Sailing Orders



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All races will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in the Yachting New Zealand Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2013-2016. Between the hours of sunset and sunrise the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and Local Harbour Regulations will apply.

 A boat shall not discharge rubbish into the water.


The YNZ Safety Regulations shall apply.

Keel Boats and Multihulls - Part II Category 5 for inshore racing and Category 4 for Gulf Racing.

Trailer Boats – Part V Category B.

 Skippers are advised that spot checking of safety equipment will be carried out during the season.  Skippers are also advised to monitor VHF channel 77 for racing updates.


Every yacht must fly a pennant on its back stay no smaller than 300mm by 250mm indicating which division it is racing in. If a yacht does not have a back stay, the pennant must be flown from the starboard stay.


Races will generally be run in two divisions, determined by each skipper's choice as to sailing with "extras".  In this context, "extras" includes spinnakers, gennakers and any other sails that aren't directly attached to a load bearing forestay.  Yachts sailing without "extras" may pole out headsails.

 Racing - A division -  Yachts sailing in this division have the option of sailing with "extras" and shall fly a white pennant.

 Racing - B division - yachts not sailing with "extras" in the racing programme will fly a yellow pennant.

Cruising -.  Yachts sailing in the cruising programme shall not set "extras" and shall fly a yellow pennant.  They shall also tow a dinghy.


Unless skippers are otherwise advised the starting area shall be within 100m of the start line. In case of multiple divisions, yachts not within their allocated starting sequence must keep clear of other starts.

 The starting procedure will be in accordance with Rule 26.  i.e.

─ 5 minutes prior to the start of a race the Start flag,( Division flag) is raised, with one sound of the horn.-- 4 minutes before the start, the P flag is raised, with one blast of the horn.

-- 1 minute prior to the start, the P flag is removed, with one blast of the horn.

-- At the start, the division flag is removed, with one blast of the horn, and the race begins.  If there is another division waiting to start a race the starting signal for the first race is the 5 minute signal for the second race and the division flag for that race is flown.  Thereafter the starting procedure is as described above.

 Individual Recall (Rule 29.1): If the Race Committee can identify any boat or boats on the course side of the start line at the starting signal, the Race Committee will display Code Flag X with one sound. The flag will be displayed until all boats infringing have returned or 4 minutes have elapsed.

General Recall (Rule 29.2): If the Race Committee cannot identify all of the boats on the course side of the start line at the start, or there has been an error in the start procedure, the Race Committee may signal a General Recall by displaying the First Substitute Flag with two sounds.

Finish Area: The finish area shall be within 100m of the finish line. Yachts that have finished must keep clear of the area while dropping sails. Yachts must not cross or pass through the finish line after completing the race.

Finish times for races finishing off Martello Rock - if there is not a boat stationed at the finish line to take times, each skipper will be required to take his/her own time. The finish line is between Martello Rock and Kawau Island, based on a transit of the light and the Martello rock pinnacle

Finishes in cruising races other than at Martello - If there is no committee boat on station the skipper of the leading yacht shall take his/her own finish time and remain on station to take the times of following boats.

 Shortened Course: (Rule 32.2)

If the Race Committee signals a shortened course with Flag S and two sound signals, the finish line shall be at a rounding mark, between the mark and the staff on the committee boat displaying Flag S.

 Abandoned/Cancelled Race: In the event of a decision to abandon/cancel a race, flag N over A will be displayed on the flagstaff no less than 2 hours prior to the scheduled start.  Every effort will also be made to communicate with skippers directly via telephone or txt message.

Mark Foy Starts: All competing yachts will be allocated a starting time prior to the race.  Skippers will be advised of their individual starting times.

Cruising Destination Races: Yachts participating in these events must tow a dinghy and shall not fly extras.  If a dinghy is not towed a 2.5% penalty is applied to the elapsed time.  If an extra is flown a 5% penalty is applied to the elapsed time.  These penalties are cumulative i.e. if extras are flown and a dinghy is not towed the time penalty is 7.5%.

Ladies Races: Yachts must be helmed by a female but may be crewed by females and/or males.  The RO will advise if each race is “Restricted” or not and starting procedure no less than 48 hours before each Ladies Race.

Racing Insurance: All yacht owners are strongly encouraged  to ensure that their vessel has full competitive racing insurance, or at least third party coverage.

Disclaimer of Liability: Competitors participating in any yacht race do so entirely at their own risk.  The organising authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after participation.

Series Scoring: The Low Points Scoring System of RRS Appendix A & A9 will apply.

Friday Rum Race Series and Winter Series:

4 races are required to be completed to constitute a series.(Friday Night Rum Races Pre-Xmas & Post Xmas).

a)      When fewer than 6 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

b)      When 6 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

Summer Series:

4 races are required to be completed to constitute a series.

a)     When fewer than 6 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

b)     When 6 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

2 Handed Series:

A boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.  IE No discards

Time Limits:

Friday Night Rum Race              2100 hrs

Summer Series Races               1900 hrs

Winter Series Races                  1600 hrs

Boats not finishing within the time limit defined will be scored Did Not Finish.  This changes RRS rules 35 and A4.1.



The sailing calendar sets out a cruising programme.  This comprises passage races from a start (usually off Algies Bay) to a defined finish line near an overnight anchorage.  Participants gather on shore in the late afternoon for a BBQ and prize giving.  The programme includes fun events such as a Le Mans race, a pre Xmas breakfast etc, and is hoping to offer prizes for the largest fish caught, oldest/youngest skipper, linking up with junior sailors from Algies Bay at Kawau  etc.  Other events of interest to cruising sailors may also be organised from time to time such as a group trip up the river to Warkworth etc.  Courses are as indicated in the calendar unless otherwise changed because of weather or other circumstances, as advised to participants by the Race Officer on Channel 77.

The Club will establish an email list of entrants and potential entrants in the cruising series and will maintain a regular communication about upcoming cruising events.  The fortnightly emailed Club newsletter will be a major part of the communication network.  Conway Stewart is the first point of contact for cruisers.  His phone number is 425 5892

The "cruisers" welcome all Club members to join in the social events on the beach at the end of the cruising races.