Hang on a minute – the two leading yachts in the Sydney to Hobart radioed in when they passed a point they were required to but the race committee didn’t like the way they did it, so the race committee, in a fit of pique, decided to protest to the international jury:
Cox [race committee chairman] said both yachts reported in by telephone, but said that telephone was not acceptable because it is a one-on-one exchange that could hinder any search and rescue operation. “That’s my position. That’s where I am at,” he said.
He said the jury has “the whole option to them”, but added that “there is no right of appeal. For my point of view, [it’s] one of the fundamental safety rules associated with the … race and its one of the breaches that I personally consider to be one of the more serious.”
I don’t know if you’re getting the same idea about this Cox that I am but it’s the same one about the Cricket Board of Control, FIFA and all the others where the types of people who get into positions of power like to throw their weight around from an armchair.
I’d really, really like to know if, when they didn’t use the radio the committee wanted, that a message was sent through the telephone communication to them or not, reminding them. Or was it just a sledgehammer after the event from the armchair sailors?
Update: protest dismissed.