Sailing Instructions

Sailing Instructions for Rhyll Yacht Club


1. Rules
The club races will be governed by The ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (2013-2016), the prescriptions and special regulations of Yachting Australia, except as any of these are changed by these sailing instructions. The series of races are designated Category A.
1.1   All competitors shall wear personal floatation devices during racing. This changes rule 40.
2. Entries
2.1    Entry to a race will be by signing on, on the prescribed form, prior to the warning signal.
3. Notices to Competitors
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located in the club building.
4. Changes in Sailing Instructions
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted on the day before it will take effect.
5. Signals Made Ashore
5.1    Signals made ashore will be displayed at the club flagpole, at the front of the club building.
5.2    Flag AP with two sound signals (one when lowered) means ‘The race is postponed. The warning signal will be made not less than 10 minutes after AP is lowered.’
6. Schedule of Races
Races are scheduled as listed in the Notice of Race.
7. The Course
The diagrams in Appendix A show the courses, including the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left. The Start line may be set to leeward of Mark C.
8. Shortening Course
In addition to the provisions in The Racing Rules of Sailing of Rules 27.1, 32 and 33, for shortening of a course, the course may be shortened after the start of a race.
8.1  By the display of code flag S (with a class/division flag if appropriate) and accompanied by two sound signals. The finish shall be at a rounding mark and a staff displaying flag S.
8.2  By the display of code flag S over H (with a class/division flag if appropriate) and accompanied by two sound signals, boats shall round the next mark and proceed directly to the normal finish line.
9. Marks
Marks A, B, C and D will be orange inflated buoys, orange barrels or Pin and flag marks.
10. The Start
10.1    Races will be started as follows. Times shall be taken from the visual signals; the failure of a sound signal shall be disregarded.
Time Remaining               Title                          Signals
5 minutes                          Warning                    Class flag, one sound
4 minutes                          Preparatory                Flag P, I, Z or black flag, one sound
1 minute                           One Minute                Preparatory signal removed, one sound
0 minutes                          Starting                     Class flag removed, one sound
The Warning signal of each succeeding class shall be made with the starting signal of the preceding class.
10.2    The starting line will be between a staff displaying the club flag on the race committee boat at the starboard end and an orange flag or mark at the port end. The race committee may set a starting line as indicated in Appendix A or between Mark C and the Committee boat.
10.3    A boat shall not start later than 4 minutes after her starting signal.
10.4   Divisions will start in the order 1, 2, 3
10.5   If a division has a general recall it will go to the end of the start sequence.
11. The Finish
The finishing line will be either:
a)   between the port-hand Rhyll channel entrance mark and a mark in the control tower, which is towards the North East corner of the club house, or
b)   between a mark and the committee boat.
Competitors will be notified of the correct finish line at the race briefing.
A sound signal may be made as the boats cross the finish line.
12. Time Limit
12.1    The time limit for the races will be 60 minutes for the first boat to finish. Boats failing to finish within 30 minutes after the first boat finishes or within the time limit, whichever is later, will be scored Did Not Finish. This changes rule 35.
13. Protests
13.1    Protests shall be written on forms available at the race office and delivered there within 1hr after the time of the last boat’s finish.
13.2    Protest notices will be posted within 60 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors where and when there is a hearing in which they are parties to a hearing or named as witnesses.
14. Scoring
The Low Point scoring system, rule A2, will apply.
15. Penalties
Rule 44.1 applies for all divisions.

Appendix A

 SI Course 1
 All divisions     “Start, A, B, C, A, C, A, B, C, Finish”
 Or as defined by the OOD at a pre-race briefing, or as posted by notice on Club noticeboard.
 The start may be between the committee boat and Mark C.
Course 1 clarification: When completing the last lap of the course, Mark C is not considered a Rounding Mark, it is a Mark of the Course and is required to be left on the correct side. Mark B is a rounding mark.
RRS 2013-2016
28.1 A boat shall start, sail the course described in the Sailing Instructions and finish. While doing so, she may leave on either side a mark that does not begin, bound or end the leg she is sailing. After finishing she need not cross the finishing line completely.
28.2 A string representing a boats track from the time she begins to approach the starting line from its pre-start side to start until she finishes shall, when drawn taut,
(a) pass each mark on the required side in the correct order,
(b) touch each rounding mark, and
(c) pass between the marks of a gate from the direction of the previous mark.
She may correct any errors to comply with this rule. After finishing she need not cross the finishing line completely.
 SI Correct Course