Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Rules of sail boat racing quiz
To help racing sailors get familiar with the new Racing Rules of Sailing, UK-Halsey Sailmakers presents a series of animated race course incidents on its website.
The objective is to have the viewer follow the action, determine what rule or rules apply and finally decide who (if anyone) was right or wrong.
The quizzes are based on common situations when sailboats come together on the race course. The questions are not about obscure, hard to repeat, situations; they present incidents that happen again and again on the race course. Since most of the quizzes have several related questions, the library of quizzes offers a lot of sail boat racing lessons.
What makes UK-Halsey's quizzes a unique way to learn the rules of sailing is the use of animation, which allows viewers to get a much better understanding of the rule in question. The animations can be stopped and started and played over as many times as necessary for the viewer to come to their own conclusion before checking the answer. Viewers watch the boats move; spinnakers go up and come down; sails luff and are trimmed as well as move from side to side as the boats go around the racing marks.
Hot links are embedded in the answers when a rule or rule book defined term is mentioned so that the text of the rule or definition can be brought up in a separate window as a reference. The answers are presented in the same format a protest committee would publish a decision: first the facts found are presented followed the rule or rules broken, followed by the decision of who was at fault.
All the quizzes are free, but to see the answers, viewers must create a login with the UK-Halsey site.
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