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Sailing Instructions 2015



Sailing Instructions


The Organising Authority is the Point Chevalier Sailing Club Inc.

Dates:            As per Club Calendar


1.0          Rules

1.1          A Series will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in the most current Racing Rules of Sailing

1.2                 The YNZ Safety Regulations Part I shall apply.

1.3                Appendix P will not apply.

1.4                A boat shall not discharge trash in the water.


2.0          Notices to Competitors

                Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located in the Point Chevalier Sailing Club.


3.0          Changes to Sailing Instructions

Any change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted before 1000 hours on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 1800 hours on the day before it will take effect.


4.0          Signals Made Ashore

4.1                Signals made ashore will be displayed at race headquarters.

4.2                When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 20 minutes’ in race signal, AP.  When flag AP over flag B is displayed boats shall not go afloat.


5.0          Schedule of Events:

5.1                Races are scheduled for the series as per club calendar

5.2                Schedule of Races – Up to 3 races each day are scheduled:

5.3                The warning signal for a subsequent race on the same day will be made as soon as practicable but not sooner than 5 minutes after the last boat finishes the previous race for that class.

5.4                No warning signal will be made after 1800 hours


6.0          Class Flags

The Class flags will be a flag displaying a 1, 2 , or  3 or the class ensignia


7.0                Racing Area:

The racing area is on the waters West of the Point Chevalier Peninsula


8.0          The Courses

8.1                As described in Attachment A show the course, including the approximate angles between legs, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left.

8.2                No later than the warning signal, the race committee signal boat will display the number of the course to be sailed. I.E. Numeral pennants 1 or 2

8.3 The Race Committee reserve the right to use alternative course at it’s discretion. These will be posted on the official notice board on the day


9.0          Marks

9.1          Marks will be 1.2m Cylindrical Buoys

9.2                The starting and finishing marks will be unmarked red spherical buoys.

9.3                The Race committee boat signalling a change of course is a mark as provided in Instruction 11.3.


10.0       Area that are Obstructions

10.1       None


11.0        The Start

11.1      Races will be started by using rule 26 with the warning signal given 5 minutes before the starting  signal

11.2        The starting line will be between a staff displaying the club flag on the race committee boat at the starboard end and the port end starting mark.

11.3        A boat starting later than five minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start.  This changes rule A4.1.

11.4        The Race Committee Vessel may hold position by using engines. Any effects should not be grounds for granting redress. This alters RRS 60.1(b)  & 62.


12.0        Change of the Position of the Next Mark:

12.1     To change the position of the next mark, the race committee will move the original mark or the finishing line, to a new position. The change will be signalled before the leading boat has begun the leg, although the mark may not yet be in the new position.  Any mark to be rounded after rounding the new mark may be relocated without further signalling to maintain the course configuration.

12.2        Rule 33 is changed so that, instead of displaying a compass bearing, the race committee will display a green flag if the direction is changed to starboard or a red flag if the direction is changed to port.

12.3        Boats shall pass between the race committee boat signalling the change of course and the nearby mark, leaving the mark to port and the race committee boat to starboard.  This changes rule 28.1.


13.0        The Finish

13.1      The finishing line will be between a staff displaying the club flag on the race committee boat at the starboard end and the port end finishing mark.


14.0        Time Limits and Target Times

14.1        Boats failing to finish within 15 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish.  This changes rules 35 and A4.1.


15.0       Penalty System

15.1       A two turns ( 720 degree ) penalty will apply  as per Rule 44.2

15.2 A one turn ( 360 degree) penalty will apply for hitting a course mark.


16.0        Protests and Requests for Redress

16.1     Immediately after finishing a boat intending to protest shall, in addition to the requirements of rule 61.1(a), inform the race committee boat at the finishing line of her intention to protest and the identity of the boat(s) protested against.  The protesting boat must receive an acknowledgement from the race committee.  This changes rule 61.

