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Really should get out more
Really should get out more

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Following discussions after the SB3 Worlds - many sailors reported being  shocked by the flagrant rule abuse especially at marks - I have made the following suggestion for future events.

NB SB3 use a 1 turn penalty for rule 44.1. Other classe might go for a 3 turn penalty if umpire signals penalty

Find some experienced team or match racing umpires.

Insert following in SIs:

"1.Races will be partially umpired. When a boat protests under a rule of part 2 or under rule 31.1, 42 or 44, except under rule 14 when there is damage or injury, a boat involved in the incident may promptly acknowledge breaking a rule and take the appropriate penalty. If no boat takes a penalty, an umpire may decide whether any boat has broken a rule, and shall signal the decision as follows:
  1. A green flag (or green and white flag) means "No penalty";
  2. A red flag means "One or more boats are penalised". The umpire shall hail or signal each boat to be penalised.
A boat penalised by an umpire shall take a Two Turn Penalty under rule 44.2.
If no decision is signalled the protesting boat is entitled to a hearing.
2. When a boat:
  1. fails to take a penalty signalled by an umpire;
  2. commits a breach of sportsmanship;
  3. breaks rule 14 when damage or injury may have been caused;
or when a boat gains an advantage despite taking a penalty, an umpire may take action without a protest from another boat. An umpire may impose a penalty of one or more turns, each including one tack and one gybe, signalled by displaying a red flag and hailing the boat accordingly, or report the incident to the protest committee by displaying a black flag, or both"
Open a tab at club bar for the umpires after racing - they are going to need it. Tab and umpire expenses to be paid for out of entry fees
Apologise to local boatbuilders because they will have less work to do after the event.
This proposition is intended to leave the initiative to boats to protest... we umpire and do not referee
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