2019 Sailing Instructions and Program
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Description of Major Changes
Club Championships and Scoring (See Appendix F):
Protests (see 16.2):
Safety – See Section 18; note First Aid qualification for 2020.
Definition of course and finish line for NFS Fleets on Wednesday nights.
Removal of Appendix H.
Clarifications to Rabbit Start (Appendix G); if no RC then Rabbit Start mandatory for windward/leeward; Rabbit to be close hauled on Port tack immediately after start mark.
Minor changes to Crew Manifest (date), Obstructions, use of RRS30, removal of check-in.
Fleets, Rating Splits and Start sequences published in separate spreadsheet as Addendum to Appendix E.
Schedule and Fee Adjustments
These instructions are for The Cobourg Yacht Club’s 2019 Wednesday Night, Monday Night series racing and special races. Any questions or concerns should be addressed to Greg Hannah, Fleet Captain Keel, email@example.com
RACE COMMITTEE 2019:
Greg Hannah (Fleet Captain Keel)
Dave Biddle (Scorer)
Rob Lenters (PHRF-LO handicapper)
Will McCrae (Scorer)
Jim Stewart (Principal Race Officer)
1.1 Races will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2017-2020, and the prescriptions of Sail Canada, except as any of those are altered by these sailing instructions.
1.2 Skippers must register their yachts at least 48 hours prior to participating in any series race by signing their registration form (Appendix A) and supplying all required information to a member of the RC either digitally or in person. Appendices B (Crew Manifest) and C (Crew Over Board drill and safety equipment review) must be completed by the deadlines stated therein. For boats registering after the deadlines in Appendices B and C, Appendix B shall be submitted at the same time as registering (Appendix A) and Appendix C shall be submitted within 2 weeks of registering. Race results will not be counted until all information is received.
1.3 Under RRS 4 it is the sole responsibility of the skipper (Person in charge) of each eligible yacht to decide whether or not to start, continue in, or retire from a race. The safety of a boat and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the Person in Charge who shall do their best to ensure that the boat is fully found, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by an experienced and appropriately trained crew who are physically fit to face bad weather. The person in charge shall also assign a person to take over his/her responsibilities in the event of his/her incapacitation.
1.4 All yachts will be racing under the PHRF-LO system and must have a valid PHRF-LO rating certificate. If a yacht is awaiting a rating change or initial rating certificate, a temporary rating may be assigned by the RC if deemed appropriate by the RC. Results for any series or season will only become valid for a yacht and will only be calculated based on a valid PHRF-LO certificate. Refer to CYC PHRF Rating policy as published on the CYC’s web-site.
2.1 The official CYC notice board is in the South East room downstairs in the CYC clubhouse.
3 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
3.1 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 takes effect, except for changes as set out in 8.6 below.
Every effort will be made to email Skippers with changes to the Sailing Instructions, it is the Skippers responsibility to ensure that the RC has their current email address; failure to receive a change by email is not grounds for a protest.
3.2 The RC may make verbal changes to the Sailing Instructions via VHF Channel 06 on the water.
4.1 When a skippers’ meeting is to be held, a horn will sound in the vicinity of the clubhouse to signify the imminent start of the meeting in or outside of the CYC clubhouse.
4.2 When conditions dictate, the RC may postpone the start of a race on shore. This postponement shall be signaled by the hoisting of the AP flag on the CYC flag pole on the south lawn or on the rear of the committee boat along with 2 horn blasts. When flag AP (pennant with alternating red & white vertical stripes) is displayed ashore or on the rear of the committee boat, “1 minute” is replaced with “not less than 20 minutes” in the race signal AP. Races will not be held when winds are persistently above 20 knots, however this is at the discretion of the RC and is not subject to Protest.
5.1 Refer to Appendix D. This Appendix may be revised and published separately.
6.1 Refer to Appendix E. This Appendix may be revised and published separately.
7.1 Races comprising the Wednesday and Monday series will be held in an area generally located south of the entrance to Cobourg harbour. The race marks consist of a fixed ‘zero’ buoy (orange/blue double barrel) anchored approximately one nautical mile south of the entrance to the harbour and an inflatable orange/yellow tetrahedron. At the discretion of the RC boat and in the interest of safety, either mark may be used to designate the start line, the other shall be designated as the windward mark.
