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Firebird Windward / Leeward Championship

3rd and 4th July 2021

Flushing Sailing Club

Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall

Sailing Instructions (SIs)

(Also available in printable [pdf] format)

  1. Rules
    1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2021–2024 (RRS).
  2. Notices to Competitors
    1. Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board(s) located at Cafe Mylor, Mylor Yacht Harbour.
  3. 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.
  4. Signals Made Ashore
    1. Signals made ashore will be displayed at Cafe Mylor, Mylor Yacht Harbour. All competitors will receive a text and email if there is any change to the scheduled race order or course.
  5. Schedule of Races
    1. Dates of racing:
      3rd July 2021–3 races Back to back
      4th July 2021–2 races Back to back
    2. Number of races:
      5 In total
    3. The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1200hrs
    4. 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.
  6. Class Flags
    1. Class flags will be: Flag M
  7. Racing Areas
    1. The Course area will be notified by email and text on the morning of the first race but will be no further than 2 miles from Pendennis Point.
  8. Courses
    1. The approximate course time length will be between 45 minutes and 1 hour. The course to be sailed is detailed below and the number of rounds will be announced by VHF after the alert signal and during the starting sequence.

    A Windward-Leeward Course


    Course 2: Start – 1 – 1a – Gate – 1 – 1a – Finish
    Course 3: Start – 1 – 1a – Gate – 1 – 1a – Gate – 1 – 1a – Finish
    Course 4: Start – 1 – 1a – Gate – 1 – 1a – Gate – 1 – 1a – Gate – 1 – 1a – Finish

  9. Marks
    1. 1 – Large Orange inflatable 1a – Yellow inflatable
    2. Leeward turning marks: Pin end of Line – Yellow Mark, alternatively the Committee boat
    3. The starting and finishing line will be between the flag on the main mast of the Comittee boat flying the orange flag and yellow pin end of the line buoy.
  10. The Start – Announced by VHF
    1. The starting sequence will be will be in accordance with RRS Rule 26:
    2. 5 MinutesWarningClass Flag M Displayedone horn
      4 MinutesPreparatoryPrep Flag Displayedone horn
      1 MinuteOne MinutePtep Flag Removedone long horn
      StartStartClass Flag M Removedone horn
  11. The Finish
    1. The finishing line will be between a mast displaying an Orange flag on the Committee Boat and a yellow Pin end of the finishing line.
    2. Boats failing to finish within 15 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored: Did Not Finish, without a hearing.
  12. Protest and Requests for Redress
    1. Hopefully none!!! To be notified to the RO at the race finish and completed forms submitted to the race office before 1800 hours on Saturday and 1600 hrs on Sunday.
  13. Scoring
    1. (a) When fewer than 4 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
      (b) When from 4 to 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
  14. Safety Regulations
    1. All boats shall be required to carry an outboard and have sufficient fuel on board.
    2. All sailors are required to wear sufficient personal life jacket or buoyancy.
    3. A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.
    4. In the event of a capsize or dismasting all competitors will hove too and offer assistance. The race in progress will be abandoned. There will be no more racing until the disabled craft and crew are secure and the safety craft are back on station. The Race officer will signal the further course of racing according to the RRS.
    5. The Race Officer reserves the right to require all competitors to Reef. Any boat not complying will be excluded from the race. This requirement will be passed by voice signal before the start of days racing or any race.
  15. Official Boats
    1. Official boats will display code flag R. The Committee boat will be the Yacht Orienteer.
  16. Radio Communication
    1. Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.
  17. Prizes
    1. Prizes will be given as follows: 1st, 2nd & 3rd.
  18. Disclaimer of Liability
    1. Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing 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 regatta.
  19. Insurance
    1. 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.