Sailing Instructions

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2018 Halloween Regatta
October 5 +7, 2018


Sailing Instructions
Halloween Regatta
October 5 – 7, 2018

1.     RULES

1.1       The regatta will be governed by the 2017 – 2020 Racing Rules of Sailing, the prescriptions
of US Sailing specific class rules of the participating yacht class (except as any of these are altered by these sailing instructions), and by these sailing instructions.

2.     ENTRIES

2.1       Boats must have completed registration and paid all fees with the regatta organizing
authority before becoming official competitors.


3.1       Official notices to competitors will be communicated in the following ways:

3.1.1. The Augusta Sailing Club “Official Notice Board” located on the Clubhouse, west-side porch.


4.1       Any changes in the sailing instructions will be posted before 0830 hrs on the day it will
take effect, except

4.2       Changes in the schedule of races will be posted by 2100 hrs on October 6th for races to be
sailed on October 7th.


5.1         Signals made ashore will be displayed from the flagpole located by the Augusta Sailing

5.2       When flag AP is displayed ashore, one (1) minute is replaced with not less than 30 minutes
in the race signal AP.

5.3       When flag Y is displayed ashore, rule 40 applies at all times while afloat. This changes the
part Y preamble.


6.1       Races are scheduled as follows:

Saturday          October 6, 2018

1230 hrs Warning signal for first race. Subsequent races to follow.

Sunday                 October 7, 2018
1000 hrs Warning signal

6.2       No warning signal will be made after 1300 hrs on October 7, 2018.

6.3       Class flags will be identified at the Competitors Meeting to be held at 1030 hrs October 6,


7.         COURSE

7.1       Course will be posted on the Race Committee boat. The letter code designating the course
shall be displayed from the stern of the RC boat:

Course A:        Twice around a windward-leeward course. The leeward mark may have a GATE

with two marks. A yacht must pass between the marks and can round either mark to go upwind. After rounding the weather mark there may be an offset mark that must be rounded to port before sailing to the leeward mark. The finish line will be between a mark on the starboard side of the RC boat and a staff displaying the orange flag on the RC boat.

Course B:        Twice around a windward-leeward course with an extra fifth leg to the finish. The

leeward mark may have a gate. A yacht must pass between the marks and can round either mark to go up wind. After rounding the weather mark there may be an offset mark that must be rounded to port before sailing to the leeward mark.

Course C:        Posted on the RC boat “official notice board”

7.2.      Courses may be shortened in accordance with the racing Rule 32.

7.3.      The courses will always be sailed counter-clockwise leaving the

marks to port (except when rounding the leeward gate).

7.4       Failure for the offset mark or either of the gate marks to be in place is not grounds for
redress or protest.

8.         MARKS

8.1       Marks of the course will be large yellow inflatable tetrahedron marks on Division I, large
orange inflatable marks on Division II, and small yellow inflatable tetrahedron marks on Division III, unless otherwise defined by the race committee at the Competitors ’ Meeting or posted on the signal boat. Note: Government marks may be used.

8.2       New marks will be a large orange inflatable tetrahedron mark on Division I and a large
yellow inflatable tetrahedron mark on Division II.

9.         THE START

9.1          Once the race committee is on station all competitors will check in with the race committee
prior to the warning signal for the first start each day. Failure to check in may cause disqualification.

9.2       Races will be started in accordance with Rule 26 with the warning signal made 5 minutes
before the starting signal. The warning signal for each succeeding class shall be made with or after the starting signal of the preceding class.

9.3       The starting line will be between the starting mark and a staff displaying the orange flag on
the Signal boat.

9.4       A boat starting later than 5 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start
without a hearing.

10.      RECALLS

10.1 Individual recalls will be signaled in accordance with Rule 29.1. After the starting signal the RC may attempt to announce any boats in violation of Rule 30 on VHF channel 69 (Division I), 72 (Division II), and channel 73 (Division III). Failure to hear or receive such transmissions will not be grounds for redress.

10.2 General recall will be signaled in accordance with Rule 29.2


11.1 The race committee may change a leg of the course that begins at a rounding mark or at a gate by changing the position of the next mark (or the finishing line) and signaling all boats before they begin the leg. The next mark need not be in position at that time.

(a)       If the direction of the leg will be changed, the signal shall be the display of flag C
with repetitive sounds and a green triangle for a change to starboard or a red rectangle for a change to port.

11.2 If the length of the leg will be changed, the signal shall be the display of flag C with

repetitive sounds and a ‘-‘ if the length will be decreased or a ‘+’ if it will be increased. 11.3 When, in a subsequent change of course, a mark is replaced, it will be replaced with an

original mark.

11.4 Minor adjustments in a mark’s location will not be signaled. This changed Rule 33.


12.1 If a mark is missing or out of position, the race committee shall, if possible, replace it in its correct position or substitute a new one of similar appearance, or substitute an object displaying flag M and make repetitive sound signals.

13.      FINISH LINE

13.1 The finishing line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the RC boat and a mark of the course (or the finishing mark).

14.      TIME LIMITS

14.1 The time limit for each race will be 90 minutes for the first boat to finish.

14.2 Boats finishing more than 30 minutes after the first boat that sailed the course and finishes, will be scored one more than the number of boats that finished the race within the time limit. This changes racing RULE 35.

15.      REGATTA

15.1 A race will be deemed to have started by the 1300 hrs deadline if the original start is within the 1300 hrs deadline, regardless of subsequent recalls or postponements.

15.2 One race will constitute a regatta. All races completed will be scored.


16.1 Protests shall be written on forms available at the ASC Clubhouse race headquarters. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered within the appropriate time limit and lodged with the jury’s representative there.

16.2 For each class the protest time limit is 60 minutes after the RC boat has docked for the day of racing.

16.3 The jury will hear protests in approximately the order of receipt as soon as possible.

17.      SCORING

17.1 The low point scoring system, Appendix A4 of the racing rules will be used, except that each boat’s total score will be the sum of her scores for all races.

17.2 A boat that did not start, did not finish, retired after finishing or was disqualified shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats that finished within the time limit. This changes RRS A 4.2.

17.3 For the PHRF and Portsmouth Handicap fleets, scoring will be based on corrected times. Corrected times will be calculated by the time-on-time method. PHRF boats must have a

current Augusta Sailing Club PHRF certificate, and must sail in compliance with that certificate.


18.1 The 720 degree turns penalty as provided in Rule 44.2 of the racing rules will apply with the additional provision that when an infringing boat has its spinnaker drawing at the time of the infringement, she drops it completely while taking her penalty and resets it and has it drawing after the penalty, the penalty is one full turn or 360 degrees instead of two turns (one full turn including on tack and one jibe).

19.      LITTER

19.1 Anyone seen willfully discharging litter into the lake shall be scored “DSQ” for that race or the previous race.


20.1 Race Committee broadcasts concerning its intentions, the course to be sailed, starting times, course changes, etc. are a courtesy only. Failure of the Race Committee to make a broadcast, the timing of a broadcast, or the failure of a boat to hear a broadcast shall not be grounds for redress under Rule 62.1(a).


21.1 Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The Augusta Sailing Club, its officers and members will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


It is your responsibility to leave the dock in time to make it to the race course.