Not so silly...I think they should make a sin bin box outside the heads. Make them clear the sea mark, head north to the box and cut some laps with a dark cloud hanging over your head and a film crew capturing it all on live TV. Then carry on south while no one talks to the tactician/helm for the next 5 hours or until it gets dark.Don't have to place your boat in danger to do the penalty, embarrasing another boat will get you another penalty, running into fixed obstructions won't help anyone either - way I see it you do the penalty at the first available safe time - if that means sailing past the next mark in restricted water that gives you enough clear water to do your penalty without interfering with any other racing vessel before completing your mark rounding then you can at least go to the protest room with a reasonable argument. If you don't try at all then you have nothing to do but take the punishment - which is always far harsher than the original penalty.QA is losing ground...unless they get a big puff to scoot them over the line Leon is going to slip in to 2nd.
Penalty...doing 720 turns in the harbor with 100+ boats starting in confined water that's also crowded with spectator boats sounds like a disaster in the making. My suggestion would be an amendment to the rules stating that the penalty turns for a foul commited in the harbor may be done ASAP after clearing the seabouy.