I was hoping to have some more news for you by now, but I only have a few new tidbits.
A reader sent me some regatta papers (Thanks Stephan!). Among them a 'Waiver and Release of Liability' form which has to signed by the person entering the boat in the regatta. I noticed two things which may have an impact on our discussion in the original post.
" The undersigned acknowledges that participation in the sport of sailing or in this regatta involves substantial risk of personal injury or even death, and the undersigned hereby assumes the risk of any such injury to his or her body arising while practicing for or participating in said MoY Robert H. Tiedemann Classic Yachting Weekend, and forever gives up and relinquishes any claim for liability against MoY, their respective officers, directors, agents, volunteers, or employees, that I may have by reason of participating in the above event."
I can certainly see this pertains to the Organizing Authority. But does this include the Race Committee? If you look at rule 88.1 and 88.2 there also should be a club involved. Where's the waiver and release of liability for them? Or am I reading this wrong?
Secondly, again quoting:
"By signing this waiver I also attest that my boat carries a minimum of $300,000 Insurance Protection and Indemnity (Liability) Insurance Coverage."
The notice of race only states the need to carry a liability insurance, but not the amount. This waiver does. In light of the claim and all boats involved in the regatta. $300,000 doesn't look like nearly enough.
In the mean time the owner of Sumurun has been served on 27/03/08 with a summons from the court. He has 20 days to respond.
I am still looking for a copy of the Sailing Instructions. Can anybody help me with that?
UPDATE: continued in part 3