Sailing Instructions

The notation ‘[NP]’ in a rule of the sailing instructions (SIs) means that a boat may not protest another boat for breaking that rule. This changes RRS 60.1(a).

1 RULES

1.1 The event is governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

2 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

2.1 Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 0900 on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 2000 on the day before it will take effect. Schedule of races is published on NDYC website or other official electronic methods.

2.2 Whilst Covid-19 restrictions are in place there are special instructions in place to ensure racing is Covid-secure. These instructions may vary from time to time and may be communicated by electronic media.

3 COMMUNICATIONS WITH COMPETITORS

3.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located within the clubhouse and/or SI Updates on club website, and where agreed by the Race Committee using other official electronic media / platforms.

3.2 The race office is located at NDYC email [info@ndyc.org].

3.3 The following communications may be made by the race committee on VHF channel 37a.

· Gaffer fleet race communications such as shorten course, course changes, race times.

3.4 [DP] While racing, except in an emergency, a boat shall not make voice or data transmissions and shall not receive voice or data communication that is not available to all boats except for GPS trackers allocated by the race committee or as specified in rule 3.4 above.

4 CODE OF CONDUCT

4.1 [DP] Competitors and support persons shall comply with reasonable requests from race officials.

5 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed at the race Tower or official flag post

6 SCHEDULE OF RACES

6.1 The schedule of races shall be as notified on NDYC website

6.2 To alert boats that a race or sequence of races will begin soon one of the following actions may occur:

Tower / Club Line starts:

· a 30 minute warning signal will be made

· an orange light maybe illuminated on the start transit

For Quay or Committee boat starts

· An orange starting line flag may be displayed when the start line is set not less than 6 minutes before the start time. Note the start line can be moved in accordance with the RRS.

7 CLASS FLAGS

7.1 The following class flags will be used:

· All Cats – IC Flag C:

· Handicap I / Monohulls – IC Flag I (India)

 

Handicap 2 – IC Flag M

·

Gaffer Fleet – IC Flag G (Note currently IC Flag P on race Tower)

8 RACING AREA

8.1 The Taw Torridge estuary limits

9 COURSES

9.1 The courses will be displayed on the race notice board or via other electronic media.

10 MARKS

10.1 navigation marks or club racing / inflatable racing marks

11 OBSTRUCTIONS

11.1 The following areas are consider obstructions or out of bounds areas.

· Instow Moorings off Churchfields car park to the western limit of the western edge of the carpark / slipway.

· Instow Moorings off Lifeboat slip from the slipway to the outer mooring

· 3 boat lengths around the Lifeboat on its mooring

12 THE START

12.1 Races will be started using RRS 26 with the warning signal made 5 minutes before the starting signal.

12.2 Races will be started as follows: For Tower starts Lights shall be used as defined on the club website https://ndyc.org/racing/race-schedule-race-admin/. This changes RRS 26.

12.3 Tower Starts:

The starting line is between the transits on the club race tower to either Outer Home or Inner Home buoys. Note the buoys may NOT be on the start line and are only a distance mark

Quay or Committee Boat Starts:

The start line will be between the mast displaying an Orange flag and the outer distance buoy. There may be an inner distance mark which may not be on the line. Where possible the committee boat shall be at the starboard end of the line.

12.4 Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for other races.

12.5 A boat that does not start within 5 minutes after her starting signal may be scored Did Not Start without a hearing at the Race Officer discretion. This changes RRS A5.1 and A5.2.

13 THE FINISH

13.1 Tower Finish:

The finish line shall be between the transits on the club race tower to either Outer Home or Inner Home buoys. Note the buoys may NOT be on the finish line and are only a distance mark

Quay or Committee Boat Starts:

The finish line will be between the mast displaying a Blue flag and the outer distance buoy. There may be an inner distance mark which may not be on the line.

13.2 If the race committee is absent when a boat finishes, she shouldreport her finishing time, and her position in relation to nearby boats, to the race committee at the first reasonable opportunity.

