Carrum Sailing Club Incorporated – Club Sailing Instructions
Carrum Sailing Club Inc. & Patterson River Motor Boat Club will conduct its annual summer race program as published, from 6 th October 2013 to 27 th April 2014 on the waters of Port Phillip adjacent to the Club (unless otherwise notified) and under the authority of Yachting Victoria.
Effective from September 1, 2013.
Unless inconsistent with the context of these Sailing Instructions the following interpretations shall apply:
a. Club means the Carrum Sailing Club Incorporated.
b. R.R.S. means the I.S.A.F. Racing Rules of Sailing at the time of race.
c. YA Prescriptions means the prescriptions of the Yachting Australia appended R.R.S.
d. YV prescriptions means any prescriptions set down by the Yachting Victoria from time to time.
e. Class means any group of yachts competing against each other for race points. A class may be made up of a single type of yacht or a mixed group of yachts.
f. Course Information Board means the Board located on the lower floor of the Club on which courses and other race information is displayed.
1.1 All races will be governed by the current Racing Rules of Sailing (R.R.S.), the appropriate class rules, the Prescriptions and Special Regulations of YA, Notice of Race, (except as any of these are changed by these Sailing Instructions) and by these Sailing Instructions.
YA Special Regulation Addendum A (Part 1 and Part 2) shall apply to all entrants.
1.2 Helping Those in Danger, R.R.S. Fundamental Rule 1.1
“A boat or competitor shall give all possible help to any person or vessel in danger”.
Time lost should be noted and claimed at the finish via protest.
2.1 Series Races
Club Pre-Christmas and Post Christmas series are open to all financial members of the Club.
2.2 List Of Entrants shall be as per Carrum Sailing Club Inc. Yacht Register.
2.3 Visiting yachts, from clubs affiliated with YV shall include a fee of $5.00 per session with their entry. Visiting yachts from clubs NOT affiliated with the YV or yachts who are not members of any sailing / yacht club shall pay a fee of $10.00 per session with each entry. Juniors (under 18 years) in each category shall pay half this sum. Visitors subsequently joining CSC will be allocated any points from races previously sailed.
2.4 Payment of the season’s fees automatically effects entry of yacht and helms person in accordance with the details furnished on the membership form. Crew members must be members of the club to be eligible for a trophy. No race entry fee is payable. Attention is drawn to RRS 46.
3 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
3.1 Special notices will be placed on the Course Information Board.
3.2 The Race Committee will post the course / allocation of classes to divisions and division start times and any
variations as permitted by these Sailing Instructions on the Course Information Board.
4 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
4.1 Changes to Sailing Instructions will be displayed in writing on the Course Information Board, not later than 60 minutes before a start.
4.2 Attention will be drawn to the alterations by displaying Code Flag ‘L’ (yellow, black quarters) from the Club, accompanied by one sound signal.
4.3 Such posting will constitute official notice in accordance with R.R.S.. It shall then be the responsibility of all yachts’ skippers to consult the Course Information Board.
5 SIGNALS MADE AFLOAT
Code Flag “AP” with two sound signals (one when lowered) means the race is postponed and the warning signal
will be made not later than 1 minute after “AP” is lowered.
6 SCHEDULE OF RACES
As published in Notice of Race.
7 CLASS / DIVISION FLAGS
There will be only one start in morning and afternoon races with numeral 1 Pennant being used as divisional flag. The start may, proir to the official start time, be proceeded by practice starts that will be general recalled
8 RACING AREA
8.1 Racing is to be conducted on the waters of Carrum Bight, Port Phillip, adjacent to the Club.
8.2 FOUL WATER
8.2.1 The area of water in front of the Carrum Life Saving Club is a NO BOATING ZONE and all yachts shall keep clear. Two piles with yellow painted cross top marks designate the seaward limits of the NO BOATING ZONE.
8.2.2 Failure to keep clear whilst racing shall result in disqualification. In addition to action under these Sailing Instructions yachts contravening the No Boating Zone may face legal action.
8.2.3 Similarly yachts shall not rig on the beach south of an extension of the alignment of the lane way adjacent to the southern wall side of the Club.
