Monday Evening 2018 Sailing Instructions

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1                    RULES

  • Racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-­2020 (hereafter “RRS”), the prescriptions of the RYA, the Parkstone Yacht Club Sailing Instructions 2017 Edition (hereafter “PYCSI”), appropriate Class Rules, the Notice of Race (“NoR”) and these Sailing Instructions (hereafter “SI” or “the SI”). In the event of conflict, the SI shall

1.2                CHANGES TO RULES

  • Safety regulations: Competitors who fail to comply with any aspect of SI 9 shall be subject to disqualification without a This changes RRS 63.1.
  • Personal flotation devices: Each competitor shall wear an adequate personal flotation device at all times when afloat and flag Y will not be This changes RRS 40. Failure to comply with this requirement shall result in disqualification without a hearing. This changes RRS 63.1.
  • Starting races: Races shall be started by using the following Times shall be taken from the start of the sound signals. The absence of a visual signal shall be disregarded. This changes RRS 26.
Minutes   before starting signal Visual signal Sound signal Means
3 Class flag One Warning signal
2 P, I, Z, Z with I, U or black flag One Preparatory signal
1 Preparatory  flag removed One long One minute
0 Class             flag removed One Starting signal
  • Penalties: The Two-­Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-­Turn This changes RRS 44.1.
  • Communications with competitors including Recalls, Shortening and Abandoning after the Start: Communications with competitors may be made Visual signals may or may not be displayed. This changes RRS 29, RRS 32 and RRS Race Signals.
  • Stragglers: Any boat which is behind the body of the fleet or finishing outside the time limit may at the discretion of the Race Officer be awarded the finishing score of its observed position on the race RRS 35 shall not apply. Boats so instructed shall (between races) sail directly to the start/finish area or (after second race) return to shore.
  • Distinguishing Numbers: A boat may carry on her mainsail a sail number other than that required by RRS 77 provided the number is recorded on the tally sheet prior to going afloat and provided the number is permitted by the Race This changes RRS 77. A change of rig shall count as a separate entry, except with the express permission of the Race Committee.

2                    NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

  • A Notice to Competitors that is made ashore will be posted at the Beach Master’s


  • A change to the SI that is made ashore will be posted no later than forty minutes before the advertised warning signal of the race or races

4                    SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

  • Signals ashore will be displayed on the flag staff adjacent to the Beach Master’s

5                    THE COURSES

  • Courses shall be as indicated in Appendix 1 or as described orally from the Committee

6                    THE START

  • Gate starts: The following system shall apply:
    • The Pathfinder for the first race of the series will be nominated by the Race Subsequently the Pathfinder will be the fifth placed boat in the preceding race. Except when she is unable to race or was Pathfinder in the preceding race, the Pathfinder will be the sixth boat in the preceding race and so on.
    • The Committee Boat will be stationed to leeward of Mark
    • At approximately 10 seconds before the starting signal, the Pathfinder shall pass close astern of the moored Committee Boat travelling at full speed close-­hauled on port At and after the starting signal, boats may start by passing between the Pathfinder and the Committee Boat.
    • The starting line will be the line between the centre of the Pathfinder and the bow of the Committee
    • The starting line will close not earlier than 45 seconds after the start signal, whether the Pathfinder has tacked or not, during which period the Pathfinder shall have right of way over all other
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    • No later than one minute after the starting signal, the Pathfinder shall be released to join the race by a sound If she does not hear the “release” signal by that time, she may assume that it has in fact been given.
    • Any boat which is on the port side of the Pathfinder while the gate is opening has not crossed the starting line from the course side and needs to return to do so by rounding the anchored Committee Boat (or alternative starting mark) leaving it on her port Boats purporting to start after the Pathfinder has been released may be accepted as late starters at the discretion of the Race Committee.

7                    THE FINISH

  • The finishing line shall be the line between the final mark and the bow of the Committee Boat except if the Committee Boat is not present the line shall be the imaginary line the course requires boats to cross drawn at a right angle to the direction from the previous
  • If the Committee Boat is not on station at the finish, finishing positions shall be determined by the Race Committee in the most equitable manner available, including consideration of positions at previous marks and evidence from third In case of doubt the boat nearest the mark is considered in front.

8                    TARGET TIME AND TIME LIMIT

  • The target time for the first boat to sail the course shall be 30 Failure to meet the target time will not be grounds for redress. This changes Rule 62.1(a).
  • If no boat has passed Mark 1 within 20 minutes from the starting signal the race will be
  • The time limit for the first boat to sail the course shall be 45
  • Boats failing to finish within 10 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored ‘Did Not Finish’ without a This changes Rules 35, A4 and A5.

9                    SAFETY REGULATIONS

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  • Since the normal club complement of patrol boats will not be available, it is every competitor’s responsibility to look out for anyone in difficulty and go to their aid if Redress will be given to any competitor providing required assistance to others.
  • When the Race Committee considers that a boat or competitor is in difficulty it may instruct the boat or competitor to accept outside help, retire or return
  • Any competitor who retires from a race shall notify the Race Officer before returning to shore or within fifteen minutes of the later party coming
  • Competitors shall return their tally to the Beach Master’s Hut and complete their declaration on the signing in/out sheet as soon as practicable and no later than fifteen minutes after coming

10                  RACE COMMITTEE

The Race Committee will consist of the Race Officer and the PYC Laser Class Captain or their representatives. The Race Committee’s interpretation of the SI shall be final.

11                  DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Competitors participate in the series entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4 (Decision to Race) and PYCSI 17 (Risk Statement). The organising 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 series.

12                  INSURANCE

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3,000,000 per incident or the equivalent.



  1. Marks 1, 2 and 3 may be specially laid buoys or permanent navigational features or any combination of
  2. Mark 3 has no required side on the first leg of the course unless it is itself a starting
  3. The diagrams are indicative schematics only and do not show relative distances or
  4. The diagrams show a port-­hand If set, a starboard-­hand course is its mirror image.

Alternatively the Race Officer may set any other course, if unable to set the above.

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