OGR – Leader issued 172hr Leg 3 time penalty

  • Line honours and IRC winner of OGR Leg 2, Translated 9 has been issued penalties for breaches of the notice of race for Leg 3.
  • Sail restrictions of the OGR challenging some entrants, but are a performance tactic for others.
  • Some entrants voluntarily accept penalties for sail repairs.
  • Translated 9 captain, Vittorio Malingri, resigns taking responsibility for a wrong declaration.

With just days to the restart of the McIntyre Ocean Globe, race leader Translated 9 had been issued a total of 172 hours of time penalties associated with sending three sails to a sailmaker for repair, without approval and without any notice. This is not allowed under the Notice of Race unless specific processes are followed and advance notice and approvals are given.

In this instance, no OGR approvals were given to Translated 9 to remove sails for repair. When all entrants were asked later by the organizer if sails were delivered to a sailmaker for repairs, a declaration was provided by the captain of Translated 9 clearly stating they had not been removed and were onboard the boat. In fact, the sails had been removed three days before the captain’s declaration was received.

On investigation, after the declaration was received, it was proven that three sails were sent to a sailmaker by the captain of Translated 9 before the declaration. OGR immediately commenced an enquiry. The captain admitted the declaration he supplied was wrong and that at the time he supplied the declaration he was aware sails were at the sail maker.

On that basis a total of 72 hours penalties were applied for the three sails sent without the authority or knowledge of the OGR. A further 100-hour penalty was applied for the supply of a wrong declaration when asked. As the captain acted against team orders and the direct instructions of the team manager and owner, and without their knowledge, this 100-hr penalty was suspended, subject to the entry not breaching any further NOR rules. IF that be the case the entry would be disqualified. (see official report below)

Following the official report and penalties applied, the captain of Translated 9 resigned accepting responsibility for his error of judgment. The team is carrying out an investigation to understand what happened and how to ensure it does not happen again.  

SAIL RULES of OGR and other penalties for leg 3.

CONNY VAN RIETSCHOTEN won the 1977 Whitbread in Flyer. He used over 50 sails to achieve that result. Setting out from the UK with 25 sails, blown out spinnakers were replaced in Cape Town and by the time they arrived at the halfway point in Auckland, nearly all sails were replaced as they had stretched. Money was no object to winning.

During the 2018 Golden Globe Race, a 212 DAY SOLO 30,000 MILE voyage around the world, three yachts completed the voyage using only one mainsail, a staysail and a genoa, that were never changed, only reefed. The only other sails used were a couple of spinnakers. FIVE SAILS IN TOTAL. Modern Dacron sailcloth and build techniques are PROVEN very durable.

The OGR is all about back to basic adventure racing, where money has no advantage to winning the race. OGR strives to keep things affordable and equitable for all entrants. OGR works hard to make sailors sail safely and not be overcome by speed at the expense of cutting corners, increasing risk. OGR also works on sustainability as a core value.

If an OGR entrant has one mast, then only 11 sails are allowed onboard for the entire circumnavigation. If their yacht has two masts, they are allowed 13 sails. Any sail older than 8 years is discounted 50% so two old sails are counted as one new sail. Only Dacron or Nylon sail material is allowed in sails. No sails may be removed from the boat for repair. A sailmaker can come onboard the boat in port to make sail repairs without penalty.  If a sail is lost or thrown overboard, A 24 HOURS PENALTY IS APPLIED. If a new sail is brought onboard after the start, A 24 HOUR PENALTY IS APPLIED.

All these unique rules are designed to ensure an entrant considers the selection and design of the sail wardrobe as if the OGR were a non-stop race around the world, without the benefit of buying new sails in each port. They need to be strong! Entrants need to sail carefully and not damage sails which MUST go the distance all around the world. Pushing to the limit, blowing sails and buying new in each port COME WITH PENALTIES. RECYCLING perfectly good 8-year-old sails can be a real advantage over buying new in the OGR.

These rules were announced four years before the start of the OGR. MOST ENTRANTS BUILT STRONG SAILS AND SAIL ACCORDINGLY. On arrival in Cape Town however, a few entrants needed serious sail repairs. Some entrants were complaining about these crazy rules that they had signed up for? Some suggested it was dangerous to continue. It was clear they had not factored in the concept of OGR SAILS. Others were quite relaxed and had even accepted IRC RATING penalties to carry extra spinnakers to cover sail damage. It was clear a few were not taking the sail restriction seriously and were now regretting it.

After careful consideration OGR decided to allow A FLEET EXEMPTION for free sail repairs in Cape Town with the warning that it will never happen again, so strengthen your sails now! Arriving in Auckland at the halfway point, a few entrants again reported pushing too hard, crashing gybes and damaged sails. Once again, some strongly rejected the OGR sail rules they had signed up for and demanded access to a sailmaker. OGR decided that WITH PRIOR REGISTRATION AND APPROVAL, a sail could be sent to a sail maker for inspection or repair, and A 12 HOUR PENALTY IS APPLIED FOR EACH SAIL.

