""Exactly this. One of my crewmates has apparently posted tonight, and he's as gutted as I am. You absolutely must have a working engine and HF radio, as well as the ability to certify that the crew and boat are in generally good condition. Look at what happened with Shepherd Center -- disqualified for not reporting in from Green Cape, as I understand it. The boat absolutely has to be fit to withstand the worst that Bass Strait can dish out, and with a non-functional engine, we weren't up to that standard. Forget charging the radio -- what would have happened in a MOB situation? Can't take that risk, and it kills me in particular as I may not get another crack at this once I'm based back in the States.
The only thing I would add is that it's more of a certainty than a possibility, for all but the fastest boats, that you'll be at sea for a couple of days after passing Green Cape. That's only about 1/3 of the way down a 600+ nm course. Not many yachts can make 200 miles a day in what we might charitably call "variable" conditions...""
WRT: Shepherds Centre;
Shepherd Centre - scored DNF due to a failure to report under Sailing Instruction 44.1 at Green Cape.
According to the S.I.s' there is NO penalty attached to 44.1.
There is however that particular DNF penalty for a breech of 44.2,
"A boat which has not been recorded
and acknowledged by either “JBW” or
Hobart Race Control as having
complied with SI 44.2 shall be
recorded DNF without a hearing
(amends RRS 63.1)."
Except that these boats were only given a time penalty.
Victoire - penalty of 20 minutes applied under Sailing Instruction 44.2
Carina - penalty of 20 minutes applied under Sailing Instruction 44.2
Outrageous Fortune - penalty of 20 minutes applied under Sailing Instruction 44.2
Natelle Two - penalty of 60 minutes applied under Sailing Instruction 44.2
So come on C.Y.C. you guys are better than this, I am not a lawyer, nor do I play on on T.V. but if I can find these inconsistencices, playing a lawyer, um, devils advocate on the internet, then things need tightening.
I may consider an honorary role, for waaayyyy less beers than a real lawyer would drink in a day....