Racing Rules: Question and Answer
Published on December 11th, 2017
The World Sailing Question & Answer service is designed to assist World Sailing Race Officials in applying the rules consistently. Here is a response to the question regarding time limits for accepting reports, and rule 69 reports..
A regatta is held over five days with eight races scheduled. During the second race, there was a collision between boat A on port tack and boat B on starboard tack. A takes a Two-Turns Penalty and B retires from the race as a result of the incident. On the water, B shouts using profanities and unpleasant language. When A returns ashore she signs a retirement declaration. After the prizegiving ceremony, A delivers a report under rule 69 to the protest committee secretary.
May the protest committee secretary refuse to accept the report because it is being delivered after the protest time limit and the event has ended?
No. There is no time limit for informing the protest committee of a possible breach of rule 69.
Furthermore, only the protest committee may make decisions about validity. Protests, requests and reports delivered must always be forwarded to a protest committee.
Is there a deadline for making a report under rule 69?
The rules do not specify a time limit for making a report under rule 69. However, a protest committee may take into consideration the timeliness of a report and the reasons for any delay when deciding whether to call a hearing.