Pequot Yacht Club Series II (Wednesday)

July 31st, Aug. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Sept. 4th, 11th, 18th 2013

Pequot Yacht Club One-Design Program

Pequot Yacht Club

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

1 RULES

1.1 The series will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016.

1.2 The following United States Sailing National Prescriptions will not apply: 60, 63.2, 63.4.

1.3 The Ideal 18 class rules will apply.

1.4 No changes shall be made to the standing rigging of any boat. 

1.5 Spinnakers will be used at the discretion of the race committee.

1.6 The Organizing Authority is the Pequot Yacht Club.

2 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located in the one-design room of the Pequot Yacht Club junior clubhouse.

3 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 1230 on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 1230 three days before it will take effect.

4 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

No signals will be made ashore for Ideal 18 racing.

5 SCHEDULE OF RACES

5.1 Dates of racing:

Date                Ideal 18        Start

July 31st           Racing                1830

Aug. 7th        Racing                1830

Aug. 14th        Racing                1830

Aug. 21st        Racing                1830

Aug. 28th        Racing                1830

Sept. 4th        Racing                1830

Sept. 11th        Racing                1800

Sept. 18th        Racing                1800

5.2 The race committee's intention is to sail 3 races per evening with each race lasting approximately 18 minutes.

5.3 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1830.

5.4 For each day of racing no warning signal will be made after 2000.

6 RACING AREAS

Attachment B shows the location of racing areas.

7 THE COURSES

7.1 The diagrams in Attachment C show example courses, 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.  The approximate course length will be 18 minutes.

7.2 No later than the warning signal, the race committee signal boat will hail the course and will display the course utilizing alphanumeric designations on a white board.

7.3 Alphanumeric Course Coding

M = Modified course (start/finish line is between the windward and leeward mark)

L or W following an M indicates position of finish line (W = finish to windward, L = finish to Leeward)

L or W without an M preceding it indicates a Windward/Leeward course, with the W or L indicating position of finish line.  The windward mark and/or the leeward mark will also be the pin end of the start/finish line.

(number) = number of WINDWARD legs to be completed

Examples: MW2 = Windward/leeward/finish to windward. (Start/finish line is set between the windward and leeward marks)

L2 = Windward/leeward/windward/finish to leeward. (Pin end of the start/finish line is the same as the leeward mark).

ML2 = Windward/Leeward/Windward/finish downwind. (Start/finish line is set between the windward and leeward marks)

8 MARKS

8.1 All marks will be orange buoys unless the pin end of the line is also the leeward mark, in which case the mark will be a flag.

8.2 The starting and finishing marks will be a committee boat anchored at the starboard end of the line, and a flag at the port end of the line.

9 THE START

9.1 Races will be started by using RRS US Sailing Prescription Appendix S - Sound-Signal Starting System with the warning signal made 3 minutes before the starting signal.

9.2 The starting line will be between staffs displaying orange flags on the starting marks.

9.3 A boat starting later than 3 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing.  This changes rules rules A4 and A5.

10 CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE

Changes to the course will be consistent with RRS rule 33.

11 THE FINISH

The finishing line will be between staffs displaying flags on the finishing marks.

12 PENALTY SYSTEM

12.1 For the Ideal 18 Class, rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn penalty.

12.2 As provided in rule 67, the protest committee  may, without a hearing, penalize a boat that has broken rule 42.

13 TIME LIMITS AND TARGET TIMES

Boats failing to finish within 10 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing.  This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.

14 PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

14.1 Protest forms are available at the race office, located in the one-design sailing room of Pequot Yacht Club's junior clubhouse.

14.2 The protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day.

14.3 Notices will be posted no later than 5 minutes after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses.  Hearings will be held in the protest room, located at Pequot Yacht Club's junior clubhouse, beginning at the time posted.

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

14.5 A list of boats that, under instruction 12.2, have been penalized for breaking rule 42 will be posted.

15 SCORING

15.1 The low point scoring system will be used.

15.2 Three (3) races are required to be completed to constitute a season series.

15.3 (a) When fewer than five (5) races have been completed in a day of racing, a boat's daily series score will be the total of her race scores.

        (b) When five (5) races have been completed in a day of racing, a boat's daily series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

15.4 A boat that misses the first race, but sails races thereafter will not be scored for the first race.  The entry DNC will be used for race one, and it will not count for or against that boat's average for the day's races.  This changes RRS A4.2.

15.5 Each boat must have a designated skipper for the evening.  The skipper must steer the boat for all races.  Scores will be attributed to the skipper.  For a race where the skipper is not at the helm, she will be scored DSQ for that race.

16 SAFETY REGULATIONS

16.1 Boats shall check in for racing by sailing past the race committee boat once the race committee boat is anchored at the starting line, and hailing the name of the sail number, skipper, and crew.

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

16.3 A boat that retires from racing for the day shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.

17 REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT

17.1 Substitution of competitors will not be allowed without consulting the race committee.

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

18 RADIO COMMUNICATION

Except in an emergency, 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.

19 PRIZES

19.1 Skippers who participated in at least 50% of the days of racing will be eligible for prizes.  If racing occurs over an odd number of days, then skippers who competed in one fewer than 50% of the days of racing will be eligible for prizes.

19.2 Prizes will be awarded as follows: If 8 or more skippers are eligible for prizes then the top 3 skippers will be awarded prizes at an awards banquet following the conclusion of the season series.  If between 5 and 7 skippers are eligible for prizes, then the top 2 skippers will receive an award.  If fewer than 5 skippers are eligible for prizes, then only the top skipper will receive an award.

21 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 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.