Join Date: Jun 2000
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Two things going on here. 1/ Bullying 2/rules infractions.
Did "A" actually protest you, or did he simply yell "protest" during your Port/Starboard encounter? If you started to duck him once he was on starboard, and you missed him, he would have a hard time proving that he had to make a major course change to miss you. If he claims that he DID have to make a major course change to miss you, (and so did you, apparently), then he obviously tacked too close and HE should be protested by you, since HE is at fault in that case. If he had to tack, due to an obstruction, he needed to have hailed you to that effect, and STILL given you room and opportunity to keep clear.
If someone hits a mark they do a 360 turn. If they fail to do their turn, you can protest them. If they are forced into the mark, they can protest the boat that forced them to hit it, and ask the race committee for redress, but if they hit the mark, there's nothing in the rules that exonerates them during the race: THEY DO THE TURN. That's why they need redress: doing the turn during the race impacts their results, and they were forced into the mark through no fault of their own. If they don't do the turn after hitting the mark, they are cheating. We drifted into a mark in a recent race (no one else to blame) and had three boats pass us as we did our turn. Tough. Take a camera next time and have proof for the protest committee. If this guy thinks you can't read, throw the rulebook back at him and shut him up.
I keep my rulebook handy all the time.
Last edited by paulk; 07-13-2010 at 09:18 PM.
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