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Transparency

Following the Olympic coverage was somewhat painful, but there was
a highlight that should be paid attention to. Throughout the regatta
the protest committee decisions and actions were updated on the website,
and we all were able to get a look at who had been naughty and who had
been nice. This is a great step for Race coverage. For the first time
I can remember you could see not only who had gotten thrown out of a
race, but go in and read as to why.

Too many of us take for granted that we know the rules, and more importantly
how a jury will interpret our testimony. Yet time and time again folks
come out of the protest room thinking they have been screwed. Perhaps
this is because there is no ongoing way to look at how sailors are treated
by juries in particular situations. For instance, if you watched decisions
handed out for say, tacking inside the two boat length circle, you would
know that the boat that tacks is almost always thrown out. Knowing this
could lead you to either cross or duck before you made the decision
to throw the helm over. Even at the elite Olympic level you would be
shocked how often this rule was enforced, and how many elite sailors
chose to go into the room thinking they could talk their way out of
it.