Protest Flags

Discussion in 'Laser Class Politics' started by iain_CAN165061, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. iain_CAN165061

    iain_CAN165061 New Member

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    Hi, is having a protest flag legal?

    I’m talking about a flag, jammed into a capsule, taped to the boom with a ripcord

    If so, do all regattas accept them? Or is it interchangeable?


    c ya,

    iain
     
  2. Murphs

    Murphs New Member

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    they are legal but not necessary,

    Why do you want one?
     
  3. iain_CAN165061

    iain_CAN165061 New Member

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    i know that during some protests there is alot of speculation as to "did you actualy call protest", and on the protest form there is a question "did you fly a protest flag"... so i figure just get one for the hell of it.
     
  4. 49208

    49208 Tentmaker

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  5. David

    David New Member

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    I don't use one, luckily my yell is loud enough that half of the fleet hears me when I call protest/starboard etc.

    I'm pretty laid back when it comes to protesting somebody though, only protested twice this season.
     
  6. 43575

    43575 New Member

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    I have a protest flag, but i only use it if some one doesn't do their circles even after i yell at them. I know that you don't need one, but it is one of the questions that they tend to ask you when you are in a protest, so it is nice to have one just in cace and to prove that you did protest.
     
  7. 49208

    49208 Tentmaker

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    If a member of a protest committee asks you if you displayed a flag while racing Lasers, they are clueless as far as the rules and shouldn't be on the committee
     
  8. iain_CAN165061

    iain_CAN165061 New Member

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    thats understandable, but reli, its still a good idea, becuase it clarifies that you reli did protest
     
  9. sailordude

    sailordude New Member

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    yeah all you have to do is hail* protest and ask the person if they heard you. if they dont do anything tell the race comitee most likely theres someone around for a witness.
     
  10. iain_CAN165061

    iain_CAN165061 New Member

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    im not going to debate over the pros and cons of a protest flag. i personaly think its a decent thing to have, whats the harm in it? there is none
     
  11. keiran searle AUS

    keiran searle AUS New Member

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    it also depends on what size club & wat type of people u have @ ur club & how serious you are about your racing
     
  12. Murphs

    Murphs New Member

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    they are legal, so just get one :)
     
  13. sailordude

    sailordude New Member

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    were ya gona put it?
     
  14. iain_CAN165061

    iain_CAN165061 New Member

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    "I’m talking about a flag, jammed into a capsule, taped to the boom with a ripcord"

    more specificaly.... fore of the fore-boom block, and aft of the vang key hole
     
  15. Rob B

    Rob B Active Member

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    I used to have a "wiffle ball" flag. The flag was stuffed in a wiffle ball that had the bottom cut out. I tied the wiffle ball the the gooseneck end of the boom. It was easy to access.

     
  16. Fuzzy Metal

    Fuzzy Metal New Member

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    49208 has it right. You do not require them. Flying it proves nothing. The only thing valid is hailing protest. While you reach for your protest flag I will gain 2 more boatlengths on you. See ya at the bar.
     
  17. u917734

    u917734 New Member

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    The question is about a protest flag. As being an on water judge and jury, it is the length of the boat that defines the requirement for having a protest flag. Where you store it is up to you, but as one reply indicated, he will gain 2 boats lengths while you grap it. The flag must be a flag, there are a number of cases that define what the flag should be like, from size and shape.
    Having said that for a protest to be valid, the word "protest" MUST be used. It is a requirement as per the rules. "Do your turns" does not count. Having hailed at the earliest opportunity is one of the test for a valid protest.
     

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