Not only are RBYC and CCA charged with protecting the event's intergity, but so are every person who signs on to do the race. Many have failed in their duties here, IMHO.
Only the jury can penalize a boat..., not the CCA, not the RBYC, not the organizing authority, and not the other sailors...
The Protest Committee is made up of a mix of CCA and RBYC members...and Tuna. If you somehow think that there is not a great deal of influence being applied, you would be mistaken. I can tell you from first hand experience that the pressures on the PC are palpable. When facing the jurors personally, several recused themselves because they understood that their findings would be biased by that strong influence.
As for other sailors, it is a self-policing sport. It is the obligation of all to protest where they see a foul being committed. To that end, even Carina's navigator and watch captains were obligated to bring this situation to the appropriate powers. By signing the compliance form they falsely certified that Carina had indeed abided by the rules when she did not.
That is what I meant in the above post. Sorry if I wasn't perfectly clear and to your liking.
I serve on protest committees, so I'm aware of what's involved.
I have recused myself, when it thought it was appropriate.
When I elect to stay on the committee, I do my absolute best to be impartial.
Personally, I have _never_ experienced any "pressure" from the RC or organizing authority, to render any particular verdict, or to apply a particular penalty.
So, I wouldn't blithely accuse the OA and the Jury of conspiring to go easy on Rives, as several here have done.
I said above, that I think Carina got off easy..., but just because I disagree with a penalty, it doesn't cause me to immediately assume that the jury was in any way dishonest.
As you note, the names of those on jury are posted on the NB website.
I also feel that I haven't seen anything that convinces me that Rives, or any other members of Carina deliberately cheated.
We have a few accusations, but presumably they have responses to each accusation.
While you are certainly free to make any accusations you choose, I think they would have to be crazy to even consider responding to your accusations on sailing anarchy, as there is _no_ chance of any fair hearing.
All that would happen is that the discussion would descend into an almighty shit-fight.
So, at this point, as far as I am concerned, the crew of Carina are entirely innocent of any deliberate wrongdoing.