For Pindar though, tomorrow is all about the Protest Hearing. They are the only team being protested after an incident in leg four prompted the Race Committee to protest the team.
The Global Challenge Race Committee announced their intention to protest Pindar on 31 March, 'for a breach of RRS [Racing Rules for Sailing] 42.1 following notification, under General Sailing Instruction 20, of the use of their engine in reverse gear at 1530 (local time) on the 27 March 2005.'
Pindar was at position 44.39S 50.33E when the incident in question occurred, in 17/18 knots of headwind. After a report of a sluggish helm, kelp was found to be trailing under the transom. Assuming the rudder was fouled, Pindar was brought hove-to and the crew attempted to dislodge the kelp using the boat hook.
In the heat of the moment the engine was engaged for approximately one to three minutes in reverse gear only. This time, again using the boot hook, a large ball of kelp was freed from it's position where it had indeed been fouling the rudder before racing resumed.
The crew then recognized, with the benefit of hindsight, that this action may be regarded as a breach of RRS Rule 42.1 and immediately notified the race committee. In accordance with the Sailing Instructions, they presented a full written report to the Race Committee within 24 hours of the leg finish.
The Protest Hearing will take place at 1000 hours local time at the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town. The International Jury, appointed by ISAF, will hear Pindar's case and award any penalties if deemed necessary. The outcome of the hearing will be posted on the Global Challenge Website after the hearing.