Racing Rules Weekly Quiz

Each week this season, we will offer a “quiz” question regarding the Racing Rules of Sailing.  Read the scenario below, formulate your answer, then move your mouse over the box to reveal the correct answer.

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something we can discuss on the porch on Sunday.

This Week's Question

Blue and Yellow are approaching a shoreline. Blue hails for room to tack. Yellow replies "you tack." Blue tacks and Yellow bears off to sail behind Blue. Which boat(s) should promptly take a penalty?


Neither boat should take a penalty. Both boats complied with Rule 20, Room to Tack at an Obstruction.

This quiz was borrowed from the Inland Lake Yachting Association‘s #FairSailing initiative 
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