Just a reminder that ours is a self-policing sport, in that in most cases we don’t have umpires on water, so it’s up to us to all obey the rules.
With that in mind, we should all remember that if we are involved in an incident on the water we should protest. By doing so everybody learns and it hopefully resolves the ongoing disputes and discussions.
We have had a couple of incidents recently on the water where the correct process has not been followed so the protest has been deemed invalid. So please remember a few actions that must take place:
- The protesting boat must say loudly “PROTEST”. That word must be used, and you should include the name of the boat you are protesting.
- You must display a protest flag immediately, within 30 seconds is good but you might get away with 1 minute, but not if you say; “Oh it was down in the navigators table and we had to find it”.
- You must lodge a ‘protest form’ within the time limit, which varies for each series and can be found in section 23 of the General Notice of Race in the club handbook.
- You may be asked if you are willing to attend a mediation hearing more or less straight away. By doing this, two things can be achieved. Firstly, you will get an opinion there and then and the penalty if any can be reduced. Secondly it can alleviate the need to attend a formal Protest Meeting on the next Wednesday evening when protests are heard in our club.
- If you think you may have infringed the Rules take a penalty (See section 18 of GNoR) and save the need for the other boat to protest, and it’s better than a DSQ if the protest decision goes against you.
Please let’s all learn that protesting is not a bad thing as we can all benefit from a better knowledge of the Racing Rules, so we can all go out there and have more fun, which after all is what we are on the water for.
See you on the water.
RPAYC Protest Committee