Some teams will be happier than others - the outcome of the protest hearing has brought mixed fortunes for the fleet.
We are waiting for the official findings and confirmation to be issued by the International Jury, but the latest information from Yacht Club Argentino reports the following:
Protest 1 was rejected by the ISAF appointed independent International Jury, in accordance with rule 60.2(a) of the International Sailing Federation's Racing Rules for Sailing. See the previous update from the Global Challenge website for details.
Protest 2 was upheld and a one-point penalty issued to each of the teams involved: Spirit of Sark, BP Explorer and Team Stelmar.
Protest 3 was also upheld and a 30-minute time penalty awarded to Spirit of Sark and Protest 4, concerning a technicality relating to the weather information available to each yacht, was withdrawn before being heard.
As the teams involved in Protest 2 incurred a one-point penalty, their leader board position will also move down one place. However, teams not awarded a penalty will remain in their present position, resulting in two teams sharing the same spot in each case.
Therefore, BP Explorer now lie in joint 5th with BG SPIRIT, Spirit of Sark's amended position is joint 7th with SAIC La Jolla and Team Stelmar finish the 1st leg in 9th with Imagine It. Done. The leader board positions they provisionally occupied before the hearing will remain vacant.
The 30 minute time penalty given to Spirit of Sark has no effect on the leader board, but the points penalties could have implications later in the race as we have already seen how competitive it can become with yachts finishing within minutes of one another after 6200nm of racing.
A full analysis with comments and reaction from Buenos Aires will be posted tomorrow, along with further information about the findings and how the jury came to their decisions.