Sailing Instructions

  1. RULES
    1. The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2017 – 2020.
    2. The following prescriptions of the South African Sailing will apply where appropriate: “The SA Sailing Requirements for National and Provincial Championships”.
    3. Boats participating in this regatta shall conform to the Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS) 2017-20, all Class Rules, the Notice of Race and these Sailing Instructions will apply.
    4. RRS 44.1 is amended so that the “Two-turn Penalty” is replaced with a “one Turn Penalty”.
    5. A boat racing with a non-spinnaker rating (only applicable in the Coastal Cruising Class) may not sail with more than one headsail set, other than while changing headsails.
    6. Additional class rules will be applicable e.g. ORC/IRC Class Rules.
  2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
    1. Notices to competitors will be posted on the Official Notice Board located in the foyer of False Bay Yacht Club clubhouse.
  3. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Any changes to the sailing instructions will be published on the official regatta notice board not later than 09h30 on Saturday 21st September and not later than 08h30 on subsequent race days.
    1. Any changes to the schedule of race will be posted by 19h00 on the day before such change will take effect.
  4. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
    1. Signals made ashore will be displayed on the mast located at the False Bay Yacht Club Bridge.
    2. Flag “AP” with 2 sound signals means; “Racing is postponed.” The warning signal on the committee boat will be made not less than 1 hour after the Flag “AP” is lowered. (one sound signal when lowered)
  5. SCHEDULE OF RACES
    1. The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race on Saturday 21st September is 10h55 and each day thereafter is 09h55.
    2. On Tuesday 24th September, irrespective of Course, no warning signal shall be made after 14h55.
  6.  CLASS / DIVISION FLAGS
    1. Depending upon the entries received and the potential speed differentials of boats, the non-ORC fleet will be sub-divided into divisions based on Club Handicap ratings. Such handicap divisions may include various classes.
    2. The Coastal Cruising Class fleet start and results may be split depending on the number of entrants. NUMERAL PENNANTS 1 and 2
    3. The Racing Division fleet is divided into Classes; the following flags will apply:
      1. ORC Class ORC DIVISION 1 – CODE FLAG ‘T’
      2. ORC DIVISION 2 – CODE FLAG ‘W’
      3. Class 3 CLUB HANDICAP DIV 3 – NUMERAL PENNANT 3
      4. Class 4 CLUB HANDICAP DIV 4 INCLUDING MIURA CLASS – NUMERAL PENNANT 4
  7. RACING AREA
    1. The general racing area will be offshore off Fish Hoek/Simon’s Bay and greater False Bay.
    2. Considering the main Regatta sponsor and spectator value, courses or portions of courses may be set closer inshore to provide exposure at vantage points along the coastline.
  8. THE COURSES
    1. The first race every day for Racing Division yachts will be around the buoys race followed by either additional around the buoy races or a coastal race. The first leg will always be set to windward.
    2. Cruising Division yachts will sail coastal courses without round the buoys elements, but the first leg will always be set to windward.   
    3. A Code Flag “L” displayed by the Finishing Vessel will indicate that a subsequent race will be attempted shortly after the present race.
    4. When changing the next leg of the course, RRS33 (a) (2) will apply.
    5. The courses for all Divisions will be displayed only on the official Notice Board in the False Bay Yacht Club clubhouse, by no later than 19h00 the night before the subsequent days racing. Copies will be available from FBYC reception.  
  9. SHORTENING COURSE
    1. When shortening courses RRS 32 will apply, and any shortening of course shall be broadcast on VHF Channel 71.
  10. RACING DIVISION MARKS
    1. Rounding marks 1 & 2 will be yellow conical buoys
    2. Rounding mark 4/ Finish limit mark will be a yellow conical buoy flying a yellow flag.
    3. The starting marks will be the Committee Boat and a yellow conical buoy flying a yellow flag.
    4. The Start/Finish vessel shall be a mark of the course for boats starting and finishing.
  11. START
    1. Races will be started using RRS rule 26, with Coastal Cruising Class starting first, (a second start may be inserted 5 minutes later for this class) followed by a ten (10) minute delay, thereafter Racing Divisions start at five (5) minutes intervals in the order below for the first start of the day.
    2.  If more than one race is started, the starting order for subsequent races will be according to Class Flags.
    3. Competitors will be notified of the division to which they have been allocated at least two hours before the start of the first race by a notice on the official Regatta Notice Board.
