2.0

1.5

1.2

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.7

0.6

12

7.2

3.6

2.4

1.8

1.4

1.2

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.7

14

8.4

4.2

2.8

2.1

1.7

1.4

1.2

1.1

0.9

0.8

16

9.6

4.8

3.2

2.4

1.9

1.6

1.4

1.2

1.1

1.0

18

10.8

5.4

3.6

2.7

2.2

1.8

1.5

1.4

1.2

1.1

20

12.0

6.0

4.0

3.0

2.4

2.0

1.7

1.5

1.3

1.2

22

13.2

6.6

4.4

3.3

2.6

2.2

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.3

24

14.4

7.2

4.8

3.6

2.9

2.4

2.1

1.8

1.6

1.4

26

15.6

7.8

5.2

3.9

3.1

2.6

2.2

2.0

1.7

1.6

28

16.8

8.4

5.6

4.2

3.4

2.8

2.4

2.1

1.9

1.7

30

18.0

9.0

6.0

4.5

3.6

3.0

2.6

2.3

2.0

1.8

32

19.2

9.6

6.4

4.8

3.8

3.2

2.7

2.4

2.1

1.9

34

20.4

10.2

6.8

5.1

4.1

3.4

2.9

2.6

2.3

2.0

36

21.6

10.8

7.2

5.4

4.3

3.6

3.1

2.7

2.4

2.2

38

22.8

11.4

7.6

5.7

4.6

3.8

3.3

2.9

2.5

2.3

40

24.0

12.0

8.0

6.0

4.8

4.0

3.4

3.0

2.7

2.4

45

27.0

13.5

9.0

6.8

5.4

4.5

3.9

3.4

3.0

2.7

50

30.0

15.0

10.0

7.5

6.0

5.0

4.3

3.8

3.3

3.0

60

36.0

18.0

12.0

9.0

7.2

6.0

5.1

4.5

4.0

3.6

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