- Yacht of the Year
- Beercan Results (Throwouts have been removed, per SI 15.4. They were previously included in error.)
- Dave O’Donnell Memorial Regatta
- Sail & Share Regatta
- Pursuit Races
- Commodores Cup
The protest was resolved before the scheduled start of the hearing when Beast exercised her right to take a 30% scoring penalty. There is no resulting change in the Fall #2 finish order for either boat.
Results have been updated accordingly.
Welcome to Committee Boat Corner, with your Principal Race Officer, Patrick! I will bring up topics related to US Sailing Rules noticed during races.
I will reference the US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the US Sailing Appeals book (noted as “Appeal”) and the ISAF Case Book (noted as “Case”). The Appeals book is available to any US Sailing member in PDF form for free, or in print for a few bucks. The ISAF Case Book can be found here: http://www.sailing.org/documents/caseandcall/case-book.php
Welcome to the inauguration of “Committee Boat Corner”! This first post covers a wide range of topics. They are based upon incidents over the past two or three weeks.
1) Taking a penalty (doing turns)
If you wish to clear yourself of protest, you MUST do your turns as soon as safely possible. You do not have time to consult your rule book. Turns should be done on the same leg, with the exception of nearing the next mark – in which case turns at the mark or shortly after are acceptable.
Which rules apply? Let me quote the US Sailing Appeals Book, Appeal 60:
“Rule 44.1 permits a boat to take a penalty at the time of the incident. Rule 44.2 requires the boat to sail well clear of other boats as soon as possible afer the incident and promptly make two turns as described in the rule. Together, these rules require a boat that decides to take a penalty to do so as soon as possible afer the incident. The rule does not provide for time for a boat to deliberate whether she has broken a rule. If she delays in doing her penalty turns, she is still liable to be disqualified.”
2) What if another boat caused me to break the rules?
If you have rights over another boat, and that boat breaks a rule which in turn causes you to foul a third boat, you should protest!
This happens occasionally: Say you are the Leeward boat (L) on port with Windward boat (W) overlapped above you. Starboard boat (S) is coming at both of you. Despite your hails, W fails to tack and you force S to bear off… S hails PROTEST! You should in turn protest W!
RRS 64.1(a) states that “when as a consequence of breaking a rule a boat has compelled another boat to break a rule, the other boat shall be exonerated.”
Appeal 52 Talks about this in more detail.
3) There was a collision, what now?
First of all, let me state that collisions are NEVER ALLOWED. Ever. A protest should result from EVERY contact between boats. See RRS 14.
But what about RRS 14(b) – the part about exoneration if no damage or injury? What is “Damage”?
The ISAF Case Book talks about “Damage” (Case 19):
“It is not possible to define ‘damage’ comprehensively, but one current English dictionary says ‘harm . . . impairing the value or usefulness of something.’
This definition suggests questions to consider. Examples are:
– Was the current market value of any part of the boat, or of the boat as a whole, diminished?
– Was any item of the boat or her equipment made less functional?”
4) I saw another boat break a rule against another boat, what can I do?
Per RRS 60.1 and 60.1 (a): “A boat may…protest another boat, but not for an alleged breach of a rule of Part 2 or 31 unless she was involved in or saw the incident.”
In simple terms, if you saw it happen, you may protest on behalf of another competitor. This is especially important when the incident involves someone new to the rules! We do NOT want new sailors taken advantage of.
Rule 60.2 also permits the Race Committee to protest, despite the RRS “Basic Principals” which state that competitors are expected to enforce the rules.
A protest hearing for Fall Series #2: Salacia vs. Beast will be held on Saturday October 1, near the city docks in Prescott following the first leg of the Commodores Cup race.
Please contact Steve Nelson if you would like to serve as a protest hearing committee member. Click Here
Please be reminded that the sailing club encourages racing protests and regards them primarily as learning opportunities for all members of the racing fleet.
The 2016 Commodore’s Cup will be held on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd. Race to Prescott on Saturday and back on Sunday! Approximately 24 miles as the crow flies (much longer as the boat sails).
Start will be near the Hudson I-94 bridge. Start line will be fixed to the course (downwind starts are not uncommon).
Saturday Warning Signal Times:
- Division 3 & 5: 1100
- Division 4: 1120
- Division 1 & 2: 1140
Finish line will be set up around Prescott (or around 3pm at the discretion of the Race Committee)
Docking is provided free of charge, courtesy of the Prescott City Council at the city docks after 3pm. The docks are located between the two bridges, which requires a VHF radio call on 14 or 16 to open (Highway bridge only – no need for railroad lift). Please group together to reduce the number of lifts.
Beverages and appetizers will be provided on the dock. You are welcome to enjoy dinner at the many fine establishments Prescott has to offer!
On Sunday morning, everyone is encouraged to have a great breakfast in town, then prep for a long day at sea! The race back to Hudson will begin with a warning signal for all racers at 11am.
Racing will complete somewhere between Afton and Hudson – watch for the Race Committee’s finish line.
Rule Change for 2016:
18.7 Use of propulsion:
In the event of grounding, the rules of RRS 42 (Propulsion) are waived when all of the following are
(a) The boat shall not advance her distance to the finish.
(b) The boat shall take a 10-minute scoring penalty per incident.
(c) The boat shall report the number of incidents to the race committee at or prior to her finish.
Racing events are organized to appeal to sailors of all abilities. They include several weekend and mid-week racing series, fun races, and special regattas such as the Spring Invitational; the Breaking Waves Regatta and Commodore’s Cup (overnight race/cruise from Hudson to Prescott); the Carlson Classic; the Labor Day Regatta; and the Autumnal Equinox.
The Labor Day Regatta (now known as the “Fall Regatta” or “Sail and Share”) has brought in sailors from Iowa, Lake of the Woods, Lake Pepin, Lake Waconia, Lake Minnetonka, White Bear Lake, Medicine Lake and Lake Mille Lacs. The festivities begin on Friday night and, after two days of racing, conclude Sunday with the awards ceremony and cocktail party. Saturday’s racing is often followed by dinner and live music.