I'm looking for clarification of RRS 61.1(b):-
b) If the race committee, technical committee or protest committee intends to protest a boat concerning an incident the committee observed in the racing area, it shall inform her after the race within the time limit of rule 61.3. In other cases the committee shall inform the boat of its intention to protest as soon as reasonably possible. A notice posted on the official notice board within the appropriate time limit satisfies this requirement.
Does the last sentence apply to the 1st sentence. i.e.if the race committee intends to protest a boat for an incident in the racing area and they are not within hailing distance does a notice of their intention to protest posted on the official notice board within the time limit of 61.3 meet the requirements of informing the protestee?
The reason for asking is that typically the committee boat does not return to shore within the protest time limit and therefore unlikely that a member of the committee boat will be able to inform the protestee before the time limit of 61.3. It can be difficult to release a mark layer or safety boat to go and find the protestee on the water to inform them but with online systems it is possible to register a protest form with the time limit of 61.3.