BSC SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 20191. AUTHORITY
5 RACE SIGNALS
5.1 Flags Visual signals will be made by the display of flag boards or flags from the Bridge and may be repeated from a patrol boat, unless otherwise indicated in a Notice to Competitors.
5.2 Class Warning Signals The Class Flag for each class will be as shown on the Course Chart Board in the Clubhouse, unless otherwise provided.
5.3 Starting a Race To start a race, the Class Warning Flag will be displayed six minutes before the scheduled start time, with one sound signal. A Preparatory Flag will be displayed three minutes before the start, with one sound signal. At the start, both Warning and Preparatory Flags will be removed, with one sound signal, except that, if another class is due to start three minutes later the Preparatory Flag will remain in place. Times shall be taken from the visual signal, and absence of a sound signal shall be disregarded. [Change to Rule 26].
5.4 Postponement When Race Signal ‘AP’ is displayed, with two sound signals, all races not started are postponed. The Signal ‘AP’ will be lowered with one sound signal, and one minute later the Warning Signal for the next race will be made.
5.5 Individual Recall When at a boat’s starting signal any part of her hull, crew or equipment is on the course side of the starting line, Race Signal ‘X’ will be displayed with one sound signal. The flag will be displayed until all affected boats are completely on the pre-start side of the line, but not later than two minutes after the starting signal. [Change to Rule 29.1]
5.6 General Recall Race Signal ‘First Substitute’ will be displayed, with two sound signals. The ‘First Substitute’ will be removed after two minutes, but no sound signal made. [Change to Race Signal ‘First Substitute’ and Rule 29.2] If there is more than one other class scheduled to start, recalled classes will be restarted after the last scheduled start, following each other in their original sequence, at three minute intervals. Otherwise, the Warning (and Preparatory if removed) signals will be re-displayed three minutes after the Recall, and the class will be re-started six minutes after the Recall.
5.7 Abandonment Race Signal ‘N’, together with the appropriate class flags if only some classes are affected, will be displayed, with three sound signals. Competitors shall then report to the RO or to a Coxswain for further instructions. [Change to Rules 27.3 and 32.1 and Race Signal ‘N’]
5.8 Changing the Course after the Start The course may be changed at any Rounding Mark [Rule 28.1]. Prior notification of the Change will be hailed to every boat affected. [Change to Rule 33. Race Signal ‘C’ does not apply]
5.9 Shortening Course A race may be shortened at the RO’s discretion. For a race which crosses the Club Line to be shortened to finish at the Club Line, Race Signal ‘S’, together with the appropriate class flags if only some classes are affected, will be displayed, together with two sound signals, when the leading boat is at a reasonable distance from the finishing line. To finish a race at a Rounding Mark, Race Signal ‘S’ will be displayed from a patrol boat flying a blue flag stationed near the mark, and boats shall finish between the mark and the flag staff on the patrol boat. Notification to finish will be hailed to all boats affected. [Addition to Rule 32.2 and Race Signal ‘S’]
5.10 Replacement or Additional mark A buoy or vessel will display Code flag ‘M’ or ‘O’, or an inflatable buoy without a flag may be used. No sound signal will be made. [Change to Rule 34 and Race Signal ‘M’]
6 RULES AND PROTESTS
6.1 Launching and casting-off At her Preparatory Signal, a boat becomes subject to the Rules, and in accordance with Rules 45, 46, and 47 shall be afloat or off her moorings, together with her person in charge and all equipment at that time. The RO may disqualify without a hearing for any such infringement [Addition to Rule 63.1]
6.2 The Exoneration Penalty and the Advisory Hearing and RYA Arbitration of the RYA Rules Disputes Procedures will be available. This sets out three types of hearing for resolving Rules disputes:
Type 1: Advisory Hearing not involving a protest.
Type 2: Arbitration: a pre-protest hearing with a mediator and an Exoneration penalty of 20% of starters (min 2 places, max 5 places)
Type 3: A full protest hearing.
