Sam Rogers Withdraws from Races 2 & 3 of the E Scow Blue Chip Regatta

Sam Rogers Withdraws from Races 2 & 3 of the E Scow Blue Chip Regatta © Tammy Sawyer Related topics:

26 September 2009

As published by the National Class E-Scow Association

It was brought to Sam Rogers attention that you had to race with the same spinnaker for the entire event. He thought the rule applied to each race of the event, not the whole series. After learning what the actual rule was, Sam asked the RC to with draw him from races 2 and 3. It turns out Sam used a white spinnaker in the first race yesterday and then a black spinnaker in races 2 and 3. Today he used his white spinnaker. Apparently the black spinnaker is a little older and is of a different material that the white one, and his preference was to use the black spinnaker when there was more wind and the white newer spinnaker in the lighter winds. 

Sam and his team did the right thing by withdrawing from the races, but most competitors feel the penalty for their misunderstanding of the class rule was too severe. When I left the party tonight, people were discussing the situation and many wanted to see if there was some option for Sam so that his terrific racing these last two days was not decimated by two 'RAF' scores.  

Sam is to be congratulated for not only his great racing, but also for his fine sportsmanship. He wins that that high honor, no matter how this turns out.  

The revised official results after 5 races are:

1   Porter 1, 13, 1, 4, 1  = 20
2   Jewett 10, 2, 3, 6, 5 = 26
3   Biwer 5, 4, 6, 8, 13 = 36
4   Wight 4, 15, 11, 5, 4 = 39
5   Burton 23, 7, 5, 2, 7 = 44
6   Friend 6, 6, 18, 10, 6 = 45
7   Gluek 8, 16, 12, 14, 2 = 52 
8   Rogers 2, RAF, RAF, 1, 3 = 56
9   Schoor 13, 10, 21, 3, 12, = 59
10 Graves 7, 19, 4, 17, 18 = 64