- The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria has requested the Australian Sailing’s Victorian Race Officials Committee to appoint an independent protest committee to consider their request for redress on behalf of two competitors, namely White Noise and Maverick, with respect to an interpretation of conflicting scoring rules for the 2017-2018 Offshore Championship, ‘the Series,’ according to the Notice of Race for the Series and the individual Notice of Race for each of the designated ocean races.
- In doing so, the Race Committee have set out two possible Series scores for White Noise and Maverick and provided background notes relating to their respective entries in the various races comprising the Series.
- In this instance, the two boats concerned entered races to be counted towards the Series score, in the following divisions:
- White Noise o Stanley – Unrestricted Monohull in IRC, AMS and PHF o Devonport – Unrestricted Monohull in IRC, AMS and PHF o King Island – Unrestricted Monohull in IRC, AMS and PHF o Port Fairy – Unrestricted Monohull in IRC, AMS and PHF o Apollo Bay – Unrestricted Monohull in IRC, AMS and PHF
- Maverick o Stanley – Unrestricted Monohull in IRC, AMS and PHF plus Double Handed PHF o Hobart – Unrestricted Monohull in IRC, AMS and PHF plus Double Handed PHF o King Island – Unrestricted Monohull in IRC, AMS and PHF plus Double Handed PHF o Osaka – Double Handed IRC
- Of these, only three races, namely Stanley, King Island and Hobart, are relevant in resolving the conflicting rules in the NoRs and therefore in determining the Series scores, as follows:
- OC NoR clause 2.4 states: “If a boat has not entered in any measurement category, her result shall (be) calculated using her PHS result but in all other circumstances, her score in that race shall be the best measurement handicap result.” o This would preclude Maverick from using her Double Handed PHF results as one or more of her scores in the Series except for the Osaka result. It would also preclude the Unrestricted Monohulls from using their PHF results.
o This also applies to the balance of the fleet, who were not able to include their PHF score in their Series score.
- On the other hand, OC NoR 2.8 states: “For the purposes of Offshore Championship scoring, three boats starting in the relevant handicap category shall constitute a race.” o This conflicts with NoR 2.4 in that it may be interpreted to either mean that the Double Handed division of each race is to be treated as a separate race for the purposes of scoring the Series or that it only means that it is a race for which a separate trophy will be awarded.