Once the written decision is in your hands, you have 15 days to "send a dated appeal to the appropriate appeals committee" (Rules F1 and F2.1). You must also send: (1) any required fee, (2) a copy of the protest committee’s written decision, including any diagram prepared by or endorsed by the protest committee, (3) the written protest(s), (4) the notice of race, sailing instructions and any other conditions governing the race, and any changes to them, (5) the names and addresses of the protest committee chairman and all parties to the hearing, and (6) any additional relevant documents and correspondence. The items on this list need not necessarily be sent with the original appeal, but they must be sent "as soon as possible thereafter" if they are available to you (Rule F2.2). All parties and the protest committee are permitted to comment on your appeal, and you, in turn, are permitted to comment on their findings provided you do so within 15 days of receiving them (Rule F6). What’s more, in the United States, there are usually two levels of appeal, first to the "association appeals committee" in your region and second to the US SAILING Appeals Committee (Rule F1). Now you’re beginning to see what I mean by "many hours of paperwork!"