Centerboard Sailing Instructions

The Organising Authority is Sandspit Yacht Club Centreboard Division.



The regatta will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008.

If there is any conflict between the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions, then the Sailing Instructions take precedence.

1.2 The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations Part 1
For all classes
(a) If flag Q displayed before or with the preparatory signal or at a rounding mark means “after starting or rounding the nearby mark, rule 42 is varied in that, except on a beat to windward, pumping, rocking and ooching are permitted”.

Flag R displayed at a rounding mark means “after rounding the nearby mark, rule 42 is no longer varied. When flag Q or flag R is displayed at a rounding mark it shall be accompanied repetitive sound signals.

1.4 A boat shall not discharge trash in the water.
1.5 Club racing may be coached, with the exception of the club championships

2.0 Notices to Competitors

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located in the clubhouse

3.0 Changes to Sailing Instructions

Any change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted before 0900 hours on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 1600 hours on the day before it will take effect.

4.0 Signals Made Ashore
4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed at the club house
4.2 When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 30 minutes’ in race signal, AP. When flag AP over flag B is displayed boats shall not go afloat.

5.0 Schedule of Races
5.1 Two races are scheduled each club day for the series, when sprint racing or other rapid racing formats are used, points for the day will credit as if there were two races for that day
5.2 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1330
5.3 The warning signal for a subsequent race for a class or group on the same day will be made as soon as practicable but not sooner than 5 minutes after the last boat finishes the previous race for that class or group.

6.0 Class Flags
Class flags will be class insignia on a white background

7.0 Racing Areas

The racing area is the waters of Kawau Bay

8.0 The Courses
8.1 The courses shall be trapezoid, olympic or windward leeward.

9.0 The Start
9.1 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the starting mark at the starboard end and the port-end starting mark.
9.2 Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area.

10.0 Change of the Position of the Next Mark

To change the position of the next mark, the race committee will move the original mark (or the finishing line) to a new position. The change will be signalled before the leading boat has begun the leg, although the mark may not yet be in the new position. Any mark to be rounded after rounding the moved mark may be relocated without further signalling to maintain the course configuration

11.0 The Finish

The finishing line will be described at the pre race briefing

12.0 Protests and Requests for Redress
12.1 Immediately after finishing a boat intending to protest shall, in addition to the requirements of rule 61.1(a), inform the race committee at the finishing line of her intention to protest and the identity of the boat(s) protested against. The protesting boat must receive an acknowledgement from the race committee. This changes rule 61.
12.2 Protest forms are available at the race office. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.
12.3 The protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat in its class has finished the last race of the day. The same protest time limit applies to all protests by the race committee and to requests for redress. This changes rules 61.3 and 62.2.

13.0 Scoring
13.1 The Low Point scoring system of Appendix A will apply.
13.2 6 races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
13.3 (a) When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

(b) When from 6 to 11 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

(c) When 12 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores.
13.4 Sailors in the club points series who are required to perform race officer or patrol boat duties on racing days will receive redress in the ratio of one redress claim for a days racing missed for each three race days completed. Race days used will be the three prior to the duty day when possible, but no race day will be counted twice.

14.0 Safety Regulations
14.1 Boats shall sign on before going afloat and sign out after being afloat.
14.2 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.

15.0 Equipment and Measurement Checks

A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions. On the water, a boat can be instructed by a race committee measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.

16.0 Disclaimer of Liability

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. 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 the regatta.