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Nottinghamshire County Sailing Club – NCSC SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
1.1 All club sailing at Nottinghamshire County Sailing Club, NCSC, will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2013-2016 and the principles and practices of the RYA Racing Charter.
1.2 The UKWA National Rules will apply for windsurfers.
2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the notice board outside the race office.
3. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
3.1 Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted on the notice board outside the race office before 10.00 on the day it will take effect.
4. SCHEDULE OF RACES
4.1 The schedule of races and number of races to qualify for a series will be published in the Handbook and displayed on the race office.
4.2 The type of race scheduled must not be changed by the Race Officer (RO) except with the permission of the current Sailing Secretary or a quorum of the Sailing Committee and any changes should be written up on the relevant RO Report. However, pursuit racing may be changed to average lap if there is extreme wind (more than 20 mph average over any 10 minute period) or if the proposed race course is not covered by wind.
4.3 The order of starting will be posted near the race office prior to the first race, if different from the Handbook.
5. CLASS FLAGS
Windsurfer Fireball/RS400 Menagerie Scorpion Laser
Flag R (red with yellow cross)
Numeral 8 (white pennant with a red cross)
Flag H (white and red vertical)
Naval numeral 2 (yellow, red, yellow, horizontal stripes) Class flag (Red Laser symbol on white)
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5A. Handicap Racing
One handicap or Menagerie Start Multiple Handicap Starts
1st Start: Scorpion and faster plus Finn 2nd Start: Slower than Scorpion
Junior or Youth
6. RACE AREA
Flag E (blue and red horizontal)
Numeral 6 (black and white horizontal pennant)
Flag H (White and Red vertical)
Yellow, red, yellow horizontal stripes Flag H (white and red vertical) Numeral 6 (black over white pennant)
6.1 The race area includes the whole lake, with the exception of the gap between Tern Island and the main shore (see map displayed near race office). Any boat sailing in this area may be disqualified.
7.1 The course will be displayed on the Committee Boat on a course board.
7.2 The start line will also be a gate.
7.3 If the Race Officer changes the course before the warning signal Flag L shall be flown and the new course displayed.
8.1 A Flag Officer or the Sailing Secretary may be a designated observer in respect of rule 42. This amends rule 67 RRS.
9.1 Marks are numbered 1 to 10 clockwise around the lake, being alternately yellow (odd numbers) and orange (even numbers). Mark 1 is adjacent to the clubhouse. Additional marks A (white, red, white horizontal colours) and X (green and white check colours) may be positioned at any location on the lake. The Gate G (start line) will always be a mark of the course. Mark 5 constitutes 2 buoys and both must be rounded in the same direction.
10. THE START
10.1 Races will be started at 3-minute intervals. This amends rule 26. Races will be started using the following signals:
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Warning Preparatory Starting
Flag and Sound Minutes before start
Class flag + 1 sound 6 P, I, Z or Black + 1 sound 3 Class flag removed + 1 sound 0
Flag P Flag I Flag Z
10.2 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange shape on the committee boat and a yellow outer distance mark. An inner distance mark may be used at the discretion of the Officer Of the Day (OOD). When used, any boat passing between the inner distance mark and the committee boat will be deemed not to have started, until it crosses the start line, passing between the inner and outer distance marks.
10.3 Any boat whose preparatory signal has not yet been made, must keep clear of the start line.
10.4 Any class involved in a general recall will go to the end of the starting sequence. In this instance, the preparatory signal for a new start shall be made three minutes after the preparatory signal for the last race in the sequence. This changes RRS 29.2.
11. THE FINISH
11.1 The finish line will be the start line or the line between a staff on the committee boat displaying an orange shape and the nearest mark of the course or a boat displaying a blue flag and the nearest mark of the course.
11.2 In handicap racing (which includes Menagerie class racing) a blue flag and relevant class flag will signify that the finish line is open and boats will finish when next passing through the finish line.
11.3 All handicap races (except pursuit) will be average lap.
11.4 In class racing, when the number of laps displayed have not been completed, the course must be shortened for each class by raising the shortened course flag (Flag S) and the relevant class flag with two sound signals as the first boat of the class approaches the mark prior to the finish.
