Adult Sailing NOR & SI

Norwalk Yacht Club
2017 Adult Sailing Program

Thursday Evening Series
May 25 - September 21

Sunday Spinnaker Series
June 4 - September 24

Combined Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions

1.  RULES

The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing as modified by these instructions below.

2.  ENTERING A DAY OF RACING

2.1  RESERVATIONS

Any Adult Sailing Program participant member may sign up for a racing day over the phone, in person, or at the Skippers Meeting (see 2.2 Skippers Meeting Registration below). Skippers with crew may sign up for Thursday Evening Series sessions at any time after 1200 Tuesday and for the Sunday Spinnaker Series at any time after 1200 Friday. Call the Club at 203-614-9726 to make a reservation, or sign up in person with the reservation book. Confirmed reservations must be claimed at the Skipper's Meeting.  If a boat reservation remains unclaimed at the Skipper's Meeting, skippers and crew who are on hand are free to use the boat.

2.2  SKIPPERS MEETING REGISTRATION

Any skippers and crew who have not previously made a reservation to participate as a team shall be matched into teams by the Adult Sailing Committee (the Organizing Authority) at the Skipper's Meeting. Should there be an odd number of participants, the odd sailor may sail single-hand or rotate into position with another team.  The Adult Sailing Committee will attempt to accommodate the wishes of the parties involved based on their sailing experience and weather conditions.

2.3  BOAT ASSIGNMENT

Boats will be randomly assigned to all participants at the Skippers Meeting. If there are not enough boats, up to six excess participants will start the sailing day on the Race Committee boat. Teams will rotate onto other boats and replace the original teams of those boats, as determined by the Race Committee. If there are more participants than can race that day the Adult Sailing Committee shall determine who will race.

A skipper may sail with a crew who is not a participant member only if there is a boat available without putting excess participants on the Racing Committee boat.

2.4  MINIMUM BOATS TO RACE

There must be a minimum of three boats who plan to sail on a given day before the

Race Committee will conduct a race.

3.  NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located on the Club conference room window.

4.  EQUIPMENT

Racing will be held using the NYC owned and maintained Ideal 18 boats.

As Club-owned boats are being used, all skippers should be familiar with Rule 14 (Avoiding Contact).  All contact that may have resulted in damage shall be reported via a Possible Damage Report in the reservation book at the end of the racing day. Rule 14 is not being modified in any way; a penalty is assessed for contact only if there is damage or injury.

On Thursdays, working sails (main and jib) alone will be used.

Spinnakers may be used for Sunday racing.

5.  SCHEDULE

An informal Skippers Meeting shall be held at 1745 on Thursdays and 1445 on Sundays to assign skippers, crew, and boats.  Harbor Start will be 1800 on Thursdays and 1500 on Sundays. The warning signal for the first race will be as soon as practicable thereafter.  As the season progresses, the Thursday night racing timetable will be moved forward as determined by the Organizing Authority.

6.  RACING AREA

The racing area will generally be South of the anchorage and Wilson Cove.

7.  COURSE AND MARKS

A modified windward-leeward course will be used with the start/finish line located approximately 1/3 of the distance from the leeward mark to the windward mark.  Marks shall be orange balls.  Competitors need circle the course only once.  The Race Committee reserves the right to modify the course to suit conditions and will make a verbal announcement (hail) the participant as to the course changes.

8.  STARTING AND FINISHING LINES

8.1  The start and finish lines will be between the start/finish line mark and the Race Committee member on the committee boat.  The Race Committee reserves the right to modify the start and finish lines to suit conditions

8.2  The three minute Sound Signal Starting System of Appendix S of the Rules shall be used, as described below.

3 minutes = 3 long blasts

2 minutes = 2 long blasts

1.5 minutes = 1 long and 3 short blasts

1 minute = 1 long blast

30 seconds = 3 short blasts

20 seconds = 2 short blasts

10 seconds = 1 short blast

5-1 seconds = 5 short blasts

START = 1 very long blast

8.3  Rule 30.1 (I Flag Rule, i.e. round-the-ends rule) is modified to replace Flag I with a verbal announcement (hail) from the race committee.

8.4  Rules 30.3 (Z Flag Rule, i.e., 20% penalty rule) and 30.3 (Black Flag Rule, i.e. disqualification rule) are deleted.

9.  PROTESTS

It is the Adult Sailing Committee's intention to foster friendly competition and discussion of issues between boats, should a protest occur, the following procedures shall apply.

The protesting boat shall inform the Race Committee of her intent to protest as soon as possible after the completion of the race. Protests are heard in approximately the order of receipt as immediately after the days racing. All protests shall be discussed among the sailing participants present at that time. If the protestee does not stay for the discussion, the discussion will proceed without them.

Decisions of the sailing participants there that day may be appealed to the NYC Protest Committee provided that the intention to protest is told to The Adult Sailing Committee member present at the discussion and the party files a formal written protest within seven days.

For all required penalty turns Rules 44.1 (Taking a Penalty) and 44.2 (One-Turn and Two-Turns Penalties) are modified such that only one turn, including one tack and one gybe, is required for the alternate penalty.

10.  SCORING

The Low Point Scoring System described in Appendix A will be used, except as modified by these Instructions.

Skippers that do not compete in that race (DNC) will not be scored.

Each sailing day will be scored as an individual event and will be combined to determine monthly series and seasonal results for 2013.  Results for May will be combined with June results for the June series, and September results will be combined with August for the August series.

10.1  RACES TO COUNT AND MINIMUM REQUIRED

To qualify for inclusion in the final series results and be eligible for a trophy in a monthly series or the seasonal series an individual skipper shall compete in at least 30 percent of the races completed.

10.2  SERIES SCORES

The Series score for each individual skipper will be the sum of his/her race scores divided by the number of races for which he/she is scored.  The qualified individual skipper with the lowest Series score is the winner, and others are ranked accordingly.

11.  PRIZES

Trophies or other prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall for the Series and 1st place for each monthly Series.

12.  DISCLAMER OF LIABILITY

Participants participate in the Series entirely at the own risk. See Rule 4 Decision to Race. The Adult Sailing Committee and the Race Committee will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during or after the racing activity.