The USS 63.2(b) in full context is as follows ...
“US Sailing prescribes that when redress has been requested or is to be considered for one or more boats ..... [t]he protest committee shall make a reasonable attempt to notify all boats of the time and place of the hearing and the reason for the request or for considering redress, and boats shall be allowed reasonable time to prepare for the hearing.”
In reading the recent USS Judge’s Manual (revision 14, 2019, pg 53, bullet #2), when talking about the implementation of this specific prescription it states ...
"...This is ordinarily done by posting such notice on the official notice board.”
Observation: [emphasis added]
Note that the USS prescription requires the PC to “..make a reasonable attempt ..,” not “... all reasonable attempts.” .. or even “ ... the most reasonable attempt”.
Questions to consider:
- "a reasonable attempt” is singular. Does that imply that if the PC does one category of thing, and that thing is reasonable unto itself, that satisfies the requirement? Or does an “attempt” innately encapsulate potentially multiple tries?
- How is the “reasonable”-ness of the PC’s “attempt to notify” characterized or valued relative to the tools/information the PC potentially has access to?
- If as part of the registration process, the OA collected competitor emails, phone numbers, etc, but that information isn’t collated/available for immediate use by the PC, is it still “a reasonable attempt” to only post the redress hearing notice on the notice board?
- What if they are using online regatta mgmt systems like here on RRoS or others where this information is collated/available and thus direct communication to competitors thru text or email might be even easier?
- If the data/tools in #3 and #4 above were available, but not utilized for some reason (time/effort, lack of technical ability, staffing, policy/precedent, etc), could that be seen as an improper action or omission if only a notice-board-post was used instead?
- Does the existence of these direct communication tools/info create an obligation to use them?