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Radio controlled yachts are essentially a vehicle meant for competition; therefore rules play an important role for establishing right of way when yachts meet.

Courses for radio controlled yachts are set out very much as they are for full size sailboats with beats, reaches, and runs, therefore the same potential for collision does exist.

Radio sailed yachts use the same rules as full sized yachts with only minor exceptions.

Rules are important in keeping an event fair for all participants. Interpretation of the rules can be challenging but usually a satisfactory outcome is achieved for all parties involved in conflict.

Usually an infraction is acknowledged by the offender and dealt with as soon as possible. Most infractions can be cleared by completing a 360 degree turn (one tack, one jybe). This penalty turn must be made without interfering with any other yacht to be valid.


Links to some useful sites for learning about the yacht racing rules.
Can you spot the problem here?
A nicely spread out fleet with no conflicts in sight.
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