1. RULES The regatta will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of the RYA, class rules, except where any of these rules are changed by these sailing instructions. The regatta is designated Category A.
2. ENTRIES Eligible boats may be entered by completing registration with the organising authority. Eligible boats are dinghies complying with the Class rules. The OD may permit a boat to use sails carrying a distinguishing number other than the registered number of the boat, providing the OD is informed before the race. Eligibility requirements for competitors are:- Members of Chester Sailing and Canoeing Club Members of any club affiliated to the RYA Members of the Class Association The safety of a boat and her entire management including insurance shall be the sole responsibility of the owner / person in charge, who must ensure that the boat and crew are adequate to face the conditions that may arise during the race. Neither these sailing instructions nor any inspection of the boat limits or reduces the absolute responsibility of the owner / person in charge for the crew, the boat and her management. The race organisers shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner/person in charge or crew as a result of their taking part in the race or races. Moreover, every owner/person in charge warrants the suitability of the boat for the race or races.
3. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located at the OD Box.
4. CHANGES IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted one hour before the start of the first race, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted one week before this will take effect.
5. SIGNALS Signals will be flown on the mast directly in front of the OD box
6. RACING AREA The racing area will be as illustrated below.
7. Course Chart - The position of the buoys is only approximate. Not all the buoys may be laid.
8. THE COURSE The buoys on the course chart are numbered and will be laid in numerical order downstream. The buoys may not all be laid. The numbers corresponding to the buoys, which are marks of the course for the races, will be displayed on the front of the OD Box. The sequence in which the buoys are marks of the course will be given by reading left to right. If a number is on a red ground with the letter P, leave the mark to port. If it is on a green ground with the letter S, leave the mark to starboard. The number of laps shall be five unless otherwise noted on the course board.
9. MARKS All marks are buoys and are numbered 1 - 6. The yellow buoys laid up and down stream of the course are warning buoys for other river users and are not marks of the course. An extra buoy (a white buoy marked with an "X") may also be used.
10. SAFETY All competitors shall comply with the Club Sailing Safety Policy a copy of which is available in the OD Box. This policy includes the statement that a personal floatation device must be worn at all times when on the water
11. THE START Races will be started using RRS 26. The 'Z' flag will not be used (Rule 30.2, 20% penalty Rule). The start line will be an extension of a line between the flagstaff and a red post in front of the flagstaff. An inner or outer start line mark (buoy 4) will be used. When being used as an inner limit mark, a yellow diamond shape with a letter 'I' will be displayed on the front of the OD's box. When being used as an outer limit mark no yellow shape will be displayed. After a General Recall, Rule 29.2, "The round the ends rule" may be applied. That is if any part of a boat's hull, crew or equipment is on the course side of the starting line or its extensions during the minute before her starting signal she shall sail to the pre-start side of the line round the limit of the starting line before starting. In the event of a General Recall, rule 30.3 may be applied to all subsequent starts if the black flag is displayed.
12. CHANGE OF COURSE If a course is changed before the start, code flag C (red white and blue horizontal stripes) will be flown and three sound signals given, to draw attention to the change, no later than the warning signal for the race.
13. THE FINISH The finish line will be the same as the start line.
13a. SHORTEN COURSE Will be indicated by hoisting code flag 'S' with two sound signals. The race will finish at the end of the lap still to be completed by the leading boat. When the number 1 pendant (red circle on white ground) is flown below code flag 'S' the race will finish on the half lap
14. THE ZONE The zone is defined as two hull lengths. (Rule 86.1b)
15. PENALTY SYSTEM Rule 44.3 will not be used.
16. TIME LIMIT Boats failing to finish within 30 minutes of the first boat finishing will be scored 'Did Not Finish'. This changes rule 35.
17. DECLARATION Competitors shall sign off on the completion of each race to the effect that they have completed the course and have complied with The Racing Rules of Sailing and by all other rules governing this event. The declaration shall be made within 15 minutes of the finishing time of the last boat to finish within the time limits. Retiring boats shall mark the declaration form accordingly.
18. PROTESTS Protests shall be written on forms available at the OD Box and delivered there within 30 minutes of the last boat's finish.
19. SCORING The Low Point scoring system, rule A2 will apply, modified so that each boat's score will be the total of her race scores to count. Number of races sailed Number of races to count 3 2 2 2 1 1 The boat with the lowest score wins.