1.         Rules

1.1.      The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2.      The organising authority is Carrickfergus Sailing Club.

1.3.      The RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme as set out in the current YR2 will apply to the Dinghy class.

1.4.      Rules of the RS Elite class will apply.

1.5.      Rules of the National Handicap for Cruisers will apply to NHC classes.

1.1.      Racing rules 26, 32.1, A4, A5, 62.1(a), 35, 63.1, 62.2, 66, 60.1(a) and 40 will be changed.  The changes will appear in full in the sailing instructions.

2.         Eligibility and Entry

2.1.      The regatta is open to all boats of the Dinghy, Ruffian 23, Sportsboat and NHC Classes.

2.2.      Eligible boats may enter by completing an entry form and sending it to Carrickfergus Sailing Club.

2.3.      Late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Race Committee.

2.4.      All competitors shall be a member (or associate entitled to full use of the sailing facilities) of Carrickfergus Sailing Club.

3.         Fees

3.1.      No fees are required.  

4.         Schedule

4.1.      The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race is 1925 on Tuesday and Thursday, and 1857 on Wednesday.

4.2.      Dates of racing are as follows:


Dates of Racing


Number of Races


Tue 03 May to Tue 05 Jul

NHC Keelboat, NHC Restricted, Sportsboat & Ruffian 23



Wed 04 May to Wed 24 Aug (excluding 13 July)

PY Dinghy



Thu 05 May to Thu 07 Jul

NHC Keelboat, NHC Restricted, Sportsboat & Ruffian 23



Tue 19 Jul to Thu 25 Aug

NHC Keelboat, NHC Restricted, Sportsboat & Ruffian 23


5.         Sailing Instructions

5.1.      The Sailing instructions will be available on the club website and at the Race Office.

6.         The Courses

6.1.      The courses to be sailed will be as follows: Fixed and laid marks off Carrickfergus Sailing Club. Courses are detailed in the Sailing Instructions.

7.         Scoring

7.1.      Races for the NHC classes and Sportsboat class will be scored using the National Handicap for Cruisers.

7.2.      Races for the Dinghy class will be scored using the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme.

7.3.      Races for the Ruffian 23 class will be scored as one design.

7.4.      Two races are required to be completed to constitute a series.

7.5.      A boatÕs series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst scores, the number of scores excluded will be based on the number of races run as follows:

Races     1-3       4-6       7-9       10-12   13-15   16-18   19-21   22-24   25-27   28-30   31-32

Discards 0          1          2          3          4          5          6          7          8          9          10

8.         Radio Communication

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.

9.         Prizes

Prizes will be given in each class as follows: 1st place three or more entries, 2nd place four or more entries, 3rd place five or more entries. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the organising authority.

10.     Risk Statement

Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: ÒThe responsibility for a boatÕs decision to participate in a race or to continue to race is hers aloneÓ.

Sailing 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:          

              (a)  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;

              (b)  They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

              (c)   They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

              (d)  Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

              (e)  The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them boat of their own responsibilities.

              (f)   The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions as can be practically provided in the circumstances.

11.     Photography Consent

11.1.   By entering the Series competitors accept that they may be photographed and/or videotaped participating in the race and/or using the Club facilities and they consent to the taking of such images and to the use, reuse, publication and republication of such images in any media, in conjunction with the competitors name or not, without compensation and without the competitors approval of such images or any use thereof.

12.     Insurance

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 Pounds Sterling per incident or the equivalent.