An initial meeting of the full PC is advisable, to organize the communications methods and response within the PC. All members should be familiar with the use of the chosen technology. The aim is to define a policy to reduce misunderstanding, and to ensure confidentiality when discussing discretionary penalties or redress.
PC members are advised to be familiar with section WSJM - H
of this Manual for media contact. Otherwise, at least, a full pre-race briefing with the Organizing Authority, race management, Race Committee and, Technical Committee is necessary, to define and understand the roles and responsibilities of each committee.
PC members must handle information relating to emergencies, serious accidents or any dangers relating to competitors sensitively. The confidentiality of the information must be safeguarded. The chapter on Crisis Management in the World Sailing Manual for Race Officials, and Appendix E of OSR both provide guidance.
The PC may, in the interest of transparency, publish its Discretionary Penalty policy in advance