Sailing Instructions for Hickling Broad Sailing Club
02. Conditions of entry
04. Communications with competitors
05. Course instructions
06. Starting times
07. Fixed line starts: Clubhouse line
08. Fixed line starts: Committee boat
09. Start Line: Exclusion Zone
11. Finishing line: Clubhouse line
12. Finishing line: Committee boat
13. Finishing: Average lap method
14. Touching a mark
15. Alternative penalties for an infringement of a rule of part 2
16. Shortening the course after the start
18. Scoring system
20. Class Championships
21. Map of marks
Racing will take place under the current racing rules of sailing 2013-
For further information on the RYA rules see: www.rya.org.uk
2. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
(a) The safety of a boat and her entire management including insurance shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/competitor racing the boat who must ensure that the boat and crew are adequate to face the conditions that may arise in the course of the race. Neither the establishment of these sailing instructions nor the inspection of the boat under these conditions in any way limits or reduces the absolute responsibility of the owner/competitor for his crew, his boat and the management thereof. The race organisers shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, death, or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner/competitor, his skipper or crew, as a result of their taking part in the race or races. Moreover every owner/competitor warrants the suitability of his boat for the race or races.
(b) For Open Class meetings, valid certificates must be available for inspection. Boats may also be subject to examination.
(c) Boats must be entered at the clubhouse before the warning signal for their race is made.
Personal flotation device. -
Rescue Facilities -
4. COMMUNICATIONS WITH COMPETITORS
Flag signals in accordance with RRS will be used for warning, preparatory, and starting signals and attention will be drawn to them by audible signals from the clubhouse or committee boat.
5. COURSE INSTRUCTIONS
Numbered or lettered buoys mark the course. All other stakes etc., are not part of the course. Buoys numbered 1 to 5 are laid in established positions on the Broad as shown on the map in the clubhouse. Additional buoys may be laid to ensure that courses with windward legs may be set, or for other reasons. These buoys will be selected from W or 6. The approximate position of these marks, when in use, will also be shown on the map in the clubhouse. The direction of start, the number of rounds to be sailed and the order in which buoys are to be rounded, [reading from left to right] will be displayed on the clubhouse. The colour of the board on which the buoy number is painted indicates the side on which that buoy is to be rounded.
6. STARTING TIMES
Starting times of races will be displayed on a notice board in the clubhouse. All starting times after the start of the first race or series of races will be approximate. Signals shall be made at 3 minute intervals. Signals shall be warning : class flag and 1 sound, preparatory : flag P and 1 sound, starting : flags removed and 1 sound. This varies RRS 26. A bell shall be used at the clubhouse as a sound signal approximately 5 minutes before the start of the next series.
7. FIXED LINE STARTS: CLUBHOUSE LINE
The starting line will be taken as the transit formed by the red and white staff surmounted by a triangle at the waters edge of the club site, and the white staff surmounted by a disc on the balcony in front of the Clubhouse. All starts shall be made between the Inner and Outer distance markers which are white buoys with yellow flags.
8. FIXED LINE STARTS: COMMITTEE BOAT
An orange flag flown at the clubhouse will signify that a committee boat starting line will be used for the next series of starts. Two sound signals will be made when this flag is broken out. The starting line will be a line between the mast of the committee boat the outer orange buoy with a yellow flag. An extra buoy ( orange with a yellow flag ) will be laid as a limit mark adjacent to the committee boat. No boat shall pass between this limit mark and the committee boat, any such boat will be liable to disqualification.
The course details and number of rounds will be displayed on the clubhouse as in SI 5. An X on the course board denotes the position of the starting line in relation to the rest of the course. The buoy number to the right of the X will be the first mark of the course following the start, after which the course sailed will be as displayed, ignoring the X on subsequent rounds. The position of the starting line will also be indicated on the map in the clubhouse. A bell may be used at the clubhouse as a sound signal approximately 10 minutes before the start of the next series.
9. START LINE: EXCLUSION ZONE
A start line exclusion zone will be used at the discretion of the Race Officer. All
competitors will be briefed on its use prior to the start of the days race programme.
The rectangular zone is defined by the inner and outer distance marks of the start
line, and two pole buoys displaying orange flags positioned some 30 to 40 metres
on the pre-
Breaches of this instruction will not be grounds for protest by a boat, judge, or race committee.
