1.   GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

These Sailing Instructions (SIs) apply to all races at CSC unless the Notice of Race specifies otherwise..

1.1 Races will be conducted under the current Racing Rules of Sailing [RRS}, the RYA prescriptions thereto, the relevant Class rules and these Sailing Instructions of Chipstead Sailing Club.

1.2 The schedule of races for the year, quorums, scoring and qualification criteria will be set out in the Club’s Race and Social Programme. Amendments to the Programme will be announced by email to all club members and shown on the club website. The current version on the club website will apply in the event of conflict.

1.3 For Open Meetings entry will be by completing an entry form and paying the appropriate fee. For Club Races eligible boats shall be entered by completing an entry on the Race Management computer. Official communications to competitors will be posted near the course board by the entrance to the clubhouse.

1.4 Any changes to these Sailing Instructions will be displayed near the course board and will be clearly headed ‘Changes to the Sailing Instructions’. No change will normally be made within 20 minutes of the start of a race, but if a change after that time is necessary, it will be signalled by breaking out Flag ‘L’ and by three sound signals. Any permanent change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted near or on the course board for 4 weeks and thereafter displayed on the official notice board in the clubhouse.

1.5 A boat is entirely responsible for her own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility.

1.6 It is for the boat to decide whether she is fit to sail in the conditions in which she will find herself. By launching, the boat confirms that she is fit for those conditions and her crew is competent to sail and compete in them.

1.7 The provision of patrol boats does not relieve a boat of her responsibilities as set out in 1.5 and 1.6

1.8 Boats sailed on the lake must be either registered with the Membership Secretary or have entered an Open meeting being run on that day.

1.9 The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £3,000,000.

1.10         Actions of the organisers do not reduce the responsibility of the boat nor make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however this may have occurred, as a result of the boat sailing at Chipstead SC. The ‘organisers’ encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include the organising authority, the race committee, the race officers and patrol boat crews.

1.11         Everyone engaged in sailing on the lake shall wear an adequate buoyancy aid. Wet or dry suits do not constitute adequate buoyancy.

1.12         Wet or dry suits shall be worn by everyone engaged in sailing on the lake between 25 December and 31 March inclusive.

1.13         Measurement certificates, proof of insurance and valid buoyancy certificates shall be made available, at reasonable notice, for inspection by any club official.

1.14         In Club Handicap and Pursuit races the Yardstick number of competing classes will be as determined by the Sailing Committee. For Open meetings this will generally, but not exclusively, be the RYA published yardstick.

1.15         Supplementary Sailing Instructions (SSIs) may apply to special races as run by the Club or Classes. Such SSIs will be displayed near the course board on the day of the race.

2.   COURSE

2.1 The course and the number of laps will be displayed on the course board not less than 20 minutes before the start of racing.

2.2 Unless otherwise indicated on the course board all marks of the course will be orange buoys painted with a letter, A to K, in black.

2.3 The standard RRS three boat-length rule at marks will apply to all races.

3.   STARTING

3.1 The starting times (or the warning signal time of the starting sequence) of races will be shown on the course board and in no circumstances will they be materially earlier than advertised.

3.2 The starting procedure for Open Meetings will follow RRS 26 with a 5, 4, 1, Go sequence. For all Club races RRS 26 will be amended by raising the Class flag 10 minutes before the start and the Preparatory flag 5 minutes before. Both flags to be removed at the start time. Each event to be accompanied by a single sound.

3.3 Starting and finishing lines will be as indicated on the course board and will be either:

(a)  Club line: The transit of a line through a black and white post and the mast of the race box/starting platform.

(b)  A line between a mark and a mast or staff on the committee boat or shore clearly identified on the course board.

In either case the course board may also prescribe that a mark will be laid at or near the inner (and/or outer) end of the line, in which case the boats shall pass between it and an outer (inner) mark or limit.

3.4 A boat will be deemed as starting if crossing the start line correctly and up to 10 minutes after its designated start time. Late starters must keep clear of boats preparing for the next start.

Starting recalls

3.5 Individual recalls will be made displaying Flag ‘X’ and one sound, as set out in RRS 29.. Recalled boats shall sail completely to the pre-start side of the starting line before starting.

3.6 General recalls will comply with RRS 29.2 except for Club Races where the start for the recalled boats shall be moved to the end of the current starting sequence.

Club restarts will take place 5 minutes after the last start in the original sequence, except for a recall of the last race.

(a)  For a 5 min. club recall sequence:-

The First Substitute flag will be lowered 1 minute before the last start in the original sequence, with the Class and penalty flag raised at the last start time (the P flag stays up)

(b)  In the event of a recall of the last race the restart will be 10 minutes after the originally scheduled start, with the sequence. The First Substitute flag will be lowered 4 minutes after the last start in the original sequence, with the Class, P, and penalty flags being raised one minute later.

