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.

Monday Night Rota 2017


24th Apr Mark Scott Luke Normington
1st May Chris Whalley Becky Walters
8th May Bob Cudmore Matt Vincent
15th May Nick Morgan Ashley Harris
22nd May Colston Nicholls Courtenay Suckling
29th May Low Water  
5th Jun Pete Taylor Matt Eels
12th Jun Gary Wakefield Christian Wakefield
19th Jun Richard Strang Chris Guy
26th Jun Low Water  
3rd Jul Ann Keates David Hartgill
10th Jul Trevor Annels David Pratt
17th Jul Jon Goringe Ed Wilton
24th Jul Low Water  
31st Jul Andy Taylor Mary Reddyhof
7th Aug Phil Merrel Pam Woodall
14th Aug Stuart Bromidge Alison Wheeler
21st Aug Rob Penson Mike Kuzyk
28th Aug Poole Week  
4th Sep John Keates Sheila Burton

Perisher 2017 Duty Rota

Provisional rota for this year’s Perisher. If the dates don’t suit you, we can probably move things around.

Feb 5th Ann Keates John Keats
Feb 12th Colston Nichols Hayley Hughes
Feb 19th Ian Roman Ed Wilton
Feb 26th Rosie Connell Donald McDonald
Mar 5th Bob Cudmore Pete Taylor
Mar 12th Richard Popper Andy Hartley
Mar 19th Chris Guy Roberta Hartley
Mar 26th Gary Hind Mark Scott
Apr 2nd Richard Popper Nick Morgan
Apr 9th John Lyon Stuart Bromidge


Training 2016 Season

Bob Cudmore our Training Officer is planning to run 2 sessions, Sunday July 17th and Sunday September 25th, unfortunately the earlier plan of 6 sessions has had to be changed.

Bob has enormous experience of Laser sailing, and is currently Poole Week laser Champion.

The plan is to be rigged and ready for a 2pm start, if you would like to join in, please follow the link below.

A crew will be needed on the rib so if anyone would like to spend a Sunday afternoon on the water please let us know.

Ann + John

Perisher Series 2016 Sailing Instructions & Entry Form

Only 2 race days left of the Winter Series that has been disappointing to say the least in terms of the number of races sailed.

No doubt you are thinking ahead to the Perisher Series. The SIs and Entry Form as attached.

Ann has negotiated limited storage, but please note that unless payment for perisher storage is received before the end of the winter series, lasers must be removed form the yard by Christmas.

Sailing Instructions

Entry Form

Class AGM 2015 Minutes of the Meeting

The Commanding Officer opened the meeting with a bang of the gavel at 1910 hrs.



Ann Keates, John Keates, Ian Roman, John Lyons, Gary Wakefield, Trevor Annels, Nigel Pearce, Ken Brown, Brian Drake, Mark Scott, Roger Hakes, Rosie Connell, Iain Reid, Bob Cudmore, Donald Macdonald, John Sparrow, David Hartgill, Colston Nichols, Mary Reddyhoff, Becky Walters, Matt Southam, David Pratt, Peter Norman and Steve Tyler (Flag Officer).


1.  Apologies


Stuart Bromidge, The Hartley family, Hayley Hughes and Peter Taylor


2.  Minutes of last meeting


Donald proposed that these were a true reflection of the last meeting. This was seconded by Colston.


3.  General Committe


The following is a summary of Steve Tyler’s report

·        Richard Edwards is the dinghy rep. on the sailing committee

·        Lasers had the highest turn-out of the dinghies (average 15) but races not sailed were counted in this average!

·        Two race days had our more competent race officers running them

·        Trophy races were sailed with the option of using a start from Ron Cox in the bay to alleviate the problems sometimes caused by racing through the harbour entrance. Race times were adjusted when using Ron Cox bay start so that the normal arrival time could be used by sailors. This notion received the support of this meeting.

