The following text is widely used in SIs around the world, including WS race document for prominent events. “A boat that does not start within *4 minutes after her starting signal will be scored DNS without a hearing. This changes RRS A4 and A5. (*This time may vary)
Question - Is RRS 35 also changed by this SI?
Someone has put a good case forward that RRS 35 is changed by this SI and therefore should be included with A4 and A5.
The argument goes, a boat can start late, but otherwise properly..so it does not break any of the starting rules, 30.2, 30.3 or 30.4 so you have to add the words in the SI which note an amendment to A5 to extend the ability to penalize without a hearing.
Although they were scored DNF, they did actually start and finish (if they did) so A4 also needs amending otherwise they would have to be scored points according to their finishing position. The note of amendment to A4 fixes that by overriding the original words
The same argument applies to 35. If they were a finisher 35 requires them to be scored in their finishing place, which is in conflict with 10.3. By amending 35 you make it clear that their score is DNF and the original 35 is overridden.