9.1 A course will be selected from the courses shown on the current Course Sheets (see Appendix 1).
9.2 Course Signal shall be made by the committee boat not later than the first start warning signal and shall be:
Red signal or Red Over Orange signal – Keep all marks to Port.
Green signal or Green Over Orange signal – Keep all marks to Starboard. or
Orange Signal (Windward/Leeward Course) – Keep all marks to Port.
9.3 Shorten Course
9.3.1 The Race Committee may shorten the course by displaying Code Flag ‘S’ (white, blue square centre) at or near a mark of the course to be sailed. Two sound signals may be given. If there is no Blue Flag displayed by the Committee Boat, then yachts of each class shall finish by passing the mark at which Code Flag ‘S’ is displayed on the correct hand and then sail directly to buoy ‘C’, passing it on the correct hand and sail to the finishing line. This changes R.R.S.
9.3.2 The Race Committee may also shorten the course using the following method: –
If a Blue Flag is displayed on the Committee Boat (i.e. Committee Boat on Station) together with Code Flag ‘S’, then the Finish is between the nearby mark and the Committee Boat. Two sound signals may be given. Finish times will be taken from the Committee Boat.
10 MARKS OF THE COURSE
10.1 Course marks will be as described on the current Course Marks Sheet and the Course Information Board. (See Appendix 2) For marks using flags, the flag is deemed to be part of the mark.
10.2 Any Flagged Buoy attached to or near a course mark is deemed to be part of the mark
10.3 An anti-barging mark (a plain flagged buoy) may be attached astern of the Committee Vessel and shall be passed on the same hand as the Committee Vessel. This mark constitutes part of the Committee Vessel and any boat which touches the Committee Vessel or anti-barging mark or any line attaching the mark to the Committee Vessel after her preparatory signal is obliged to immediately sail clear of other boats and exonerate herself with the appropriate penalty turn.
11 THE START
11.1 Races will be started by the Committee Vessel with class / divisions starting at five (5) minute intervals. Times will be taken from the visual signals; the failure of a sound signal shall be disregarded. Signal Flag and sound Minutes before starting Signal
Warning Class flag; 1 sound 5 Min.
Preparatory P, I, Z, Z with I or black flag 1 sound 4 Min.
One -minute Preparatory flag removed 1 long sound 1 Min.
Start Class flag removed 1 sound 0 Min.
Start time will be made approximately 1000 hrs. for AM races and 1300 hrs for PM races
11.2 For sternchaser events starting signals and times of starts will be advised prior to the Heat
11.3 The starting line shall be an imaginary line between an orange flag on the Committee Vessel and an orange mark or flag.
11.4 The Committee Vessel shall be at the starboard end of the starting line.
11.5 All yachts, before receiving their warning signal, shall keep clear of the starting line and of all yachts racing.
11.6 General recall procedure shall be in accordance with RRS.
12. CHANGE OF COURSE AFTER THE START.
Notification of changes to the course direction and or length will be made in accordance with RRS.
13. THE FINISH
13.1 The finishing line shall be an imaginary line between mark ‘C’ and the club tower.
13.2 Boats after finishing are requested to:
(i) keep clear of the finishing line until all racing is completed;
(ii) Keep clear of all boats still competing; and
(iii) If anchoring in front of the Club House, keep clear of the line of sight of the finishing line.
14 TIME LIMITS
14.1 Morning Series
The time limit for Morning Series races shall expire at 11:30 hours, regardless of start time. If the first boat of a class finishes within the time limit, all boats of that class, finishing up 11:45 hours, shall be recorded as finished, all others being scored as Did Not Finish (DNF). If no boat of a class finishes prior to 11:30 hours, then the race for that class shall be abandoned.
14.3 Afternoon Racing
The time limit for Afternoon Series races shall expire 2 hour and 30 minutes after the actual start time. If the first boat of a class finishes within the time limit all boats finishing up 1 hour after the first boat shall be recorded as finished, all others being scored as Did Not Finish (DNF). If no boat of a class finishes prior to the 2 hour 30 minute time limit, then the race for that class shall be abandoned.