    4. The starting line will be between the mast displaying an orange flag on the race Committee Boat at the starboard end and a yellow cylindrical buoy flying a yellow flag at the port end.
    5. Starting Order
      1. CRUISING CLASS (Numeral Pennant 1 & 2)
      2. ORC Division 1 (Code Flag T)
      3. ORC Division 2 (Code Flag W)
      4. Class 3 (Numeral Pennant 3)
      5. Class 4INCLUDING MIURA CLASS (Numeral Pennant 4)
    6. Boats whose signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting area.
    7. A yacht shall not start later than 4 minutes after its divisional starting signal. Yachts that have not started by this time will be scored “DID NOT START”.
    8. To indicate the intention to start a race or sequence of starts an INTASURE flag will be flown for not less than 5 minutes prior to the first start in a sequence of starts.
  12. THE FINISH
    1. The finishing line for all boats will be between a mast displaying the Blue flag on the Race Committee Boat and the number 4 buoy/ finish limit buoy.
  13. PENALTY SYSTEM
    1. For all classes RRS 44.1 is changed so that only one turn, including one tack and one gybe, is required.
    2. Special Note: Due to the format of racing, it is advisable that yachts perform penalty turns when advised of a protest against them rather than risk losing a protest later. 
  14. TIME LIMIT
    1. The time limit for each race will be “N” minutes after the finish of the leading yacht in each Division where, N = E x 0.5 and where E = Elapsed time in minutes of the leading yacht in that Division / Class.
    2. The Race Committee may except for the Muira Class, at their sole discretion, extend this time limit.
  15. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS REQUIREMENTS In order to qualify as a National Class Championship, the following criteria shall be satisfied:
    1. A minimum of five valid entries have been received no later than the closing time for entries one hour before the scheduled starting time of the first race.
    2. At least five finishers in any two races of the series.
    3. At least four races completed.
  16. PROTESTS
    1. Protests shall be written on forms available at the Regatta Secretary’s Office in the FBYC Bridge and delivered there within 1 hr (one hour) of the last yacht to finish in the last race of that day.
    2. This time limit may be extended by the Regatta Sailing Committee if there is good reason to do so, except for the Miura Class.
    3. Protests will be heard in approximately the order of receipt, as soon as possible. Protest notices will be posted on the Regatta Notice Board within 30 minutes of the protest time limit, to inform competitors where and when there is a hearing in which they are parties to a hearing or named as witnesses. RRS Rule 66 is changed by adding this sentence: “On the last day of racing a party to the hearing may ask for a re-opening not later than 1 hr (one hour) after being informed of the decision”.
  17. SCORING
    1. Low Point System of Appendix A4.1 will apply.
    2. For Racing Division, 4 races are required to be completed to constitute a regatta. 
    3. For Coastal Cruising Division, 2 races are required to be completed to constitute a regatta.
    4. When 5 race have been completed, 1 race discard will apply.
    5. When 9 races have been completed, 2 race discards will apply.
  18. SAFETY
    1. Yachts shall hold and comply with minimum Category C COF requirements.
    2. Crew numbers shall not exceed that specified on the yachts COF certificate.   
    3. Youth category competitors shall wear a personal buoyancy aid at all times while afloat in a yacht.
    4. Wet or dry suits do not constitute adequate buoyancy!
  19. REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT
    1. Substitution of competitors will not be allowed without prior written approval of the Race Committee.
    2. Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless authorised by the Race Committee. Requests for substitution shall be made to the Committee at the first reasonable opportunity.
  20. EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions. On the water, a boat can be instructed by a race committee equipment inspector or measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.
  21. HAUL-OUT RESTRICTIONS Yachts shall not be taken out of the water from the start of the first race to the finish of the last race, inclusive, without prior written permission from the Race Committee.
  22. ELECTRONIC AIDS
    1. There is no restriction on the type and usage of electronic aids carried aboard, provided they do not contravene any of the Special Regulations or Class Rules.
    2. Any method of navigation is allowed if the information used, however transmitted to the yacht, is available to all, without cost other than for the equipment carried on board the yacht.
  23. RADIO MONITORING
    1. In terms of the safety instructions, VHF radios must be monitored at all times. Race information will be communicated via channel 71 when possible. An alternative channel may be advised if necessary.
  24. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
    1. Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race.
    2. Neither the Organizing Authority nor its officials or other persons associated with the organization of the event will accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.
  25. INSURANCE
    1. Each participating boat must carry sufficient valid third-party liability insurance to cover any liability arising during the event. (Minimum R5-million).