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QB, BWS and Koolong Race #6 Results

On Sunday it was race #6 of the Koolong and Blue Water Shield. A total of 11 yachts participated. The results for Quartet Bowl #6 on the previous Sunday were subject to protest, but have now been confirmed.
Firstly a reminder that the next race is the Avalon Series on 8 April and it is an early handicap start with first signal at 9:55am. Make sure you stay around for the Club Picnic which will follow the race. Also remember that the finishing line will be a line between the BBQ on Portuguese Beach and an orange ASC inflatable cylindrical buoy, set approximately east of the BBQ, and is to be crossed from the direction of the last mark and as indicated on ‘Course Table - Yacht Division’. When approaching the finishing line, yachts must keep outside any yachts anchored within 80 metres of Portuguese Beach.

Koolong raced the 11.8Nm course #2 – K, C, K. Wimmera proved to once again to be too quick for the competition, taking out scratch and handicap honours. Iluka didn’t have her best day, finishing in fourth position. That said, she did enough to take the series title for 2017-18 with 10 points. High Jinks took out 2nd place in the series, with Bangalla in 3rd spot.
BWS raced the 13.1Nm course #26 – O, Li, K, O. Element easily took out 1st spot on scratch. It was very tight for handicap honours, with Element winning by only 27 seconds of corrected time to Diablo in 2nd place. Beau Soleil’s 3rd spot was enough for her to take out the series title on 9 points. Well done. Chaos Theory was fifth in the race and took out 2nd place in the series on 12 points. Diablo finished 3rd in the series on 16 points.
There was action a plenty in the previous week’s Quartet Bowl, including a close finish for 2nd and 3rd place which led to a rare protest (see below for details). Beau Soleil took out first place, which gave her the series title on 17 points. Chaos Theory was 2nd on 20 points, with Goldfinger in 3rd on 21 points.

Sydney Harbour observations (Wedding Cake West) showed a breeze of 14-18kt with gusts 21-18kt from the NNW. It was similar to the previous week.

Bandaleni protested against Chaos Theory for not giving right of way 6-8 boat lengths from the finish line. The $5 protest fee in the Sailing Instructions was waived. The charging of a protest fee is no longer seen favourably, and will be removed from next season’s SI. Under rule 61 there are various protest requirements. Where the other boat is within hailing distance, the boat intending to protest must hail “Protest” and if more than 6m in length must then conspicuously display a red flag at the first reasonable opportunity. Bandaleni hailed for “room” and displayed a red flag on the way back to the club, but didn’t hail “protest”. As that is a requirement, the protest was ruled invalid. That said, a ‘mock protest’ was conducted by the people in attendance as a form of learning. Thanks to Kingsley and team for the details below:
The committee stood down, but as a further educational, we ran a "mock protest", talked through the possibilities and discussed the following:
• It took place more than 3 boat lengths from the finish pin so potential mark room at the finish pin was not part of the discussion. (Mark room DOES apply at the finish, but not at the start).
• 2 boats were on same tack (Starboard) going downwind towards the finish in a northwester with boat speed between 5 and 6 knots.
• The windward boat had a spinnaker set.
• There was dispute as to if an overlap was broken by the windward boat moving forward just prior to the incident.
• The leeward boat came to between 0.5 and 1.5 boat lengths of the windard boat.
• There were varied opinions from both boats and witnesses as to if the leeward or windward or both boats changed course to close gauge.
• There was "noise", but much of what was called was not heard / recalled clearly
• The leeward boat bore away and gybed.
Conclusions that may have been arrived at (if it met the validity requirements) included:
• The windward boat kept clear so there was no "incident", protest dismissed.
• The windward boat did NOT keep clear, Rule 11, so windward boat would be DSQ
• The leeward boat altered course in a way that did not allow the windward boat to keep keeping clear, Rule 16, Leeward Boat DSQ.
• The overlap was not broken, so no restriction on how high the leeward boat could go (no requirement to sail towards the finish).
• The overlap was broken and re-established so leeward boat had a "proper course" restriction, rule 17.
• With rule 17 applying, the leeward boats proper course may still be above the finishing pin at this time.
• If rule 17 applied and the leeward boat sailed above her proper course: leeward boat DSQ.
• If rule 17 applied and she sailed above proper course and windward failed to keep clear then DSQ both boats.
• Based on distances apart and no contact, Rule 14, avoiding a collision was not discussed at length
Obviously not clear cut and the protest committee only has what is said at the hearing to consider, normally they are not actually there to witness it.

