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Using Yellowbrick for protest hearings

Published on October 11th, 2021

As the speed of boats in the America’s Cup and SailGP now necessitate umpires sit in a booth and make calls based on tracking data, it is a solution born from significant investment in technology and time. Can off the shelf tracking equipment do the same? Here’s a story from Irish publication Afloat:

Afloat reported in August that the Irish duo of Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee aboard RL Sailing had been denied a podium position in the 2021 Fastnet Race despite crossing the finishing line ahead of her class rivals.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) race jury later found that RL Sailing had unintentionally entered a commercial shipping TSS (prohibited zones under race rules) and awarded them a 10% penalty dropping them to last place.

Despite the team’s protest and redress requests, the jury apparently relied on the screenshot of the Yellowbrick tracker that showed RL Sailing inside the RSS.

However, an Afloat investigation identified several other vessels that the Yellowbrick tracker put inside the TSS that were not penalised by the race jury.

Furthermore, screenshots from the tracking app appear to show boats missing out on rounding the Fastnet. – Full report

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