8.1 All Wednesday and Monday Series races shall consist of a varying number of legs on a Windward – Leeward course. When possible, there will be an equal number of windward and leeward legs. All marks are to be passed to Port except for the finish. The windward leg will be approximately .75nm or shorter (0.5nm) in light winds or longer in stronger winds (1.00nm) at the discretion of the RC; variances in the length of the windward leg are not subject to Protest.
8.2 For Wednesday night racing, the NFS Fleets will sail once around a triangular course. The first leg is to the windward mark which is the same for both Divisions and is to be left to Port. The NFS fleets will proceed to the mark described in 9.2 below which shall be left to Port.
8.3 The RC boat shall display on her stern a board indicating the number of legs for each FS fleet and/or may indicate these by VHF radio on Channel 06.
8.4 The start line is defined as the line between the staff of the fleet flag on the RC boat and the orange/yellow tetrahedron mark OR the “zero mark” as applicable. The finish line is defined as the line between the staff of the RC flag on the RC boat and the orange/yellow tetrahedron OR “zero” mark wherever placed (‘the finish mark”). All marks are rounded “Buoys to Port”, except upon finishing.
8.5 For NFS Fleets on Wednesday night racing the finish line is the extension of the line drawn between the RC boat and the finish mark, the finish mark is to be left to port and the finish line (the extension) must be crossed within 3 boat lengths of the finish mark. When Finished, NFS boats are required to keep clear of the Finish Mark and not interfere with FS boats which are rounding that mark as a leeward mark (see RRS 24.1).
8.6 Shorten Course or Abandoning after the Start. See RRS 32. The fleet flags of the effected Fleets will be displayed by the RC. The new number of legs will be displayed by the RC as well as a VHF announcement on VHF radio channel 06.
8.7 Any changes to the Start sequence, Course, Finish and Time Limits for Specialty Events will be determined at a Skippers Meeting before the event and apply only to that event.
9.1 The course marks shall be our fixed ‘zero’ buoy and an orange/yellow tetrahedron.
9.2 For Wednesday night races the NFS Fleet(s) will set an inflatable mark approximately halfway between the start line and windward mark but offset to the port side of the race course to form an equilateral triangle; inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the setting of this mark are not grounds for protest.
9.3 The Marks to be used for Specialty Races will be determined at the Skippers Meeting.
10 AREAS THAT ARE OBSTRUCTIONS
The swimming area to the south of Cobourg’s Victoria Beach is an Obstruction. The harbor walls and rocks on the east and west sides of the Cobourg harbor are considered obstructions. Also, the rocky shore extending into the lake in the vicinity of Cobourg’s water treatment plant (situated to the east of Victoria Beach) is an obstruction.
11 THE START SEQUENCE
11.1 An alert signal of multiple blasts on horn roughly 5 minutes before the 5-minute start sequence for the first fleet only. Ideally, there will be one minute between the start of the first fleet and the 5-minute sequence of the next fleet, and so on with no additional alert signals.
For Wednesday racing: Gold fleet first start, Blue and Green fleet second start and NSF Fleet(s) third start. Depending on the number of Registrations the RC may combine the starts for the different fleets. This will be published in Appendix D.
For Monday and Specialty Races the Fleets, including both FS and NFS boats, may be combined into a single start depending on the number of Registrations.
5 minute - 1 blast on Horn and Fleet flag goes up (i.e. Gold Fleet - gold flag)
4 minute - 1 blast on Horn and a “P” or preparatory flag will go up.
1 minute – 1 long blast on Horn and the “P” flag, will come down.
0 minute - 1 blast on Horn and Fleet flag comes down. START OF RACE
Times shall be taken from the visual signal; the absence of sound signal shall be disregarded.
In the absence of an RC boat see Appendix G for Alternate Starts and Finish Lines; the methods of start and finish must be announced on Channel 6 before the commencement of the Start sequence and/or at a Skippers meeting prior to the event.
11.2 When the RC boat displays code flag “Y” (alternating yellow & red diagonal stripes), ALL skippers and crew shall don approved PFDs. Non-compliance will result in a DNS (Did Not Start) by the Race Committee. Wearing of approved PDF’s is mandatory for all Monday night series races.
11.3 Notes on the Start: For Recalls see RRS 29; For Individual Recalls (RRS 29.1), the RC will announce the identified boats on the VHF channel 06 that is/are over-early, failure to do so is not grounds for Redress. Any boat not completing its restart will be scored “OCS”. The RC will not be using the Starting Penalty Flags as set out in RRS 30; should the need arise then those Flag Rules that will be used will be published as a change to these Sailing Instructions.
