Protest in Rolex Trophy Rating Series lodged by Loki is thrown out

Friday December 15th 2006, Author: Lisa Ratcliff, Location: Australasia
The Jury hearing the protest lodged by Loki against Yendys, Wild Oats XI, Wild Joe and Living Doll relating to race four of the Rolex Trophy Rating Series sailed off Sydney Heads today has dismissed the protest and awarded Loki average points in redress.

The top mark of the course sailed by Divisions 0 and 1 drifted during the second race resulting in a shorter course being sailed by Living Doll, Yendys, Wild Joe and Wild Oats XI.

Using latitude and longitude coordinates, Loki was the only boat which went to the position the mark should have been located and by doing so sailed a longer course.

The Jury heard evidence for more than an hour and a half tonight before deciding to dismiss the protest and award average points to Stephen Ainsworth’s Reichel/Pugh 60 Loki which is currently second in the IRC Division 1 pointscore on 10 points to Geoff Ross’ Yendys on five points.

At the end of the eight race series which will conclude Sunday, Ainsworth’s results will be tallied and averaged to give them a final result for today’s second race.

Conditions are expected to ease tomorrow with a 15/20 knot sou’east breeze, as opposed to today’s gusty southerly which peaked at 30 knots, and seas 1.5 to 2 metres.

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