So final conclusions:
• The rules are there to keep boats apart and keep us safe.
• If you think you infringed a rule, do your turns and move on.
• The protest committee is bound by rules too.
• Going to protest often does not get the result that appears "obvious", it never is.
D1 Class HC results Start : 13:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Elapsd AHC Cor'd T BCH CHC Skipper Score Fin Tim ETOrd DidNot Div No
1 AUS1312 WIMMERA 02:02:49 0.855 01:45:00 0.876 0.848 Glenn Barnes 1.0 15:02:49 1 1
2 AUS1052 RESURGENT 02:08:47 0.835 01:47:32 0.835 0.830 Rick Hall 2.0 15:08:47 2 1
3 7166 HIGH JINKS 03:03:30 0.660 02:01:07 0.586 0.655 Barry Black 3.0 16:03:30 3 1
4 3353 ILUKA 03:13:56 0.645 02:05:05 0.554 0.629 Di Mattes 4.0 16:13:56 4 1
D1 Class HC results Start : 13:05
Place Sail No Boat Name Elapsd AHC Cor'd T BCH CHC Skipper Score Fin Tim ETOrd DidNot Div No
1 8920 ELEMENT 01:52:07 0.888 01:39:34 0.924 0.888 Rob Slack 1.0 14:57:07 1 1
2 6099 DIABLO 02:16:16 0.734 01:40:01 0.760 0.734 Jean Cross 2.0 15:21:16 2 1
3 6920 BEAU SOLEIL 02:23:28 0.722 01:43:35 0.722 0.713 Robert Batchelor 3.0 15:28:28 4 1
4 8349 XENA 02:28:49 0.760 01:53:06 0.696 0.755 Toni Fox 4.0 15:33:49 5 1
5 7159 CHAOS THEORY 02:19:01 0.818 01:53:43 0.745 0.778 Karl Nielsen 5.0 15:24:01 3 1
6 6854 SHIBUMI 02:46:15 0.715 01:58:52 0.623 0.678 Simon Player 6.0 15:51:15 7 1
7 6439 CHILL 02:43:04 0.800 02:10:27 0.635 0.733 Bob Torning 7.0 15:48:04 6 1
Division 1 Class HC results Start : 12:33
Place Sail No Boat Name Elapsd AHC Cor'd T BCH CHC Skipper Class Score Fin Tim ETOrd DidNot New O'S OffSet
1 6920 BEAU SOLEIL 02:27:54 0.723 01:46:56 0.747 0.721 Robert Batchelor D1 1.0 15:21:54 7 182 21
2 7159 CHAOS THEORY 02:14:27 0.793 01:46:37 0.822 0.792 Karl Nielsen D1 2.0 15:22:27 3 182 35
3 6906 BANDALENI 02:29:40 0.720 01:47:46 0.738 0.713 Greg Kowalski D1 3.0 15:22:40 8 182 20
4 6099 DIABLO 02:25:36 0.755 01:49:56 0.759 0.751 Jean Cross D1 4.0 15:26:36 6 182 28
5 5219 PIRIHI 02:04:51 0.885 01:50:30 0.885 0.861 Ritchie Venn D1 5.0 15:27:51 1 182 50
6 6852 GOLDFINGER 02:53:54 0.645 01:52:10 0.635 0.604 Jan Evans D1 6.0 15:27:54 10 182 1
7 6407 PANCHAX 02:14:24 0.827 01:51:09 0.822 0.825 Steve Parker D1 7.0 15:28:24 2 182 41
8 AUS1052 RESURGENT 02:15:57 0.823 01:51:53 0.813 0.819 Rick Hall D1 8.0 15:28:57 4 182 40
9 AUS1084 BANGALLA 02:22:52 0.815 01:56:26 0.773 0.814 Martin Hickling D1 9.0 15:34:52 5 182 39
10 8349 XENA 02:31:16 0.770 01:56:28 0.730 Toni Fox D1 10.0 15:35:16 9 182 31
11 3927 LAURA 03:02:44 0.645 01:57:52 0.605 0.621 Jonathon Knox D1 11.0 15:36:44 11 182 1
12 7166 HIGH JINKS 03:07:11 0.647 02:01:06 0.590 0.641 Barry Black D1 12.0 15:42:11 12 182 2