Sailing Rule changes for 2013
GIVING ASSISTANCE: In the interest of safety, a new rule has been adopted by the ILYA and our club. It gives the judges the right to state that for any specific race, any sailboat in the race may receive safety assistance without penalty. This applies to all classes we race on our lake. THIS RULE IS TO BE USED FOR SAFETY REASONS.
Our Chief Judge Paul Price has declared that this rule will be in effect for all races on our lake this year that are prior to Memorial Day (and he may also include Memorial Day series races).
What does this mean? If a boat tips over, the nearest judge’s boat or spectator boat should go to the capsized sailboat and help get the boat upright as quickly as possible. Even if the skipper declines help, the people on the motorboat are to grab the mast to keep the boat from going turtle and should help right the boat. They should assist in any way needed, including pulling people from the water and getting them back on their sailboat, as needed. Once the boat is up, it can continue racing without penalty.
This rule may be put into place any time during the season if the judge for the day decides it is necessary for the safety of the sailors. Even after the water is warmer, this might apply if it is very windy or there are few spectators. Use of this rule should be communicated to the sailors by radio prior to the start of the race and the boats watching the race should keep radios on to hear if they are needed to assist any sailboat. Fleets not using radios will be told at the starting line.
PROTESTS AND INFORMAL HEARINGS: If one or more boats properly notify the judge at the finish line that they are protesting another boat and there is no damage or injury from the incident, the judge can call the boats together to meet to discuss the situation informally and try to come to a resolution without a formal written protest and hearing. The discussion can be on the lake at the judge’s boat at the end of the race or at a place designated by the judge, such as back at the yacht club. The judge has the option of bartering with the offending boat and can award a 20% penalty if that boat agrees versus being thrown out of the race if it looses the formal protest later. If the offending boat doesn’t agree, it can still have a regular hearing.