by Dave Perry
To help you understand the ways the 2016 Test Rules for Match Racing will change the way the game is played, I have put together several presentations, which combined with the text of the 2016 Test Rules and several other World Sailing supporting documents, are on the US Sailing Match Racing website under The 2016 Test Rules for Match Racing.
Here are excerpts from my report, A Different Game, illustrating how the match racing game is significantly different on the downwind legs with the deletion of Rule 17 – On the Same Tack; Proper Course:
Rule 17, which is the “proper course rule”, has been completely deleted from the 2016 Test Rules for Match Racing. The reason is to make the game simpler to play and officiate. Now umpires will not have to decide whether boats are sailing on or above their “proper courses”, and sailors will not have to be concerned about what the umpires are deciding about the boats’ proper courses.
However, the deletion of rule 17 changes the game significantly, making trailing boats much more powerful. Here are some of the changes in the rules and tactics downwind and around the leeward mark.
Full report and video… click here.