"Good afternoon" the chairman said: "Please have seat"
"You are here for protest number 7?" He continued.
"Yes" said the tall guy in the red shirt pulling back a chair opposite me.
"Yea" was the response of the other.
"Can I have your names and sail numbers, please?" the chairman said, while his pen was already scribbling on the back of the protest form.
"I'm Peter from 678211" Red said. He looked at the other guy.
"My name is Boris, I sail Star 688297" spoke the other, slouching his also lanky frame in a chair.
"Right, thank you" the chairman leaned over the table; "Let me introduce the members of this panel"
"On my right is Jos from Netherlands and on my left is Ynte from Finland. My name is Bat from Great Britain" He pointed: "Behind you is Xant, who's here as an observer."
"Do either of you have any objections to members of this panel?"
He's certainly not wasting much time, I thought.
The guy in red - Peter - shook his head. Boris looked up: "What do you mean?"
"I asked if you had any objections that we three in this panel, hear this protest, do you think we are an interested party?" Bat answered.
"No?" Boris sounded hesitant.
"Have you ever been in a protest hearing before?" asked the chairman
"You can object to members of the panel, if you think they can't be impartial, because of a conflict of interest. Have you ever met any of us before?
"No, I don't know you" Boris answered. "If you don't know Peter, I don't have any objections"
The chairman shook his head and looked at me.
"I haven't met Peter nor Boris before" I answered.
"Neither have I" said Ynte
"Ok, thank you" the chairman looked at the protest form.
He continued: "Before we go into what happened on the water, we need to go over the validity of the protest. Peter, your boat has been protested by Boris, do you have any problems with the validity?"
I sat up straight, this was something new.
"No" Peter said.
"Boris?" continued the chairman.
"No" Boris answered.
"Then let's go over what happened. I have a couple of model boats, you are the blue boat, Boris and Peter's boat is the red one.... Boris will you tell us ...."
I looked at my watch. Three minutes!. From entering the room to the situation in three minutes! Hello! This is the fastest I've ever gotten to this part.
In this scenario you - the reader - are the observer. After the hearing the chairman talks to you and asks you your opinion of whether the introductory proceedings were adequate. Is this a proper way to start a hearing?
I've made this post in collaboration with Brass who's been commenting on my posts frequently. Thanks, Brass!