The US SAILING Appeals Committee has published four new appeals in 2011 that will benefit racing competitors and officials.
These appeals have been added to the on-line edition of The Appeals Book 2009-2012, and available on the US SAILING Appeals Committee Web site (http://raceadmin.ussailing.org/Appeals.htm). PDF’s of each appeal can also be read and downloaded at that site.
New Appeal Descriptions:
Appeal 103 describes a situation where the sailing instructions did not state whether marks were “rounding” marks or not; and makes the point that in that case competitors do not need to round each mark as long as they pass the marks on the required side.
Appeal 104 involves a situation where a boat’s PHRF rating was changed after a race was completed and the race committee retroactively rescored the race using the boat’s new rating. The decision states that the race committee does not have the authority to do that, and reinstated the boat to its original finishing place.
Appeal 105 is an interpretation of the definition Mark-Room; and specifically describes the amount of room to which an inside boat is entitled when sailing “to” the mark, and while she is “at” the mark. It also discusses how to determine when a boat has arrived “at” the mark.
Appeal 106 is also an interpretation of the definition Mark-Room; and specifically addresses the question: when is a boat no longer "at" the mark? After this point, an inside keep-clear boat is no longer entitled to sail her proper course, nor will she be exonerated for breaking a rule of Part 2, Section A.