The three types give a competitor or other party, who has a dispute he wishes to resolve, a choice of resolution processes. It allows him to choose the one that best suits his wishes and circumstances. Type 1 and Type 2 as above are available as additional options for all club races. The full SI text is displayed on the Notice Board and is available on line at Http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/charter see best practice/rules disputes.
6.3 Protest Flag: The requirement to display a Red Flag to inform the Protestee does not apply [Change to Rule 61.1(a)]
6.4 Protest Time Limit The intention to Protest shall be notified to the RO as soon as possible after finishing. Completed Protest Forms shall be lodged with the RO within forty five minutes of the finish of the protesting boat, or within such time as the Protest Committee may consider appropriate in the circumstances. [Addition to Rule 61.3].
6.5 Disqualification without a Hearing A boat which has been so disqualified [Rule A5 and SIs 2.4, 6.1 and 7.2] shall nevertheless be entitled to a hearing upon request. [Rule 62.1(a)].
7.1 Handicaps Handicaps will be based on the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme as published by the RYA. Portsmouth Numbers will be set, and may be adjusted at any time, at the discretion of the Sailing Secretary, in conjunction with the Class Captain. An adjustment in handicap number is not grounds for redress. This changes RRS #62.
7.2 Series Scores: The Low Point System of scoring [Rule A4.1]will be used. Points will be scored by each boat finishing a race as follows: winner - 1 point, second - 2 points, third - 3 points etc. Boats that are DNC, DNS, OCS, DNF, DSQ or RAF will be scored points one more than the total number of boats entered in the series.
In the case of a Club Series held over a period longer than a regatta e.g. a club series held over a number of weekends, Rule A9 will apply. Boats that are DNS, OCS, DNF, DSQ and RAF will be scored points one more than the total number of boats that came to the starting area whereas a boat that DNC will be scored one more than the number of boats entered in the series. The boat with the lowest total score will win the event or series, subject to SI 7.3
7.3 Races to count Unless otherwise prescribed in the Notice of the event or the current dedication of the trophy, the number of races to count shall be as follows:
(a) In an Event lasting two or more consecutive days, when more than three valid races in that series are sailed, then the worst score may be discarded, otherwise all races will count.
(b) In a Club Series of N valid races, the races to count will be (N+1)/2 where N is an odd number, or (N+2)/2 where N is an even number.
A race abandoned or postponed to another day, may be resailed at the discretion of the Class Captain in conjunction with the Sailing Secretary, in which case new entries may be accepted [Rule 81] If, after starting, a Club Series race is abandoned and not resailed, points will be scored as if the race was valid and each of the boats had failed to finish. Helms who carry out official Bridge or patrol boat duties, and are thus unable to compete in a Series race sailed, may claim for that race points equal to the average of all points gained in the races of that Series in which they do sail, and finish without due penalty. They must count a minimum of three such races. The average will be rounded up to the nearest tenth of a point (0.05 to be rounded upward).
7.4 Series Ties If there is a Series score tie, each boat’s race scores shall be listed in order from best to worst, and at the first point where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favour of the boat with the best score. No discarded scores shall be used.
If a tie still remains, the boats scores shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race. These scores will be used even if they are discarded scores. Any remaining ties (e.g. if both DNC in last race) shall be broken by using the tied boats scores in the next to last race and so on until tie is broken [Rule A8].
7.5 Award of Trophies Except in Open or Invitation events, a Club Trophy may only be awarded to a Full, Honorary, or Cadet member of the Club. All dinghy trophies will be awarded to the winning team, irrespective of the ownership of the boat, unless otherwise laid down in the current dedication of the trophy. In any Series or Event of more than one race, at least two valid races must be sailed for a trophy to be awarded.
Issued by the Hon Sailing Secretary Download a pdf here
Reviewed September 2019