12. TIME LIMITS
12.1 If no boat with a PY number less than 1117 (Enterprise and faster) completes the first lap within an hour, the race may be abandoned.
12.1 In Handicap and Menagerie class racing any boat with a PY number less than 1117 (Enterprise and faster) taking more than 30 minutes to complete a lap will be finished after that lap and will not considered as the first finisher with respect to the race duration. This amends Appendix A RRS.
12.2 In Handicap and Menagerie class racing, boats failing to finish within 30 minutes after the finish line has been opened will be scored DNF. This changes RRS 35 and A4.1.
12.3 In class racing, boats failing to finish within 15 minutes of the first boat may be finished and awarded a finishing position at any mark or by use of a moving finish line. This amends RRS 35.
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13. PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
13.1 Protest forms are available at the race office.
13.2 Any person intending to protest shall notify the Race Officer, at the finish of the race, or lodge their intention to protest at the race office as soon as practicable.
13.3 The time limit for protests is within 30 minutes of the protesting boat reaching the shore.
13.4 The Advisory Hearing and RYA Arbitration procedures of the RYA Rules Disputes Procedure will be available. For these purposes an exoneration penalty of 20% shall apply although the final position of a penalised boat shall be no worse than if she had retired. At an informal hearing, rules 61.2, 63.5, 63.6 RRS shall not apply.
14.1 Visitors results will be discarded.
14.2 The low point scoring system of Appendix A will apply. Amended as:
DNF & RTD - to score as the number of starters + 1 in that race.
DNS & DNC - to score as number of entries in the series and not to count towards qualification in the series.
BFD, DSQ & OCS - to score as the number of starters + 1.
For club series - In the event no winner after RRS Appendix A8.1 has been applied the result shall be a tie between relevant boats, and RRS Appendix A8.2 shall not be used. 14.3 In Average Lap racing no boat of the same class or boat with a higher PY number shall be beaten by a boat with a lower PY number that has completed fewer laps. That boat or boats shall have their average lap time increased to 1 second more than the boat completing more laps.
14.4 The number of races to constitute a series will be published prior to the start of the series. This may be amended by the Sailing Committee.
14.5 A minimum of two boats are required to constitute a start for any race.
14.6 In handicap races and for the menagerie class, for a race to be counted towards a series, two or more boats must rank as starters. In class races for a race to be counted towards a series, three or more boats must rank as starters. Any boat with class status starting in the menagerie start will be scored as DNS.
15. USE OF THE LAKE
15.1 Use of the lake is prohibited to any craft over 21ft (6.2m) in length including any extended bowsprit or extending spinnaker pole.
15.2 Use of the lake is also prohibited (except with written permission of the Sailing Committee) to any boat with a Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) lower than a 505 (Ref. PY in 2012: 902).
16. SAFETY REGULATIONS
16.1 Helms and crews intending to race shall enter their names on the signing on sheet located near the race office. Failure of a helm and crew to sign on may result in a score of
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DNS as they have not indicated their intention to race.
16.2 Any boat that retires from a race shall notify the Race Committee as soon as possible.
16.3 Competitors shall wear adequate personal buoyancy. This shall be at least a waistcoat-type buoyancy aid, appropriate to body weight and in serviceable condition. Adult (over 18 years) windsurfers correctly wearing a torso or full body wet suit may choose not to wear a buoyancy aid at their own risk. This changes RRS 40.
17. REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT
17.1 All boats shall compete under their registered sail number. Requests for substitution of sail numbers shall be made to the Race Officer. This changes RRS 77.
18. EQUIPMENT OR MEASUREMENT CHECKS
18.1 NCSC encourages all sailors to be members of their respective Class Associations. RRS 87 will apply. NCSC has not applied to any class association to be exempt from any class association rules.
18.2 Penalties for breaches of class association rules shall be at the discretion of the protest committee and will range from no penalty to disqualification.
19. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
19.1 Competitors compete in the racing entirely at their own risk (RRS 4). The organising authority does not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during or after the races.
20.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000.
Amended: April 2013 James Logan Sailing Secretary.