New Rule 42.3(e)
Having asked every rules expert who came within range about "snapping" the top batten; it's now in the rules - thanks apparently to the French, who proposed it.
So far so good but the next question is the practical one of how you actually pump a batten over without 'clearly propelling' your boat?
Just watch me I am superb at it!
Yes I have managed to prpel my boat quite a long way up wind with out successfully verting (is that the correct term) the top batten.....neverbeen protested yet but that is probably because I am racing for last place. Thats why I got a Merlin, still be last but amy be not last off the water......but we will have to wait and see.
I think the protest debate may become an interpretation of the rule word 'clearly'. Once observed, 'clearly propelling', may invoke a 'yellow area' warning and persistent inversion correction may invite a harsher penalty.