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Ground rules for the use of VHF Radios:
Radios are to RECEIVE Race Committee information only – transmissions to RC should only be made for emergencies
Requests for information from RC should be verbal during sail-by of committee boat, NOT via radio
No W-P to W-P transmissions (unless emergency)
On Apr 11, 2019, at 7:45 AM, the CLYC W-P Fleet Captain <email@example.com> wrote:
An electronics sale at West Marine prompts me to recommend you consider buying a VHF Radio to carry on your W-P during our races.
I've carried a floating VHF radio for the last couple of seasons in order to coordinate with the Race Committee and have used it to notify them of safety issues on the course.
Our Club Fleet Captain, Kit Greene, has agreed to instruct the Race Committee to broadcast time hacks by VHF before the start of each W-P race - as they've done for the E-Scow Fleet for years. Having more radios on the course will also improve the safety of our races.
West Marine is currently pricing floating VHF radios starting at about $90 with free shipping - please consider buying one.
Tacking in the zone, keeping clear, and penalty turns remain the most basic of rules regularly broken.
By Dick Rose May 14, 2018
Read this Sailing World article at: https://www.sailingworld.com/young-sailors-are-not-alone-in-breaking-these-essential-racing-rules
US Sailing has published the updated (2017 to 2020) "Racing Rules of Sailing" - check out the new rules by clicking on this link.
Also, review “The Case Book - Interpretations of the Racing Rules” which complements the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), providing details on the application of the RRS to around 140 scenarios. The principal aims of the Cases are to clarify an important meaning in a rule or to increase the understanding of a complex rule. View the Case Book by clicking on this link.