For instance late submissions 270-11 and 271-11:
The first one adds the measures or equipment inspector to the list in rule 62.1(a) so if they make a mistake or omission a boat is able to request redress for that. I'm all in favor and hope it will be incorporated in 2012 already.
The second one is an answer to a question that came out of the Olympic Test Event. I wrote about it in this post: Do You Have a Pen?
The Q&A Panel has not answered the question that was sent in, but instead made sure there was a submission to change the rule:
Reporting Committee – Racing Rules; Other Committee – Race Officials
Late Submission: 271-11 Racing Rules of Sailing; Rule 62.2
A late submission from the Chairman of the Racing Rules Committee
Purpose or Objective
To correct a problem that can arise because of the omission of certain requirements in rule 62.2.
62.2 The request shall be in writing, identify the incident, including where and when it occurred, and be delivered to the race office no later than the protest time limit or two hours after the incident, whichever is later. The protest committee shall extend the time if there is good reason to do so. No red flag is required.
In discussing a question recently sent to the Q&A Panel, the panel identified an omission in rule
62.2. Nowhere in that rule or in any other rule is there a requirement that a written request for
redress identify the incident on which the request is based, nor is there a requirement to state
where and when the incident occurred. Many such requests include that information even though it is not required by a rule.
However, some requests do not include that information, and when that information is omitted, it is impossible for the protest committee to properly notify all the parties to the hearing of the hearing’s time and place and to allow the parties to the hearing reasonable time to prepare for it, as required by rule 63.2.This submission should definitely be approved and the rule should be changed as soon as possible, in my opinion
The proposed change in rule 62.2 solves this problem by establishing a requirement for written
requests for redress that is essentially identical to the requirement in rule 61.2(b) that applies to
On a side note: The Umpires Sub-Committee has the use of social media (like my blog) on the agenda, but the Judges Sub-Committee has not, nor the Race Officials Committee.......
7. Conflict of Interest/Code of Conduct,
(c) Code for the Use of Social Media
To discuss development of a set of guidelines for the use of social media by international umpires during and outside events.