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.     The rules of the Ruffian 23 class shall apply.

1.4.     The rules of the RS Elite class shall apply.

1.5.     The rules of the National Handicap for Cruisers shall 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 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.     The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1925.

5.2.     Dates of racing are as follows:

Series

Dates of Racing

Number of Races

Tuesday

Tue 03 May to Tue 05 Jul

10

Thursday

Thu 05 May to Thu 07 Jul

10

Late

Tue 19 Jul to Thu 25 Aug

12

6.         Class Flags

6.1.     Class flags will be:

Designation     Class                                 Flag

1                             NHC Unrestricted     Numeral pennant 5

2                             NHC Restricted          Flag A

3                             Sportsboat                   Numeral pennant 3

4                             Ruffian                            Numeral pennant 4

6.2.     Each boat shall conspicuously display the flag appropriate to its class, as described above, from or near the backstay (or starboard shroud if no backstay) at the start and finish of each race.

7.         Racing Areas

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

8.         The Courses

8.1.     The diagrams in Attachment A show the approximate position of all the marks. The table in Attachment B shows the courses, including the course signals, the order in which marks are to be passed and the side on which each mark is to be left.

8.2.     No later than the warning signal, the race committee will display the course board above the class designation mounted on the Club Battery indicating the course to be sailed.

8.3.     Course direction will be indicated by a red or green board located under the class flags. A red board indicates starting East to West and leaving all marks to port. A green board indicates starting West to East and leaving all marks to starboard.

8.4.     On completion of a round of a course, boats shall continue on a further round if the course letter is still displayed above their class designation. If the course letter has changed, boats shall complete a round of the new course displayed above their class designation.

8.5.     When the letter ÔFÕ is displayed above a class designation, that class shall finish.

9.         Marks

9.1.     Marks will be as follows:


R        Red Outer Limit of start line

G        Green Outer Limit of start line

1        Round yellow N 54:42.556 W 005:47.593

2        Round yellow N 54:41.948 W 005:47.120

3        Round yellow N 54:41.545 W 005:48.785

4      Round yellow N 54:42.154 W 005:49.226

A      Round red N 54:42.416 W 005:46.627

B      Round red N 54:41.631 W 005:49.705

C      Yellow conical buoy N 54:40.41 W 5:45.91

D      Round yellow N 54:41.711 W 005:47.901


10.     The Start

10.1.  Races will be started by using rule 26, modified to start in fleets rather than classes, with the warning signal given 5 minutes before the starting signal.

10.2.  Fleets will be comprised as follows:

Fleet           Classes                                                                                             Fleet Flag

A                   NHC (Unrestricted and Restricted) & Sportsboat  Numeral pennant 1

B                   Ruffian                                                                                             Numeral pennant 4

Note: Competitors should be aware that although the individual classes have amalgamated into fleets for the start they will use course designations corresponding to their class, as described in SI 6.1.

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

10.4.  The race committee will attempt to broadcast sail numbers of boats that must comply with rule 29.1 or rule 30.1 on VHF Channel 37. Failure to make a broadcast or to time it accurately will not be grounds for a request for redress. This changes rule 62.1(a).

10.5.  A boat which has not reached the vicinity of the Starting Line when its preparatory signal is made may proceed under power until it nears the Starting Line, when the engine shall be stopped and the boat shall then take a Two-Turns Penalty before crossing the line to start.

10.6.  The start line is formed between the orange pole at the front of the battery and a green limit mark (G) if the first mark is to be rounded to starboard, or a red limit mark (R) if the first mark is to be rounded to port.

10.7.  An orange inner limit mark will be laid approximately on the start line. When starting boats shall not pass between the inner limit and the shore.

11.     The Finish

11.1.  The finishing line will be formed between the orange pole at the battery and the red limit mark (R) if the previous mark was left to starboard, and the green limit mark (G) if the previous mark was left to port.

11.2.  An orange inner limit mark will be laid approximately on the finish line. When finishing boats shall not pass between the inner limit and the shore.

12.     Time Limits

12.1.  The time limit will be 2 hours from the starting signal for all classes.

12.2.  Boats failing to finish within 45 minutes (60 minutes for NHC Restricted) after the first boat in each class sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish. This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.

12.3.  In the event of a second or subsequent round being designated, should no boat finish that round within the time limit for their class, or should the race be abandoned, the time of boats taken at the end of the last round completed shall be used for the result of the race. Boats not racing at the time limit or the time of abandonment will be recorded as Did Not Finish. This changes rule 35, A4 and A5.

13.     Protests and Requests for Redress

13.1.  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. 

13.2.  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.

13.3.  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).

13.4.  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.

13.5.  Breaches of instructions 10.3, 14.1, 16 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.

13.6.  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.

13.7.  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.

14.     Scoring

14.1.  Races for the NHC and Sportsboat will be scored using NHC as a Club Series.

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

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

14.4.  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:


1 to 3 races - 0 discards

4 to 6 races - 1 discards

7 to 9 races - 2 discards

10 to 12 races - 3 discards


15.     Safety Regulations

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

15.2.  Boats shall not race with an anchor on the bow. Boats infringing this instruction shall be disqualified without a hearing. This amends RRS 63.1

15.3.  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.

15.4.  Boats shall give way to any ship underway in the Victoria Channel.

16.     Radio Communication

16.1.  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

17.1.  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.

18.     Trash

18.1.  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.

19.     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.

20.     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.

Attachment A - Racing Area

ClubRacingArea

Attachment B - Course List

Course
Letter

Green board
Starting West to East
Leave marks to starboard

 

Course
Letter

Red board
Starting East to West
Leave marks to port

A

1

2

4

G

R

 

A

4

3

1

R

G

 

B

1

D

4

G

R

 

B

4

D

1

R

G

 

C

1

3

4

G

R

 

C

4

2

1

R

G

 

D

1

2

G

R

   

D

4

3

R

G

   

E

1

D

G

R

   

E

4

D

R

G

   

G

1

3

G

R

   

G

4

2

R

G

   

H

1

B

G

R

   

H

4

A

R

G

   

I

1

4

G

R

   

I

4

1

R

G

   

J

1

C

4

G

R

 

J

4

C

1

R

G

 

K

1

C

B

G

R

 

K

4

C

A

R

G

 

L

1

2

3

G

R

 

L

4

3

2

R

G

 

M

1

G

R

     

M

4

R

G

     

N

1

2

3

4

G

R

N

4

3

2

1

R

G

P

A

C

B

G

R

 

P

B

C

A

R

G

 

R

A

B

G

R

   

R

B

A

R

G

   

S

A

3

4

G

R

 

S

B

2

1

R

G

 

T

A

D

B

G

R

 

T

B

D

A

R

G

 

U

A

G

R

     

U

B

R

G

     

V

2

3

4

G

R

 

V

3

2

1

R

G

 

W

2

B

G

R

   

W

3

A

R

G

   

X

2

4

G

R

   

X

3

1

R

G

   

Y

2

G

R

     

Y

3

R

G

     

Z

D

G

R

     

Z

D

R

G