Racing will take place under the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of the R.Y.A., these Sailing Instructions (S.I.), the rules of the National Squib Class and any notice to competitors subsequently issued by the Sailing Committee.
2. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
2a General. 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 the crew, the boat and the management thereof. The race organisers shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury however caused to the owner/competitor, skipper or crew, as a result of their taking part in the race or races. Moreover, every owner/competitor warrants the suitability of the boat for the race or races.
2b Entries shall be registered with the race committee before the warning signal of the first race. All boats shall have £2 million 3rd party insurance.
3. NOTICE TO COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors shall be posted at the WOBYC Club House.
4. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Any changes to these Sailing Instructions or schedule of races shall be posted not less than one hour before the first race of the day on which they take effect.
5. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
Signals made ashore shall be displayed from the Club House signal mast.
6. CLASS FLAGS
Race 1 of series – Naval Numeral 9
Race 2 of series – Naval Numeral 8
The schedule of races will be displayed at the clubhouse.
7. RACING AREA
The racing area shall be Oulton Broad and the adjoining waterways.
8a. The course to be sailed shall be displayed at the starting line. Numbers with a green background to be left to starboard and numbers with a red background to be left to port. The number of rounds will be shown in white figures on a black background.
8b. The inclusion of the letter F on a blue background in the course indicates a clubhouse finish, having rounded the mark preceding the F the prescribed number of times.
8c. The course may be shortened at the discretion of the O.O.D. This is indicated by code flag S above the class flag(s) accompanied by two sound signals. This shall be flown from the club signal mast to indicate a club line finish; the leading boat shall finish when she next crosses the finishing line while sailing the prescribed course. The course may also be shortened at a mark of the course in which case a committee boat flying the shorten course flag shall be stationed close to a mark and the finishing line will be between the black and while pole on the committee boat and that mark; the leading boat shall finish when she next crosses this finishing line while sailing the prescribed course.
9a. The marks of the course are buoys, numbered by their position around the broad 1 to 7 starting with No. 1 to the west of the clubhouse, then clockwise around the broad, with No.7 the furthest to the east. They are red/orange in colour. They may be moved to suit wind or tide conditions.
9b. Mark 8 shall be black and may be positioned anywhere in the racing area.
10. THE START
10a. RRS 26 shall apply.
10b. The second race of each series will start five minutes after the first race.
10c. The Clubhouse start line shall be an extension of a line passing through the orange signal mast on the Club House and the black and white pole on the quay. Limit marks (buoys with through poles) may be positioned approximately on the line. Boats shall pass between these buoys when starting.
10d. Committee Boat Starts. Indicated by flying Code Flag Q from the Club House signal mast. The Committee Boat shall display an orange flag. The start line shall be a line through the black and white pole on the Committee Boat and the outer distance mark (buoy with through pole). An inner distance mark (buoy with through pole) may be positioned approximately on the line. To start boats shall pass between these marks. Boats which pass between the inner distance mark and the Committee Boat at any time (after their preparatory signal) shall be disqualified.
10e. Boats whose Preparatory signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting area and of all boats whose preparatory signal has been made.
10f. A boat shall not start later than TWO minutes after her starting signal.
10g. RRS 30.2 shall not apply.
11a. RRS 29.1 shall apply. Code flag X shall be flown. Sail numbers shall not necessarily be called.
11b. General Recalls. RRS 29.2 shall apply. The preparatory signal for the restart shall be made one minute after lowering the first substitute.
12a. For races sailed in accordance with SI 10c (Clubhouse start) the finish line shall be between the orange signal mast on the Clubhouse and the pole carrying three coloured discs on the opposite bank, unless shortened at a mark when boats shall finish by passing between a committee boat flying code flag S and the adjacent course mark on its prescribed side.
12b. For races started in accordance with SI 10d (Committee Boat starts) the finish line, unless shortened at the clubhouse, or having a course containing F, shall be finished between the black and white mast on a committee boat and the first mark of the course. Boats shall sail the prescribed number of rounds, plus an additional leg to finish by sailing between the first mark on the prescribed side and a committee boat. For a start in accordance with SI 11c the course may be shortened at any mark when boats shall finish by passing between a committee boat flying code flag S and the adjacent course mark on its prescribed side.
12c. For races started in accordance with SI 10d (Committee Boat starts) the finish line, unless shortened at the clubhouse, or having a course containing F, shall be finished between the black and white mast on the committee boat and the first mark of the course. Boats shall sail the prescribed number of rounds, plus an additional leg to finish by sailing between the first mark on the prescribed side and the committee boat. For a start in accordance with SI 10d the course may be shortened at any mark when boats shall finish by passing between the committee boat flying code flag S and the adjacent course mark on its prescribed side.
13. ALTERNATIVE PENALTIES
RRS 44.1 shall apply except that the penalty for a breach of Part 2 shall be a 360° penalty.
14. TIME LIMIT
The time limit for each race shall be 90 minutes.
15a. Protests shall be written on forms obtainable from the race box and submitted within one hour of the last boat in the race finishing.
15b. Failure of attendance by parties or witnesses having been informed are not grounds for deferment of the hearing.
15c. The Exoneration Penalty and the Advisory Hearing and RYA Arbitration procedures of the RYA Rules Disputes Procedures will be available.
See the Club Notice Board for details.
16a. The Regatta shall be scored according to Appendix A, low points system, of the RRS, modified as below.
16b. Each boat will participate in three races on Saturday to decide gold and silver fleets. Top 10 to go to gold fleet, all others, silver fleet. The overall place in the qualifying series will be added to the points gained on Sunday for the gold fleet.
16c. The silver fleet will carry forward qualifying place minus 10 pts. This will be added to Sunday points.
16d. In exceptional circumstances the Race Committee shall be able to promote a boat to the gold fleet.
16e. The minimum number of boats ranking as starters is two, otherwise the race is void.
16f. There shall be no discards in either series.
Races will not be umpired but an on the water rules “observer” may be used. The observer will be able to issue penalties on an advisory basis. Boats which do not comply with such penalties may be subject to protest.
18a. In addition to RRS 1.2 all competitors shall wear a suitable buoyancy aid.
18b. All sailing boats less than 15m in length must abide by Broads Authority Navigation Byelaw 24 (1995): Sailing vessels must not impede commercial, passenger carrying vessels greater than 15m in length, the Waveney Princess, for example.