14.4 Short Afternoon Racing
The time limit for first short Afternoon race shall expire 1 hour after the actual start time. If the first boat finishes within the time limit all boats finishing up to 15 minutes after the time limit shall be recorded as finished, all others being scored as Did not Finish (DNF). If no boat finishes prior to the 1 hour time limit, then the race for that division shall be abandoned.
The time limit for second short Afternoon race shall expire 1.5 hours after the actual start time. If the first boat finishes within the time limit all boats fin ishing up to 30 minutes after the time limit shall be recorded as finished all others being scored Did not Finish (DNF). If no boat finishes prior to the 1.5 hours time limit, then the race for that division shall be abandoned.
15 PROTESTS, REQUEST FOR REDRESS
15.1 Protests and request for redress must be lodged in writing on the prescribed form with the Race Officer or representative, within the Protest Time. The Protest Time limit will be 60 minutes after the finish of the last boat in the last race of the day. This alters RRS. No protest fee is payable.
15.2 Protest notices will be posted on the Course Information Board, ground floor, within 60 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. Protests should be heard not later than the following race day.
15.3 Protest committee will consist of the Rear Commodore (Chairman), the Race Officer, and one member of the Sailing Committee or such other persons as the Rear Commodore or in his absence the Commodore, or in his absence the Vice Commodore, may direct.
16.1 The ISAF Low Point Scoring System in RRS will apply with the following modifications:
16.2 The number of races to be sailed, including any resails, shall be as indicated in the Club’s Sailing Program. – Notice of Race.
16.3 The number of heats to count for Pre Christmas and Post Christmas Series shall be in accordance with Notice of Race, para 2.
16.4 All other yachts, including a yacht that finishes and subsequently retires will be scored as follows: –
DNF = as number of starters plus 1 (Did Not Finish)
DNS = as number of starters plus 1 (Did Not Start)
RET = as number of starters plus 1 (Retired after Finishing)
OCS = as number of starters plus 1 (On Course Side of starting line)
DSQ = as number of starters plus 1 (Disqualified)
DNE = as number of starters plus 1 (Disqualification Not Discardable-R.R.S. Rule)
DNC = points equal to the number of yachts which were entered in the series at heat two plus 10 percent, rounded to the nearest whole number or DNF points whichever is the greater. (DNC = Did Not Come to the starting area)
16.5 A boat, which starts but fails to make a legitimate entry, e.g. lodge a daily race entry card or sign on by radio as for DNF, see Sailing Instructions 18.1.
16.6 A boat, which fails to sign off within 30 minutes of the finishing time of the last boat: – as for DNF, (For safety reasons, boats are requested to sign off as soon as possible after the completion of the race.)
16.7 A boat granted relief by RRS: – an equitable arrangement may be deemed to be to award the yacht, whose finishing place has been materially prejudiced, points for that race equal to the average of her best three races.
16.8 A boat, the crew of which is rostered for duty or representing her class in championships etc. as approved by the Sailing Committee (DUTY):- Points equal to the average of her points from her previous three starts in the series, fractions being disregarded. Where there are insufficient prior heats, subsequent heats shall be taken as required to make up the numbers.
16.9 The entrant is considered to be the combination of yacht and helmsperson.
16.10 The performance of any visitors shall be ignored for the purposes of determining series placing and points.
16.11 The Sailing Committee from time to time prior to the start of each event or series concerned will determine handicapping systems for Club events.
16.12 Boats participating in Class Association Championships, YA events, etc. as approved by the Sailing Committee may apply to the Sailing Committee for the allocation of “Average Points” for Club races missed. (Calculated as per Duty points in 16.9 above).
17 RADIO COMMUNICATION
A boat shall neither make radio transmissions whilst racing nor receive communications not available to all boats. This requirement also applies to mobile telephone communications.
18.1 Signing ON
18.1.1 All boats wishing to race shall be entered by
Entering at the tower
Entering by radio to the tower, or
Entering by advising the committee boat
Penalty for non-compliance – see Sailing Instructions 16.6
18.2.1 Signing off
All boats completing a race must be signed off within 30 minutes of the finishing time by
Advising staff at the Tower
Advising the Tower by radio, or
Advising the committee boat
18.2.2 Signing off is a declaration that the course has been completed correctly and that all rules have been complied with.
