The notation ‘[NP]’ in a rule of the sailing instructions (SIs) 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 these sailing instructions.
2 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 0900 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.
3 COMMUNICATIONS WITH COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located at the front of the club.
4 CODE OF CONDUCT
[DP] Competitors and support persons shall comply with reasonable requests from race officials.
5 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed at the main flagpole.
5.2 When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 45 minutes’ in Race Signals AP. This changes race signals AP.
6 SCHEDULE OF RACES
Date – Race
Saturday 14th August – Races 1 to 3
Sunday 15th August – Races 4 to 6
6.2 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.
6.3 To alert boats that a race or sequence of races will begin soon, the orange starting line flag will be displayed with one sound signal at least five minutes before a warning signal is made.
6.4 Race 4 may be run on the Saturday at the discretion of the Race Committee. To indicate this intention, the finish boat will display flag Numeral 4 at the end of Race 3.
7 CLASS FLAGS
RS 400 – RS 400 Class Flag
RS 200 – RS 200 Class Flag
RS Aero – RS Aero Class Flag or if not available Numeral 3
RS Feva – RS Feva Class Flag
8 RACING AREA
See NoR 12
9.1 Windward leeward courses will be used. The diagrams in Addendum A show the courses, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be passed.
9.2 The courses to be sailed will be indicated by boards on the side of the committee boat.
10.1 Marks 1, 4S and 4P will be Red Inflatables, mark 1A will be a yellow inflatable. The start mark will be a green inflatable, the finish mark will be a red inflatable.
10.2 Hitting a mark other than the start or finish marks will not be penalised for the RS400 and RS200 Class only. This changes RRS 31.
10.3 If one or other of the gate marks is missing, the remaining mark shall be rounded to port.
The Shipping Channel in the centre of the Lough is an obstruction.
12 THE START
12.1 The starting line will be between an orange mast on the committee boat displaying an orange flag at the starboard end and the course side of a port-end starting mark.
12.2 A boat that does not start within 5 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing. This changes RRS A5.1 and A5.2.
13 CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE
13.1 To change the next leg of the course, the race committee will move the original mark (or the finishing line) to a new position.
13.2 Minor course changes may not be signalled. This changes RRS 33.
14 THE FINISH
The finishing line will be between a mast on the committee boat displaying a blue flag at the starboard end and the course side of the port-end finishing mark.
15 PENALTY SYSTEM
See NoR 14.
16 TIME LIMITS
16.1 Boats failing to finish within a 15 minute finishing window after the first boat in her class sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing. This changes RRS 35, A5.1 and A5.2
16.2 In addition to RRS 32, the race committee may also award a finishing score to a boat that is still racing by displaying to her from a committee vessel (which may be in motion) flag W with one sound signal. A boat so notified is no longer required to sail the course, shall stop racing and shall return to the starting area, or return ashore if there is no more racing. A finishing score under this sailing instruction will be the score she would have received had she sailed the course and finished within any time limit, without gaining or losing any place. However, when two or more boats that are overlapped are notified, they will be scored as if they were tied. The decision by the race committee to use this procedure or not to use it shall not be grounds for requesting redress. This changes rules 60.1(b) and 62.1(a).
17 HEARING REQUESTS
17.1 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 the later. This changes RRS 61.3 and 62.2.
17.2 Hearing Request forms are available at the race office.
17.3 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 will be held in the protest room downstairs in the clubhouse.
As per NoR 15
19 SAFETY REGULATIONS
[DP] [NP] A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.
20 REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT
20.1 [DP] [NP] Substitution of competitors is not allowed without prior written approval of the race committee.
20.2 [DP] [NP] Substitution of damaged or lost equipment is not allowed unless authorised by the race committee. Requests for substitution shall be made at the first reasonable opportunity.
21 EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS
[NP] A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules, notice of race and sailing instructions.
22 SUPPLIED BOATS
Does not apply.
23 OFFICIAL VESSELS
The Committee Boat will be a White 45’ Sailing Boat, Eclipse II.
24 [DP] [NP] SUPPORT TEAMS
As per NoR 16
25 TRASH DISPOSAL
Trash may be placed aboard official or support person vessels.
[DP] [NP] Boats shall be kept in their assigned places in the dinghy park.
27 HAUL-OUT RESTRICTIONS
Does not apply.
28 DIVING EQUIPMENT AND PLASTIC POOLS
Does not apply.
As per NoR 24
24 RISK STATEMENT
As per NoR 22.
As per NoR 23
ADDENDUM A – Course
Windward – Leeward
L2 1, 4P/4S, 1, 4P, Finish
L3 1, 4P/4S, 1, 4P/4S, 1, 4P, Finish
L4 1, 4P/4S, 1, 4P/4S, 1, 4P/4S, 1, 4P, Finish
Marks 4P/4S are a gate
Marks 1 and 4P to be rounded to Port
RS 400 Class will use Mark 1A instead of Mark 1