Looks a bit difficult to get from point one (the tack) to where he shows now without clipping the zone (as he would have had to bear away around the corner of the zone and then head up to a course higher on the wind than he can currently sail to get where he is?
My brother has one of these http://foldablerib.com/product/f-rib-330/ with a 6hp outboard and is very happy with it - he thinks it does about 18 knots one up and 14 with 2 average size people. You might be able to fit the 275 on your foredeck.
YeAh I get that but somehow I think the bar is higher for a protest based on wilful dishonesty rather than simple non compliance with the SIs - I’m suggesting that for issues other than boat on boat breaches, the technicality that WO got off on be eliminated.
I think the marker for going forwards is that for offshore the RC needs to give themselves the right to protest competitors for situations like this irrespective of reports from competitors - this really needs to be on the RC to monitor.
If I had to have vertical furling main, I'd only ever go in mast, not an external furler. But I'd get rid that as soon as I could in favour of stackpack, lazy jacks and full battens (different thread).