Protest Flags

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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
 
Thread starter #3
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.
 

David

New Member
#5
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
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
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
 
#9
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.
 

Rob B

Active Member
#15
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.

iain_CAN165061 said:
"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
 
#16
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
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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