Hearing Decision

Hearing Number: 04

Event: Sail Melbourne International 2020Race Number: 5
Protesting Boat: 6Protested Boat: 5
Submitted Date/time:  18 Jan 2020 17:40
Hearing Details: Kite Failed

Facts Found


  1. Boards 5, 6 and 11 were on starboard tack shortly after the start.

  2. 5 was leading followed by 6 with 11 to leeward between the two boards.

  3. The boards were travelling at about 20 knots with a separation of approximately 30 metres between each board.

  4. The kite of 5 collapsed and then inverted and tangled with 6.

  5. The sailor of 11 jumped off his board to avoid the lines of 5.

  6.  6 was unable to complete the race or the following race.

  7.  11 recovered and completed the race in last place (13th).

  8.  5 retired from the race.



  1. By changing the position of her kite and not giving the other boards room to keep clear, 5 has broken F2 16.1.

  2. 5 retired from the race and cannot be further penalised but is scored RCT.

  3. 6's score in race 5 was made significantly worse through no fault of her own, through a tangle caused by the action of a kiteboard that was breaking a rule of Part 2. (F2 16.1) and is entitled to redress.

  4. As there was no injury, damage or a tangle, 11 is not entitled to redress.



Rule(s) applicable

 F2 16.1, F5 62.1 (b), F5 64.1 (d), F8 A11



  1. 6 to be scored for races 5 and 6 an average of the points scored for each of the first four races sailed.

  2. Redress is denied for 11.

  3. 5 is to be scored RCT.

Jury Members

 Jonathon Rees AUS NJ (Chairman), Christina Heydon AUS NJ, John Rountree NZL IJ, MAZARD Philippe FRA IJ, Murray Jones AUS IJ




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