Course posted as per the SI on a board with marks listed. Circled marks are to be rounded to stbd and uncircled ones leave to post. The course posted was W 4 B which you could round all the marks properly if you went around the island. You could also round all the marks properly without going around the island. All boats sailed the course posted properly. There is at least 1 mark on the east side of the island. Why not include that mark? Why no mention of an Around the Island race in the NOR or the SIs. only mention is that the racing on Saturday will be in the vicinity of Block Island.
I will agree that the RC announced that the race was around the island and read the course board. However the SIs state that annoncements are for safety, convenience and courtesy.
Can't speak for the other boat, but the whiners won. While what was done was legal, it wasn't worth the flack. Especially from some industry guys that were likely pissed they got out smarted by some weekend warriors. This is supposed to be fun. It gets frustrating when people don't know the rules, but then preach like they know everything.
The wind died as the back half of the fleet was fighting the current at 1BI. Many DNFs and many others hung in there until the time limit expired. By far the latest flags-up time at the party in recent memory.
Saturday was generally glorious, particularly on a boat that reaches well. RC was quite emphatic that we sail AROUND the island.