In 2017, NSC & BYC introduced Post-Race Penalties (PRPs), as explained in Sailing Instruction 20.6. PRPs give competitors another option to the two-turns penalty, to accept a penalty for an infraction of a rule of Part 2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing, or rule 31.
A boat that decides that they may have broken a rule of Part 2 or rule 31 accepts a Post-Race Penalty by advising the protest coordinators. If such a penalty is taken prior to the end of the protest time limit (midnight, the day after the race concerned), then the PRP is a 20% Scoring Penalty, per SI 20.6(a). The skipper of the boat accepting the PRP shall email the Protest Coordinator(s) (protests at nsc.ca and/or protests at byc.ca) a statement that he/she accepts the penalty and that identifies the race number and where and when the incident occurred. Below is a template that could be used.
Message to accept a 20% Post-Race Penalty:
As skipper of Boat A, sail #123, I wish to take a 20% post-race penalty for an incident in the PHRF/JAM/One-Design/etc. race on [date], for an incident involving Boat B, sail #456, helmed by Jane Doe. The incident occurred [on the nth leg/at the windward mark the second time around/etc.] and I believe I failed to [keep clear/provide room/avoid contact/etc.] as required by rule X.
John Q, Skipper of Boat A
If Boat A has an e-mail address for Boat B, it would be courteous to copy Boat B on the above submission.
The protest coordinator will, as soon as possible, acknowledge receipt of the message, and cc the other boat involved in the incident. Below is a template that could be used.
Message to acknowledge receipt of a Post-Race Penalty acceptance:
I am confirming receipt of your e-mail. By cc, I am advising Boat B of your decision. In a separate message, I will ask the appropriate scorer to make the appropriate scoring change. Scoring changes may not be reflected until the results are uploaded next week.
NSC/BYC Protest Coordinator
If a boat does not accept a PRP by the end of the protest time limit, she may still do so, but the penalty becomes a 30% Scoring Penalty, per SI 20.6(b). If the boat is protested for the incident, upon notification of the protest lodged against them, the boat will be given the opportunity to take a 30% PRP, but they must do so within 24 hours of being notified of the protest. Otherwise, a protest hearing will be convened.
If no protest is lodged against a boat, there is no time limit for taking a 30% PRP.
When notifying the appropriate scorer, it is important to advise them whether the boat should be assigned a 20% PRP per SI 20.6(a), or a 30% PRP per SI 20.6(b).
Return to the Protest Procedures page.
Gerry McGrath & Hugh Morrin, 2017 Protest Coordinators.
Page updated: 2017-07-15.
15 Jul: HM: page created.
12 Aug: HM: minor wording updates.
Page maintained by H. Morrin.