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FLUSHING SAILING CLUB IRC CHALLENGE CUPS

Sunday 27th June 2021

Sailing Instructions (SIs)

(Also available in printable [pdf] format)

The notation ‘[NP]’ in a rule of the sailing instructions (SIs) means that a boat may not protest another boat for breaking that rule. This changes RRS 60.1(a).

  1. Rules
    1. This event is governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021–2024.
    2. Racing rules will be changed as follows:
      1. RRS 35, A3, A4 and A5. Start and finish windows will apply, and boats scored DNS and DNF or TLE 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. World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Appendix B – Inshore Racing will apply.
    4. Asymmetric class rule will apply: “To extend the bowsprit, a boat must be in the process of either a continuous hoist, flying or a continuous retrieval of the gennaker. At all other times the bowsprit shall be retracted.”
    5. RC rule 22.4.2 applies. The crew weight shall not exceed 85kg multiplied by the Crew Number printed on the certificate. This changes the NOR.
    6. 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. Changes to Sailing Instructions
    1. 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 by 2000 on the day before it will take effect.
    2. Changes to a sailing instruction may be made on the water by VHF Channel 72
  3. Communications with Competitors
    1. Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located at Flushing sailing Club
    2. The race office is located at FLUSHING SAILING CLUB, telephone 01326 375980.
    3. On the water, the race committee intends to monitor and communicate with competitors on VHF radio channel 72.
    4. The following communications will be made by the race committee on VHF channel 72.
      Time checks. Location of race committee vessel. Preparatory signals. Courses. Postponement, abandonment, starting signals, recalls. Next start sequence.
  4. Code of Conduct
    1. [DP] Competitors and support persons shall comply with reasonable requests from race officials.
  5. Signals Made Ashore
    1. Signals made ashore will be displayed at Flushing Sailing Club.
    2. When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 90 minutes’ in Race Signals AP.
  6. Schedule of Races
    1. 2 windward/leeward courses followed by a Regatta course to be sailed
    2. The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 10.55hrs.
    3. To alert boats that a race or sequence of races will begin soon, the orange starting line flag will be displayed with one sound at least five minutes before a warning signal is made.
    4. On each day of racing no warning signal will be made after 15.00hrs
  7. Class Flags
    1. O IRC rating greater than .965
      Q IRC rating .910 to .964
      E IRC rating .835 to .909
      U rating less than .834
    2. The race committee reserve the right to amend classes appropriate to entries received.
  8. Racing Area
    1. The racing area is Falmouth Bay, Falmouth Harbour and The Carrick roads.
  9. Courses
    1. The diagram in SI attachment 1 shows the windward/leeward courses, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left.
    2. Boats shall pass between The Committee Boat and the pin end when starting and finishing and on each windward leg of their course only .
    3. No later than the warning signal, the race committee signal vessel will broadcast the approximate compass bearing of the first leg.
    4. Legs of the course will not be changed after the preparatory signal. This changes RRS 33.
    5. The last course of the day will be a Regatta Course announced on VHF channel 72 by the Race Committee.
    1. Marks for the windward/leeward courses will be yellow cylindrical buoys. These marks may also form part of the Regatta courses.
    2. The description and approximate position of Marks for the Regatta courses are on Attachment 1 and 2 of the SI’s.
  10. The Start
    1. Races will be started using RRS 26 with the warning signal made 5 minutes before the starting signal.
    2. The starting line is between a mast on the committee boat displaying an orange flag and a pin end buoy displaying an orange flag.
    3. Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for other race
    4. If any part of a boat’s hull is on the course side of the starting line at her starting signal and she is identified, the race committee will attempt to hail her sail number. Failure to hail her number, failure of her to hear such a hail, or the order in which boats are hailed will not be grounds for a request for redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
    5. A boat that does not start within four minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing. This changes RRS A5.1 and A5.2.
  11. The Finish
    1. The finish line for windward /leeward courses is between a mast on the committee boat displaying an orange flag and a pin end buoy displaying an orange flag.
    2. The finish line for the Regatta course is the FSC transit line. Any change will be advised by the Race Committee on VHF channel 72.
  12. Penalty System
    1. RRS 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.
  13. Time Limits [and Target Times]
    1. The Mark 1 Time Limit, Race Time Limit (see RRS 35), and the Finishing Window are shown in the table below.
      Mark 1 Time Limit Race Time Limit Finishing Window
      20 min 90 min 20 min
    2. If no boat has passed the first mark within the Mark 1 Time Limit, for its class the race will be abandoned.
    3. The Finishing Window is the time for boats to finish after the first boat sails the course and finishes. Boats failing to finish within the Finishing Window, and not subsequently retiring, penalized or given redress, will be scored Time Limit Expired (TLE) without a hearing. A boat scored TLE shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the points scored by the last boat that finished within the Finishing Window. This changes RRS 35, A5.1, A5.2 and A10.
    4. Failure to meet the Target Time will not be grounds for redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
    5. The time limit for the Regatta course is 17.30
  14. Hearing Requests
    1. For each class, the protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat in that class finishes the last race of the day or the race committee signals no more racing today, whichever is later. The time will be posted on the official notice board.
    2. Hearing request forms are available from the race office at FSC.
    3. Notices will be posted no later than 30 minutes after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held in the protest room, located at FSC, beginning at 19.30 after racing.
    4. RRS 62.2(a) and 66.2(a) do not apply.
    5. The right of appeal from a protest committee decision is denied as provided in rule 70.5[(a)][(b)][(c)].
  15. Scoring
    1. A boat’s day score is the total of her race scores.
    2. Rule A5.3 applies.
  16. Safety Regulations
    1. [DP] A boat retiring from a race must inform the Race Officer by radio or phone the sailing office within 60 mins. Competitors failing to do so may be protested by the Race committee and scored DNE.
  17. Equipment and Measurement Checks
    1. A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules, notice of race and sailing instructions.
    2. [DP] When instructed by a race official on the water, a boat shall proceed to a designated area for inspection
  18. Official Vessels
    1. Official vessels will be identified by showing I.C. flag R
  19. Diving Equipment and Plastic Pools
    1. Underwater breathing apparatus and plastic pools or their equivalent shall not be used around keelboats between races.
  20. Prizes
    1. Prizes will be given in each class.
    2. The IRC Challenge Cups will be awarded at FSC on June 27th after racing
  21. Risk Statement
    1. RRS 3 states: ‘The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue to race is hers alone.’ By participating in this event each competitor agrees and acknowledges that sailing is a potentially dangerous activity with inherent risks. These risks include strong winds and rough seas, sudden changes in weather, failure of equipment, boat handling errors, poor seamanship by other boats, loss of balance on an unstable platform and fatigue resulting in increased risk of injury. Inherent in the sport of sailing is the risk of permanent, catastrophic injury or death by drowning, trauma, hypothermia or other causes.
  22. Insurance
    1. Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3000000 per incident or the equivalent.
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