Paul Z's recent protest-filing post had me thinking (which as you all have found can be a dangerous thing).
What would the absolute bare-minimum protest filing look like if we went only by what the rules describe?
According to Rule 61.2
... only a description of the incident is required at the time of filing
, as items a, c, d, and e can all be provided before the hearing, which is obviously a time after the filing deadline.
In summary .. a filing must at least
a) the protestor and protestee; (before hearing)
b) the incident;
c) where and when the incident occurred; (before or during hearing)
d) any rule the protestor believes was broken; and (before or during hearing)
e) the name of the protestor's representative.(before or during hearing)
Furthermore, 61.2 (a) specifically states that the protestor and protestee's identity need not be provided at the time of filing (which I think is weird that the protestor is not required, but there you have it). Also, I guess it has to go without saying that the race in which the protest is being filed is required information, but is not specifically stated anywhere in the RRS that I can see.
So, if the following protest was filed in writting (either via supplied email or written on paper) within the deadline, is the following protest filing valid within the filing-deadline (and items a, c, d and e all provided in writing prior to the hearing) .. and if not, why not?
"Protest in ABC Regatta
I was on starboard, the other boat was on port. We were both sailing on a beat to windward. The port boat did not keep clear and I had to take evasive action to avoid collision"
Note, only the incident is described without naming the protestor or the protestee (which isn't required at filing). The time or place is also not indicated (not required).
Paul Z had made the comment that competitors would file more protests timely if they only knew how easy it was with the online tool. How much easier is it to only scribble/email the incident description ... excluding any specific details about who, when and where, what rules where specifically broken or diagrams?
Would be very interested in seeing arguements on both sides.