Protests and Penalties

            

  • Adherence to the racing rules relies on a “protest system”, in which competitors protest to the implicated competitor(s) AND to the Race Referee, when they feel the rules have not been followed. 
  • It is the responsibility of all competitors to be familiar with the race rules and regulations.
  • The Race Referee meets to
    • Establish the facts
    • Lay blame to any boat which has broken the rules. 
  • For the protest system to work, the facts have to be presented clearly and without bias.
  • For a protest to be valid, the protester has to both hail the offending boat at the time of the incident, and notify the Race Referee immediately after the race. 
  • If during the race a boat recognizes it is at fault, it can exonerate itself by performing a penalty of 2 complete circles (720 turn).
  • Touching a mark has the penalty of 1 complete boat circle (360 turn).
  • Protests brought to the Race Referee are resolved with
    • Disqualification of the offending boat if found at fault; or
    • Disqualification of the protestor if the accused boat is NOT found to be at fault.