Rangoon Reptile v Quebec Quadruped
Rangoon Reptile v Santiago Seafood
The aim of this series is to practice judges' skills in writing Facts Found, Conclusions and Rules Applicable, and Decisions as required by rule 65.1. These are not intended to be 'difficult' rules problems: concentrate on the writing skills. You are not expected to 'discuss' the rules or the scenarios, or enter into 'what-if' considerations. I suggest you write against the clock, and include a note of your time taken when you post your answers on LTW, to compare with others.
Hearing and Evidence
You are the scribe for the protest committee of the LTW Yacht Club, which races in Port Liberty Roads. You have received written protests with the details shown below. You have decided the protests are valid and have heard all parties and witnesses.
Description of Incident – Protest Quebec Quadruped v Rangoon Rattlesnake
Description of Incident – Protest Rangoon Rattlesnake v Quebec Quadruped and Rangoon Rattlesnake v Santiago Seafood
You have listed Facts Found and the protest committee members have agreed to endorse the attached diagram.
[Brass send me the file yesterday, but I dind't find time to go over it. The diagram was missing from the file. As soon as I receive it, I'll add it to this post; 18/04/09 07:43 now added]
- Sea, slight, Wind 8 to 13 knots. Boats are all 8 meter keel-boats.
- Quebec Quadruped is the first boat, of Santiago Seafood, Rangoon Rattlesnake and Quebec Quadruped to reach the zone of the Port side gate mark, with all on Port, overlapped with Quebec Quadruped to windward of Rangoon Rattlesnake, and Rangoon Rattlesnake to windward of Santiago Seafood.
- Quebec Quadruped sails outside the Port Gate mark, gybes to starboard, leaves the mark to starboard, then changes course to starboard, towards the wind.
- Rangoon Rattlesnake and Santiago Seafood also sail to the same mark but leave it to port.
- Santiago Seafood changes course to port towards the wind, expecting Rangoon Rattlesnake to do likewise to come to her proper course at the mark.
- About the same time, Rangoon Rattlesnake bears away and gybes, attempting to keep clear of Quebec Quadruped.
- Santiago Seafood then gybes in an attempt to keep clear of Rangoon Rattlesnake.
- There is contact between Rangoon Rattlesnake and Santiago Seafood and between Quebec Quadruped and Rangoon Rattlesnake. There is no damage or injury.
- No boat did any turns, but during the hearing Quebec Quadruped retires because she says she thought she was rounding the Starboard Gate mark, and acknowledges that she did not sail the course as required by rule 28.1
Write Conclusions and Rules Applicable, and the Decision for these protests. This is a more complex problem. Work methodically, don't rush it.
Please post your effort on LTW, for us all to share and learn. Don't be shy.
I've attached the diagram John G made, before I added the endorsed diagram of the PC, so you can compare them: