Just recently Addendum Q has been changed.
For those of you who have never come accross this part of the rules: This is a special addendum that regulates the MEDAL races at World Cup and other Grade 1 events. First used in Miami and then subsequently in all World Cup Events
ISAF has published a new version in the website: Addendum Q February 2010 Update
What are the changes?
There is no difference in a voluntary or imposed penalties anymore.
That means that most sailors will now just wait for an umpire decision
before responding to a red flag.
The biggest change however, is that there's practically no redress for anything anymore. This was something that was asked by the "policy" makers at ISAF. "Imposed from above" was how my DT put it. The only exception is redress for rule 1.1.
Addendum Q has been cleaned up for that purpose
That means that if someone breaking a rule in part 2, damages your boat and that makes you lose speed or even makes you leave the racecourse - there's no redress possible! I'm afraid that has been sacrificed on the almighty altar of television.
The thinking in this is, that ideally the one sailing across the line first, should win first price. But that would mean starting with a new score in the Medal Race. Everybody has a chance. Forgetting the previous eight or ten races. A lot of drama, a lot of tension and very good television.
But, at this moment, this is even for ISAF one step to far. Looking at the 'trend' in the last decade, I think we will get there soon.