WIND WIND WIND DIRECTION DIRECTION DIRECTION The start time is when the stern of the gate boat clears the buoy at 90 degrees to the gate boat centreline. The gate boat has absolute right of way. Port/starboard rule applies. The 2 boat length rule does not. (barging is prohibited) Gate boat flying an orange flag approaches Gate boat starts to shy up approaching Gate boat hardens up around the start buoy 1. the start buoy off the breeze on port tack. Participants keep clear down wind. 2. the start buoy staying on port tack. Participants keep clear down wind. 3. to be close hauled on a port tack. Participants keep clear down wind. WIND WIND WIND DIRECTION DIRECTION DIRECTION These yachts must give way to the gate boat. All yachts must cross the gate boat stern on starboard tack. Otherwise they are DNS. First yacht to start has no advantage. (unless the gate boat is slow) Gate boat maintains a port tack. Gate boat maintains a port tack. Gate boat turns onto a starbourd tack after 4. Participants begin to start on starboard tack behind the gate boat & with the buoy to port. 5. Participants continue to start on starboard. tack behind the gate boat. 6 a set time and/or distance or earlier if all participants have crossed astern.