DELAVAN LAKE YACHT CLUB

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 2020

(revised Feb. 2020)  

1. RULES

1.1 The races will be governed by the “rules” as defined in the current Racing Rules of Sailing, hereafter referred to as 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. (see RRS G2)

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

2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located inside DLYC.

3. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

3.1 Any change to the sailing instructions or schedule of races will 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 will 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 will be made not less than 30 minutes after flag AP is lowered.

4.3 Regardless of signals made, it is recommended that competitors use their sail flotation panels, wear life jackets and 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 boat or person is in danger may continue racing after help is received. This alters RRS 41. Situations eligible for outside help include (but are not limited to): a person overboard, a boat capsized, a boat damaged after a collision, or 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/her membership dues and (if applicable) storage fees 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 the case of extreme emergency, such as an incapacitated helmsperson, a non-eligible person may act as helmsperson.  

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

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

5.4 For special races such as Uncle Elmer’s etc., boats of all classes will be allowed to participate.

6. SCHEDULE OF RACES

6.1 The fleet race schedules will be posted on the official notice board. They may also appear in the DLYC yearbook and on the DLYC website. 

The racing schedule is as follows:

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

The racing schedule is as follows:

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 will be made no later than 11 a.m. Otherwise all Flying Scot and E races for the day will be abandoned. The first fleet warning signal for the second race of the day will be made no later than 12 p.m. noon. Otherwise the Flying Scot and E second race will be abandoned.    

7. CLASS FLAGS

7.1 The race committee will make every effort to use flags with the logo of each class as its “Class Flag”.  

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 races will be posted on the official notice board.  All marks are to be left to port. 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 will 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 will display the course to be sailed for each fleet in terms of 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 will not be shortened. This changes RRS 32.

10. MARKS

10.1 Marks will be orange and/or yellow inflatable buoys unless otherwise specified. Offset marks may be similar or smaller.

11. THE START

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

11.2 Races will be started using RRS 26. The DLYC race committee will not institute the use of the P Flag.

11.3 The starting line will 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 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 will be scored DNS by the race committee without a hearing. This changes RRS A4 and A5.

11.6 Boats sailing in the final five minutes before their class starting signal shall be avoided by boats of other classes.

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 will 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 will 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 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 protest or redress.

13.3 If the race committee vessel or designated helper vessel 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.

14. PENALTY SYSTEM

14.1 One- or two-turn penalties to be taken at the time of an incident may 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 only, a boat may take a one-turn penalty when she may have broken one or more rules 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 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 will be scored TLE “Time Limit Expired.” This modifies RRS 35, A4.1 and A11. A boat scored TLE will 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 will not exceed one place more 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 race course shall notify the race committee at the first reasonable opportunity.

16. PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

16.1 Forms are available on the official notice board for protests and requests for redress. 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 protests and requests for redress received will be posted on the official notice board by the DLYC Chief Judge.  The DLYC Chief Judge will 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 etc., protests must be submitted within the time limit stated in 16.1 to the race officer of the day who will appoint a jury to hear the protests immediately after the race. The DLYC Chief Judge will advise the jury if asked to do so.

17. SCORING

17.1 The Low Point Scoring System of RRS Appendix A will be used for all DLYC championship races.  Appendix A9 will also apply. (note: A9 modifies A4.2) In addition, for DLYC championship races A9 is modified to read that a boat that does not come to the starting area will be scored points for a finishing place one more than the number of boats in that fleet that came to the starting area during the series. Appendix A6 also applies with regards to scoring. SI 15.3 previously describes the scoring procedure for TLE. The awarding of perpetual trophies, if applicable, will be based on the adjusted race scores.

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. In addition, RRS 90.3(a) will 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 will be posted on the official notice board and may appear on the DLYC website.

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

17.6 If a boat does not compete in a DLYC championship series race/races due to the helmsperson competing in a race or regatta on another body of water (or has children competing in 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” should be awarded for the race/races missed. The official scorer must be notified in writing or by email before 0800 on the day before the race/races that will be missed. The request must include the following: the class of boat, sail number and date of the race/races that will be missed. A boat may be awarded “average points” a maximum of three dates during the DLYC race season. Once a request has been made, it cannot be rescinded or reused.

18. RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

18.1 All boats in all fleets are asked to have a working VHF radio on board tuned to race committee transmissions intended for all boats in that fleet. A cell phone may be used for emergency purposes only.

18.2 The race committee may communicate to the fleets via radio the race course, direction, distance, starting sequence, starting times or other pertinent information. It may also communicate change of course and in certain conditions notify competitors to seek safe harbor.

18.3 The radio channel for competitors and radio channel for race committee will be posted on the official notice board.

18.4 It is beneficial for other helper vessels spectating during races to also carry a radio tuned to race committee transmissions and a cellphone if possible.

19.TROPHIES

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

19.2 If a race is cancelled, the trophy will 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 trophy presentation.

20. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

20.1 Competitors participate in DLYC races 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 race season.