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Sailing Instructions - Dinghies
1.1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2. The RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme as set out in the current YR2 will be used.
2. Notices to Competitors
2.1. Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located in the foyer of the clubhouse.
3. Changes to Sailing Instructions
3.1. Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 0930 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.
4. Signals Made Ashore
4.1. Signals made ashore will be displayed at the club battery.
5. Schedule of Races
5.1. Dates of racing: Sunday 25th March to 29th April 2012, excluding 15th April due to Titanic Commemoration event
5.2. Number of races: Five
5.3. A briefing will take place each day at 10:15
5.4. The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 10:55
6. Class Flags
6.1. The Class flag will be Flag F.
7. Racing Areas
7.1. The Racing Area will be on Belfast Lough to the south of Carrickfergus Sailing Club.
8. The Courses
8.1. The course will be notified before boats go afloat.
9.1. Mark descriptions will be notified before boats go afloat.
10. The Start
10.1. Races will be started by using rule 26 with the warning signal given 5 minutes before the starting signal.
10.2. A boat starting later than 5 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing. This changes rules A4 and A5.
10.3. The start line will be notified before boats go afloat and will be either between the orange pole at the Club Battery and a mark, or between a staff displaying a blue flag on a committee boat and a nearby mark.
11. The Finish
11.1. The finish line will be notified before boats go afloat and will be either between the orange pole at the Club Battery and a mark, or between a staff displaying a blue flag on a committee boat and a nearby mark.
12. Time Limits
12.1. The time limit will be 60 minutes from the starting signal for each class.
12.2. Boats failing to finish within 20 minutes after the first boat in each class sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish. This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.
12.3. In the event of a second or subsequent round being designated, should no boat finish that round within the time limit for their class, or should the race be abandoned, the time of boats taken at the end of the last round completed shall be used for the result of the race. Boats not racing at the time limit or the time of abandonment will be recorded as Did Not Finish. This changes rule 35, A4 and A5.
13. Protests and Requests for Redress
13.1. Protest forms are available at the race office. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered there within the appropriate time limit.
13.2. For each class, the protest time limit is 90 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day.
13.3. 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, located at the Race Office, beginning at the time posted.
13.4. Notices of protests by the race committee or protest committee will be posted to inform boats under rule 61.1(b).
13.5. Breaches of instructions 15 will not be grounds for a protest by a boat. This changes rule 60.1(a). Penalties for these breaches may be less than disqualification if the protest committee so decides. The scoring abbreviation for a discretionary penalty imposed under this instruction will be DPI.
13.6. On the last scheduled day of racing a request for reopening a hearing shall be delivered
(a) within the protest time limit if the requesting party was informed of the decision on the previous day;
(b) no later than 30 minutes after the requesting party was informed of the decision on that day.
This changes rule 66.
13.7. On the last scheduled day of racing a request for redress based on a protest committee decision shall be delivered no later than 30 minutes after the decision was posted. This changes rule 62.2.
14.1. Average lap times will be used if boats complete different numbers of laps.
14.2. Three races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
14.3. When fewer than four races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
14.4. When four or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
15. Safety Regulations
15.1. A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.
15.2. Personal Flotation Devices shall be worn at all times when afloat in accordance with the provisions of rule 40 except that flag Y will not be displayed and no sound signal will be made. This changes rule 40 and the preamble to part 4 of the RRS.
16.1. Prizes will be given as follows: 1st place 3 or more entries, 2nd place 4 or more entries, 3rd place 5 or more entries.
17. Disclaimer of Liability and Insurance
17.1. A boat is entirely responsible for her own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility.
17.2. It is for the boat to decide whether she is fit to sail in the conditions in which she will find herself. By launching or going to sea, the boat confirms that she is fit for those conditions and her crew is competent to sail and compete in them.
17.3. The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £2m sterling.
17.4. 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 racing. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, patrol boats and beach masters.
17.5. The provision of patrol boats does not relieve the boat of her responsibilities.