Individual recalls -
General recall -
After two minutes the First Substitute flag will be lowered and one sound signal made.
One minute later the preparatory signal (Code flag P) for the recalled class will be made together with the warning signal (class flag) of the next class in the series if necessary. The start for the recalled class will then take place exactly three minutes later.
Note: The above procedure means that, as a result of the general recall, the start of the recalled class and any subsequent starts in the series will be delayed by exactly six minutes.
11. FINISHING LINE: CLUBHOUSE LINE
The finishing line is as defined in SI 7, between the inner and outer distance marks. A round is completed each time a boat crosses the transit for the finishing line in the direction indicated by the arrow on the course board.
12. FINISH LINE: COMMITTEE BOAT
If a committee boat finish is to be used, this will be indicated on the courseboard. The finishing line will be between the mast of the Committee boat and the outer orange buoy with a yellow flag. Boats must finish in the same direction as the start. When a committee boat finish is used then a round is completed each time a boat crosses the extension of the finishing line, in the direction to finish, on the leg containing X.
13. FINISHING: AVERAGE LAP METHOD
When Flag U is displayed and two audible signals are made, complete the lap and finish in the direction of the arrow from the last mark of the course, at the end of a complete lap. As defined in SI 10.
14. TOUCHING A MARK
RRS rule 31 shall apply (After getting well clear of other boats as soon as possible, take a penalty by promptly making one complete 360 degree turn including one tack and one gybe).
15. ALTERNATIVE PENALTIES FOR AN INFRINGEMENT OF A RULE OF PART 2
RRS rule 44 shall apply (After getting well clear of the other boats as soon after the incident as possible, a boat takes a 720 degree turns penalty by promptly making two complete 360 degree turns in the same direction, including two tacks and two gybes). The scoring penalty RRS 44.3 shall not apply.
16. SHORTENING THE COURSE AFTER THE START
RRS rule 32 is changed. The race committee may shorten the course at any time it sees fit. The meaning of flag S is changed. It means the course is shortened. This will be signalled at any mark rounding, before the lead boat has begun the next leg, by displaying flag S together with the class flag and making two sound signals. That mark will be the last mark of the course. All boats in the class whose course has been shortened are to pass that mark on the required side and then sail straight to the finish line and finish.
Protests shall be made in accordance with RRS rules and handed in within 30 minutes after the last boat in the race finishes. The protest will be heard as soon as possible. The quorum of the protest committee shall be three persons. Protest forms may be obtained from the starting box.
18. SCORING SYSTEM
The low point scoring system, RRS A2 shall apply. Points will be awarded to the combination of boat and helm; this varies RRS A2. (The winning boat/helmsman in each race of a points series will score 1 point, the second 2 points, and the others finishing the same number of points as their position. A starter who does not finish, who retires through an infringement of the rules, or who is disqualified will receive points that are one more than the number of starters in that race. A boat/helmsman that did not come to the starting area will receive points one more than the number of boats entered.
For Regattas and Open Events, a boat/helmsman that did not start, retired after finishing, did not finish or was disqualified will receive points for that race equal to one point more than the number of boats entered in the series. In the event of a tie in a points series the tie shall be broken in favour of the boat/helmsman with the most first places, or, if the tie remains, the most second places, or lower places if necessary, using only the scores for each boat that count for her series, followed if necessary by the last race procedure.)
Special instructions for Club points series days.
(a) For races of less than three starters the following points will be awarded for
finishing the race; one starter-
(b) Where a class race has only one entry, the boat/helmsman may race in the appropriate
The RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme will be used. Portsmouth Numbers will be as published
in the current edition of the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Book (YR2). In the absence
of a published handicap in YR2, a Trial Number will be allocated by the Sailing Sub-
20. CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Class championships will be held for classes selected at the discretion of the Sailing
Sub Committee. They will be full season trophy series running from the start of the
Spring Series to the end of the Autumn Series and will be based on the places achieved,
within class, in All-
In each class all helmsmen start with zero points and the helmsman with the highest score after the last race is the winner. In the event of a tie at the end of a series the result of the last race will be used to decide the winner.
The predetermined number to be used for scoring each class will relate to the predicted average number of starters and will be set by the Sailing Sub Committee prior to the start of the seasons racing. Each helmsman will be awarded one point for every race he starts plus one point for every other helmsman he beats who started the race within the predetermined number of points below him or any number of points above him.