Seafarers Sailing Club - Sailing Instructions 2017

A copy of these instructions will be displayed at the club in the "wet room".

  1. All races will be governed by the World Sailing 'RACING RULES OF SAILING' (2017 - 2020) and sailed and managed as defined hereafter.

  2. The RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme as promulgated on the RYA's web site will be used. The details of the scheme can be found here.

  3. The programme of races is as published in the 2017 Programme of Events.

  4. The Officer of the Day will decide the course(s) which will be displayed on the Course Race board in the wet room. OODs will set courses where boats in the middle of each fleet can complete the course near the optimum of one and a half hours.

  5. The start line is a transit from the white triangle on the signal tower mast and the orange arrow on the fence, extending outward as far as the Outer Distance Mark (ODM). All competing boats shall cross the line on the club side of the ODM.

    Other means of starting e.g. Committee Boat or Gate starts may be employed, at the discretion of the OOD, after consultation with the Racing Secretary.

  6. The finish line lies between the signal tower mast and the ODM / Line Buoy. Finishing boats shall cross the finishing line on the shore side of the ODM / Line Buoy from the direction of the last mark of the course.

  7. A suitable Personal Flotation Device (ie buoyancy aid) shall be worn by all competitors, except briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment. Rule 40, which requires Flag 'Y' to be flown if Personal Flotation Devices are to be worn, shall not apply. Buoyancy aids that are self inflating or require inflation by the wearer are not acceptable

  8. To enter the boat in the race, the Helm must sign the Entry Form for that race. When signing, the Helm agrees to be bound by the World Sailing 'Racing Rules of Sailing' and by all other rules that govern that event. When signing the Race Entry Form the Helm accepts that they and, if applicable, their Crew have read the 'NOTICE OF RACE 2017' which is at the Annex of these Sailing Instructions.

    Failure to sign in will result in a DNC result and no timings will be taken for the Race.

  9. On completion of a race the Helm must again sign the Entry Form, indicating whether he/she completed the course, retired or is making a protest.

    Signing 'in' after a race must be completed no later than 10 minutes after the patrol boat has been returned to the compound. Failure to sign in within the time scale will result in disqualification.

  10. A minimum of three boats per fleet is required for a valid race. (Note: Ladies, Novices and Cadets (LNC) counts as one race)

  11. Starting will be in accordance with Rule 26 using flag P for the preparatory flag. Flags I, Z or a black flag will not be flown.

  12. Shortening course. Rule 32.2(b) shall apply except that in Club Series races, when conditions change, the OOD may shorten the course even though one or more boats have started another lap. The recorded time will be that taken on the last lap completed by all finishing boats. Ideally a middle of the fleet boat will sail for approximately 90 minutes. This instruction does not apply to Pursuit Races, which cannot be shortened.

  13. Competitors are reminded that a boat must be afloat at the Preparatory Signal - Rule 45.

  14. The 'zone' at all marks shall be three hull lengths of the largest boat involved in rounding the mark.

  15. The Scoring System is as defined in the World Sailing 'RACING RULES OF SAILING' (2017 - 2020) Appendix A and described hereafter:

    1. Results for all races except the Handicap series will be calculated using Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) numbers as promulgated by the RYA. For classes where no PY is published by the RYA, a PY will be allocated by the Racing Secretary. Results in the Handicap Series will be calculated on the basis of Personal Handicaps promulgated by the Racing Secretary.

    2. The number of races to count will be as follows:

      • 8 races sailed - 5 to count (Summer series only - 4 to count)
      • 7 races sailed - 5 to count (Summer series only - 4 to count)
      • 6 races sailed - 4 to count (Summer series only - 3 to count)
      • 5 races sailed - 4 to count (Summer series only - 3 to count)
      • 4 races sailed - 3 to count (Summer series only - 3 to count)

      If three races or fewer are sailed they will all count.

    3. Finishing points will be awarded as laid down in World Sailing A4.1 Low Points System . The following scoring system shall replace World Sailing A4.2.

      A boat that did not finish or retired after finishing shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats entered in the race.

      A boat that is disqualified shall be scored points for the finishing place three more than the number of boats entered in the race.

    4. Rule A8 shall not apply. When there is a tie on the total points scored, to the nearest whole number, between two or more boats, the tie shall stand irrespective of the results of any discarded races.

    5. Duties. Helms attending club duties shall be awarded, for the race missed, the average of the points gained in all other races in that series.

    6. To qualify for a "Main Series" prize a boat must have completed the necessary number of races in each of the qualifying series.

  16. The Combined Series, Handicap series, Ladies, Novices and Cadets series and Evening series will each be sailed as one fleet; results will be calculated on the basis of average lap times. The Spring, Summer and Autumn series will each be sailed as two fleets - Fast and Slow. Results for these races will be calculated on the basis of elapsed times. (Guidance can be found in the 'Types of Race' article in the OOD Duty Crew Guide in the SSC Standard Operating Procedures.)

    Fast fleet - Boats with a Portsmouth Yardstick Number (PY) of 1129 and below.

    Slow fleet - Boats with a PY of 1130 and above.

  17. There will be separate starts for the Fast and Slow fleets in the Spring, Summer and Autumn A series. The OOD has absolute discretion to combine the starts if he/she deems it necessary for safety reasons.

  18. Pursuit races will be run for 60 or 90 minutes. The completion of a Pursuit race will be signalled by hoisting Flag S. A boat's finishing position will be the one she occupies at the time Flag S is hoisted.
  19. Protests are covered in Part 5 of World Sailing 'Racing Rules of Sailing'. The time limit for a protest to be submitted to the OOD is thirty minutes after the last boat has finished.

    Protest hearings will be conducted directly after the subject race or on the following Tuesday evening. If one party cannot attend either date then they should nominate an eligible representative or submit a statement and be prepared for the hearing to be conducted without them. If neither party can attend then the protest will be deemed to be void or both parties may be disqualified.

  20. Novices are defined as those competitors who have gained RYA Level 2, or equivalent, within two years before the start of the Novice series. Where no qualification is held the award of Novice status will be at the discretion of the Committee.

  21. It is Club policy that club-owned boats must carry masthead flotation bags whenever they are used. Any club boat not carrying masthead flotation when racing will be disqualified from the race.

Annex A to the Sailing Instructions - Notice of Race 2017

All competitors, including crews, must read the following clauses.

By signing in for a race the Helm confirms that he/she has read this notice and takes full responsibility for his/her boat including its crew and also confirms that he/she has appropriate insurance including a minimum £2,000,000 third party liability. (Hereafter, a 'boat' is taken to mean the Helm and, if appropriate, the crew.)

A boat is entirely responsible for its own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in this 'Notice of Race' or the 'Sailing Instructions' or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility. It is for the boat to decide whether it is fit to sail in the conditions in which it will find itself. By launching or going to sea, the boat confirms that it is fit for those conditions and that its crew is competent to sail and compete in them.

Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, the patrol craft crew and the beach masters.

The provision of Patrol craft does not relieve the boat of its responsibilities.

All instances of outside assistance under Rule 41(a) should be reported to the OOD, preferably by the competitor.