2011 sailing instructions

2011 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Closed Events (May, June, July and August series)

1. RULES
Racing will be governed by the I.S.A.F. Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009- 2012, the prescriptions of the I.S.A., individual Class Rules, these Sailing Instructions and any amendments thereto.

2. ENTRIES
Racing is open to Cullaun Sailing club members only. The helm of each boat must be a paid member of Cullaun sailing club

3. SAFETY
Personal buoyancy shall be worn at all times when afloat. Wet suits and dry suits are not adequate personal buoyancy. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. Cullaun Sailing Club safety rules apply when using the club facilities and sailing.

4. COURSE MARKS
Rounding marks will be yellow spherical buoys.

5. STARTING LINE
The starting line shall be between the mast of the Committee Boat and a Starting Mark (spherical yellow buoy).

6. ROUND THE ENDS STARTING RULE
I.S.A.F. Rule 30.1 shall apply to all starts but in amendment of Rule 30.1, Code Flag "I" will not be displayed. (i.e. 1 minute round an end rule applies).

7. STARTING SIGNALS
I.S.A F. Rule 26 system shall apply.
Signal Flag and sound Minutes before starting signal
Warning Code M flag; 1 long sound 5
Preparatory Code P flag; 1 sound 4
One-minute Flag P removed + 1 sound 1
Starting Flag M removed + 1 long sound 0

Note: Times shall be taken from the visual signals; the potential absence of a sound signal shall be disregarded.

8. INDIVIDUAL RECALLS
I.S.A.F. Rule 29.1 shall apply. Code Flax N + 1 Sound signal
The flag will be displayed until all offending boats are on the pre-start side of the starting line. Note: Rule 30.1, round the ends rule applies

9. GENERAL RECALLS
I.S.A.F. Rule 29.2 shall apply. Code flag “1st Substitute + 2 sound signals.
The warning signal for the new start shall be made one minute after the First Substitute is remove (1 sound signal)

10. COURSE & MARKS
The OOD will announce the course prior to the start of each days racing

11. PENALTIES
Touching a mark –I.S.A.F. Rule 31 and 44.1/2. one-turn penalty shall apply.
Touching a boat - I.S.A.F. Rule 44.1/2 two-turn penalty shall apply.,


12. SHORTENING COURSE
I.S.A.F. Rule 32 shall apply and flag S shall be flown.

13. FINISHING LINE
The Finishing Line will be between the main mast of the Committee Boat and the windward mark unless the course is shortened to finish at another mark, in which case the Shortened Course Flag will be flown + 1 hoot as first boat approaches.

14. TIME LIMITS
The Time Limit for the leading boat shall be 40 minutes . Any boat which fails to finish within 10 minutes of the leading Boat shall be deemed to have retired.

15. PROTESTS
I.S.A.F. Rules 60 and 61 shall apply and in addition, the protesting boat shall inform the Race Officer immediately after finishing the race of the protest and of the sail numbers of the boat(s) protested against. Completed protest forms must be delivered to the Race Officer not later than 30 minutes after the finish time of the last boat on the last race of the day.

16. RESPONSIBILITY
Cullaun Sailing Club, whilst taking every reasonable care, accepts no responsibility for loss, damage or injury to persons or equipment.

17. WEATHER CONDITIONS
Races may be held in weather conditions suitable only to the most experienced helmsman or crew. I.S.A.F Rule 4 applies. Responsibility for launching or racing lies entirely with the helmsman.

18. HANDICAP
A continually adjusted handicap is used. Each boat will receive a handicap rating at the start of each season based on previous years results. Where a helm/boat combination has no sailing record in the previous year of sailing in the Cullaun sailing club fleet, a boat will start with the published Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) handicap. If a PY rating has never been determined for a class, the sailing secretary will apply what is considered a fair rating taking into account, the type of boat and helm and crew experience.
A new handicap will be calculated at the end of each days racing and applies for the following days racing (two races). Responsibility for calculating the handicaps rests with the club sailing secretary.

19. SCORING SYSTEM
The Low Point scoring system per I.S.A.F. Rules A4 shall apply with the following amendments
1st . . . . . 1 DNF. . . . . . No. of starters +1
2nd . . . . . 2 DNS . . . . . . No. of starters +3
3rd . . . . . 3
4th . . . . . 4

Tie breaking as Appendix A7 & A8.

20. DISCARDS
Each boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst two score, i.e. there will be two discard in each series. This takes account of each helm’s OOD/rescue responsibilities.
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