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DELAVAN LAKE YACHT CLUB

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 2022

 

(revised March 7, 2022)  

 

1.   RULES

1.1.      The races shall be governed by the “rules” as defined in the current Racing Rules of Sailing, hereafter referred to as the RRS.

1.2.      Compliance with State of Wisconsin boat registration and other regulations is the responsibility of the boat owner.

1.3.      In addition to jibs approved under NCESA scantling rule Article V1.3c, E boats competing in DLYC championship races may use jibs with the original dimensions that were used in the club when headstay foils were introduced.

1.4.      When racing, boats shall carry identification on their mainsails as follows: Flying Scot and MC the hull number; E, C, and X the letter D and a number.

1.5.      The DLYC Chief Judge shall serve as the technical committee as described in RRS 92.

1.6.      Arbitration – Appendix shall apply.


2.   NOTICE TO COMPETITORS

2.1.      Notices to competitors and the DLYC Sailing Instructions shall be posted on the Official Notice Board located inside DLYC. This shall meet the requirements of RRS 25.1.


3.   CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

3.1.      Any change to the Sailing Instructions or schedule of races shall be posted on the Official Notice Board before 1700 on the day before it will take effect.


4.   SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

4.1.      Signals made ashore shall be displayed on the race committee vessel or in the vicinity of the DLYC flagpole.

4.2.      When flag AP is displayed ashore, the warning signal shall be made not less than 30 minutes after AP is lowered.

4.3.      Regardless of signals made, competitors bear the responsibility for deciding whether to use sail flotation panels, wear life jackets or take other safety precautions taking into consideration wind velocity, water temperature and other conditions.

4.4.      A boat that is racing and receives help from an outside source when the boa or person is in danger may continue racing after help is received. This alters RRS41. Situations eligible for outside help include (but not limited to): a person overboard, a boat capsized, a boat damaged after a collision, a person who is ill or injured.


5.   ELIGIBILITY

5.1.      No one shall act as a helmsperson or substitute helmsperson in DLYC championship races unless his or her membership dues for the current season have been paid in full or other arrangements have been made with the Board and complied with by the member. In case of extreme emergency, such as an incapacitated helmsperson, a non-eligible person may act as helmsperson.

5.2.      A boat is not eligible to be scored unless its storage fees (if applicable) for the current season have been paid in full or other arrangements have been made with the Board and complied with by the boat owner.

5.3.      Members of the club include: regular members, family members, single members, senior members, lifetime members and honorary members.

5.4.      Classes sanctioned by DLYC for championship races are: X, MC, C, E, and Flying Scots.

5.5.      For special races such as the Uncle Elmer’s, Wallen All-Sail etc., boats of all classes shall be allowed to participate.


6.   SCHEDULE OF RACES

6.1.      The fleet race schedule shall be posted on the Official Notice Board. They may also appear in the DLYC yearbook and on the DLYC website.

 

The race schedule shall be:

           C warning signal Sat. 9 a.m.

           MC warning signal Sat. 9:05 a.m.

           X warning signal Sat. 9:10 a.m.

           **these times are for the first race of the day

          **the warning signal times and sequence of fleets for the second race of the day is at the discretion of the race committee

 

The first fleet warning signal for the first race of the day shall be made no later than 11a.m. Otherwise all C, MC and X races for the day shall be abandoned. The first fleet warning signal for the second race of the day shall be made no later than 12 p.m. noon. Otherwise, the C, MC, and X second race shall be abandoned.

 

Flying Scot warning signal Sun. 9:15 a.m.

E warning signal Sun. 9:30 a.m.

**these times are for the first race of the day

**the warning signal times and sequence of fleets for the second race of the day is at the discretion of the race committee

 

The first fleet warning signal for the first race of the day shall be made no later than 11 a.m. Otherwise all Flying Scot and E races for the day shall be abandoned.

The first fleet warning signal for the second race of the day shall be made no later than 12 p.m. noon. Otherwise, the Flying Scot and E second race shall be abandoned.

 

7.   CLASS FLAGS

7.1.      “Class flags” shall be the class logo on a white field.


8.   RACING AREA

8.1.      The racing area is the navigable waters of Delavan Lake.


9.   THE COURSES

9.1.      course diagrams for championship series shall be posted on the Official Notice Board. The race committee or designated helper vessel may set an offset mark to be rounded after rounding the windward mark. Lack of an offset mark is not grounds for protest or redress. The race committee or designated helper vessel may elect to set more than one leeward mark, creating different length legs to windward. For classes Flying Scot and E, the race committee or designated helper vessel may elect to set two marks creating a leeward mark gate. In that case, boats shall pass between the marks of the gate from the direction of the previous mark and then shall round either gate mark at her discretion. If one gate mark is missing, the remaining gate mark shall be left to port.

9.2.      No later than the preparatory signal for a fleet, the race committee vessel shall display the course to be sailed for each fleet in terms of the number of windward legs to be sailed, whether the finish is to windward or to leeward, and whether there is an offset mark.

9.3.      After the starting signal for the first fleet to start, courses shall not be shortened. This changes RRS 32.


10.        MARKS

10.1.  Marks shall be orange or yellow inflatable buoys. Offset marks may be similar, or smaller orange or yellow inflatable buoys.


11.        THE START

11.1.  The starting area is defined as approximately 50 yards from the starting line in either direction.

11.2.  Races shall be starting using RRS 26.

11.3.  The starting line shall be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the race committee vessel at the starboard end and the course side of the port end starting mark or another staff with an orange flag displayed on a race committee vessel or designated helper vessel.

