Ericsson has filed a request to be issued a valid Measurement Certificate and contents that the Keel is not solid. Request in Full. (It is a Zip file,)
This will mean a busy night for the Jury if they want to give a decision before tomorrows In Port Race. But Ericsson can race anyway, so if the verdict comes later, only the scoring needs to be adjusted.
Also the final In Port and Pro Am Sailing Instructions have been published. Working with an amended version of addendum Q the umpires will have their work cut out for them chasing the Volvo Open 70s.
Finally the Racing Rules have also been amended.
2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race – Exceptions to RRS
After consulting the Chairman of the Racing Rules Committee I can confirm to you that the International Sailing Federation has allowed the organizing authority of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race to change in Rule 18 the definition of the two boat length zone to three boat lengths, as per RRS 86.2.
The International Sailing Federation has also allowed the organizing authority of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race to delete RRS 16.2 and RRS 17.2 as per RRS 86.2.
These changes apply to the In Port Races of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race. As per RRS 86.2 this authorisation should be stated in the NoR, SIs and posted on the event’s official notice board. End Quote
A small taste of things to come for all sailors next year. Mind you, only the three lengths have been altered. The rest of rule 18 is not (yet) amended.