MSC has first protest in years!

Name and shame about illegal propulsion.

MSC has first protest in years!

The Club was shocked on Saturday as an avalanche of protest forms were written.  It was about an alleged infringement of the notorious Rule 42, (illegal) 'propulsion’.  The new RYA Arbitration Hearing process was used with Mike Anslow officiating.  Keith Garret, with witnesses, protested that Steve Watson had actually used a paddle in contravention of the Rule.  The Race Officer verified that pumping, rocking and sculling had also been observed.  The case was proven and a full disqualification accepted. Steve said ‘Sorry, I hadn’t realised it was so easy to violate the rule, the evidence threshold is really quite low.  Others have been getting away with it for ages.”  Now we have had one straightforward protest about the controversial issue, it should discourage the breach by other keen sailors.

The Sailing Manager said that Steve was also lucky not be protested under fair sailing rules.