Pequot Yacht Club – Onion Patch Regatta

Sailing Instructions

August 6th, 2011

Pequot Yacht Club

669 Harbor Road

Southport, CT 06890

Sailing Instructions

1        Rules

1.1       The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-  

             2012 and the rules of the Ideal 18 Class Association.

  1. Rule 44.1 will be changed as follows: “ A boat may take a One-Turn Penalty when she

             may have broken a rule of Part 2 while racing or a One-Turn Penalty when she may have    

             broken rule 31.”

  1. Rule 61.1(a)will be changed as follows: “A boat intending to protest shall inform the  

             other boat at the first reasonable opportunity. Upon finishing each race, a boat intending  

              to protest shall as soon as possible, notify the race committee of her intent to protest.”

2        Notices to Competitors

Notices will be posted on the official regatta notice board located on the Pequot Yacht Club senior clubhouse deck.

3           Changes to Sailing Instructions

3.1         Any changes to the sailing instructions will be posted no fewer than 30 minutes before

              the harbor start.

4           Signals Made Ashore

4.1       Signals made ashore will be displayed from the Pequot Yacht Club race committee boat.

5        Schedule of Races

5.1        Six races are scheduled.  At least one race must be completed to have a series.

5.2        The racing schedule is as follows:

Registration        1200        senior clubhouse deck

                        Competitors Meeting        1230        senior clubhouse deck

Harbor Start        1300

First Warning                                      1345

5.3        No warning signal will be made after 1630.

6        Racing Area

The racing area will be south of the Southport Harbor outer channel.

7        The Course

  1. COURSE # 1 will consist of a beat, a run, and a beat to the finish line. All marks are to be  

             left to port.

  1. COURSE #2 will consist of a beat, a run, a beat, and a run to the finish line.  All marks  

             are to be left to port.

7.3       COURSE # 3 will consist of a beat and a run to the finish line. All marks are to be left to port.

8        Marks

8.1        Marks 1 and 2 will be orange inflatable triangles.

8.2       The starting mark will be a pin flying a yellow flag.

8.3        The finishing mark will be the same as the starting mark.

9        The Start

9.1        Races will be started using Appendix S, “Sound-Signal Starting System” (3 minute start). This changes Rule 26.

Signal                Time                        Sound                        Visual

Warning        3 minutes        3 long blasts        White cylinder hoisted

Preparatory        2 minutes        2 long blasts                 Blue cylinder hoisted

1.5 minutes        1 long 3 short

1 minute        1 long blast                    Blue cylinder lowered

30 seconds        3 short blasts

20 seconds        2 short blasts

10 seconds        1 short blast

5-1 seconds        1 short blast each second

Start        0        1 long blast        White cylinder lowered

9.2        A series of short sounds will be made before each warning signal.

9.3        The starting line will be between a yellow flag on the race committee boat and the  

             starting mark on the port side of the race committee boat.

10        Recalls of OCS Boats

10.1        When an individual recall is signaled ( “X” flag and one sound signal),  the race committee will attempt to hail the sail numbers of all boats that are OCS. This adds to rule 29.1.

10.2        A general recall will be signaled by “First Substitute” flag and two sound signals.  After a general recall, the three-minute sequence will begin one minute after the lowering of the “First Substitute” flag.

10.3        When the “I” flag is displayed it signals that rule 30.1(Round the Ends Rule) is in effect. The “I” flag will be hoisted with the three minute warning signal. The “I” flag will be lowered at the one minute signal and the race committee may begin hailing sail numbers then.

11        The Finish

The finishing line will be between a yellow flag on the race committee boat and the finishing mark.

12        Time Limit

The time limit for the first boat in each race to finish will be 25 minutes.

15        Protests and Requests for Redress

15.1        Upon finishing each race, a boat intending to protest shall immediately notify the race committee of its intent to protest. (This changes  rule 61.1(a))

15.2        Protest forms will be available on the upper deck of the senior clubhouse.

15.3     Arbitration shall be used for hearing protests involving rules of Part 2 of the rulebook. (This changes Rule 63.)

16        Scoring

  1. The Low Point Scoring System, Appendix A of The Racing Rules of Sailing, will apply.  A boat's worst race will be excluded if at least five races are completed.

17        Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the skipper and crew of the top three finishers.

18        Safety Regulations

18.1        Each boat must comply with the Ideal 18 Class Association rules.

18.2        A boat that does not finish a race shall notify a race committee boat before leaving the race area.  If this is impossible, the competitor shall notify a regatta representative immediately after arriving ashore.

19        Responsibility for Safety

As a condition of participation of any boat in any race or related activity sponsored or undertaken by the Pequot Yacht Club, the helmsperson of each boat agrees that the safety of the boat and the crew and the decision whether or not to start or continue to race is solely their responsibility. Each of them waives all claims which he or she or any heir, representative, successor or assignee, may have against the Pequot Yacht Club and their officers, trustees, members, committees, employees or agents, arising out of or in any way connected with participation in such race or activity.  Responsibility for evaluating wind, sea and weather conditions rests with each participant as does the responsibility for the safe condition of the boat including safety equipment and rigging and wearing a life jacket.  Assistance from the race committee, patrol boats, or other support boats and from personnel aboard them is at the risk of the participant.

Regatta Chairpersons: Betsy Hulme, Jay Lipp