Sailing Instructions

FBYC SPRING REGATTA 2020

Dates: Thursday 24, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2020
Venue: False Bay Yacht Club, False Bay
Organising Authority: False Bay Yacht Club, False Bay

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

The notation ‘[DP]’ in a rule in the SI means that the penalty for a breach of that rule may, at the discretion of the protest committee, be less than disqualification.

1 RULES

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

1.2 Compliance while sailing to Race, Racing and sailing back from Racing with the Amendment of Directions issued from time to time by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture in Terms of Regulations 4(10) of the Regulations made under Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (act No 57 of 2002).

1.3 ORC Spinnaker rating will be used for both Racing and Cruising Divisions. Boats that do not have a valid ORC certificate will be given the highest rating of their class/ similar boat.

2 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official WhatsApp notice board. The Notice will read “NB: Notice posted”. All competitors must register on the Regatta WhatsApp for registration

3 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted on the WhatsApp Notice Board before 09h00 on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 19h00 on the day before it will take effect.

4 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the mast located at False Bay Yacht Club Bridge.

4.2 Flag “AP” with 2 sound signals means; “Racing is postponed.” The warning signal on the committee boat will be made not less than 30 minutes after the Flag “AP” is lowered ashore. (one signal when lowered).

5 SCHEDULE OF RACES

5.1 Thursday 24th September 2020 First warning signal at 10h55
Saturday 26th September 2020 First warning signal at 09h55
Sunday 27th September 2020 First warning signal at 09h55

5.2 A maximum of 6 races are scheduled.

5.3 2 races are scheduled per day for Racing Division, one for Cruising Division.

5.4 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.

5.5 On the last scheduled day of racing no warning signal will be made after 14h55.

6 RACING AREAS

6.1 The general racing area will be offshore Fish Hoek/ Simon’s Bay and greater False Bay.

6.2 Considering the main Regatta sponsor and spectator value, course or portions of courses may be set closer inshore to provide exposure at vantage points along the coastline.

7 THE COURSES

7.1 The first race every day for Racing Division yachts will be a round the buoys race followed immediately by a coastal race. The finish times for the yachts finishing the round the buoys race will be recorded as the start times for the coastal race.

7.2 Cruising Division yachts will sail coastal courses without round the buoys elements.

7.3 The courses for all Divisions will be displayed only on the official WhatsApp Notice Board, by no later than 19h00 the night before the subsequent days racing.

8 MARKS

8.1 Rounding marks will be the fixed club racing buoys.

8.2 The starting marks will be the Committee Boat and a yellow cylindrical buoy flying a yellow flag/ the Emergency (Large Orange) Buoy.

8.3 The Start/Finish vessel shall be a mark of the course for boats starting and finishing.

9 THE START

9.1 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 for the first start of the day.

9.2 For the Racing Division only, start times for yachts starting the coastal race will be their finishing times for the round the buoys race.

9.3 For the first start of the day for all divisions, 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/ the Emergency (Large Orange) Buoy at the port end.

9.4 Boats whose signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting area.

9.5 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”.

10 THE FINISH

The finishing line for all boats will be between the club mast/Committee boat and the Emergency (Large Orange) Buoy. Yachts shall pass through the finish line from the east, leaving the start/finish buoy on their starboard side. On finishing the round the buoys race, Racing Division yachts shall round the finishing buoy leaving it on their starboard side and proceed on their coastal course.

11 SHORTENING COURSE

When shortening courses RRS 32 will apply, and any shortening of course shall be broadcast on VHF Channel 71.

12 PENALTY SYSTEM

12.1 For all classes RRS 44.1 is changed so that only one turn, including one tack and one gybe, is required.

12.2 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.

13 TIME LIMITS

13.1 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.

13.2 The Race Committee at their sole discretion, extend this time limit.

14 PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

14.1 Protests to be lodged on forms available at the race office, downloaded from the SA Sailing website or lodged on WhatsApp. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered within the appropriate time limit.

14.2 The protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day or the race committee signals no more racing today, whichever is the later.

14.3 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 may be held virtually using Zoom invite to be sent by WhatsApp and/or email, and participants will be loaded and let in.

14.4 Notices of protests by the race committee, technical committee or protest committee will be posted to inform boats under RRS 61.1(b).

14.5 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 RRS 62.2.

15 SCORING

15.1 For racing Division, 4 races are required to be completed to constitute a regatta.

15.2 For Cruising Division, 2 races are required to be completed to constitute a regatta.

15.3 Low Point System of Appendix A4.1 will apply.

15.4 When 5 races have been completed, 1 race discard will apply

16 SAFETY REGULATIONS

16.1 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible. [DP]

16.2 Yachts shall hold and comply with minimum Category C COF requirements. [DP]

16.3 Crew numbers shall not exceed that specified on the yachts COF certificate. [DP]

16.4 Wet or dry suits do not constitute adequate buoyancy!

17 REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT

17.1 Substitution of competitors will not be allowed without prior written approval of the race committee. [DP]

17.2 Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless approved by the race committee. Requests for substitution shall be made to the committee at the first reasonable opportunity. [DP]

18 EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS

On the water, a boat can be instructed by a member of the race committee or technical committee to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection. Ashore, equipment may be inspected at any time.

19 TRASH DISPOSAL

Trash may be placed in the various appropriate bins proved at the shore based venue.

20 RADIO COMMUNICATION

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.

21 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. Neither the Club, the organising authority nor its officials or other persons associated with the organisation 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.

22 INSURANCE

Each participating boat must carry sufficient valid third-party liability insurance to cover any liability arising during the event. (Minimum R5-million).


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NOTES:

1. Compliance with COVID-19 Directions to the DMA Regulations form part of this Sailing Instruction.
2. There shall be no briefing session.
3. Protests will be virtual.