Be careful in determining validity as the 2017 version of RRS 61.2
is a little more liberal than the previous version (61.2
). RRS 61.2
(c) requires that the protest shall identify where and when the incident occurred.
However, the last sentence in the rule allows for identifying the where and when before or during the hearing
. Submission 199-15 explains the change:
and the Protest Form. A submission from the Chairman of the Racing Rules Committee To change rule 61.2
so that fewer protests are found to be invalid bease the protestor failed to state correctly where and when the incident occurred.. Also, to modify the Protest Form in light of the changes to rule 61.2
Protests are often found to be invalid because the protestor fails to state correctly where and when the incident occurred. This is most likely to occur at events where several races are held each day over several days. The changes proposed in rule 61.2
will require protestors to identify the incident, but give them the opportunity to correct an error in identifying where and when the incident occurred. When the protestor corrects an error in identifying where and when the incident occurred, the hearing may have to be temporarily adjourned to permit the protestee reasonable time to prepare for the hearing. The benefit of reducing the number of protests found invalid on what most competitors and judges view as a technicality outweighs the small cost of occassionally having to adjourn a hearing to permit a protestee to prepare.