This event will be organised by Carrickfergus Sailing Club in conjunction with The Irish RS Class Association.
The notation ‘[NP]’ in a rule of the notice of race (NoR) means that a boat may not protest another boat for breaking that rule. This changes RRS 60.1(a).
1.1 The event is governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 Racing rules Race Signals AP, 31, 33, 35, 44.1, 60.1(a), 60.1(b), 61.3, 62.1(a), 62.2, A2 A5.1 and A5.2 will be changed. The changes appear, in full, in the sailing instructions. The sailing instructions may also change other racing rules.
2 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The sailing instructions will be available at https://www.carrickfergussc.org/racing/racing- 2021/rs-northern-championship/
3.1 The official noticeboard is located at the front of the club.
3.2 [DP] While racing, except in an emergency, a boat shall not make voice or data transmissions and shall not receive voice or data communication that is not available to all boats.
4 ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
4.1 The event is open to boats of the RS 400, RS 200, RS Feva XL and all rigs of the RS Aero class.
4.2 At least one of helm or crew shall be a member of the RS Ireland or other National RS Class Association.
4.3 Eligible boats may enter by completing the online form at
4.4 In the RS Aero class, a change of rig during the event will be considered a new entry.
4.5 To be considered an entry at an event, a boat shall complete all registration requirements and pay all fees.
4.6 Late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Organising Committee, subject to the payment of a late entry surcharge.
4.7 [NP] [DP] The Organising Authority may cancel the event, cancel classes and reject or cancel entries in its absolute discretion, subject to RRS 76.
4.8 [NP] [DP] Should the Organising Authority cancel a class or reject an entry they shall refund the entry fee in full.
Entry fees are as follows:
RS 400 Seniors £ 50.00
RS 400 Juniors/Students £ 40.00
RS 200 Seniors £ 50.00
RS 200 Juniors/Students £ 40.00
RS Aero £ 50.00
RS Feva £ 40.00
Juniors – both helm and crew must be under 19 on 31st December 2021 or a student with valid undergraduate student ID.
Entries Close 2359 Thursday 12th August
No entries will be taken on the day of the event. All entries must be made online.
6 CREW LIMITATIONS
Does not apply.
[DP] Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organising authority.
8 QUALIFYING SERIES AND FINAL SERIES
Does not apply.
9.1 Registration: Friday 13th 1900 to 2030. Saturday 14th 0900 to 1030
9.2 Briefing – A Briefing will be held at 1030 on Saturday 14th August 2021.
Date – Race
Saturday 14th August – Races 1 to 3
Sunday 15th August – Races 4 to 6
9.4 Six Races are scheduled.
9.5 The scheduled time of the first warning signal of the first race on Saturday is 1155. The scheduled time of the first warning signal of the first race on Sunday is 1055.
10 EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
Boats may be inspected at any time.
11 CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
RRS 40.1 shall apply at all times while afloat.
The Sailing Area will be in Belfast Lough near Carrickfergus.
The courses to be sailed will be Windward-Leeward.
14 PENALTY SYSTEM
14.1 RRS 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty for the RS 400, RS 200 and RS Feva XL Classes only.
14.2 The Post Race Penalty and the RYA Arbitration Procedures of the RYA Rules Disputes Procedures will be available. See the official notice board for details. Decisions from Arbitration can be referred to the protest committee but cannot be reopened or appealed.
15.1 Two races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
15.2 When fewer than four races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. This changes RRS A2.
15.3 RS Aero class will be scored using the Portsmouth Yardstick handicapping system.
16 [DP] [NP] SUPPORT PERSON VESSELS
16.1 Support teams, including all support persons and support person vessels shall stay outside areas where boats are racing from the time of the preparatory signal for the first start until all boats have finished or retired or the race committee signals a postponement, general recall or abandonment.
16.2 All persons on support vessels, shall wear a personal flotation device at all times and when the engine of a support vessel is running, the support vessel driver shall use a kill cord.
17 CHARTERED OR LOANED BOATS
Does not apply.
[DP] Boats shall be kept in their assigned places in the dinghy park.
19 HAUL-OUT RESTRICTIONS
Does not apply.
20 DIVING EQUIPMENT AND PLASTIC POOLS
Does not apply.
21 DATA PROTECTION
The Data Processing Policy is available on the class website.
22 RISK STATEMENT
22.1 RRS 3 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue to race is hers alone”.
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 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;
(g) It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or
this event drawn to their attention in any rules or information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event.
22.2 [NP] [DP] COVID Statement
By taking part in any of the events covered by this notice of race, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that they are responsible for complying with any regulations in force from time to time in respect of COVID-19 and for complying with the venue/OA/sailing club COVID-19 procedures. Competitors and support persons shall comply with any reasonable request from an event official. Failure to comply may be misconduct. Reasonable actions by event officials to implement COVID-19 guidance, protocols, or legislation, even if they later prove to be unnecessary, are not improper actions or omissions.
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3,000,000 Pounds Sterling per incident or the equivalent.
Prizes may be awarded, dependant on entries and at the discretion of the Race Committee, in each class as follows:
First, Second and Third
First Junior (under 19 on December 31st 2021)
First Female Helm (or crew if no female helm)
First Masters (over 55)
25 FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information please contact www.carrickfergussc.org
Rick McCaig (Sailing Secretary) 07903 525280 Sailing@carrickfergussc.org
Liam Donnelly (Event Committee) 07766 417876
END OF NOTICE OF RACE
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