Lets talk some more.
We have been doing just fine by communicating and claiming exoneration when appropriate. Scott wants to go deeper to make the rules pure. They don't seem pure though. Port roundings:
If I am inside and call for room (I should not have to) and at the mark move up to round the mark and not hit it, I make contact with the boat to my right and commit a foul. If I do not make contact I could hit the mark and commit a foul or be hitting her I hit the mark too. If I round the mark clean and to sail proper course my stern may hit the boat not giving me room and commit a foul.
If in any of these cases I have protested the boat on my right but I need exoneration from a RC member? If there is no one there I have to do a turn because going to committee is not secure as we all are laymen. Being the first to the mark on the inside after the start is the busiest and a great accomplishment to then lose the heat.
Or, it can be said that if the boat on my right that caused me to hit the mark, or her, has to acknowledge her no room foul or pass it on. If she does either does this exonerate me according to the rule? Or can it be said that by recognizing her responsibility and acting in the spirit of sportsmanship and the rules, she exonerates me?
Is this solution? Any comment, Scott...Tom?