Boulder Yacht Club


(The Basics)

Avoiding Contact

A right of way boat must act to avoid contact when it is clear that the other boat is not keeping clear or giving room.Two sailing vessels approaching one another must give-way as follows:

  • Port (a sailboat sailing on a tack with the wind coming over the port side and the boom on the starboard side of the boat) gives way to Starboard. When each has the wind on a different side, the vessel which has the wind to port must give way;
  • Windward gives way to leeward. When both have the wind on the same side, the vessel which is windward must give way to the vessel which is leeward;


Luffing must be done slowly and in a way that gives a windward boat room and time to keep clear.  Prior to starting, luffing must not be above close-hauled.

Barging.  When approaching the starting line to start, until clearing the starting marks after starting, a leeward yacht shall be under no obligation to give any windward yacht room to pass to leeward of a starting mark surrounded by navigable water

 Restarting.  Keep clear while sailing to the pre-start side of the line.

Rounding Marks

An outside yacht shall give each  inside overlapping (within 3 boat lengths of the mark) yacht room to round the mark.

Penalties.   A yacht that hits a mark may exonerate itself by completing a 360 degree turn.  These penalty turns must be completed in an area clear of other boats.


Starting Sequence
Basic Rules Reference

Complete rules: The RACING RULES of SAILING for 2001–2014
 by the International Sailing Federation

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