This is what we do on Sunday’s at the canal.
· Starboard boat has the right of way.
· Running boats give way to boats going into the wind. (Saves a lot of confusion)
· Windward boat keeps clear.
· Overtaking boat keep clear.
· Give room to the inside boat going around marks.
· Give other boats plenty of “shore-room” or “weed-room”, don’t wait until they call.
· Miss a buoy, then go around it again.
· Hit a buoy, it’s up to the skipper to do a 360.
· No protests.
We don’t have much trouble with boats hitting the buoys, as there is a good chance that your keel will get caught on the buoys anchor line, and as there is no rescue boat, you have to wait for a favourable back wind or go for a swim. So normally everyone give them a wide berth.
The results of the races are not recorded, if you win, you will get a handicap for the next race.
We have had a few members from “that” other club that sail IOM’s lately come and have a sail with us, and all have commented on how much more enjoyable it is sailing this way.