2019 U.S. Women’s Snipe National Championship
Lincoln Snipe Fleet #567 - Lincoln, Nebraska
August 23, 24, and 25, 2019
Management and Rules
All races are under the jurisdiction of Snipe Class International Racing Association (SCIRA) and under the management of the Race Committee of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Snipe National Championship Regatta, and will be conducted in accordance with the following:
1. The rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing.
2. The current US Sailing Prescriptions.
3. The current SCIRA Class Rules, By-Laws, Rules of Conduct for National and International Championships.
4. The trophy restrictions of SCIRA USA Women’s National Championship. Any conflict arising between Deed of Gift and the SCIRA Rules of Conduct shall be solved by the application of The Deed of Gift.
5. In case of conflict between the Notice of Race or the ROCs and the Sailing Instructions, the Sailing Instructions shall prevail.
Entry and Eligibility
This event is open to female skippers and female crews who are properly registered with SCIRA. Any boat sailed must be properly registered with SCIRA, and must display a current SCIRA sticker. Verification of membership and boat registration shall be the SCIRA Data Base. All entrants must complete a registration form. The same crew shall race in all races, except for reasons satisfactory to the Race Committee. Requests to change crew must be made in writing to the Race Committee. Once excused, a crew may not return for the balance of the series. The Race Committee may inspect boats not racing at that time.
Notices to Competitors
Notices to Competitors will be posted in the clubhouse.
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 9:00 AM on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 8 PM on the day before it will take effect. Any change or amendment to the Sailing Instructions shall be approved by the SCIRA Representative.
There will be a Competitors’ meeting at the club house prior to the first race of each day, signaled by two sound signals. See attached race schedule.
Schedule of Races
The Schedule of Races is attached, and will be posted in the clubhouse. The Race Committee will attempt to complete five (5) races on Saturday and three (3) races on Sunday for a total of eight (8) races over the two (2) days. Three (3) races shall constitute a regatta. No race will be started after 12:00 noon on the second day of the series.
The race courses will be described at the competitors’ meeting; diagrams are attached. Courses will be designated by visual signals on the Race Committee boat before each race. A triangle course will be designated by code flag “T” (red, white, and blue vertical stripes); an Olympic course will be designated by code flag “O” (yellow and red diagonal), and a Windward/Leeward course will be designated by code flag “W” (red, white, and blue concentric squares). In addition, a sign hung on the transom of the Race Committee boat will enumerate the mark rounding sequence for each race (e.g. “1 2 3 1 3 F” for an Olympic course). All Courses will be “Port Around”, and will finish at the windward end of the course.
A description of the marks will be given at the competitors’ meeting.
The 1st Substitute (blue triangle with yellow center) will be displayed when the Race Committee boat is “on station” on the starting line, and will be lowered with three short sound signals approximately one minute prior to the 5 minute warning signal (class flag). The starting line is between the mast hoisting the RC flag on the course side of the Committee boat and the course side of the port end starting mark. If a postponement is signaled after the warning signal (5 minute signal - class flag), a new warning signal will be made approximately one minute after lowering the postponement signal.
Reporting at the Start
Races will be sailed in back-to-back sets; one set of races on Saturday morning; one set of races on Saturday afternoon after a lunch break, and one set of races on Sunday morning. Before the warning signal of the first race of each set of races, each boat is REQUIRED to sail past the stern of the pontoon Race Committee boat on starboard tack and check in by hailing its Sail Number. When the Race Committee verbally acknowledges a boat’s sail number, the entry has been officially noted.
Any boat failing to check in as specified above (CNF) shall receive a scoring penalty of two (2) points.
Individual recalls will be signaled by code flag “X” (blue cross on white field) and one sound signal. As a courtesy, the Race Committee will attempt to hail premature starters, but failure to be hailed or to hear a hail is insufficient cause for redress.
A general recall will be signaled by the 1st Substitute (blue triangle with yellow center) and two sound signals. The 1st Substitute will be lowered approximately one minute prior to a new warning signal (class flag). Rule 30.1 (the one-minute or “around the ends”) rule is automatically in effect during all general recalls, whether or not the I Flag is being displayed. Rules 30.2 (Z Flag) and 30.3 (Black Flag) will not be employed.
Change of Course After Start
At its discretion, the Race Committee may move any mark while a race is in progress. A change in course will be signaled by code flag “C” (blue, white, and red horizontal stripes) and two sound signals. Lead boats will be notified at the prior mark.
The finish line will be between the mast hoisting the RC flag on the course side of the Race Committee boat and the course side of the finishing (windward) mark. The Race Committee will display code flag P when on station at the finish line. In the event that the Race Committee is unable to set a finish line, boats shall finish and note their place in the order in which they cross a line of the shortest practical length which extends from the required side of the finishing mark and is perpendicular to the course from the last mark. If there is a dispute between two boats as to which finished first, the benefit of the doubt will go to the boat closer to the mark.
The time limit for the first boat to finish a race is 75 minutes. The time limit for the first boat to round the windward mark of a race is 30 minutes. Any boat remaining on the course and attempting to finish, but failing to finish within 15 minutes of the first finisher, shall be scored DNF-TLE. Any boat that has left the course or withdrawn from the race shall be scored DNF. It is up to the Race Committee to determine if a boat is attempting to finish when time expires.
Withdrawing from the Race
A boat that exits the course without finishing shall notify the Race Committee at the first opportunity.
Protests shall be filed as follows:
1. Any boat intending to protest, or file a request for redress alleging that an action or omission on the part of the Race Committee has materially prejudiced her finishing position, shall notify the Race Committee immediately after finishing that race, or if unable to finish, within 30 minutes after the Race Committee boat returns to shore.
2. Protests must be filed with the Race Committee in writing, on forms available from the Race Committee, within one hour after the Race Committee boat returns to shore.
This regatta will be scored using the Low Point System per Appendix A of the RRS, except that
1. A first place finish will be awarded 0.75 points,
2. A boat that does not start a race (DNS) or does not compete (DNC) shall be awarded points equal to the number of boats registered in the regatta
3. A boat that does not finish a race (DNF) or is OCS (on the course side at the start and does not properly restart) shall be awarded points equal to the number of boats starting that race,
4. A boat that remains on the course and is attempting to finish when the time limit has been reached (DNF-TLE) shall be awarded points equal to the number of boats that finished that race plus one (1), and
5. A boat failing to properly check-in (CNF) shall receive a scoring penalty of two (2) points as described above.
When six (6) or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
Any competitor using a 720-degree turns penalty, consisting of two tacks and two jibes, shall report that use to the Race Committee promptly upon finishing that race.
The race committee may check required equipment on boats after they have finished. If asked to show equipment a yacht shall keep clear of the finishing line.
Disclaimer of Liability
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.
Prizes shall be awarded to the skipper and crew for the top 5 places. A prize shall be awarded to the top placing Junior skipper, defined as not reaching the age of 22 by December 31, 2019,