Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013
Forget about Rule 52. Read the 2013 Introduction, which tells you that "Changes to the Rules The prescriptions of a national authority,
class rules or the sailing instructions may change a racing rule only
as permitted in rule 86."
And then go to Rule 86.
And then keep reading, it specifically lists Rule 52 as being one that can be changed by the event rules.
Forget the trees, look at the forest.
USSA policy has always been that the event rules govern the event. You got a problem with the event rules, you take it up with the sponsor before the race.
This is why it pays for everyone above "rail meat" to attend the meetings, read the papers, and generally be aware of the full circumstances of the race.
Before there was a handy dandy internet to download rules from (and before the ISF got generous about posting them) it was worth joining USYRU just to ge tthe pocket-sized copy of the rules. Which made for good reading while on the rail.
I've never heard a skipped complain when anyone on the boat expressed an interest in learning or applying the Rules, because there's always a way to misread them.