Time Limit for Abandoning a Race and "Variable Conditions" in Considering the "Fairness" of a Race
Nationality: United States of America
Created: 18-Jul-06 23:37
Sometimes we get a forum post that asks really good questions, but for one reason or another we disallow This comes from Tod Sackett, a forum participant (delayed, reworded and obfuscated by yours truly).
- What if any time limits exist for an RC abandoning a race?
- When do "variable conditions" meet the 32.1(d) standard of "effecting .. the fairness of the race" (assuming there is enough wind for the vast majority of the fleet to finish within the TL)?
- When if ever can/should a race be abandoned due to "variable conditions" AFTER the race is complete, assuming ALL racers finish within the TL?
- What openness and transparency is expected and required of an RC in their process of their 32.1 "considering the consequences for all boats in the race or series." responsibility?
- Considering a situation where all boats finish, and the RC decides to abandon after the race due to "variable conditions", why is that process' openness and right to notice so different than a redress hearing?
- If competitors don't like the decision (either to abandon or not to), what if anything can they do about it?
In the US we have Appeal US100 (note US 100 has 'fog" in the scenario, which could also constitute a safety issue .. and not simply "variable" conditions).
I also found interesting that RYA 1982-17 and 1999-08 touch on it ... and seem to put more limits on abandoning a race due to variable conditions when most racers can finish within the TL.
As a general topic, when (if ever) does a highly variable conditions make a race "unfair" and worthy of abandonment?
(Todd, I hope I did a good job rewording your post .. feel free to jump-in and correct where I fell short)