Hedwich send me the following query:
Last weekend we had an event for Finns and Stars at our club. The race schedule was for three races on Saturday and two on Sunday. During the first race two stars were way ahead of the rest and they collided (port-starboard) and the right of way boat broke his mast. The boat who broke his mast had already rounded the last mark and sailed a close hauled course, the second boat still had to round the mark. The boat on port acknowledged his misstake en left the race immediately and retired. As the first two races were sailed back to back, the star with the broken mast repaired his boat as fast as possible, but missed the second race as well. He did sail, and won, the third race. He asked for redress for races one and two.
We granted him redress: average points out of race three, four and five for race one and two.
And then.... there was no wind on Sunday.
So this boat won the event by just sailing, and winning, one race. It doesn't feel good. I know we cannot anticipate on the wheather, but in this kind of short series maybe we should?
What do others think of this?
Well, Hedwich. there's an ISAF Q&A on this subject. It states that for no more then half of the races redress can be given. The score of the boat should be at least half be calculated from actual sailed races.
In your case the Star should have been granted redress for one race. Scored DNC in the second and it's actual sailed score in the third.
You shouldn't feel to stressed though. By the results the boat did sail it deserved first place.
I'm writing this on the public computer at St.Petersburg Yacht Club. Haven't been able to get online as of yet. Will try again later and hopefully give my comments on the closed poll and this event.