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17 February 2005, 09:31 am
Protest Upheld
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2004/2005 Global Challenge
Sydney, AUS

A protest hearing was held in Sydney yesterday involving Imagine It. Done. who protested VAIO following a port/starboard incident at the start of Leg Three in Wellington.
Imagine It. Done. had protested VAIO around the second mark (Ngauranga mark); the protest alleging that rule 10 of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing was infringed.

The following is the official conclusion, as issued by the International Jury: "The International Jury is satisfied that the protest is valid. VAIO failed to keep clear of Imagine It. Done. as required by rule 10. ISAF case 50 refers."

The outcome of the decision was as follows: "In accordance with Sl19.1, VAIO is penalised three points and in accordance with General S122, the positions and points of other boats will remain unchanged."

The outcome of the hearing means that VAIO has moved down the leader board from joint fifth to joint seventh, a bitter blow for the team.
We managed to catch up with Imagine It. Done.'s skipper, Dee CAFFARI as she she was just about to board the ferry to Manly and have a couple of hard-earned days off. She told us: "I'm relieved that the safety element highlighted by the protest was upheld by the jury, so everyone is a lot more confident with each other out on the water. It raises awareness across the whole fleet that there are heavy penalties awarded for infringements."

When asked how this might affect her relationship with skipper of VAIO, Amedeo SORRENTINO, she quickly concluded: "This has nothing to do with personal relationships. It's purely about being on the water and doing my job as a professional skipper."

The international jury consisted of Chairman Tony MOONEY (AUS), Don BROOKE (NZL), Lister HUGHES (AUS), Masayuki ISHII (JPN) and Gary WAGSTAFF (NZL).

Leaderboard After Three Legs

Pos Yacht Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Points
1 BG SPIRIT 11 13 15 39
2 BP Explorer 11 14 11 36
3 Samsung 13 12 10 35
4 Spirit of Sark 9 15 9 33
5 SAIC La Jolla 9 8 14 31
6 Barclays Adventurer 15 7 7 29
7= Me to You 6 9 13 28
7= VAIO 14 11 3 28
9 Pindar 5 6 10 21
10 Team Stelmar 7 5 8 20
11 Team Save the Children 4 10 5 19
12 Imagine It. Done. 7 3 4 14
Rachel Anning (As Amended by ISAF)
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