DKC Protest Process


The Duluth Keel Club will sponsor Wednesday Night Class Races, Nearshore Races, Offshore Races and other races as listed in the annual Race Schedule, and as published in the Leading Edge and online at the Duluth Keel Club website at:


Protest Process:

  • The protesting boat is required to notify the race coordinator after finishing, and before leaving the finish area, that a protest will be filed. Protesting boats will have 48 hours to submit a protest form and will have the option of doing so electronically, or by delivering a hard copy to the committee boat or a race committee member.
  • Protests shall be written on RRS protest forms available in the DKC Leading Edge or on the DKC Website. Lacking a proper protest form, a protesting boat shall provide in writing the information required under RRS 61.2.
  • Time Limit - The time limit for filing protests shall be 48 hours after the finish time of the protesting boat. 4. Protest must be submitted to the race PRO, directly to a Race Committee Chairman, Protest Committee Chairman, or electronically via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Notices of hearings and their location will be posted on the DKC Website no later than 1 day after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses.
  • The arbitration process will not be used by the DKC. Protests will be heard by a panel of no fewer than 2 sailors, including the Protest Chair or an appropriate representative.
  • A standing hearing for the Wednesday series will be scheduled for Monday evening at 5:30pm and will be announced on the DKC website as needed.


Foul Language Is Prohibited During Duluth Keel Club Races

Any boat emitting foul language loud enough to be heard by another person, regardless at whom the foul language was directed, shall be subject to protest, and possible penalties. Any boat may protest another boat from which it heard foul language. On the first offense the penalty is a warning except when the incident is considered by the protest committee to be egregious.

Egregious incidence will be heard under RRS #2 or #69 with all penalties available. Upon a second offense the committee may rule a 20% penalty (minimum of 2 places). If the second incident is deemed serious, the committee may rule a DSQ. Repeated incidents may be judged to be a gross breach of good manners and sportsmanship under RRS 69. When a boat declines to attend the hearing, the incident shall be considered to infringe RRS #2.


Important Notice Of Limitation Of Liability

The Duluth Keel Club and/or Race Committee, its members or any other committee shall not be liable for any injury or damage whatsoever to persons or property whether caused by or resulting from their act, omission or alleged negligence, or from weather or sea conditions, hazards of any kind, defects or failure of yachts to be seaworthy in hull, rigging or gear, or any acts, omissions or alleged negligence of other participants which may occur during or arising out of or in connection with any race, regatta, event, cruise, spectacle or any activity sponsored or aided in whole or in part by the Duluth Keel Club.

Notice is hereby given to all participants (including crew, spectators, officials and others) that they participate in any activity solely at their own risk. Skippers of participating yachts are required to apprise all crew members of this Limitation of Liability as a Condition of Entry.