The smallest boat, A, in a mixed fleet of 9 cruisers, has performed a dip start returning on stb to the pre-start side prior to 30 seconds to the start and tacking to port at 15 seconds to the start.
There were no incidents, no boats put about, no boats at risk of being forced above the start mark.
At three seconds to the start with all boats approaching to start on port tack on a reaching start and none OCS, the starters make two sound signals and hoist AP.
For the re-start an 'I' flag is flown.
In the re-start, boat B, leading the series, is luffed out of the start, which is the last race of the series, and has to circle round and starts last, places well down and consequently slips to end third for the series.
1. Is the RC unfairly/inappropriately responding to A's dip start? ie it is implicit the abandonment of the start and the re-start with an I flag was a direct response to A's dip start which is a perfectly legitimate manoeuvre that should not be responded to in a way that implies it is not entirely within the rules. Reacting to the manoeuvre creates an impression that A is somehow cheating or competing unfairly. This in turn stands to lower A's reputation thereby setting up a prejudice in any future protest hearings and participation generally.
2. Can B claim redress that abandoning the first start without proper reason disadvantaged her?