Well, dear Sportsfans,
Your roving reporter was today present at the Ladies Only Match Race 2009 on the Alster in Hamburg. (As for the previous four years). A big difference in temperature with Florida last week, but with about the same wind speed and - more importantly - another group of 14! nice ladies teams from all over Europe. Visit the internetsite and look under Regatten, Alsterregatten, Ladies Only.
From "sportlichen" a successful day. Nine fligths with three matches each. We have two groups of seven boats in a round robin each, which sail in Streamlines with two in the trapeze, spinaker and very manoeuvrable. Fun to sail, but also nice to umpire. (And certainly a little faster then Sonars, sorry about that, Pat))
To satisfy your never ending hunger for rules-issues, your roving reporter has three questions for you to ponder:
1: When both boats sail to the wrong windward mark and round it, (we use a three coloured WW-mark system here) what should the RC do?
2: In the rounding the trailing boat touches that mark. What should the Umpires do?
3: Request for Redress; in the very first entry by the Blue-boat the keel (with a depth off 1.60 m) get's stuck on the line of the pinn-end mark. The boat passed the mark about 2.5 m to windward.
The mark gets pulled in and touches the boat. The boat is then for more then two minutes busy to get untangled. In that time she gets two penalties: One for touching the mark and one for not entering (and clearing the line). She subsequently looses the match - not by much but nevertheless. Should the IJ grant redress? And if so, on what grounds?
You can leave your answers in the comments - I hope the editor lets them trough.