Three Minute Justice

1. On the race course, protests are handled just as called out in the Racing Rules of Sailing. That is, the protesting boat must hail the protestee and fly a red flag at the first reasonable opportunity.

2. The protesting and protested skippers are encouraged to use Three Minute Justice to resolve the protest. They must meet immediately after the race; if they agree to Three Minute Justice, each skipper then selects another member of the fleet to act as a juror. If either skipper does not agree, the protester prepares a written protest and submits it per the Racing Rules of Sailing. 

The use of fleet members is a key feature of Three Minute Justice. We rely on the continuity and camaraderie of our fleet to overcome potential conflicts of interest. In exchange we gain knowledge of the boats and the sailing conditions of the just completed race. We obtain a quick decision and retain the congenial atmosphere that characterizes our sailing and racing.

3. The two skippers and the jurors repair to a private area. They remain standing. The protester has one minute to describe the incident including when and where it occurrred and the rule believed broken. The protestee then has one minute to present his/her side of the case. The protesting parties and the jurors may question each other. If any of the four want a witness to resolve a matter of fact, the witness has one minute to present his / her testimony.

4. The jurors then have one minute to reach a decision. If the jurors are unable to agree on a resolution because of the complexity or difficulty of the protest, the jurors will cause the protester to file a written protest per the Racing Rules of Sailing. The jurors inform the Race Committee of their decision.