DECISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY IN CASE 48 - RRS 69.1 against Ben Ainslie

Από το καλό blog του Jos Spijkerman πήραμε την παρακάτω έκθεση της απόφασης της Διεθνούς Επιτροπής Ενστάσεων από το Perth για την περίπτωση που κυριαρχεί τις τελευταίες ημέρες στα μέσα και δεν είναι άλλη από αυτήν του Ben Ainslie.
Αν και πλέον η υπόθεση έχει ξεφύγει από την απλή οπτική γωνία του αν έκανε καλά ή όχι ο Ben ή αν τον τιμώρησαν ήδη αρκετά ή αν θα υπάρξει και συνέχεια...
Το σημαντικότερο που προκύπτει,
από αυτήν την υπόθεση, είναι η κατάσταση που δημιουργείται με τα media boats και τα όρια που έχουν ή καλύτερα δεν έχουν προκειμένου να πάρουν τα πλάνα που θέλουν.
Η συζήτηση είναι μεγάλη και δύσκολη, αλλά θα πρέπει να γίνει, γιατί φαίνεται ότι στο μέλλον θα έχουμε και άλλα παρόμοια περιστατικά.
 
DECISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY IN CASE 48
From the Perth 2011 Jury Notice Board: Case 48.pdf:
Rule 69.1 Hearing based on report from Organizing Authority
Ben Ainslie (Finn GBR 3)

Facts Found

As the first two boats in Finn Race 9 rounded the gate for the second beat and headed towards the shore, a media boat followed close to leeward of the leader. This caused wash for GBR 3, who attempted to wave the media boat off.
When the leaders passed through the gate and headed towards the finishing line, the same media boat followed the leader to the finishing line leaving a large wake, which again affected GBR 3's race.
The media boat crossed the finishing line and then stopped in front of GBR 3 after GBR 3 finished. As GBR 3 came alongside, the skipper jumped aboard the media boat.The skipper grabbed and shook the boat driver, shouting 'You have no respect!' He then walked towards another member of the media boat's crew, but made no contact with him. He then jumped into the water, swam to his boat and sailed away.On coming ashore, the skipper of GBR 3 wrote a letter of apology and delivered it to the media boat driver. The media boat driver accepted that apology and apologised in a letter for disturbance during the race.

Conclusion
The action of jumping on a media boat with anger and grabbing the driver constitutes physical aggression. Such behaviour is never an acceptable response. Such behaviour not only constitutes a gross breach of good manners but also, coming from a top athlete at a world championship, brings the sport of sailing into disrepute.
However, the repeated nature of the media boats interference over multiple legs is a mitigating circumstance, as is the prompt and unsolicited written apology given to the boat driver.

Decision
GBR 3 is to be scored DGM (disqualification non-excludable for gross misconduct) for Races 9 and 10.

Decision given at 22:40 December 9, 2011
International Jury: Bernard Bonneau (Chairman), Jim Capron, Josje Hofland, Ana Sanchez, Marianne Middelthon

The matter has been dealt with at the event. Is it now over?

Reading Rule 69.1(c):

The protest committee shall promptly report a penalty, but not a warning, to the national authorities of the venue, of the competitor and of the boat owner. If the protest committee is an international jury appointed by the ISAF under rule 89.2(b), it shall send a copy of the report to the ISAF.
That means that four ‘higher’ authorities will be send a report. The Australian MNA: Yachting Australia (because the venue was Perth), the RYA (Ainslie is from GBR), the MNA of the boat-owner (if that is an MNA other than from Australia or Great Britain) and the ISAF.
In all likely hood Yachting Australia and the ISAF will defer from investigating and leave the matter in the hands of the RYA. They are now the first to respond. But if the decision of the RYA is not appropriate in the eyes of either YA or the ISAF, they can then start there own investigation and decide on whether an additional sanction is warranted. 
DECISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY IN CASE 48 - RRS 69.1 against Ben Ainslie DECISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY IN CASE 48 - RRS 69.1 against Ben Ainslie Reviewed by Panos Douros on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Rating: 5

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