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FLUSHING SAILING CLUB IRC CHALLENGE CUPS

Sunday 23rd May, Sunday 30th May and Sunday 27th June 2021

Notice of Race

ORGANISING AUTHORITY FLUSHING SAILING CLUB

  1. Rules
    1. This event will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing, the IRC rules insofar as they apply, Class rules, this NOR and the Sailing Instructions
    2. Racing rules will be changed as follows:
      1. Rule 35, A3, A4 and A5 – Start and finish windows will apply, and boats scored DNS and DNF respectively by the race committee without a hearing.
      2. Rule 44.1 – Two-Turns Penalty replaced by One-Turn Penalty.
      3. Rule 60.1(a) – A boat’s right to protest or request redress will be limited.
      4. Rule 63.7 – Sailing Instructions will take precedence over the Notice of Race.
      5. Rule 64.1(a) – Protest committee may impose penalties lesser or greater than disqualification.
      6. RRS Appendix A2 & A4.2 – Scoring
    3. These changes will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions may also change other racing rules.
    4. World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Appendix B – Inshore Racing will apply.
    5. All boats shall comply with Falmouth Harbour Commissioners byelaws: Infringement of the byelaws shall not be grounds for protest by another boat. This changes RRS 60.1(a).
  2. 2. Entry Eligibility
    1. FSC IRC Challenge Cup Series is open to all yachts which satisfy the rules and entry criteria.
    2. Eligible boats may enter on the FSC entry form downloadable at www.‌flushingsailingclub.‌co.uk
  3. Fees
    1. Payment can be paid by direct Bank Transfer or Cheque.
    2. Entry fee £25 for the series.
    3. Entries close on Tuesday 18th May.
  4. Schedule
    1. The series will consist of: Bay Racing – 2 windward/leeward courses and 1 Regatta course finishing at the Club each day on Sunday 23rd of May and Sunday 27th June, and 1 offshore race on Sunday 30th May finishing at the club.
    2. The scheduled time for the warning signal for the 1st Race each day will be 11.00 hrs. for Bay racing and 09.55 for the offshore race
    3. Windward/Leeward Racing will take place in Falmouth Bay or in adverse weather conditions may be held in The Carrick Roads. The Offshore Race will take place off the South Cornish Coast.
    4. No warning signal shall be made after 15.00 on each day’s W/L Bay racing.
    5. Sailing Instructions will be available no later than May 5th on the FSC website.
    6. Any amendments will be posted on the FSC Official notice board and on the FSC website.
  5. Measurement
    1. A valid IRC measurement certificate must be submitted before start of the series and the rating must not be varied during the series. Prototypes should have an endorsed IRC certificate.
    2. Maximum crew numbers will be indicated on the boat’s IRC certificate. No additional crew will be allowed.
    3. Proposed classes:
      O IRC rating greater than .965
      Q IRC rating .910 to .964
      E IRC rating .835 to .909
      U rating less than .834
    4. The class identification flag must be displayed at the stern whilst racing.
    5. The race committee reserve the right to amend classes appropriate to entries received.
  6. Scoring
    1. Three races are required to constitute a series.
    2. When fewer than 4 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
    3. When 4 to 7 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
    4. Points will be awarded as follows (for definitions see RRS appendix 10) DNS/‌DNC/‌OCS/‌DNF/‌RET: number of race entries plus one.
  7. Support Boats
    1. Support boats shall display the numeral pennant 5.
  8. Radio Communication
    1. The Race committee will communicate with competitors on VHF CH 72
    2. Each boat must have a working marine VHF radio.
    3. Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make a radio transmission while racing nor receive radio communication not available to other boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones or tablets.
  9. Prizes
    1. Daily prizes will be awarded at Flushing Sailing Club after racing.
    2. Overall prizes for the IRC Challenge Cups will be awarded at FSC on June 27th after racing.
  10. Insurance
    1. Each participating boat shall be insured with a valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3,000,000 per incident or equivalent.
  11. Risk Assessment
    1. Rule 3 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.”
    2. Sailing is by its nature is an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:
      1. They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event.
      2. They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
      3. They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
      4. Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
      5. The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
      6. The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;
      7. It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event.
      8. [For offshore races] They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew.
  12. FURTHER INFORMATION
    1. Further information may be obtained from Len Cheshire:  .

COVID-19 NOTICE

While the future of this COVID-19 pandemic is uncertain, FSC is fully committed to the safety of all event personnel and competitors. Depending on local conditions at the time, changes to times, organisation, courses or events made will be advised to all competitors via the Club website. FSC will follow all applicable government regulations and prudent best practices to mitigate any possible health risks, and we ask you to do the same for your crewmates. The latest information about steps taken to address COVID-19 concerns can be found on the Club website. By taking part in FSC events each competitor agrees and acknowledges that they are responsible for complying with any Government regulations in force at the time of the event in respect of COVID-19 and for complying with any FSC COVID-19 procedures published.

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