An entrant who factors into their racing strategy the clear, simple and sensibly unique OGR SAIL RULES AND RESTRICTIONS is better placed to do well, compared to an entrant who ignores them and complains later because their sails are not up to the job or they pushed them too hard.

One entrant ordered a new sail lost off Cape Town and accepted a gift of two old spinnakers from a supporter accepting the penalties. Four entrants applied to send sails out for repair. ALL others managed their sail repairs onboard their boats. One entrant sent sails out without approval, which was discovered by OGR, investigated and penalized accordingly.

SAIL PENALTIES. APPLIED TO LEG THREE:

EXPLORER, 2 OLD SPINNAKERS-GIFT, NEW GENOA-LOST …48HRS

NEPTUNE, 2 SPINNAKERS, ONE GENNAKER…PENALTY 36HRS

OUTLAW, SPINNAKER…PENALTY 12HRS

PEN DUICK VI, REACHER … PENALTY 12 HRS

STERNA, STAYSAIL… PENALTY 12 HOURS

Translated 9 GENOA, TWO SPINNAKERS…PENALTY 72HRS, WRONG DECLARATION 100HRS SUSPENDED (SEE PENALTY REPORT BELOW).

RE: SAILS REMOVED FROM Translated 9 to a sailmaker, without the knowledge or permission of OGR and contrary to a declaration supplied by the captain.

SITUATION

ON the 14 Dec all OGR entrants were advised in the ENTRANT UPDATE NO 31, that any sails removed from the boat and sent to a sail maker for inspection or repairs, would incur a 12 hr time penalty, for each sail removed. Any sail being removed from the boat must first be registered with OGR FOR APPROVAL.

Subsequently, OGR believed some entrant sails had been removed and sent to sailmakers without being registered and without OGR knowledge.

On DEC 21, OGR emailed all OGR entrants seeking immediate clarification ON ANY SAILS THAT HAD BEEN SENT TO SAILMAKERS…with a warning, that any sails not declared and registered, would receive a heavier penalty.

BACKGROUND

On DEC 21 Translated 9 CAPTAIN provided the following declaration. NO SAILS HAVE BEEN SENT TO A SAILMAKER FOR INSPECTION OR REPAIR AND ALL SAILS FROM THE OGR ARE STILL ON THE BOAT.

On 5th JANUARY, two weeks later, OGR secured evidence to suggest that three sails had been removed from Translated 9 and sent to a sail maker for repair, on the 17th AND 18th DEC. This was four days prior to the date of the official declaration, from the Translated 9 captain stating that NO SAILS had been removed from Translated9. AT no time had OGR received NOTIFICATION TO SUGGEST ANY CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUS DECLARATION.

On January 5th Notice was served on Translated 9 asking for an explanation and clarification OF AN APPARENT WRONG DECLARATION SUPPLIED BY THE CAPTAIN and if sails had been delivered to a sail maker.

The CAPTAIN confirmed that three sails had been removed from the boat and delivered to the sailmaker on the 17th and 18th December. He confirmed he was aware that those sails had been sent to the sailmaker before he made the DEC. 21ST declaration. THE CAPTAIN confirmed that the declaration was wrong and shows great remorse for his lapse of judgment.

THE CO-CAPTAIN and ENTRY OWNER confirmed that specific team instructions were agreed NOT TO SEND ANY SAILS TO A SAIL MAKER AND ALL MINOR REPAIRS DISCOVERED WERE TO BE CARRIED OUT ONBOARD THE YACHT. The instructions were given both verbally and in writing to the captain. The team manager confirmed that the plan was agreed to have all repairs carried out onboard the yacht. The co-captain and team manager confirmed they were not aware any sails had been sent to a sailmaker until January 5th when OGR requested clarification.

SUMMARY

THREE SAILS were sent from Translated 9 TO A SAILMAKER FOR INSPECTION AND REPAIR without registration and approval from OGR. The captain provided a WRONG DECLARATION when asked to confirm if any sails had been sent to a sailmaker for inspection and repair. The captain acted independently AND AGAINST INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE CO-SKIPPER/TEAM OWNER AND TEAM MANAGER who were both NEVER CONSULTED NOR INFORMED OF HIS ACTION. Translated9 has always promoted openly and publicly a philosophy of total commitment to the rules within the OGR NOTICE OF RACE.

It is clear the captain acted alone in deciding to send sails to the sailmaker.

DETERMINATION

1.       Three sails were sent to a sailmaker for inspection and repair. Each sail receives a standard 12-hour penalty. Total 36hrs.

2.       Three sails were sent to a sailmaker without authority and registration. Each sail receives an extra 12-hour penalty. Total 36hrs.

3.       The captain provided a wrong declaration to OGR acting against team orders. Penalty 100 hours. SUSPENDED SUBJECT TO Translated 9 NEVER AGAIN FAILING TO COMPLY WITH ANY RULES OF THE NOTICE OF RACE, IN WHICH CASE NOR 3.1.11 DISQUALIFICATION WILL COME INTO EFFECT.

THE TOTAL SAIL PENALTY IS 72 HOURS.

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