Sailing Instructions

WRCRA 2017 Sailing Instructions

1. Courses will be decided by the Commodore and will be available at the 5:30 skipper meeting.  Courses will be announced on VHF.

2. The starting sequence is now the standard 5-minute sequence.  Prep/horn test at 5:30, horn at 5:00, horn at 4:00, horn at 1:00, horn at start (0:00).  The first horn in the starting sequence will be at 6:00 pm (prep/horn test at 5:59:30) with the start at 6:05, unless otherwise agreed to at the skipper's meeting.  Watches/time will be coordinated during the skipper's meeting.

3. Any given course may be changed based on wind conditions.

a) Lead boat makes the call on course change

b) One (1) long horn shall signify a course change.

c) After the horn the next race mark in the course will be the turning mark.

d) Preferred course shortening marks will be identified at the skipper's meeting.

4. Government navigation marks do not need to be honored unless stated otherwise in the skipper's meeting. 

5. Vessels may pass PCRC marks not used as part of the course to either side, unless stated otherwise at the skipper's meeting.

6. When committee is available, teams must call their sail numbers to the committee person in order to be scored.

7. For races when there is no committee to score/time the boats, sailors must keep their own time on the water. A team that fails to keep their time for whatever reason shall be given the same finishing time as the next boat to finish that did keep its time.

8. In the event of a South start all late boats give up their rights to the boats on the starting line and on the race course until they have cleared the starting line to the North.

9. No vessel may protest another without a red protest flag. Fleet captains will hear all protests before a decision is made. All decisions must be made before the last sailor leaves the night of the race. Captains present will decide the protest unless issues that affect the Fleet as a whole arise. All sailors are expected to practice good sportsmanship.

10. All fouls and infractions (except for course, and navigation errors) can be corrected with a 360 degree rotation. These rotations must be done clear of the Fleet, as soon as possible, and not to the advantage of the team doing the rotations. 

11. The U.S. Sailing rules are in effect. Please become familiar with them.

12. STORM WARNINGS In the event of a storm, or any other conditions in which a racer feels he or she is in harms way, it is up to the captain to decide whether to continue or withdraw. If it is necessary to ditch your boat in the event of a storm, you are solely responsible for you and your crew. We do not have a chase boat. You are on your own.

13. A race can be cancelled (and therefore not be scored) on the water if the majority of boats sound with a series of three or more short horn blasts. If three or more boats have already finished before such a situation occurs the race will be considered official and cannot be cancelled.   Keep in mind that to only one boat needs to finish to make it a race if the race is not cancelled through the action detailed above. The intent of the race cancellation procedure is to enable getting boats off the water due to weather situations. Contact should be made between boats to make the decision (use your radios). If anybody is intending to keep racing, harden up and take your DNF...

14. Any boat that for any reason (capsize, grounding, etc.) requests and/or receives physical assistance during a race will be disqualified. Any vessels rendering assistance shall mark the time spent helping. That time will be subtracted from their finishing time.

15. Safety equipment is mandatory. Each boat shall carry at least the safety equipment required by the Coast Guard for a vessel of its size. In addition, sailors should at least have a horn or whistle or both, righting lines, spare towline, and a throw-able cushion. It is STRONGLY recommended that each boat have a VHF radio, and each sailor have a safety knife.  The Fleet will use channel 69 for race communications.

16. All teams must possess the proper insurance for their boats and racing activities.  Evidence of such coverage must be provided upon request.

17. Race results will be posted following each race.

18. Throw outs.  The number of  throw outs for a series is based the number of races actually held during a series instead of an absolute fixed number. The reason for this is that if multiple races are cancelled during a series due to weather, the number of throw outs may unacceptably reduce the number of races that count for the series. For the two Summer series, the throw outs will increase by one at 4, 7, 10, and 12 races held, meaning that 12 races must take place for the full 4 throw outs to be used. For the Frostbite, 5 races must be held for the 1 throw out to be used.

19. The racing will be scored using the Small Catamaran Handicap Rating System (SCHRS).  Adjustments to ratings may be done either by recalculating the rating to account for the change, or by using the correction factors from Portsmouth.  The series scoring codes are as follows: 

DNC - # of boats registered for series +1

DNL - # of boats registered for series

DNS - # of boats that came to starting area +1

DNF - # of boats that came to starting area +1

DSQ - # of boats that came to starting area +1

(Previously this was: DNC - Number of teams that show to the beach plus 2, DNL - (Did Not Launch) Number of starters plus 2, DNS - Number of starters plus 1, DNF - Number of finishers plus 1, DSQ - number of finishers plus 2.)

20. Three boats are required to start a race.  However, if the majority of teams present for a race vote there should not be a race due to weather (no wind, too much wind, lightning, etc.) that race will be cancelled.

21. And the most important sailing instruction of all: Remember to have fun! Remember to help others have fun! Remember to keep it fun!

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