Dec 5, 2011, 1:57 AM
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Yesterday, a boat loudly hailed, "Man Overboard" during a starting sequence while a couple of boat lengths from the committee boat and a couple of other boats. All 3 of us on the committee boat immediately started looking for the MOB and assessing the need to abandon the race, haul anchor and make an announcement over the radio. AS PRO, I made the assessment that the 2 boats nearest the hail had the best opportunity to retrieve the MOB and the RC should stay out of the way. However, as no one was visible in the water, the fear of someone under the water welled up quickly.
An inappropriate MOB hail
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The other boat nearest immediately changed direction to lend assistance.
The boat on which the crew hailed MOB immediately turned to retrieve the MOB.
After the Captain of the boat asked his crew to point to the MOB, the crew who hailed told his Captain, it was merely his beer coozie that went overboard. The Captain said he would not return for the coozie. The crew then made two more MOB hails. Of course 3 loud MOB hails were heard from much further away than the comment to his skipper that it was just his coozie.
No boats were materially harmed in the starting sequence by the immediate actions taken. However discussions following the inappropriate MOB hail were a distraction. The hail was not made to gain an advantage over another boat.
- While this is obviously a safety issue. Is it a violation of Rule 2, as would be an inappropriate starboard hail as in Case 41 of the current appeals?
- If so, did the RC have an obligation to lodge a protest?