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RHKYC San Fernando Race 2017 – all over bar the shouting


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 28 Apr 2017

RHKYC San Fernando Race 2017 – all over bar the shouting

Prizegiving, RHKYC San Fernando Race 2017. Some results are still Provisional.  Guy Nowell ©
RHKYC San Fernando Race 2017 – All over bar the shouting

It looks as if there could be some shouting to come, or at least some wailing and gnashing of teeth. Wednesday's San Fernando Race prizegiving at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was notable for a gap in the programme, with no prizes awarded for IRC 0 or IRC Overall. This was on account of a protest brought by Standard Insurance Centennial against Scallywag, alleging that the latter had not sailed the proper course. The protest was declared invalid (see ‘Jury Decision in Protest Hearing - Standard Insurance Centennial against Scallway') (sic), and the Protest Committee also sent a report to race organisers RHKYC
(Report by Protest Committee to RHKYC, Protesting Hearing Standard Insurance Centennial vs Scallywag). As the saying goes – ‘the jury's out', and for the time being we do not have a winner for the San Fernando Race 2017, IRC Overall and IRC 0.

This raises an important point. If you (or I, on the sadly rare occasions that I manage to go racing) touch a mark, RRS 61.1(a) says “A boat intending to protest shall inform the other boat at the first reasonable opportunity. When her protest will concern an incident in the racing area that she was involved in or saw, she shall hail ‘Protest' and conspicuously display a red flag at the first reasonable opportunity for each.” This we all know and understand. We also know that Protest Committees may not allow that a red bikini is an appropriate as a flag, however quickly it is removed and ‘conspicuously displayed'. And lastly we know that finishing a beer before clearing the throat and hailing ‘Protest' is not considered ‘the first reasonable opportunity'.

However, RRS 61.1(a)(3) goes on to prescribe that “if the incident was an error by the other boat in sailing the course, she need not hail or display a red flag but she shall inform the other boat either before or at the first reasonable opportunity after the other boat finishes”. Maybe this needs looking at. It seems to be a very odd rule under which you are obliged to inform a protestee, but are not required to do so until it is too late!

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

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