Jan 8, 2012, 1:51 PM
Post #6 of 11
From Ken Legler:
Re: [The Publisher] Rule 41 - Outside help
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I had to laugh when I saw Dave Perry's rules question about a man overboard (in Scuttlebutt 3497). I wondered what made him think of this case (Rule 41 - Outside Help). Was it the time he slowed his Soling at Kiel to assist a Swedish sailor who had fallen off his boat while he (we) dragged the poor fellow gibbering in Swedish until a coach boat came to assist? Or was it the time Dave was lecturing in Japan and a guy asked, in his best choppy English, "5-0-5 dinghy sailing into gybe mark, crew falls off, skipper rounds mark, then picks up crew. Can boat continue racing?"
From Steve Schupak:
On the thread started by Dave Perry's rule discussion in Scuttlebutt 3497, maybe I’m just naive and becoming apathetic towards racing, but can someone please tell me what the big deficiency in our life would be if we dropped out of a race to help someone on the racecourse without a complete guarantee of immunity and compensation for our actions?
I know from personal experience in “the room”, and anytime someone has come in to my hearing looking for redress for giving aid they were first treated as hero’s, then given the most equitable outcome available, as well as being thanked by the jury for their actions.
As a sport we need to encourage and reward doing the right thing, and if at the end of the day you give up a race and there’s no way to get credit on the podium then so be it. There will always be another race, unless in pursuit of a “pickle dish” you pass up the opportunity to lend aid, is that dish worth the lifetime of anguish from losing a competitor forever you could have helped?
Let’s try and keep sailing in perspective.
From John McNeill:
With all respect, I believe that it is VERY important that Scuttlebutt revisit this issue to prevent the possibility of daunting the primary rule, of saving a life. It would actually be even better if ISAF or another such body would comment to the same intent. The law of unintended consequences, eh?
From John Evans:
According to the Royal Yachting Association, Rule 41 (Outside Help) will be changed in January 2013 so that the situation envisaged by Dave Perry (in Scuttlebutt 3497) will not result in a DSQ. The rule has already been changed by the RYA Prescriptions.