14 PENALTY SYSTEM

14.1 For the all classes, RRS 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.

14.2 RRS Appendix P applies.

15 TIME LIMITS [AND TARGET TIMES]

15.1 Where applicable time limits shall be displayed on the course board

16 HEARING REQUESTS

16.1 The protest time limit is 30 minutes after the last boat in that class finishes the last race of the day or the race committee signals no more racing today, whichever is later.

16.2 Hearing request forms are available from the race office at in the Tower

16.3 Notices will be posted no later than 30 minutes after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held in the protest room at the earliest available opportunity.

16.4 A list of boats that have been penalized for breaking RRS 42 under Appendix P will be posted.

16.5 RRS 62.2(a) and 66.2(a) do not apply.

16.6 The right of appeal from a protest committee decision is denied as provided in rule 70.5[(a)][(b)][(c)].

16.7 Arbitration in place of Protest is accepted as described in RRS

17 SCORING

17.1 The scoring system is as follows:

Default in Racing Rules of Sailing for a long series (para A6) which is the number of boats in the race + 1, except DNC which is number of boats in the series + 1.

 

17.2 1 race is required to be completed to constitute a series.

17.3 A boat’s series score is the total of her race scores excluding her worst scores which for long series shall be 50% of all races rounded down to the nearest whole number or any number as defined in the NOR – The NOR will take prescience.

17.4 Rule A5.3 applies.

18 SAFETY REGULATIONS

18.1 [DP] All competitors shall wear adequate buoyancy aid or lifejackets at all time when afloat.

18.2 [DP] A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee at the first reasonable opportunity.

19 REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT

19.1 [DP] Substitution of crew (not helmsman) is allowed in any long series.

19.2 [DP] A boat may change its rig to suit weather conditions but in doing so must ensure the race Committee are aware of the rig to allow correct handicap to be applied. If a helmsman wishes to change class of boat he may do so but must seek approval from NDYC Race Officer before doing so. Such approval shall apply in circumstances such as sale of vessel.

20 EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS

20.1 A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules, notice of race and sailing instructions.

21 TRASH DISPOSAL

21.1 Trash may be placed aboard official vessels. Discarding trash at sea will be reported to the Race Committee and may result in disqualification from the series.

22 PRIZES

22.1 Prizes will be given awarded at prize giving events

23 RISK STATEMENT

23.1 RRS 3 states: ‘The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue to race is hers alone.’ By participating in this event each competitor agrees and acknowledges that sailing is a potentially dangerous activity with inherent risks. These risks include strong winds and rough seas, sudden changes in weather, failure of equipment, boat handling errors, poor seamanship by other boats, loss of balance on an unstable platform and fatigue resulting in increased risk of injury. Inherent in the sport of sailing is the risk of permanent, catastrophic injury or death by drowning, trauma, hypothermia or other causes.

24 INSURANCE

24.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of <amount> per incident or the equivalent.

 

 

SI ADDENDUM A

BOATS SUPPLIED BY THE ORGANIZING AUTHORITY

A1 BOATS

A1.1 Boats will be supplied for all competitors, who shall not modify them or cause them to be modified in any way except that

(a) a compass may be tied or taped to the hull or spars;

(b) wind indicators, including yarn or thread, may be tied or taped anywhere on the boat;

(c) hulls, centreboards and rudders may be cleaned, but only with water;

(d) adhesive tape may be used anywhere above the water line; and

(e) all fittings or equipment designed to be adjusted may be adjusted, provided that the class rules are complied with.

A1.2 All equipment supplied with the boat for sailing purposes shall be in the boat while afloat.

A1.3 The penalty for not complying with one of the above instructions is disqualification from all races sailed in which the instruction was broken.

A1.4 Competitors shall report any damage or loss of equipment, however slight, to the organizing authority’s representative immediately after securing the boat ashore. The penalty for breaking this instruction, unless the protest committee is satisfied that the competitor made a determined effort to comply, is disqualification from the race most recently sailed.

A1.5 Class rules requiring competitors to be members of the class association do not apply.