Can someone advise on how to interpret RRS 44.3(c) - how to apply a scoring penalty (especially when using something other than the standard Appendix A low points system)
RRS 44.3(c) states
> ....the penalty shall be 20% of the score for Did Not Finish, rounded to the nearest whole number ...
We (East Anglian Offshore Racing Association - EAORA) run our racing using the older "Bonus Points System" where the points awarded are 0 for first, 3 for second, 5.7 for third etc....
In a race with 23 starters the DNF score is 30 ... so 20% of the DNF score is 6 (It would be 4.8, rounded to 5 using the low points system)
The question is does an infringing competitor loose 6 place or do they have 6 points added to their score? Is the penalty calculated a number of places or a score adjustment?
RRS 44.3(c) states "When the sailing instructions do not state the number of places, the penalty shall be 20% of the score for Did Not Finish, rounded to the nearest whole number (0.5 rounded upward). The scores of other boats shall not be changed; therefore, two boats may receive the same score. However, the penalty shall not cause the boat’s score to be worse than the score for Did Not Finish."
This implies to me its the score of the infringing boat that's adjusted not their finishing position - reinforced by the second part of the sentence which says the scores of other boats are not changed .... so it seems to me its all about changing the score.
Under the Low Points System don't think it matters as the scores and the places are the same - but under any other scoring system they may not be.
Any advice would be welcome please :-)
PRO for EAORA