11.4 Boats whose warning signal (Class Flag) has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence of other races; see RRS 24.1.
13.1 The RC boat will display a Sail Canada RC flag once the finish line is established. No penalty is imposed for crossing the line when the RC flag is up. For NFS Fleets on Wednesday night refer to 8.5 above.
13.2 Finish times shall be recorded based on the moment RC personnel see any portion of a boat or its equipment in its regular position crossing the finish line. The absence of a sound signal shall be disregarded. In the case where the course is shortened such that a fleet finishes at the windward mark boats will contact the RC by VHF radio channel 06 when approaching the finishing mark, and then let the RC know when they have successfully rounded the windward mark by the bow of the boat crossing the extension of a line drawn between the previous mark and the rounding mark. The RC boat will record the finishing boat’s time when notified of the rounding by the finishing boat.
13.3 In the absence of an RC boat sew Appendix G for Alternate Starts and Finish Lines; the methods of start and finish must be announced on Channel 6 before the commencement of the Start sequence and/or at a Skippers meeting prior to the event.
14.1 Refer to RRS Rule 44. Rule 44.3 does not apply.
15 TIME LIMITS
15.1 For Wednesday and Monday series races, any yacht not finishing within 2.0 hours of elapsed time from their start will be declared “DNF” subject to the limitations of Appendix F item 9. At their own discretion the last boat in a fleet to remain on the race course can withdraw from the race and will be awarded a last place finish based on the number of boats racing in that fleet that night.
15.2 Specialty Race end time will be based on the published time of sunset for Cobourg unless changed at the Skippers Meeting. The last boat to remain on the race course can withdraw from the race and will be awarded a last place finish based on the number of boats racing in the Specialty Race.
PROTEST COMMITTEE 2019:
Protest committees shall be formed as required. Membership will consist of at least one member of the RC plus two other race participants (if applicable) or any knowledgeable former CYC racer, for a minimum of two protest committee members. The committee participants may be randomly selected from all yachts except those involved directly in the protest. The protest shall be filed and all persons involved in the protest shall make every reasonable attempt to appear within the club house within 30 minutes of the return of the race committee boat to its dock upon the completion of the race. This modifies the time limit in RRS 61.3. Should either the protestor or the participant being protested not attend within the prescribed time limit, and are not able to convince the RC of reasonable mitigating circumstances as to why the time limit was violated, the protest will be dealt with accordingly in favour of either party. Where possible, all protests will be dealt with in a timely manner immediately following the race.
16.1 Refer to the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 Part 5.
16.2 Arbitration: For protests where there is no damage and in which no more than two boats are involved, there will be a mandatory Arbitration hearing in accordance with Appendix T of the RRS. As RRS 44.3 does not apply (See 14, Penalty System above) the only post-race penalty available under RRS T4(a) is to retire in which case the boat will be scored RET. Any protest that is either ineligible or not resolved by the Arbitration process will be referred to the Protest Committee for a full hearing. Boats that are disqualified at a Protest Hearing will be scored DNE.
17.1 See Appendix F.
18.9 Yachts racing after sunset are reminded that running lights are required. Yachts finishing after dark must illuminate their sail numbers to have their finish recognized by the R.C. boat.
18.10 Each Skipper (Person in Charge) must have on their person or on their boat a copy of the RRS 2017-2020 and these Sailing Instructions in printed or electronic form.
Each participating boat shall be insured with a valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of $2million Canadian. per incident or the equivalent.
A - Racing Application
B - Crew Manifest
C - Crew Over Board Drill and safety equipment review
D - Schedule of Races
G - Alternate Start and Finish Lines when no RC is available
Skipper Contact info: Phone # ________________________
PHRF-LO Rating:_________ [ ] Flying Sails or [ ] No Flying Sails
Note. This Rating will be used for all races including Monday, Wednesday and Specialty Races.
Make/Model of boat:________________________________ Sail #:__________
I agree to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020, the CYC Race instructions and program and by all other rules that govern these events. I am familiar with the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing, and have read and understand the current CYC Race Instructions & Program. Furthermore, unless the rating for my yacht is revised by PHRF-LO during the course of the current racing season, I agree that the above rating will be applied to my yacht for all CYC races in which I will be participating this season.
There is a $50.00 Registration Fee. Skippers will be invoiced through the CYC billing system and are due upon receipt of invoice. The fee may be pro-rated at the discretion of the RC.
