Posted: 4/1/2014 10:40:51 AM
Last month I started a series on how to handle a protest from the protest committee’s side of the table. At that end of that article, we had the protestor and protestee in the room and we had introduced the protest committee. We’ll continue now as you and the rest of the committee take your next step, determining if the protest is valid. If you’ve ever been party to a protest, you’ll be familiar with the front page; most sailors, however, don’t know the second side, which includes a simple checklist to guide the protest committee through the protest process. The first part of the list concentrates on the validity of the protest, so you should understand validity’s requirements and ensure that the protest in front of you meets them.
by Andrew Alberti
This page provides links to a set of articles original published in Kwasind magazine. The versions here include animated diagrams. The original articles can be found within the original magazines which are available online back to January 2007. 

Articles before December 2016 are based on the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-12 or 2013-2016 and have not been updated to reflect the changes that apply as of January 2017 with the publication of the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-20. A copy of the new rules can be found on
Andrew Alberti has been writing these monthly articles in the Kwasind since early 1997.  They explain the Racing Rules of Sailing. Andrew is a National Judge and National Umpire. He is a member of the Sail Canada Rules and Appeals Committees. The interpretation of the rules contained in the articles is Andrew's and not that of the RCYC or any of the committees he sits on. 

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