Starting penalties

3.7 After a general recall the appropriate RRS 30 signal will apply to the recalled boats. In the case of start lines crossing the entire lake it will not be appropriate to use the ‘round the end’ rule.

4.   FINISHING

4.1 The finishing line will be as defined in 3.3 above.

4.2 A Grand Prix finish will apply for all non-pursuit races .- After the leading boat of a class has finished all class boats will finish when they next cross the finish line at the end of a lap irrespective of whether they have finished the full course. Boats in non-handicap races completing fewer laps will be scored behind those completing more laps. Boats in handicap races will have their times adjusted based on their average lap time.

4.3 If the race is shortened the race will be finished by:

(a)  All boats:- at the next crossing of the prescribed finishing line, after the leading boat has crossed the line ,when continuing to sail the prescribed course (with subsequent finishers completing that lap.), and in the same direction as the start. Display flag S with two sounds.

(b)  By Class:- as (a) but at the next crossing of the prescribed finishing line by the leading boat of a Class. Display flag S and the Class flag with two sounds..

(c)  As above but between the committee boat and a mark of the course. The flags, prescribed above, and the accompanying sound signals, will be shown on the committee boat. (This will not be appropriate for handicap races.)

Time limits

4.4 At the discretion of the Race Officer, if no boat has completed the course within 2 hours of the starting signal of the relevant class, the race will either be deemed void or results will be calculated on the positions at the end of the previously completed lap.

4.5 Boats which have not finished within 30 minutes of the first boat of the relevant Class crossing the finishing line may not be finished and will receive retirement points. The Race Officer can exercise discretion in applying this rule.

5.   PROTESTS

In addition to conforming to the requirements of RRS 61, those wishing to protest must notify the Race Officer of their intention at the earliest opportunity or immediately on coming off the water and confirm the protest to the protestee.  A verbal notification is sufficient. The formal protest form shall be lodged within 30 minutes of the last boat of the relevant race to finish. The protesting boat is responsible to ensure that the Race Officer records the time & date, and signs the protest form on receipt within the prescribed time limit.  Any forms received without this validation will be deemed to have been submitted outside of the prescribed time limit.  Protests will be decided by a Protest Committee appointed by the Race Officer or Sailing Secretary. There is no deposit. For Club Races the Protesting boat is responsible to identify available Protest Committee personnel and advise the OOD. The OOD or Sailing Secretary will then decide who to appoint to the protest committee. any protest should be heard within one month and deemed to have lapsed by declaration deadline time for the Top Dog.

6.   DECLARATION

Retiring boats should sign the declaration sheet.

7.   POST-RACE PENALTIES

7.1 Provided that rule 44.1(b) does not apply, a boat that may have broken one or more rules of Part 2 or rule 31 in an incident may take a Post-Race Penalty at any time after the race until the beginning of a protest hearing involving the incident.

7.2 A Post-Race Penalty is a 30% Scoring Penalty calculated as stated in rule 44.3(c). However, rule 44.1(a) applies.

7.3 A boat takes a Post-Race Penalty by delivering to the arbitrator or a member of the protest committee a written statement that she accepts the penalty and that identifies the race number and where and when the incident occurred.

8.   ARBITRATION

8.1 Arbitration meeting

An arbitration meeting will be held prior to a protest hearing for each incident resulting in a protest by a boat involving one or more rules of Part 2 or rule 31, but only if each party is represented by a person who was on board at the time of the incident. No witnesses will be permitted. However, if the arbitrator decides that rule 44.1(b) may apply or that arbitration is not appropriate, the meeting will not be held, and if a meeting is in progress, it will be closed.

8.2 Arbitrator’s opinion

Based on the evidence given by the representatives, the arbitrator will offer an opinion as to what the protest committee is likely to decide:

(a)  the protest is invalid,

(b)  no boat will be penalized for breaking a rule, or

(c)  one or more boats will be penalized for breaking a rule, identifying the boats and the penalties.

8.3 Arbitration meeting outcomes

After the arbitrator offers an opinion,

(a)  a boat may take a Post-Race Penalty, and

(b)  a boat may ask to withdraw her protest. The arbitrator may then act on behalf of the protest committee in accordance with rule 63.1 to allow the withdrawal.

Unless all protests involving the incident are withdrawn, a protest hearing will be held.

