Hi, I have questions regarding rules of "Sportsmanship". This happened on an OPTIMIST RACE, in Mexico's national regatta, which is very important because affects directly the
During a final race, definition of the regatta, there are 2 boats (Boat A and Boat B) which are fighting for medal. In this last race if boat A scores 8th or more looses the medal, regardless the position of boat B. So Boat B goes in the start and during the whole upwind and sails directly a match race against A. I see no problem with the rules so far.
During the reach there is contact and protest from boat A, for rule 11. B's boom touches the mast of A being windward boat. B then recognizes his mistake saying "Ok" but continues sailing and covering boat A during the downwind. He didn't care about him being DSQ but on boat A being worse than 7th. There is another contact and protest for rule 11 during the downwind and again no penalization from boat B.
At the end boat A finished 8th, loosing the medal for one point.
We submitted 2 protests for rule 11 for both incidents and then as boat B decides to retire from the race (on land) we wrote a redress, knowing that the protest won't be valid since B had already retired from the race. The redress was over protest time since we could only write it when we see B retiring.
None of the protests nor the redress were said to be valid from the protest committee and the medal stayed with B.
According case 78 from call book if B intentionally broke a rule he may be penalized for rule 2 and 69. In the case that he didn't intentionally made contact with boat A, but he did not took the penalty and clearly (and intentionally) interfered with A race, and then even retired himself for the race, can he still be penalized for rule 2?
Was our procedure with protests good, or should we have protest for rule 2 directly instead of asking for redress??
This was very sad for me because they are young sailors (mine is 10 and was his first experience in the top sailors) and I think this kind of attitudes goes against everything i love on sailing.
Thanks and would be very happy to hear your thoughts and advice on how to proceed in the future.