A hypothetical situation cropped up in my head that I want to ask to everyone.
SI's state a time limit for finishing after the first boat finishes and TLE is number of finishers + 1. Course is a triangle. Starting/finish line is open.
Four boats think the pin of the starting line is the gybe mark and fail to round the gybe mark (conditions are rough so buoys are tricky to see). They think they "finish" when they sail through the finish line upwind and get no sound. The remainder of the fleet rounds all marks properly and get sounds.
Race committee initially scores the four boats that did not sail properly as DNF. One of the four sailors sees the scores and later seeks redress in an effort to be scored TLE rather than DNF for damage control.
Since the line was open would TLE apply in this situation?