9.   SCORING

9.1 The scoring system will be the RRS Appendix A low points system.

9.2 For RRS Low Point Scoring, points will be awarded as recommended in RRS Appendix A, except that: for Club series the “declared entry” for a race will equal the number of boats racing; the points for a retirement will be the declared entry plus 1; the points for a disqualification will be the declared entry plus 2. Any boat that does not start (DNC; DNS; OCS ) shall not be awarded a score.

Series ties will be broken using RRS A8.1 and A8.2.

10. OBSTRUCTIONS

The following constitute obstructions at which RRS Part 2 Section C rules apply:

(a)  An imaginary circle of radius 10m centred on any angler present anywhere on the lake;

(b)  An imaginary line 10m from the waterline of the island, which is situated to the west of the pontoons;

(c)  An imaginary circle of radius 10m centred on the three buoys at the area of shallow water situated at the western end of the lake.

11. ELIGIBILITY TO RACE

11.1         Only mono hull boats without trapezes are allowed to race.

11.2         Boats eligible to race in Open meetings will be set out in the Notice of Race and subject to the relevant class rules.

11.3         In a club race series spanning more than one day a helm may count races sailed in more than one boat.  In a one-day series any change in boat shall be restricted to the same type/ class.

12. ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER

CSC Top Dog & Mongrel’s Bowl races

12.1         For any Handicap or Fleet Series (including Optimist Points) with 6 or less Series qualifiers then the top three qualifying helms shall sail in the Top Dog Race. For any Handicap or Fleet Series with 7 to 19 qualifiers then the top 4 qualifying helms shall sail in the Top Dog Race. For any Handicap or Fleet series with 20 or more qualifiers then the top 5 qualifying helms shall sail in the Top Dog Race.

12.2         If a helm qualifies in any Fleet Series, but is ineligible to sail in the Top Dog Race according to Rule 12.1 then he/she is permitted to sail in the Mongrel’s Bowl Race in a boat of the same class as they qualified in.

12.3         In a Fleet where a smaller rig is available with a slower handicap, the handicap that shall apply in the Top Dog Race and the Mongrels Bowl shall be that handicap that applies for the full size rig irrespective of the rig chosen on the day.

12.4         Double handed boats are only permitted to sail double handed.

12.5         If a helm qualifies in more than one Handicap or Fleet Series for the Top Dog Race in accordance with Rule 12.1 then he/she shall sail for the qualifying Fleet. If the helm has qualified in more than one Fleet series for the Top Dog race in accordance with Rule 12.1 then he/she shall nominate the qualifying Fleet to be sailed at least 7 days before the Top Dog Race or within 2 days of having qualified if this is within 7 days of the Top Dog Race..

12.6         Pursuant to 12.5, if the helm has not made their nomination by the deadline the Sailing Secretary will decide on behalf of the helm as follows:

(a)  To sail in the Fleet for which he/she has achieved the highest place or, if the same position is achieved in more than one Fleet, then

(b)  To sail in the Fleet for which he/she has completed the greatest number of races or, if the same position and number of races has been sailed in more than one series, then

(c)  To sail in the primary fleet for which he/ she is registered within the Club (NB this will be the class for which the helm undertakes duties).

(d)  If following application of the above criteria, a Fleet is left with less than the allowed number of boats (Rule 12.1) to participate in the Top Dog Race (for whatever reason) then the helm that is next in position in the Fleet Series shall be offered the opportunity to sail as a replacement but he/she shall not be obliged to accept that offer. The offer shall not be extended by more than two positions below the allowed number of boats unless the Handicap or Fleet has lost one or more helms to another Fleet through the application of the above criteria (in which case the number of offers may be increased by the number of boats lost to other Fleets).

(e)  Qualifying Handicap Races are Donald King, Herbert Chase and Sunday AM. Also Commodores Cup.

(f)  Any helm qualified to sail in the Top Dog Race in accordance with Rule 12.1, or is competing as a substitute in the Top Dog, shall not participate in the Mongrel’s Bowl in any Class even if not participating in the Top Dog.

12.7         The position of the first three boats of a class participating in the Top Dog shall count in determining the winning team.

12.8         The position of the first three boats of a fleet or handicap fleet participating in the Mongrel’s Bowl shall count in determining the winning team.

13. NOTES TO COMPETITORS

13.1         Boats not racing (which includes boats awaiting their preparatory signal) shall keep clear of boats racing.(The following do not form part of the Rules, but should be observed nevertheless)

13.2         Boats that have finished shall sail clear of the finishing line without delay.

13.3         Sails shall not be left hoisted on boats moored to the pontoons or standing on the foreshore, which could impede the Race Officer’s view of the sailing area.

13.4         Competitors and club members should make themselves aware of the Club’s bylaws and safety requirements.