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Please click on the following link, Racing Instructions - 2014, to view and download the document.

 

Happy Racing!!
 
 

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

 

 

1       RULES

1.1     The series will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) as adopted by the United States Sailing

          Association and as superseded by these Sailing Instructions and any posted Official Notices.

 

2       NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

         Official Notices to racers will be posted on the bulletin board in the clubhouse.

 

3       CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

          Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 0900 on the day it will take effect, except that

          any change to the schedule of races will be posted as early as possible before a scheduled race. Any

          change to the sailing instructions will be posted on the bulletin board in the clubhouse. Changes to the race

             schedule will be posted on the white board or chalk board outside the clubhouse and/or in other conspicuous

          locations.

 

4       SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

4.1     Signals made ashore will be displayed at the clubhouse.

 

5       SCHEDULE OF RACES

5.1     Races start at 1400 each Saturday (Warning Signal). Team races start at 1000 Sundays (Warning Signal) as

          scheduled and other races start as scheduled.

5.2     Up to four races may be scheduled for each day, at the discretion of the Race Committee and Mother Nature.

5.3     The July Series will be raced each Saturday from June 28 to July 19 (4 race days). The August Series will be

          raced each Saturday from July 26 through August 23 with the exception of August 2, (4 race days). The

          Season Series will comprise the July and August series. Any boat racing is automatically entered in that

          series.

 

6        CLASS FLAGS

              Class flags will not typically be used.

 

7        RACING AREAS

          Racing will occur on the Sakonnet River, in the general vicinity of the Bell R "2A".

 

8        THE COURSES

8.1      The diagrams below show the 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.
 

8.2     lf the Race Committee wishes to set a special course, the following letters may be used in sequence (e.g., X

          E P X) to designate buoys as marks of the course:

          N          Orange Pyra-Mark NORTH of the starting line

          S          Orange Pyra-Mark SOUTH of the starting line

          E          Orange Pyra-Mark EAST of the starting line

          W         Orange Pyra-Mark WEST of the starting line

          P          Starting line PIN (orange wind-sock)

          X           Government bell            R "2A"

          O          Government nun            OLD BULL N "4"   

          C           Government bell            COMRORANT "1"

          F           Government can            FLINT LEDGE C " 3 ''

          K           Government buoy          WHISTLER

          H           Entrance to Sakonnet Harbor

          L           Sakonnet lighthouse


9        MARKS

9.1      Marks will typically be Orange Pyra marks or Government bells, cans or nuns and an orange float with a 

          windsock.

 

10      AREAS THAT ARE OBSTRUCTIONS

           There are no designated obstructions.

 

11      THE START

11.1     Races will be started as follows. This is the “Ollie Sequence “, and is in accordance with rule 26.

Time

Meaning

Sound

Visual

Shortly before warning

Wake up

Several short blasts

 

5:00 minutes to start

Warning

One long blast

Class flag or white shape up

4:00

Preparatory

One long blast

Blue prep flag up

1:00

 

One long blast

Blue Prep flag down

0:00

Start

One long blast

Class Flag or white shape down

 

11.1.1  Alternative start sequence: Occasionally, the race committee will decide to follow an alternative sequence

           with more sound indications per the table below. When the race committee decides to use this sequence, all

           efforts will be made to notify competitors. Visual signals override all sound signals. This changes rule 26.

 

Time

Meaning

Sound

Visual

Shortly before warning

Wake up

Several short blasts

 

5:00 minutes to start

Warning

One long blast

Class flag or white shape up

4:00

Preparatory

One long blast

Blue prep flag up

3:00

 

Three long blast

 

2:00

 

Two long blasts

 

1:30

 

1 long 1 short

 

1:00

 

One long blast

Blue Prep flag down

0:30

 

Three short blasts

 

0:20

 

Two short blasts

 

0:10

 

One short blast

 

0:00

Start

One long blast

Class Flag or white shape down

 

 

11.2    The starting line will be between the starting mark and a staff on the Race Committee boat.

11.3    Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for

          other races.

11.4    INDIVIDUAL recall: Amending Rule 29.1, the Race Committee will try to hail the sail number of any yacht

          that starts prematurely. Flag X will not be flown.

11.4    GENERAL recall:  Amending Rule 29.2, the Race Committee shall signal a General Recall with two long

          sounds, frantic arm-waving, and copious hails. The next signal shall be that class's PREPARATORY signal.

          The "I Flag Rule'' (Rule 30.1) shall be in effect after a General Recall. Flag First Substitute and Flag I will not be

          flown.

 

12      CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE

12.1    To change the next leg of the course, the race committee will move the original mark (or the finishing line) to a

          new position.

 

13      THE FINISH

           The finish shall be between the finishing mark and a staff on the Race Committee boat. Note that the finishing

           line may be different from the starting line.

 

14      PENALTY SYSTEM

14.1    The penalties are as follows: Amending Rule 61.1, use of a Protest Flag is optional but strongly requested.

          Protesting yacht must be sure that its ''Protest'' hail is heard, or a flag must be flown. Amending Rule 44.1, the

          offending boat may perform a one-turn penalty to resolve a dispute unless the offending boat causes injury or

          serious damage. In the case where the offending boat causes injury or serious damage, her penalty shall be to

          retire. A protest committee will be formed for any unresolved, filed protest.  Note: This changes the

          requirement from the 2012 sailing instructions which prescribed a two-turn penalty.

 

15      SCORING

15.1     The scoring system is as follows: Points will be awarded equal to the place finish (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). DNF

           shall be awarded points equal to the number of boats starting. DNS shall be awarded points equal to one more

           than the number of boats starting that race. DSQ shall be awarded points equal to one more than the number

           of boats starting that race.

           Each boat will be allowed to discard its worst finish for each of the July, August and Season Series. (One

           discarded finish in the calculation of each series standing.)

15.2    RACE COMMITTEE DUTY Race committee duty will be posted in the clubhouse.
15.3    ABBREVIATIONS

          These instructions use the following abbreviations:

          DNS Did not start

          DNF Did not finish or retired after finishing

          DSQ Disqualified

 

16      SAFETY REGULATIONS

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