Posted: 5/1/2014 10:44:11 AM
Two months ago, I started a series on how to handle a protest from the protest committee’s side of the table. At the end of the second article, we had decided whether the protest was valid. This month, we will continue with the process for hearing a valid protest. Our job as the protest committee is to hear the evidence from the parties to the protest and the witnesses, and then to determine our facts, conclusion and decision. During the hearing, it useful to have one member of the protest committee take notes. The note-taker should pay particular attention to recording numbers such as distances, times and speeds.
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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