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The Chester Classic Series
Friday August 11th through Sunday August 13th,
2017
Chester, Nova Scotia

Sailing Instructions

 
1 RULES

    1.1 The Chester Classics races will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

    1.2 This regatta will be governed by the rules on the Racing Rules of Sailing. The prescriptions of the Canadian National Authority, Sail Canada, will apply. The Sail Canada prescriptions can be found on the Sail Canada website: www.sailins.ca

2 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

Notices to competitors will be posted on the Chester Classics Web Page www.chesterclassics.com

1 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
    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 will take effect.

4 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

    4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on Debbie Winsor's Dock

    4.2 When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 20 minutes’ in the race signal AP.

5 SCHEDULE OF RACES

    5.1 The schedule of races is published in the Chester Classics Notice of Race available at www.chesterclassics.com

    5.2 Number of races will be published in the Chester Classics Notice or Race available at www.chesterclassics.com

    5.3 The scheduled start time of the first race each day is published in the Chester Classics Notice of Race available at www.chesterclassics.com

    5.4 To alert boats that a race or sequence of races will begin soon, an announcement of channel 73 and one sound at least one minute before a warning signal is made.

6 RACING AREAS

    The Chester Yacht Club [CYC] Course Card of 2017 shows the location of racing areas. The CYC Course Card is available at the CYC website at: https://chesteryachtclub.ca/7page id=1500

7 THE COURSES

    7.1 The CYC Course Card shows the approximate location of the CYC Race Marks and their names. The CYC Course Card shows the courses, the order of the marks to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left.

    7.2 No later than the warning signal, the course will be announced on channel 73 and on or on a signal boat near to the Winsor wharf.

8 MARKS

    8.4 Marks are described on the CYC Course Card available at the CYC website page: https://chesteryachtclub.ca/7page id=1500

    8.5 The starting and finishing line will be a line from the Winsor wharf and an anchored race mark to the East. An offset mark may be used as the wharf end of the starting line to keep boats away from the wharf obstruction.

9 AREAS THAT ARE OBSTRUCTIONS

    9.1 The following areas are designated as obstructions: Coachman Shoal.

    9.2 Boats sailing vicinity of the Tancook Ferry are asked to stay out of her way.

10 THE START

    10.1 Races will be started by using RRS 26 with the warning signal made 5 minutes before the starting signal.

    10.2 The starting line will be between the Winsor wharf and an anchored race mark to the East. An offset mark may be used as the wharf end of the starting line to keep boats away from the wharf obstruction.

    10.3 Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for other races.

    10.4 A boat that does not start within 5 minutes after her start signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing. This changes rule RRS A4 and A5.

11 CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE

Change of Course will be signaled before the leading yacht has begun the leg and announced on channel 73.

12 THE FINISH

    12.1 The finishing line will be between the Winsor wharf and an anchored race mark to the East. An offset mark may be used as the wharf end of the starting line to keep boats away from the wharf obstruction.

    12.2 If the race committee is absent when a boat finishes, she should report her finishing time, and her position in relation to nearby boats, to the race committee at the first reasonable opportunity.

13 PENALTY SYSTEM
    A yacht who realizes after finishing, but before protests are heard, that she has broken a rule of Part 2 while racing, may choose to accept a 20% scoring penalty. Such penalty shall not be less than two places except with classes with less than 5 entries when it shall be one place. Acceptance of this penalty must be communicated to the RO in writing, prior to any protests being heard.

14 TIME LIMITS

    14.1 The time limit for finishing all races will be four hours.

    14.2 A yacht who does not finish within the time limit will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing. This changes RRS 35, A4 and A5.

15 PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

    15.1 Protest forms are available on the wall inside the lower level of the CYC clubhouse, next to the Mahone Bay Chart in the southwest comer. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered to the CYC Bar within the appropriate time limit.

    15.2 For each class, the protest time limit is 60 min. after the last boat in their class has finished the race.

    15.3 Notices will give to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held at the CYC.

    15.4 Notices of protests by the race committee, technical committee or protest committee will be posted to inform boats under RRS 61.1(b).

16 SCORING

    One race is required to be completed to constitute a series.

17 SAFETY REGULATIONS

    17.1 Check-In: Prior to the first start each day, every boat intending to race shall give the RC the boat’s sail number and number of people aboard. Checkins may be by: confirmed radio transmission, cell phone if the RC provides such, or by passing by and hailing the RC at the Winsor dock or aboard a nearby signal boat.

    17.2 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible by contacting the Race Committee on VHF Ch 73 or by phone to RC if the RC provides such.

    17.3 Skippers racing singlehanded must wear a Personal Flotation Device when racing. This changes Rule 40.

18 REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT
    Boats will be permitted to change their declared sail inventory and their PHRF accordingly. They must notify the Racing Committee prior to the start of the first race in the series by leaving the appropriate form at the bar. This handicap and sail inventory must be kept for the entire series. Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless authorized by the race committee. Requests for substitution shall be made to the committee at the first reasonable opportunity.

19 TRASH DISPOSAL

    Trash must be kept on the boat until racing is done and then disposed of properly ashore. See 44 of RS

20 RADIO COMMUNICATION

    20.1 Except in an emergency or check-in by cell phone to the RC, a boat that is racing shall not make voice or data transmissions and shall not receive voice or data communication that is not available to all boats.

    20.2 The race committee will use VHF channel 73 for communication. The Race Committee will make best effort to respond to communications but is not required to respond to transmissions from competitors except to acknowledge retirements, protests or requests for emergency assistance.

21 PRIZES

    21.1 Prizes may be awarded to each yacht placing first, second or third in a race or series of races with at least four boats scored.

    21.2 When fewer than four boats are scored, the prizes may be awarded equal to one less than the number of boats scored.

22 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

    Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority 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.

23 INSURANCE

    Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of $1,000,000 per incident or the equivalent.




 

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