MP3: How to Win in the Protest Room: Chris Simon's tips for success ***

Audio (15 minutes): International Judge Chris Simon explains the kind of behaviour, presentation skills and knowledge required to maximise your chances of a happy and successful outcome from the protest room...

To get a flavour of what's in this interview, scroll below the photo to see some Notes that summarise some of the topics Chris Simon raises. This is crucial stuff for taking into your next protest hearing...

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Winning a protest is not just about the rights and wrongs of what happened on the water
Winning a protest is not just about the rights and wrongs of what happened on the water

Notes from the interview with Chris Simon on Protest Technique...

- Less confrontational people do better - protesting is not confrontational

- You can have an arbitration hearing - less formal than a full hearing

- Advisory hearing - two parties don't know who was in the right and wrong but would like to talk to someone about it - this rules out possibility of any other action in relation to the incident

- Approach protests as an academic exercise - preparation is important - consult the rule book or any other related book properly

- Don't be afraid to say if you think someone is in the wrong - accept defeat graciously

- Disagreements can just come up when the two parties are not clear what the rules are

- Witnesses can be called up to give evidence on the incident - however, you can't interfere with them - let them just say what they saw

- Don't call up lots of witnesses who will all say the same thing if you don't want to annoy the protest committee - they can't stop you from doing this though

- The other party can question the witness first, and then you can

- You can't ask leading questions - but you can ask loaded questions

- In international cases, non-English speaking parties are allowed interpreters - juries try to ensure there is no unfair disadvantage to them

- Protestor and protestee are allowed to sum up their cases after all evidence has been given - you don't have to but it's important and can be crucial in your case - noone gets to question you - make sure you have a powerful summary

- Rules can be downloaded from the ISAF website -

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