third part protest decides the Farr
40 Worlds? We don’t like that sort of thing, but those are the rules.
The regatta came down to the last race between Mascalzone Latino and Joe
Fly. There was an incident between Fly and Barking Mad and Barking Mad
tactician Terry Hutchinson explained, "From my perspective, we were
fouled by Joe Fly at the top mark. We did not protest them because we
did not want to be… It is tough racing, it’s hard enough. You get into
these situations and I think Mascalzone and Joe Fly were having a good
regatta against each other. Mascalzone Latino witnessed the infringement
(against Barking Mad) and they were within their rights to file a third
party against them in the situation. That leaves the umpires to decide
the end, the international jury – chaired by Tom Ehman – decided in Mascalzone’s
favor and disqualified Joe Fly, giving the win to Mascalzone, and dropping
Joe Fly to second overall for the championship.
btw, is three Farr 40 regatta wins in a row for Mascalzone. Protest or
not, that’s impressive. We reckon it didn’t hurt to have John Kostecki