Competitors in the sport of sailing are governed by a body of rules that they are expected to follow and enforce. A fundamental principle of sportsmanship is that when a boat breaks a rule and is not exonerated she will promptly take an appropriate penalty or action, which may be to retire.

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Ten Racing Rule Commandments (from Hugh Hobden):

  1. Port keeps clear of starboard.
  2. Windward keeps clear of leeward.
  3. The boat astern keeps clear of the boat ahead.
  4. A boat Tacking or Jibing keeps clear of one that is not.
  5. Avoid collisions. Racing Rules are defensive to prevent collisions not offensive racing tactics.
  6. If you gain right of way or change course, give the other boat time to keep clear.
  7. The inside boat(s) at four boat lengths from the mark is entitled to room to round the mark.
  8. A boat that is backing up or not racing keeps clear.
  9. If you have violated a rule, take a penalty.
  10. It is better to give way than to spend hours in a protest room.