I was ashore for today and helped prepare some protest issues for later that day. In the afternoon we started to do the protest. In Kiel we can run up to four simultaneous panels. I was in panel 1 and we did hearings pretty much one after the other from 17:00 – 20:45. Nothing very special, save for one issue:
Let me explain:
There’s a protest, and the facts are pretty much the same as told by both parties. The boat breaking a rule has taken a penalty and did her two turns.
There’s damage but both boats finish the race. The right of way boat did not break rule 14
There are two ways to write the decision:
- Protest dismissed
- Protest upheld, but Boat X is not further penalized because she complied with 44.1
In my opinion only protest were no rule has been broken should be dismissed. If there was an infringement it should be upheld, regardless if the boat took a penalty or not.
Please leave a comment regarding this issue.
The last day in Kiel went very quickly. One race on the water, back to shore and a couple of protest to do – actually a reopening of the day before is all we did in panel one.
I drove home that evening and hit my pillow late – or early in the morning.
It’s now Monday evening and I’ve sorted out my luggage and started on getting ready for the next event. I leave on Wednesday for Boston USA for an Extreme Sailing Series event.