For a recent point-to-point race the SI's were amended to define an on-water construction zone as a Keep out zone. When the fleet reached the construction area a mid-fleet boat witnessed six boats sailing though the keep out area. He hailed "protest' to the closest offending boat and flew a protest flag but the other five were not within hailing distance. The protestor notified two more boats at the dock before submitting a protest against all six boats for breaching rule 28.1 and the SI (as the Protestor was up against the TL). Three protested boats did not learn of the protest until they saw the protest on the notice board or were informed by the P.C. (both which were done by the P.C. Secretary, immediately after the filing )
- When the protest involves a large number of protestees who are beyond hailing distance (such as entering a restricted area or claims of breaking RRS 28), and as in this case each boat’s infringement is a unique incident, how does the Protestor weigh the obligations of informing the protestees vs filing the protest within the TL?
- If contact information was not readily available to the Protestor for each Protestee, and not all of them were at the same dock, does the Protestor’s obligation to notify their intention to protest end once the Protest is posted on the Official Notice Board and contact is initiated by the P.C. to schedule the hearing?
- For those Protestees that only learned about the protest from the PC or the notice board, is the protest against them valid (assuming that other validity requirements are met)?
- Under a different scenario where all the Protestees did return to the same club (instead of being spread out), but even then the Protestor was running close to the PTL, can the Protestor abandon searching-out individual notice of intent and prioritize submitting the protest on time?
- Are there any circumstances that these events could be considered a single incident?