In late December on behalf of our club, I asked ARYA to clarify how, as our governing body, they (and we) should interpret the rule RRS E4.3(b).
Thanks initially to Rod Jackman for seeking advice from Murray Jones (an International Judge), and to Chris Wood and Andrew Wardrop for getting this ball rolling.
The ARYA Race Management Committee have produced a document which gives significant background and research into the topic, which I have attached below. The RMC has sourced information from a number of authorities – including the Racing Rules of Sailing, the IRSA Call Book for Radio Sailing, Two radio sailing International Judges, the interpretation given by IRSA on the topic when the rule first came out in 2013, Mr Murray Jones, who is a Tasmanian International Judge, and the “Racing Rules Explained” by Trevor Lewis. The result is a paper written by Bill Clancy which explains the rule, as well as giving additional information about managing the rule. There are references included.
It is an important interim document that needs to be understood by all skippers.
I say interim because the actual rule will NOT be amended until the next iteration of RRS which will be in 2020.
It is this document that shall govern our interpretation until then.