This one you'll need to print out and keep under your pillow for a week! I'm still trying to get my head around the scenario's.
Separated into two positions:
Question 1: Is Yellow now required to give more room to Blue so that Blue can fulfill her obligation to give mark-room to Green?
Question 2: Is Green an obstruction to Blue? The definition would appear to indicate that this is the case as Blue is required to give mark-room to Green.
Question 3: If Yellow bears away and gives room so both Blue and Green can pass the mark, has Green broken rule 18.2(b) in relation to Yellow?
And again separated into two positions:
When Green enters the zone, Green and Yellow are overlapped. When Yellow enters the zone, Blue is clear astern of both Green and Yellow.
Question 1: Is Green an obstruction to Blue?
Question 2: If the answer to Question 1 is ‘Yes’, does Yellow now have to give room to Blue under 19.2(b)?
Question 3: If Yellow gives room, would Blue be disqualified under rule 18.2(b) and (c) if Yellow protested?
Question 4: If the answer to Question 2 and 3 is ‘Yes’, then how can you justify disqualifying a boat when, although she has broken a rule, she is only asking another boat to comply with a different rule?
I’ve deliberately separated the scenario’s and questions from the Q&A, so you can try to answer yourselves, before looking at the findings of the panel.
I’ll give you a hint from the text in the Q&A:
No rule states that, when rule 18 applies, rule 19 does not!
After that, you can read the complete ISAF Q&A 2009-024.
I’m off to work for now, but am sure to have a look at them again in my lunch-break, phew!