1.         Rules

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

1.2.     The prescriptions of the RYA shall apply.

1.3.     Rules of the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme will apply.

2.         Notices to Competitors

2.1.     Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located in Carrickfergus Sailing Club.

3.         Changes to Sailing Instructions

3.1.     Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted, where possible before 1845 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

4.1.     Signals made ashore will be displayed at the Club Battery.

5.         Schedule of Races

5.1.     Dates of racing: Wed 04 May to Wed 24 Aug, excluding Wed 13 July

5.2.     Number of races: 32 (2 per night)

5.3.     The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1857.

6.         Class Flags

6.1.     The class flag shall be Flag F.

7.         Racing Areas

7.1.     The Racing Area will be on Belfast Lough to the south of Carrickfergus Sailing Club.

8.         The Course

8.1.     The course to be sailed shall be briefed to competitors before going afloat.

9.         The Start

9.1.     The start sequence will be as described below. This changes rule 26.




3 minutes  


Flag F displayed and one sound signal

2 minutes  


Flag P displayed and one sound signal

1 minute

1 minute period

Flag P removed and long sound signal


0 minute


Flag F removed and one sound signal


9.2.     The starting line will be between a pole on the committee boat displaying a flag at the starboard end and the port-end starting mark.       

9.3.     Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for other races.

9.4.     A boat starting later than 10 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing. This changes rule A4.

9.5.     The race committee will attempt to hail sail numbers of boats that must comply with rule 29.1 or rule 30.1. Failure to make a hail or to time it accurately will not be grounds for a request for redress. This changes rule 62.1(a).

10.     The Finish

10.1.  The finish line will be between a pole displaying a flag on the committee boat and a finish mark.

11.     Time Limits

11.1.  There will be no time limit. The Race Committee may abandon racing at any time after the start for any reason. This changes rule 32.1.

11.2.  Boats failing to finish within 15 minutes after the first boat class sails the course and finishes may be scored in their position at the discretion of the race committee. This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.

12.     Protests and Requests for Redress

12.1.  The RYA Arbitration System will be available for this event and competitors are recommended to resolve disputes using this method.  Boats penalised under this System may accept a 25% penalty. 

12.2.  The protest committee may take evidence in any way it considers appropriate and may communicate its decision orally.

12.3.  For each class, the protest time limit is 90 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day or the race committee signals no more racing today, whichever is later.

12.4.  Protest forms are available at the race office located at Carrickfergus Sailing Club.  Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered there within the Protest Time.  The expiration of Protest Time will be posted on the Official Notice Board. Notices of protests by the race committee or protest committee will be posted to inform boats under rule 61.1(b).

12.5.  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 committee room, located at Carrickfergus Sailing Club.

12.6.  Breaches of instructions 13.1 and 15 will not be grounds for a protest by a boat. This changes rule 60.1(a). Penalties for these breaches may be less than disqualification if the protest committee so decides.

12.7.  On the last scheduled day of racing a request for reopening a hearing shall be delivered
(a) within the protest time limit if the requesting party was informed of the decision on the previous day;
(b) no later than 30 minutes after the requesting party was informed of the decision on that day.
This changes rule 66.

12.8.  On the last scheduled day of racing a request for redress based on a protest committee decision shall be delivered no later than 30 minutes after the decision was posted. This changes rule 62.2.

13.     Scoring

13.1.  Races will be scored using the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme.

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

13.3.  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

14.     Safety Regulations

14.1.  A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.

14.2.  Personal Flotation Devices shall be worn at all times when afloat (except briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment) in accordance with the provisions of rule 40 except that flag Y will not be displayed and no sound signal will be made. This changes rule 40 and the preamble to part 4 of the RRS.

14.3.  A Check-out and Check-in system will be operated: Before going afloat a representative of each boat on behalf of that boat shall sign a ÒSign OutÓ declaration at the Race Office. When returning to shore, a representative of each boat shall on behalf of that boat sign a ÒSign InÓ declaration at the Race Office before the expiration of the protest time. Failure to sign by the protest limit will result in that boat being scored ÒDSQÓ for all races sailed when either declaration was not signed. This changes RRS 63.1.

15.     Radio Communication

15.1.  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.   

16.     Prizes

16.1.  Prizes will be given in each class as follows: 1st place 3 or more entries, 2nd place 4 or more entries, 3rd place 5 or more entries. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the organising authority.

17.     Trash

17.1.  Trash may be placed aboard race committee or safety boats. The penalty for breaking rule 55, Trash Disposal is at the discretion of the protest committee (DPI) and may be less than disqualification.

18.     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.

19.     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.