Forum: Match and Team Racing Rules

Is a Hearing Required for a Protest Under Part 2 Submitted Ashore?

Paul Zupan
Nationality: United States of America
  • National Umpire
  • International Judge
  • National Judge
At a recent team race event, after racing had finished for the day, a competitor submitted a written protest ashore against another boat alleging a violation of RRS 13 during a race. My immediate reaction was that of course the protest committee must open a hearing to consider the protest, assuming it would be found to be invalid. However, an umpire much smarter than I pointed out that RRS D2.2 states that "[w]hen a boat protests under a rule of Part 2 or under rule 31 or 42 for an incident in the racing area, she is not entitled to a hearing...".

So my question is, should the protest be summarily rejected or should a hearing be opened?

I ask because in subsequently thinking about the issue, summarily dismissing a protest precludes the protest committee from hearing the facts in the matter and considering whether it may involve a rule not in Part 2. For example, if the competitor is protesting under a sportsmanship issue but only indicating that the boat broke RRS 13, wouldn't summarily dismissing the protest result in denying the protesting boat her opportunity to be heard concerning the RRS 2 claim?
Created: 18-May-08 02:19


Clifford Black
Nationality: United States of America
  • International Judge
  • National Umpire
Check the SIs, there can be a path to a hearing of a Part 2 rule protest by a competitor given certain rules applying:

- D2.6 Limited Umpiring being invoked in the Sailing Instructions, changing D2.2 and D2.5

- ISSA Procedural Rules Appendix 7 apply for team race high school events

- ICSA Procedural Rule Appendix G apply for team race college events

The combination of these rules could present the opportunity for a protest by a competitor to be submitted. Pending validity, a hearing would take place.
Created: 18-May-08 03:47
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