The World Championships International Jury have overturned yesterday's measurement infringement penalty in a public re-opening of the protest hearing.
Many competitors were unhappy with the severity of the decision to penalise Christopher Sundby and Bovim Frode (NOR) by 20% of their score for this measurement infringement and following a public hearing on the matter, the IJ decided on the harsher penalty of disqualification for the team concerned in all 4 races that day.
The International Jury invited competitors to air their opinion in a public forum, before deciding to re-open the protest hearing from the previous day. Taking competitor views into account, along with the class chairman and secretary, the jury deliberated over this decision that has set a precedent in the 49er class for measurement infringements.
The integrity of the team involved was never questioned as they admitted to sailing without the lead in all 4 races that day, where the group came ashore after race 2 and re-launched in the afternoon for 2 more races. The missing lead was due to human error, rather than a malicious attempt to gain an advantage over other competitors.
Day Two's Racing
Both fleets completed three races on day two in a very shifty 12-16 knot breeze. The tactical specialists came out on top today, Chris Draper (GBR), Paul Brotherton (GBR), Chris Nicholson (USA) and Michael Hestbaek (DEN), all showing superior tactical acumen.
Brotherton commented, "It is going to be a long and difficult regatta, and it is still of prime importance to stay relaxed and focused." Brotherton proved just how hard it would be after he was disqualified from race seven, for infringing American sailor Andy Mack at a leeward mark.
Chris Draper, sailing with Simon Hiscocks, seemed pleased with his performance today commenting, "we think we sailed well today, but on this course it is easy for the tables to turn."
Sydney Olympians Santiago Lopez-Vazquez/Javier de la Plaza (ESP) were also disqualified today for hitting the windward mark and another boat, then only doing one of their 360-degree penalty turns. This knocks them down the fleet a few places.
At the time of writing and due to the late night in the protest room overall results were not available, but will be posted as soon as possible here, and at www.49er.org