CHESTER SAILING AND CANOEING CLUB

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR

CLUB RACING

 

1.

RULES

The races will be governed by the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020, the prescriptions of the RYA, and Class Rules, except as any of these are changed by these sailing instructions. The races are designated Category A.

 

2.

ENTRIES

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

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 15 Minutes 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.

 

The position of the buoys is only approximate.

Not all the buoys may be laid.

 

7.

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 four unless otherwise noted on the course board.

 

8.

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.

 

9.

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 personal buoyancy of an approved pattern must be worn at all times when on the water.

 

10.

THE START

All Races will be started as follows: -

Title                Time             Signal   

Warning         5 min             Class flag  Raised

Preparatory    4 min             Flag P raised

1 min              1 min             Flag P lowered

Start               0 min             Flags removed

The warning signal for each succeeding class shall be made with or after the starting signal of the preceding class.

Classes will start at 2 minute intervals and in the order displayed on the white board attached to the OD Box. The ‘Z’ flag will not be used. Signals will be made for all classes even if there are no starters.

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 diamond shape with a letter ‘Iwill be displayed on the front of the OD’s box. When being used as an outer limit mark no shape will be displayed.

The round the end rule, Rule 30.1, will apply for all Club races.  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. Flag I will not be displayed. This changes rule 30.1

Double handed boats when sailed single handed will be scored as a different boat for the race but with the same handicap for its class.

 

 

 

 

 

11.

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. A change of course after the start will be signalled before the leading boat has begun the leg, although the new mark may not then be in position. Any mark to be rounded after the new mark may be relocated to maintain the original course configuration. When in a subsequent change of course a new mark is replaced, it will be replaced with an original mark.

 

12.

12a

 

THE FINISH

SHORTEN COURSE

The finish line will be the same as the start line.

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.

 

13.

PENALTY SYSTEM

Rule 44.3 will not be used.

 

14.

TIME LIMIT

Boats failing to finish within 30 minutes of the first boat finishing will be scored ‘Did Not Finish’. This changes rule 35.

 

15.

PROTESTS

Protests shall be written on forms available at the OD Box and delivered there within 30 minutes of the last boat’s finish.

Notices of protests by the race committee or protest  committee will be posted to inform boats under rule 61.1(b).