I came across this fictitious question, but am unsure of the answer. The possible answers listed are below, what would you choose?
A windward boat (W) is sailing on the same tack a few inches from and parallel to a leeward boat (L), which hails that she is protesting because the windward boat is too close and not keeping clear. The windward boat does not increase her distance. A person on the leeward boat then reaches out from a normal seating position and deliberately touches the windward boat. There is no other contact.
1. Disqualify W if there would have been immediate hull-hull contact if L had changed course, either by luffing or bearing away. L has broken no rule.
Disqualify W if there would have been immediate hull-hull contact if L had changed course, either by luffing or bearing away, AND disqualify L for breaking rule 2.
Disqualify L for breaking rule 2, and decide that W is to be exonerated for not keeping clear because L broke rule 2.
Decide that L broke rule 2, and so W is exonerated for not keeping clear, but do not penalize L because W did not protest her.