FFS! I have NEVER said the inside cannot be exhonerated. I knew that was the case before you even started posting in this thread.RRS 11 is not turned off. I keep saying this, the need for exoneration is because R11 is on, the ciorcumsnatnce for exoneration include when inside is sailing 'to the mark', outside cannot 'block' (even temporarily) insides route to the mark.If RRS 11 IS turned off (and there is nowhere in the RRS that states that) - why the need for exhoneration?I dont agree
While inside is taking mark room to which she is entitled she can break R11 and will be exonerated for doing so.,
In which case she does not have to keep clear of the leeward boat.
Yes R11 is still on, but if inside breaks it while taking mark room there is no consequence for breaking R11... and she is therefore allowed to do so with impunity. That's what R18.5(a) says.
Inside is entitled to mark room. If inside passes 30ft from the mark, but in the process touches outside, then she cannot be exhonerated.
There is NOTHING in the rules that says the outside boat shall not sail above her course to the point alongside the finish mark that would allow inside thru without touching anything.
if inside passes 30ft from the mark she is NOT taking mark room to which she is entitled and R18.5 therefore doe not apply, she will not be exonerated.
The RRS defines mark room as room to sail 'to the mark' and room to sail proper course 'at the mark'
What part of the RRS prevents inside from sailing directly 'to the mark' and protesting outside for a breach or R18.2?
If inside does this why would she not get exonerated for her breach of rule 11
The whoel point of the way the rule is written is that in this circumstance if inside sails 'to the mark' and in doing so breaks R11 she gets immediatley exonerated for doiung so...
so yes she does break R11... but there is no consequence to doing so is she was sailing 'to the mark' as she was entitled to do under R18.2.
Outside can sail above her course to the point alongside the finish mark which would allow inside to sail 'to the mark' without touching her or the mark, what she cant do is luff inside above the line which allows inside to sail 'to the mark' .If she does she is not giving her mark room.
Why do you have to turn something so simple and easy to understand into a convoluted argument?