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Club Sailing Instructions

  1. Rules - Racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing, the prescriptions and safety regulations of the A.Y.F., and Mt. Martha local rules, except as any of these are altered by these sailing instructions.
    1. Indemnity: All craft and participants taking part in races conducted by the Mt. Martha Yacht Club do so at their own risk and responsibility. Every skipper must provide proof of insurance. Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of $10,000,000 per event or the equivalent.
    2. The Rear Commodore (or his / her nominated representative) will be the safety officer and shall have the right to refuse any entry.
  2. Entries - Eligible yachts shall enter by completing the entry on the Sign On Sheet. It is incumbent on all helmspersons or their representatives to complete the check sheet as to whether or not the yacht completed the course, as soon as possible after finishing. All sailors must sign off within 20 minutes of the last boat reaching the shore.
  3. Changes to the Sailing Instructions - Any change in the Sailing Instructions shall be posted not later than thirty minutes prior to the start of the race on the notice board in the club.
  4. Signals made Ashore
    1. Signals made ashore will be displayed on the signal mast of the club.
    2. When flag AP is displayed ashore, '1 minute' is replaced with 'not less than 15 minutes' after AP is lowered.
  5. Division Flags - Division Flags shall be as follows:
    1. Large Cats and Fast Mono's Flag Naval Numeral 1 (YV Yardstick 85 or less)
    2. Small Cats Flag Naval Numeral 2 (YV Yardstick > 85)
    3. Large Mono's Flag Naval Numeral 3 (YV Yardstick 118 or less)
    4. Medium Mono's Flag Naval Numeral 4 (YV Yardstick greater than 118 up to 132)
    5. Small Mono's Flag Naval Numeral 5 (YV Yardstick 133 or greater)
  6. Racing Area - The racing area will be in the vicinity of the clubhouse. Any boat entering a 'No Boating Zone' during a race shall be disqualified without a hearing.
  7. Schedule of Races - Refer to the Mount Martha 2012 - 2013 Sailing Programme for proposed warning signal times.
  8. The Course - The course(s) shall be decided on the day (in accordance with the 2012 - 2013 Sailing Programme and the 2012 - 2013 Course Schedule), and the number displayed on the start boat. Please note that the number may change for each division. For all races finishing at the tower, all yachts shall sail around the turning mark (if laid) before finishing. Note that the turning mark's hand may be different to that of the rest of the course.
  9. Marks
    1. All marks shall be inflatable yellow or orange buoys except for the turning mark and the barging buoy. When possible during Triangle courses, an inner windward mark will be laid for Divisions 3, 4 and 5.
    2. The Leeward Mark/s will constitute a gate. Yachts will enter the gate between Gs and Gp and exit in one of two ways:
      • Gp is to be rounded to Port.
      • Gs to be rounded to Starboard.
    3. Mark room is altered to 4 times the length of the longest boat in the fleet.
  10. Starts
    1. Races will be started according to rule 26. Times shall be taken from the visual signals; the failure of a sound signal shall be disregarded. For all courses, the start will be modified to a three (3) minute cycle, with class flag flown at 3 minutes, 'P' flown at two, lowered at one, and class flag lowered at the start.
    2. The starting line shall be an imaginary line between the Club Burgee on the start boat, which shall be at the starboard end, and an inflatable mark at the port end. An anti barging buoy may be laid.
    3. Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area. Any boat, whose warning signal has not sounded, which interferes with a boat who is in the starting sequence, shall be subject to disqualification.
    4. A boat starting later than 3 minutes after her starting signal may be scored Did Not Start.
  11. Recalls
    1. Individual Recalls
Individual recalls shall be signalled by displaying code flag 'X' and hailing where possible. A sound signal may also be made.
    2. General Recalls
      A general recall shall be signalled by the hoisting of the code flag '1st Substitute'. Two sound signals may also be made. This code flag will fly for three minutes, then will be lowered. The starting sequence for the next division will continue on time. Divisions that are recalled shall be restarted after the last division sequence.
    3. It is the onus of each yacht to ensure that they have started correctly.
  12. The Finish
    1. The imaginary line between mark 'F' and the line on the Club Tower window can be considered a virtual fence and ranks as obstruction to the course. No boat is permitted to pass through the virtual fence until they have completed their race by passing through the finish line (refer to 12.3). Failure to adhere to this will result in disqualification.
    2. After rounding the final buoy of the set course or the buoy from where the set course has been shortened, all boats shall proceed to a Turning Mark (TM). Note, the direction of rounding "TM" may differ from that of the direction of course indicated on the Start boat. When located to the North of mark 'F', boats shall round 'TM' to Starboard. When located to the South of mark 'F', boats shall round 'TM' to Port. After rounding 'TM', all boats shall proceed to the finish line (refer to 12.3). Failure to round 'TM' correctly before proceeding to the finish line will result in disqualification.
    3. The finish line shall be that segment of an imaginary line between a mark 'F' and a line on the Club Tower window, until it intersects the imaginary line between the two Clearance Marks (CM) when laid, unless otherwise altered on the day. Boats must pass both Clearance Marks (CM) between mark 'F' to finish correctly.Boats may only proceed through the finish line when finishing. Failure to adhere to this will result in disqualification.
    4. Boats are not permitted to return through the finish, between mark 'F' and Clearance Marks (CM), after finishing. Failure to adhere to this will result in
  13. Time Limits
    1. The time limit will be 2 1/2 hours for a single race & 1 1/4 hours for each of two races scheduled on that day for all classes.
    2. Boats failing to finish within 30 minutes for a single race & 15 minutes for two races scheduled on that day, after the first boat in the same division sails the course and finishes may be scored Did Not Finish at the discretion of the O.O.D.
    3. Races shall not be shortened unless three legs have been sailed by the leading boat in that division, and it is apparent that no boat shall finish the course in time, or the OOD decides that for safety reasons it is in the best interests of all sailors to do so.
    4. If a race is shortened, all boats shall proceed directly to the original finish line at the club, and pass through the line from the direction of the mark where the race was shortened via the Turning Mark (TM) if laid. This alters rule 32. These rules do not apply to short courses.
  14. Protests - Protests shall be in writing on forms available from the control tower and lodged there within thirty minutes of finishing sailing.
  15. Penalties - For catamarans the 720° alternative penalty of rule 44 shall be amended to read 360° instead of 720°.
  16. Wind Speed Range - A race will not start if the wind consistently exceeds 22 knots or is consistently less than 3 knots, except for Division 4 or 5, the upper limit shall be 18 knots.
  17. Scoring
    1. The Low Point Scoring System of Appendix A shall apply.
    2. Rescue Boat and OOD Duty: When a boat's crew participates in running the day's racing their boat will be entitled to receive for that day points equal to the average of it's top 3 placings in the series provided that all members of the crew do duty and:
      • It is their scheduled day for duty
      • they have swapped with another boat and notified the organiser of the roster (Schedule) prior to the day
      • they have been asked to do duty to fill in for a crew who have not reported for duty (this request will probably be made during the briefing)
    3. Number of Races to Count
      • Less than 3 races then no series result declared
      • If 6 or more races sailed then 2 worst results dropped
      • If 5 sailed then one race is dropped
      • If 4 or 3 races sailed then all races count
  18. Prizes - Prizes for the each series is based on YV yardstick. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third and presented on presentation day. Handicap prizes will be awarded to first, second and third however those who were presented with a yardstick prize are ineligible for handicap prizes.