I suspect the RC argued all right. The first thing a PC does is establish if the protest is valid. This normally takes a few minutes. This hearing took over an hour to decide that the protest was not valid. That's a lot of time considering.RC should have been braver. Terrible day for sailing as a sport.
Not hard to tell, but in the end it does not matter what the reason was. It was not working and the RC was not advised.
So, now we have information that MR says it was on during the race, and that they didn't know it was off. Hmmmm. The other boats were definitely aware of it being off during the race, but apparently said nothing to WOXI or the RC. Hmmmm. If they had, WOXI could have been informed of the problem during a sked. There is shit to sling around for everyone on this matter.Of couse they knew. Richo admits as much in his post finish interview when he says something like " It doesn't matter because they aren't compulsory " I forget the exact words.
He goes from saying stepping off "it didn't have to be on", to now it was "on all the time but they didn't know it wasn't on". Fuck me.MR practising his lines pre-hearing
So what. He was wrong, but it is possible he only just found out about it being off when the interview happened. Came up with something to say to the media, even though it was shit. Not the first time someone has done that.Obviously the RC don't watch TV. Post race apparently AIS was not compulsory according to Richo's take on the Sailing Instructions.
Here it is60.3
A protest committee may(a)protest a boat, but not as a result of information arising from a request for redress or an invalid protest, or from a report from a person with a conflict of interest...
the representative of BJ that transmitted the information to the RC is an interested party....
so that information can not form the basis for an RC protest
That’s like saying my biggest spinnaker didn’t measure but hey, it doesn’t matter because I didn’t use it.Here it is
The rules are the rules the PC are correct. Let's put the pitchforks down and stop with the internet outrage. Oats were faster no amount of AIS would have put BJ ahead. Races are won on the water not in a protest room and calm down with the emotional crap on here, you dont need to be outraged all the time show some balance.
So just whine like a bitch on TV and hope the RC protests and gives you the win in the end? Class act by Bradford & Harburg.Perhaps BJ didn’t want to win that way so hence no protest but didn’t want the cheating swept under the carpet.