Summary

The 2022 CSA Caribbean Dinghy Championship comprised 27 boats in 6 classes, representing four countries with competitors aged seven to mid-sixties.

The regatta was well-organized on-shore and on the water by a very competent team at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. The Race Committee comprised of – PRO: Paul Henriquez, a fully crewed signal boat, course officer, safety boat, and press boat. Several teams had Team Coach boats on the water.

The Protest Committee comprised – IJ: Don Makowiecki, USA, NJ: Steven Kern, Barbados, CJ:  Iain Mobbs, Sint Maarten, CJ: Ian Hope-Ross, Sint Maarten. The Jury convened three in-person judges, and one Judge joined remotely via Zoom. French interpreters were required to conduct the protest meetings.

The Jury made good use of a Hybrid Jury Kit provided by the Caribbean Sailing Association – Sailing Development Committee for use at the Caribbean Dinghy Championship. CSA donated the Hybrid Jury Kit to the Sint Maarten Yacht Club to provide their Club Judges the experience of serving with National and International Judges in future regattas.

Competitors submitted three requests for redress, three protests, and one request to reopen.

  1. Sail #2000, RS Quest, SB, Scion / Magnan, Race 1, Fri. 21 Oct.
    Decision: Redress Given, #2000 is scored his finish position in race 1
  1. Sail #189839, Laser Radial, SB, Brin, Race 2, Fri. 21 Oct.
    Decision: Redress denied, #189839’s NSC score in race 2
  1. Sail #196002, Laser, SB, Fortunati, Race # 3, Fri. 21 Oct.
    Decision: Redress denied, #196002’s NSC score in race 3

 

  1. Protestor Sail #1998 RS Quest, SMX, Joris vs Sail #1991 RS Quest, ANT, Malik, Race 2
    Decision: #1991 broke RRS 18.2b and is DSQ in race 2, Sat. 22 Oct.
  1. Protestor Sail #1991 RS Quest, SMX, Malik vs Sail #1998 RS Quest, ANT, Joris, Race 3
    Decision: #1998 broke RRS 16.1 and is DSQ in race 3, Sat. 22 Oct.
  1. Protestor Sail #FRA42 Opti, SMX, Thomas vs Sail #FRA45 Opti, Clement, Race 3
    Decision: #FRA45 broke RRS 10 and is DSQ in race 3, Sun. 23 Oct.

 

  1. Request to Reopen Protest 1, Sail #1991 RS Quest, ANT, Malik, Race 2, Sat 22 Oct.
    Decision: No significant new information, Jury refused to reopen Protest 1

Hybrid Jury Kit

The Hybrid Jury Kit is comprised of a magnetic mat, magnetic boats, a tripod, and cell phone holder.  A Zoom session is launched to convene the jury.  Competitors are introduced to the remote judge(s) and then the protest is conducted as per RRS Appendix recommendations.

Remote International Judge, Don Makowiecki, USA seen above joined in from Tortola via Zoom and enjoyed a clear view of the incident as described by the Protestor, Protestee, and witnesses.  This hybrid approach allowed the event, competitors, and the in-person jury to benefit from the experience of a World Sailing International Judge.

Caribbean Sailing Association Donation Ceremony at Sint Maarten Yacht Club
(Left) PRO: Paul Henriquez, (Right) SXM Coach: Sam Peeks and
CSA Treasurer and Sail Development Committee Member: Steven Kern

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