Penalty for non-compliance – see Sailing Instructions 16.7
18.3 Retiring Boats
These requirements are essential safety provisions and must be complied with.
18.3.1 Any boat that has withdrawn for any reason must be signed off DNF on the sign off sheet within 30 (thirty) minutes of retiring or inform the Tower Controller of that retirement.
18.3.2 Any boat that has entered the race but does not start must be signed off DNS on the sign off sheet not more than 30 (thirty) minutes after the start.
18.4 Trailable Division Boats
These requirements are essential safety provisions and must be complied with.
18.4.1 Boats must comply with the YA Special Regulations Part 1 for racing boats.
CATEGORY 7 – when taking part in Club Round the Buoys events.
18.4.2 Additional requirements:-
Yachts are to have effective mainsail reefing fitted.
Headsails can be readily changed or reefed.
Hatches shall be secured shut and storm boards be secured in position when the wind exceeds 20 knots, or any sails are reefed.
18.5. Off the Beach Boats
Boats must comply with the Special Regulations
18.6 Personal buoyancy (as specified in Regulations) shall be worn at all times whilst afloat, whether racing or not. This changes RRS.
18.7 It is strongly recommended that Off the Beach Boats shall carry a suitable propelling device at all times.
19.1 Prizes will be awarded for handicap and aggregate series on the basis of average number of starters of that class in the series as follows:-
(a) Classes with an average of fewer than 3 starters – No trophy;
(b) Classes with an average of 3 to fewer than 5 starters – First only;
(c) Classes with an average of 5 to fewer than 11 starters – First and Second;
(d) Classes with an average of 11 or more starters -First, Second and Third.
For the purpose of computing averages, boats, the crews of which have been rostered for duty, shall count as starters and heats abandoned or cancelled shall not count. Visitors shall not count as starters.
19.2 Trophy Race Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the sailing committee.
19.3 Winners of the Class Basic Handicap prizes are not eligible for Personal Performance Handicap prizes in the same series.
19.4 Presentation of prizes shall be at Presentation Nights as scheduled.
20.1 All those taking part in races conducted by Carrum Sailing Club Inc. do so at their own risk and
responsibility. The Carrum Sailing Club Inc. is not responsible for the seaworthiness of a boat whose entry is accepted or the sufficiency or adequacy of its equipment. The Carrum Sailing Club Inc. reserves the right to refuse any entry.
20.2 Carrum Sailing Club Inc. accepts no responsibility for any damage or injury or loss sustained by any boat and/or its equipment and/or yachts crew and/or persons associated therewith whether ashore or afloat and whether or not occurring during any rescue operation.
20.3 Attention is drawn to RRS “Decision to Race” which states “A boat is solely responsible for deciding whether or not to start or to continue racing”
21 RACING COMMITTEE
Races shall be conducted and judged by a Race Committee consisting of the Rear Commodore (Chairman), the Race Officer, and one member of the Sailing Committee or such other person as the Rear Commodore or in his absence the Commodore, or in his absence the Vice Commodore, may direct.
22 INFORMATION SESSION
Information Session may be given by the Race Officer not later than 45 minutes before the first race start
Morning Series’ are regarded as training sessions, and, therefore, training personnel may give helmspersons advice and guidance. Every effort will be made to ensure that such advice is given fairly and without prejudice. At the Race Officer’s discretion, coaching may be given to other yachts in that class division.
24 RACE RESULTS
The race results may be posted on the Sailing Committee Board, ground floor, as soon as practicable after each race.
25 RACE HEADQUARTERS
The Race Headquarters is the Carrum Sailing Club Inc. control tower and the Course
Information Board located on the ground floor.
Enforcement of alleged measurement deficiencies shall be by means of protest.
Competitors should make their own assessment of tide effects.
28 CHART OF AREA
28.1 The attached course sheet is not to scale.
28.2 Chart Aus 143Y incorporates the area for the Trailable Division long race courses.