Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Teaching the rules

 I want to teach the rules - but everyone knows them.

The problem is, do they know the definition of the terms which they are using to describe the rules? This was going to be the basis of a talk entitled "the rules are digital" but the concept was seen as "too complicated" so it did not happen. I may have another chance, so just to remind myself some switch points.

Beginning and end of tacking. (or is there such a thing?)
Overlapped or not
Port or starboard

Which rolls on to cases and information sources such as rapid response calls.

A mention for http://www.racingrulesofsailing.org/ which is very good at sending an e-mail when things are updated and discussing the more esoteric points of the rules.


Blogger Steve Watson said...

When teaching some aspect of "Rules" I suggest that (apart from the basic principles) the most important rule is the definition of "Room". This was surely the basis of a Ships Captain desire to avoid collisions before the introduction of rules such as collision regs and the RRS.

Within that rule are at least four judgements: space, existing circumstances, promptly, seamanlike.
Coupled with the "keep clear" definitions, "room" underpins the requirements of Section A and B rules.

Answers to racing situation questions, reference back to the "room" definition clarifies the 'it depend' answer.

January 19, 2018 at 2:59 AM  

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