RRS 10 and 14 interaction
A protest committee has found the following facts:
Created: 18-Apr-15 02:38
1. P, a First 30 doing 5 knots close hauled in a 12 knot breeze is on course to make contact with S, another First 30 doing 5 knots in the same breeze.
2. The sea state is slack tide, with large ripples of about 15cm driven by the wind.
3. There are no other boats within 20 boatlengths and no other obstructions within 20 boatlengths
4. Without a change in course contact will occur just a metre forward of the mast step of S.
5. S has hailed once when the bow of P was 5 boatlengths from where the contact would occur.
6. P does not have a crew member at the leeward headsail winch.
7. P has not changed course or made any clear response to the hail.
8 When S's bow was 4 boatlengths from where contact would occur, S, believing that a collision was quite likely without changes in course and believing that P is not keeping clear, hails protest, tacked away in a seamanlike but not more aggressive fashion and then displayed her red flag within 55 seconds.
9. P tacked commencing when P's bow was 2 boatlengths from the point where contact would have occurred if there had been no course change by either boat.
10. The incident occurred in the late afternoon but in full daylight with good visibility. Navigation lights were not yet required.
S protested on the basis of P's breach of 10 and her obligation to avoid contact under 14.
P argued that she was keeping clear and did not breach 10.
You are a member of the protest committee and are now tasked to apply the rules, also giving consideration to 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, the definition of keep clear, and case 50, all of which were mentioned by the protestor during their evidence.
What is your decision and reasoning?
(My previous Opening Post was clearly lacking in sufficient detail and asked too many questions. Apologies for having another go in trying to get some idea of a benchmark on this issue for twilight yacht sailing so I can be a better member of the protest panel at my club)