There has been quite extensive discussion about the requirements of race committees for scoring boats NSC in accordance with RRS 2021-24 rules A5.1 and A5.2 in thread Queries on "Finish" and DNF
I have prepared a paper attempting to pull together the various views (obviously with a preference for my particular views). I propose to post the various sections of the paper separately, a few days apart, to facilitate discussion.
Shown below is the first part: Introduction.
Comments are invited.
Introduction of NSC
The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021 – 24 introduces a new category of scoring, ‘NSC’, to be applied by the race committee without a hearing to boats that do not sail the course, by inserting ‘did not sail the course’ into the lists of categories to be scored by the race committee without a hearing in rules A5.1 and A5.2.
These changes were made according to Proposal 4 of Submission 139-18
considered at the 2018 and World Sailing Annual Conference which included 4 parts:
· Part 1: Insert a definition of ‘sail the course’ based on the string part of rule 28.2.
· Part 2: Delete the ‘string part’ of rule 28.2, and base rule 28.1 on the newly defined term ‘sail the course’
· Part 3: Insert a requirement that a boat must ‘sail the course’ into the definition of finish.
· Part 4: Amend rules A4.2 and A5 (new rules A5.1 and A5.2) to include a requirement to score a boat that did not sail the course [N]SC without a hearing.
The insertion, by Part 3, of ‘sail the course’ into the definition of finish
was reversed by Submission 129-19
Parts 1, 2 and 4 were implemented in the published version of the new rules.
Purpose and reasons
The purposes and reasons for Proposal 4 stated in Submission 139-18
were relevantly to Part 4 as shown below:
- to clarify and simplify all rules that refer to a boat ‘sailing the course’
- [to] reduce … the number of hearings that the protest committee must conduct.
- Under the current rules, if the race committee believes from its observations that a boat has made an error in sailing the course, it is required to score the boat in her finishing position and then protest her for breaking rule 28. If Proposal 4 is accepted, the committee will be permitted to score such a boat ‘[N]SC, thereby penalizing her without a hearing.
- However, the rights of the boat are protected because she may request redress if she believes she did sail the course correctly. Because the facts in most such cases will be clear and not contested, there should be a net reduction in the number of hearings.
The introduction of NSC raises some practical issues which are discussed below.
· What are and are not the new obligations of race committees with respect to NSC,
· How the race committee should perform its new obligations, and
· Protest committee considerations.