Cohasset Yacht Club, Cohasset, MA July 8th, 2019
GENERAL. The regatta will be governed by rules as defined by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the rules of the Club-420 class, and by these Sailing Instructions.
- LIFE JACKETS. Each competitor shall wear and keep fully secured a Coast Guard-approved PFD at all times while afloat. Whistles attached to the PFDs are required. This amends RRS 40.
- Each boat should have a bowline of adequate length.
- EARLY RETIREMENT. A boat retiring from a race shall notify a Race Committee vessel before leaving the course.
Upon arrival at the racing area, each competitor shall check in with the race committee signaling boat by sailing past the stern on a starboard tack and calling out their sail number before the warning signal of the first race.
NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors will be relayed by a race committee vessel to coaches.
SCHEDULE OF RACES
- 1230 Gather in designated Racing Area
- 1300 Racing Begins
- No Warning Signal after 1530
The racing area is designated by a large red anchor on the course chart provided to competitors prior to race day. Sailors will gather at sea prior to race start near the designated racing area and the stationed race committee boat.
The course will be designated by letters A, B & C displayed from the Race Committee signal boat, and diagrammed on the course chart sent to competitors.
Marks will be large yellow inflatable tetrahedrons, subject to change.
THE START AND FINISH
- Races will be started using the 5-4-1-0 sequence.
- The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the Race Committee boat at the starboard end of the line (looking upwind) and the port-end starting mark.
- Boats finishing more than 30 minutes after the first boat that sails the course finishes will be scored DNF without a hearing. This changes RRS 35, 63.1, A4 and A5
PENALTY SYSTEM AND PROTESTS
10.1. A 2-turn penalty system is in effect.
10.2. In the event of a protest, this regatta, in an attempt to be educational for competitors, will use a “peer protest hearing” format. Both boats involved in the protest will find another competitor to act as a judge, preferably from a neutral club (for a total of two judges) who will hear 90 second arguments from each competitor, up to 1 witness brought up by each involved boat (not including a sailor who was in that boat at the time of the incident) and will be given 3 minutes to deliberate. If a consensus is not reached at the end of the 3 minutes, a neutral coach will be asked to make the final decision.
The Low Point scoring system, RRS Appendix A, shall apply, modified so that no race will be dropped.
Except when rendering assistance to a boat in danger at that boats request or at the request of the Race Committee, coach boats shall stay at least 100 yards outside the racing area from the preparatory signal until all boats have finished.
Trophies will be awarded for the top 3 finishers at the end of the day. The winning boat shall have the name of her skipper and crew engraved on a perpetual trophy to be stored at the Cohasset Yacht Club.