The rules are presented initially in a summarized version and further down in more detail.
The MLS Racing Rules (MRR) are based on "World Sailing's": "Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020" (RRS) with a few exceptions and some amendments stated further below.
Skippers that comes to the pre-start in order to participate in a race, may at any time during a race protest against another boat in the race by writing 'P Skipper Name' in the game chat. The protesting skipper must submit a 'Protest' after the race for the protest to be valid and examined. If he/she does not submit a protest or loses the protest, 1 point will be added to his/her score.
The game setting used is 'Fleet Race - Complete (Auto)' which enables the in-game 'umpire' to give penalties to the racing skippers. If a skipper disagrees with a given penalty he/she may request an in-game penalty cancellation and the penalty giving skipper MUST accept this request. Otherwise he/she will be disqualified. If the penalty giving skipper thinks he/she has broken a rule, he/she may complete a penalty a.s.a.p. after the situation.
A skipper who requests a cancellation of a penalty MUST submit an 'Explanation' after the race. Otherwise the skipper will be disqualified.
The host will use the 'Fleet Race - Complete (Auto)' rule setting but it will be possible to cancel penalties.
All valid protests, cancel request explanations and redress requests will be examined by the Protest Committee (PC) after the races using RRS 2017-2020. PC also has the right to review any other situation in a race where a rule might have been broken, regardless whether a protest is registered or not. If PC starts such a review, all skippers involved will be informed before any actions are taken.
NOTE! Since a Pen Cancel Request actually concerns a penalty, albeit the penalty is given by the Nadeo umpire, the PC will look at the whole situation and may disqualify any boat involved which has broken a rule. A seperate protest in the chat does NOT need to be hailed in these cases.
Except for a Rule 2 protest, the following applies:
A protest is not valid if the protested skipper accepts and completes the penalty a.s.a.p. The skipper MUST write '360 done' in the chat after he/she has taken the penalty.
A 'Protest'/'Explanation'/'Redress Request' submission must reach the PC before 20:00 CEST/CET the day after the race day.
When protesting by writing 'P Skipper Name' in the chat, the submission must include a Print Screen as evidence of protest.
PC will use the host's replay as the primary source of information. Sending in a replay is optional. Video from 'Bandicam' or similar tool may be used to gather more information.
A list of all protests, pen cancel requests and redress requests received in time will be published in the 'Forum' after the protest time has expired.
A boat that has been protested in the chat may give evidence by submitting a reply.
The reply must be submitted within 24 hours after the protest is published in the 'Forum'.
The game uses an older version of ISAF RRS addressing in-game penalties. This event and PC will use World Sailing's RRS 2017-2020 with a few exceptions and some amendments due to the fact that the races are run in a simulator.
- No general recall due to false starts.
- Part of the boat is hull and mast only.
- The mark zone is 2 hull lengths.
- All penalties include one tack and one gybe.
- The PC members will have team mates racing. (Change of RRS 63.4).
- A boat must take a penalty as soon as possible after finding enough space to do so. If the penalty was given by another boat writing 'P Skipper Name', the penalized boat MUST write '360 done' after taking its penalty.
- A boat which is given a penalty by the in-game umpire and is unable to take it without disturbing other boats, may postpone it by writing 'Post Skipper Name' in the chat. He/she can then ask for penalty cancellation which gives the skipper time to find a proper place to take the penalty. As for any cancellation request an 'Explanation' must be submitted.
- Any boat can be exonerated from a penalty if their respective replay show that they have not violated any rule.
- Sails must have adequate transparency. Nadeo skins will not be accepted.
- A boat with 'lag' problems may be excluded from a race.
- A boat cannot be penalized under rule 14 if it has right of way or is entitled to room when contact occurs.
- A boat requesting room to tack according to rule 20 must write 'RTT' or 'Room to tack' in game chat. The call is valid for all boats that will be affected by the situation. I.e. sailing on the same tack and to windward of the boat making the hail.
- A skipper must hail 'P Skipper Name' in the game chat in order to protest.
- If a boat is significantly slowed down, stopped or starts to sail backwards due to a collision with other boat obliged to keep clear, it must be considered that the boat is physically damaged as described in RRS 62.1(b).
- The host is allowed to restart any race before 1 min to start.
Racing skippers may request cancellation for a penalty they think is wrong as soon as possible after an incident. (>30 seconds after an incident is considered late).
All cancellation requests MUST be accepted. A boat refusing, not answering or answering late to a cancellation request, regardless whether by intent or by mistake, will be disqualified. That boat should leave the race immediately or it will be kicked by the host. (>20 seconds after a request is considered late).
A boat making a cancellation request MUST submit an 'Explanation'. If no 'Explanation' is received in due time, the skipper will be disqualified and the PC will probably not examine the situation further.
The penalty giving boat may take a penalty if that skipper thinks he/she has broken any rule in the situation. In this case, the skipper MUST write "360 done" after talking its penalty.
The requesting boat cannot change its mind and complete a penalty turn afterwards.
PC may need to contact parties involved to gather more information for making a correct decision.
If a submission asking for redress is received, or if the PC itself finds that a rule has been broken, a redress may be given in these situations:
- If a Pen Cancel Request is refused, not answered or answered too late.
- If a boat is badly affected by another boat's 'ghost'. I.e. - A boat which has already disconnected.
- If a boat's result is affected by another boat breaking Rule 2.
A redress will only affect the score of the compensated skipper and this score may be calculated in different ways using RRS.
At any time during a race, a boat participating in the same race can protest another boat under Rule 2. This change RRS 61.1(a) since the call does not have to be right after the incident.
PC may at any time protest any boat under Rule 2 if it hears, learns or sees an infringement that may be a violation of Rule 2. PC will then inform the boat a.s.a.p. and the protested boat may give evidence. The evidence shall be submitted within 24 hours after the protest is published in the forum.
"... BASIC PRINCIPLES
SPORTSMANSHIP AND THE RULES
Competitors in the sport of sailing are governed by a body of rules that they are expected to follow and enforce. A fundamental principle of sportsmanship is that when competitors break a rule they will promptly take a penalty, which may be to retire.
A boat and her owner shall compete in compliance with recognized principles of sportsmanship and fair play. A boat may be penalized under this rule only if it is clearly established that these principles have been violated. The penalty shall be either disqualification or disqualification that is not excludable. ..."
This rule regulates fair, honest and sportive sailing, which can basically be divided into 3 parts:
- You should not deliberately break a rule.
- If you know you have broken a rule (or should have known...) you should voluntarily take a penalty.
- Choose your words carefully when using the chat. Foul language is not accepted. Insults directed at a particular skipper are shown to everybody in the race...
Thus: If you have deliberately broken a rule, not volunteered to take a penalty when you clearly should have, or have abused the race chat, then you may have broken Rule 2.
A PC member will NOT take part in cases or decisions involving a team member.
The protest decisions will be published in the 'Forum' when the PC has evaluated all situations.
The PC decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
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