·        The new building works should not affect the actual sailing but a slightly longer walk to the changing rooms will be required

·        All sailing events will now be placed on one spreadsheet. The intention is that this spreadsheet will be placed on the club website

·        Inflatable race marks will be all kept together. When marks are need for events they can be booked by e-mail to Emma ,the Bosun

·        Fixed race marks are going to be painted with day-glo pink as a top mark

·        The Platform will have day-glo pink marks on the sides

·        Club ribs will have covers for the electronics but must be washed down before the covers are placed in position

·        6 VHF radios have been lost this year. 3 were dropped in the water during use and 3 have just gone missing

·        The club now owns 33 boats of varying description which can be rented out by contacting Tom or Emma

·        Poole Week 2016 dates – Aug 21st to 26th inc.

·        Health and safety issues raised by the Harbour Master were very few this year

·        The volunteering system will be altered to reduce our reliance on one individual. Therefore 50% of duties will fall to the responsibility of class captains who will use the Dutyman System

·        More PROs are needed if racing is to continue in its present format. These duties count towards mandatory totals

·        Colston asked why the Class Grant this year had been reduced by a 3rd, and the reason it was not paid until the end of July. Steve said he did not know but would investigate.


The Fleet’s Dog Robber thanked Steve for this report on behalf of the fleet and commented don the positive nature of communications between the fleet and the Hon. Sailing Secretary


4.  General Report


Turn Out:


The Class Captains produced an analysis of the fleet turn out for each series. These were read followed by a general discussion. No issues for action arose


Class Funds


Donald presented the club accounts to the meeting.

Opening Balance         782.77  

Expenditure               1,951.98                                
Income                      1,723.00                                
My Balance                553.79      


Bob proposed that these accounts were accepted and Colston seconded.


5.  Election of Officers


The committee were happy to carry on in office and this proposal was unsurprisingly accepted


Results:   Monday – John Keates

          Saturday- John Lyons

          Wednesday- Roger Hakes


Training Officer: Bob Cudmore


6.  Monday Racing


The proposal to split this series generated a good deal of discussion. It was eventually decided to run a pilot scheme for one year which divided the series into two. The exact date of splitting the series will be decided by the Fleet Captains taking into account the dates of no racing through low water days.


7.  Wednesday/Saturday Racing


Gold & Silver Fleets


Roger suggested that we had gold and silver fleets for the Saturday Series. This led to a lengthy debate which resulted in the meeting deciding not to go ahead with the proposal. However, since one aim of this suggestion was to increase the number of trophy winners, there followed a general discussion around this topic. It was agreed that an improvers trophy, along the lines of the Mars Bar trophy would be awarded (if applicable) for each series.


Race winner Jersey


The idea of race winners wearing a yellow jersey was mooted and received general approval. The Fleet captains agreed to investigate this notion.


Mini Series


The Commanding Officer proposed a mini –series for each of the Saturday Series. The class would need to independently manage the racing on these days. The overall result will count towards the respective Saturday series


8.  The Perisher Series


The start date is: February 7th

The final race is scheduled for April 10th

The Easter Series (26th – 28th March) interrupts the Perisher series

9.  Poole Week


21st to 26th August inclusive. The Dog Robber advised early booking since this results in a significant financial saving. Information is on the Poole Week section of the club website. A healthy list of competitors appearing there may also encourage a greater number of visitors.


10.         Class Entertainment


The following ideas were suggested:

·        Cycle ride

·        Visit to the Dog Track

·        Sunday beach activities; paddleboards, kayaks, canoes etc.

·        Ten Pin Bowling


11.          A.O.B.


·        Only regular Perisher will be allowed to keep their boats in the yard. They must contact the Commanding for a storage sticker

·        All Lasers without a Perisher storage sticker must be removed from the yard by Christmas

·        The Commanding Officer, requested, cajoled, instructed and then demanded that all over 35s should enter the Laser Masters event at PYC on September 10th and 11th 2016. Under 35s were cordially invited to help with race management on those days

·        It is proposed that the annual dinner/prize giving will be held at a local venue on Saturday 27th February 2016

·        Colston suggested sailing on a Saturday afternoon during the winter series (instead of Sunday not as well as). This received a mixed response although it is fair to say that no one option from SAT pm or Sun am or Sun pm received unanimous approval- the matter needs further consideration

·        Roger Hakes suggested that the Lasers teamed up for race duties on the box when he was PRO – this received warm and positive support provided this did not severely detract from numbers of sailing Lasers.


The meeting closed at 2050 hrs.

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