Invalid Protest. ¿May I have your opinion?
Juan Carlos Soneyra
- National Judge
- National Umpire
- National Race Officer
Grand Prix 2017
Created: 17-Nov-14 04:29
A principal event, held during two consecutive week-ends, for 19 classes in five racing areas.
I was designated RO on Race Area 1 - Laser Class (20 / Standard; 19 / Radial; 10 / 4.7; sucesive starts) - 6 races / 1 excluded score.
SI called for Apendix P enforcement, but there were no juries on the area.
We had had strong winds during the first four races. It was no occasion for kinectic.
Sunday, last racing day. I selected option b) as racecourse, WL4, marks to be left on port. I set the racecourse with the RCB 25 meters death downwind of the leeward mark in prevision of wind rotation to either side.
Race 5 was started with 6/8 knots, flat river. From the beginning of leg 2 the Standard front pack was body pumping. Radials front pack did the same. When each front pack were about to round the leeward mark I shouted them "Stop Pumping". On leg 4 they repeated their pumping so I wrote a list of competitors breaking the rule 42.2 b)(1).
At the finishing line I gave to each competitor in the list a formal oral warning for repeated breaks of rule 42, they were 11 Standards and 4 Radials.
Race 6 was started with 7/9 knots. On leg 2 they continued pumping so I checked them along the full lenght of the leg and when each one was turning the mark I called by sail number and shouted Protest. They were four Standards and three Radials.
Within the protest time limit I wrote and presented the seven protests.
The place and time of the audience were published on the Official Notice Board.
At the begining of the audience the PC found my protest invalid acording to rule 61.1 b), because if a RC intents to protest a boat... it shall inform her after the race within the time limit of rule 61.3.
After a while studing the rules (twenty minutes) I requested a reopening of the audience as permitted by rule 66. It was given.
I argued about my situation in front of the competitors. In this case I was not intenting to protest a boat, I have already protested a boat at the time and place of the incident, so I strongly thought this situation perfectly fits in the last sentence of rule 61.1 b). "In other cases the committee shall inform the boat of its intention to protest as soon as reasonably possible".
My reasoning was not admitted. Invalid Protest.