Ahh yes .. the dreaded "word problem" from grade-school math class!
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A boat crosses the starting-line early close to the pin, which is port-side of the line, and gets called OCS after the starting-signal under a P-flag start. The boat then rounds the pin counter-clockwise, leaving the pin to its port-side without touching it, and his bow and hull re-crosses the starting-line in the proper direction, heading to the first mark.
Later he checks the scores and sees he's been scored OCS. He files a scoring inquiry, indicating in his query that he rounded the pin to port and crossed the line a second time from the pre-start side.
The RC agrees that after being OCS that they saw him turn around the outside of the pin counterclockwise (leaving it to port) and then cross the starting-line .. but stand by their position that he never rectified his starting error.
- Q1: Is it possible that the RC is correct? If so or if not, show how it is either possible or impossible.
- Q2: Does the answer/solution change if instead of a P-flag, an I-flag was flown? Again explain/show why/why-not.
[BTW, this is not a "puzzler" like the last one .. I have not knowingly inserted any "red-herrings" into the question. That said, I purposely excluded a drawing and other scenario information as to not limit the imagination].