Date: ________________ Signed: ____________________________
RACE SERIES OPTIONS
SELECT THE SERIES YOU INTEND TO COMPETE IN THIS SEASON:
_____ Monday Night Series (6 Races: 3 Spring and 3 Fall)
_____ Wednesday Night racing Series 1 and 2 (20 races maximum)
_____ Specialty Races (Please list):
EACH APPLICATION SUBJECT TO RACE COMMITTEE APPROVAL
The crew manifest will be kept at the CYC bar and used in the event of an emergency involving your boat.
Emergency Telephone Number
Must be submitted to the RC on or before 22 May 2019
It is the Skippers responsibility to keep this document up-to-date by submitting revisions as and when needed.
Crew Over Board Drill and safety equipment review
As skipper I have reviewed with my crew the safety features on my boat and the location of the various safety devices (PFDs, current flares, VHF radio, bailing bucket / bilge pump, fire extinguisher, waterproof flashlight, emergency plugs for through-hulls, knife for cutting lines, device to cut mast shrouds, man-overboard pole/throwing buoy, life ring, etc.)
Skipper and Crew have completed a crew overboard drill on ___________ (date)
Skipper’s Name: _____________________
Skipper’s Signature _____________________
Must be submitted to the RC on or before 12 June 2019
Schedule of Races
CYC 2019 Keelboat Racing Calendar
Pre-Season Skippers Meeting April 24th
CYC Lift In April 27th
Wednesday Night Series 1 Race 1 May 22nd
Monday Night Series Race 1 May 27th
Wednesday Night Series 1 Race 2 May 29th
Monday Night Series Race 2 June 3rd
Wednesday Night Series 1 Race 3 June 5th
Monday Night Series Race 3 June 10th
Wednesday Night Series 1 Race 4 June 12th
Wednesday Night Series 1 Race 5 June 19th
Peter’s Rock Race Saturday June 22nd
Wednesday Night Series 1 Race 6 June 26th
Wednesday Night Series 1 Race 7 July 3rd
Wednesday Night Series 1 Race 8 July 10th
Wednesday Night Series 1 Race 9 July 17th
Curtis Cup TBA
Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 1 July 24th
Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 2 July 31st
Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 3 August 7th
Double Handed Race Monday August 12th
Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 4 August 14th
Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 5 August 21st
Monday Night Series Race 4 August 26th
Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 6 August 28th
Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 7 September 4th
Monday Night Series Race 5 September 9th
Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 8 September 11th
Monday Night Series Race 6 September 16th
Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 9 September 18th
CYC Lift Out 1 September 28th
CYC Lift Out 2 October 23rd
The start sequence for all Monday and Wednesday races will commence at 18:15 hours except for Wednesday races from August 14th onward which shall commence at 18:00 hours.
Gold Fleet = Gold Flag
Green Fleet = Green Flag
Blue Fleet = Blue Flag
NFS Division = White Flag
White Sail Fleet (A)
White Sail Fleet (B)
The Fleets, Rating Splits and Starts are set out in a separate spreadsheet.
CYC Race committee reserves the right to adjust fleet splits based on the number of
Boats in each fleet with safety and sportsmanship the primary goals. The Race Committee reserves the right to combine multiple Fleets into the same start.
Scoring and Club Championships
7. The Club Champions for each Division will be determined by the RC based on points earned as follows.
- (25 points) Wednesday series #1
- (25 points) Wednesday series #2
- (10 points) Monday series
- (5 points) Curtis Cup
-3 bonus points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd in the Peter’s Rock and Double-handed races.
A maximum of 65 points plus 6 bonus points are available to each boat with distribution based on finish position in each event:
1st = 100% of points, 2nd = 90% of points, 3rd = 80% of points ... 10th = 10% of points.
Ties will be broken based on: Overall Wed. series finish, 2nd Wed. series, 1st Wed. series, Monday series and finally, one of the specialty races.
Appendix G – Alternate Start and Finish Lines when no RC is available.
In the absence of an RC boat, the methods of start and finish must be announced on Channel 6 before the commencement of the Start sequence and/or at a Skippers meeting prior to the event.
This information is the private property of Cobourg Yacht Club and its members. No use is granted except for the personal use of the members.
"Cobourg Yacht Club" is a non-profit organization.100 Hibernia St, Cobourg, ON K9A 3J8, Canada mailing address: P.O. Box 561 Cobourg, Ontario K9A 4L3