16.2        Protest forms are available at the race office.  Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.

16.3       The protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat in its class has finished the last race of the day. The same protest time limit applies to all protests by the race committee and protest committee and to requests for redress.  This changes rules 61.3 and 62.2.  Protest time limits will be posted.

16.4        Notices will be posted within 30 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses.  Hearings will be held at Race Headquarters beginning as soon as practicable after receipt of the protest.

16.5           Notices of protests by the race committee or protest committee will be posted to inform boats under rule 61.1(b).

16.6      For the purpose of rule 64.3(b) the ‘authority responsible’ is the measurer appointed by the organising authority.

16.7        Breaches of instructions 1.4, 4.2, 10.4, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22 will not be grounds for a protest by a boat under rule 60.1(a).  This changes rule 60.1(a).  Penalties for these breaches may be less than disqualification if the protest committee so decides.

16.8       On the last day of the regatta a request for reopening a hearing shall be delivered:

(a)           within the protest time limit if the party requesting reopening was informed of the decision on the previous day;

(b)           no later than 30 minutes after the party requesting the reopening was informed of the decision on that day. This changes Rule 66.


17.0        Scoring

17.1        The Low Point scoring system of Appendix A will apply.

17.2        For a series three races will be required to be completed to constitute a series.

17.3        When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

When five or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

17.4       The scoring abbreviation for a discretionary penalty given under instruction 15.8 will be DPG.

17.5        A Handicap series will be run concurrently with the championship series. Handicaps will be            assessed after the first race and adjusted throughout the contest at the discretion of the handicapper.     The results of the first race will not count in the handicap series.


18.0        Safety Regulations

18.1        Boats shall sign on at the Race HQ before entering the race area for the first time each day and check off by signing off at Race HQ on returning to the beach or advise the race committee in accordance with Sailing Instruction 22.

18.2        A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.


19.0        Replacement of Crew or Equipment

19.1        Substitution of competitors will not be allowed without prior written approval of the race committee.

19.2        Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless approved by the race committee.  Requests for substitution shall be made to the committee at the first reasonable opportunity.


20.0        Equipment and Measurement Checks

A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions.  On the water, a boat can be instructed by a race committee measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.


21.0        Official Boats

                Official boats will be marked by the flying of a club pennant.


22.0        Support Boats

22.1        Team leaders, coaches and other support personnel shall stay100 metres outside areas where boats are racing from the time of the preparatory signal for the first class to start until all boats have finished or the race committee signals a postponement, general recall or abandonment.

 23.0       Haul Out Restriction

              None apply


24.0       Diving Equipment

              Not to be used


25.0        Radio Communication

A boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats.  This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.

 26.0        Prizes:

First , second, and third places on line will be recognised for each serie

27.0        Disclaimer of Liability

Competitors participate in a series entirely at their own risk.  See rule 4, Decision to Race.  The Organising 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.

 28.0            Insurance

The Pt Chev Sailing Club recommends that boats have a valid Third Party Liability Insurance

Attachment A –

Windward-Leeward / Triangular Course:        

Marks 1.2m Cylindrical Buoys



The Start Marks will be:

      A red spherical buoy at the port end and a staff displaying the club flag at the starboard end.

The Starting line will be:

Between a staff displaying the club flag on the committee boat at the starboard end and the port-end starting mark.

The Finish Marks will be:

      A red spherical buoy at the starboard end and a staff displaying the club flag at the port end.

The finishing line will be:

      Between a staff displaying the club flag on the committee boat at the starboard end and the finishing mark at the port end.


Courses as signalled by the Committee Boat at the warning signal will be:


Course 1: Start – Triangle – Windward - Leeward – Triangle - Finish

Course 2: Start – Triangle– Windward – Leeward – Finish


Course 1: Start – Triangle –Windward–Leeward– Finish

Course 2: Start –Triangle– Finish



end. D Oliver editor . Janet,Takapuna Race Officer sanctioned. 8 April 2015

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