11.4.  The race committee may institute RRS 30.1, 30.2, 30.3, or 30.4 at its discretion for any start.

11.5.  A boat starting later than 10 minutes after her starting signal shall be scored DNS by the race committee without a hearing. This changes RRS A4 and A5.


12.        CHANGE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE

12.1.  To change the next leg of the course, the race committee vessel or designated helper vessel shall move the original mark (or finish line) to a new position. Any mark to be rounded after rounding the moved mark may be relocated without further signaling to maintain the course configuration.


13.        THE FINISH

13.1.  The finish line shall be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the race committee vessel or designated helper vessel at the starboard end and the course side of the port end finish mark or another staff with an orange flag displayed from a race committee vessel or designated helper vessel.

13.2.  The race committee or designated helper vessel may make a sound signal when the first-place boat in each fleet finishes. Absence of a sound signal is not grounds for a protest or redress.

13.3.  If the race committee vessel or designated helper vessel is absent when a boat finishes, she shall report her finish time and her position in relation to nearby boats to the race committee at the first reasonable opportunity.


14.        PENALTY SYSTEM

14.1.  One- or two-time penalties to be taken at the time of an incident shall be taken according to the class rules of the boat doing the turns. This changes RRS 44.1.

14.2.  In class E and C, a boat may take a One-turn Penalty when she may have broken a rule of RRS Part 2 in an incident while racing.


15.        TIME LIMITS

15.1.  The time limit for all fleets is 2 hours from the starting signal for that fleet until the lead boat finishes.

15.2.  If the first boat in each fleet are does not pass the first mark within 30 minutes after her starting signal, the race committee may consider abandoning the race for that fleet.

15.3.  When boats of a fleet are still racing 20 minutes after the first boat in her fleet finishes, each remaining boat shall be scored TLE “Time Limit Expired”. This modifies RRS 35, A4, and A10. A boat scored TLE shall be given points for two places more than the final boat in her fleet to finish within 20 minutes of the leader. Points given for TLE shall not exceed one more place than the number of boats in that fleet that came to the starting area during the series.

15.4.  A boat that retires and/or leaves the racecourse shall notify the race committee at the first reasonable opportunity.


16.        PROTEST AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

16.1.  Hearing request forms may be available on the Official Notice Board. Forms are also available online through US Sailing. The completed form shall be placed on the Official Notice Board within one hour after the race committee vessel docks on the day in question. A list of hearing request forms received shall be posted on the Official Notice Board by the DLYC Chief Judge. The DLYC Chief Judge shall post the dates, times, and locations of all hearings on the Official Notice Board.

16.2.  The same time limit stated in 16.1 applies to all protests by the race committee, protest committee or technical committee. This changes RRS 61.3 and 62.2

16.3.  For special races such as Uncle Elmer’s, Wallen All-Sail etc., hearing request forms must be submitted within the time limit stated in 16.1 to the race officer of the day who shall appoint a jury to hear them immediately after the race. The DLYC Chief Judge shall advise the jury if asked to do so.


17.        SCORING

17.1.  Scoring shall be in accordance with RRS Appendix A. the Low Point Scoring System of RRS Appendix A shall be used for all DLYC Championship Races. Appendix A5.3 shall be used to score the Championship Series.

17.2.  A race cannot be held for a fleet unless at least two boats of that fleet are in the starting area at the fleet’s preparatory signal. RRS 90.3(a) will also apply.

17.3.  One race is required to be completed by a fleet in order to constitute a Championship Series for that fleet.

17.4.  Race results shall be posted on the DLYC website and may be posted on the Official Notice Board.

17.5.  When fewer than six races have been completed by a fleet a boat’s series score shall be the total of her race scores. When six or more races have been completed, a boat’s worst score shall be thrown out as follows: one throw-out for every six races completed.

17.6.  If a boat does not complete in the DLYC Championship race/races due to the helmsperson competing in a race or regatta on another body of water (or has children competing in a class X or IOD on another body of water) that boat may be awarded “average points” for the race/races missed. “Average points” means points equal to the average, to the nearest tenth of a point (0.05 to be rounded upward) of her points in all the races in the series except the race/races in question. The helmsperson or a representative of the boat is responsible for notifying the Official Scorer that “average points” are responsible for notifying the Official Scorer that “average point” are requested for the race/races missed. The request must be made to the Official Scorer in writing or by email before 1800 on the Wednesday before the race/races that will be missed. A boat may be awarded “average points” a maximum of the three dates during the DLYC race season. Once a request has been made, it cannot be rescinded or reused.


18.        RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

18.1.   It is recommended that all boats in all fleets and support vessels have a working VHF radio on board tuned to the race committee communications channel and a cell phone that may be used for emergency purposes.

18.2.  The race committee may communicate to the fleets via radio the racecourse, direction, distance, starting sequence, starting times, change of course or other pertinent information.

18.3.  The radio channel for competitors and radio channel for race committee shall be posted on the Official Notice Board.

18.4.  The race committee may display code flag V in relation to RRS 37.


19.        TROPHIES – As discussed at the March Skippers/RC meeting 19.1, 19.2, and 19.3 will not be in effect for the 2022 racing season. Trophies will be awarded at the discretion of the Trophy Committee.

19.1.  The DLYC race schedule may include the scheduling of any perpetual trophies.

19.2.  If a race is cancelled, the trophy may be assigned to the next race that does not have a trophy assigned.

19.3.  It is the trophy winner’s responsibility to maintain perpetual trophies and return them in a clean and polished condition to DLYC well in advance of the annual presentation.


20.        DISLCAIMER OF LIABILITY

20.1.  Competitors participate in DLYC races entirely at their own risk. See RRS 3, Decision to Race. The organizing authority shall not accept liability for material damage or personal injury, or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during, or after the race season.