The regattas will be governed by the 'rules' as defined in ISAF Rules of Sailing (2013-2016).
Competitors should note that Cotswold Sailing Club implement the RYA Racing Charter and that they will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter, which can be found at the front of the RYA rule book (Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016), or at www.rya.org.uk/racing/charter.
Notices to Competitors
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board(s) located at Cotswold Sailing Club.
Changes to Sailing Instructions
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted as least 30 minutes before the first race or announced during the briefing.
Schedule of Races
Racing is scheduled as follows: Please see the Cotswold Sailing Club (CSC) Sailing Calendar. (This can be found on the official notice board in the club house, in the club's newsletter or on the club's website).
The numbers of races scheduled are as follows: Please see the Cotswold Sailing Club (CSC) Sailing Calendar and official notice board for information on each race
The scheduled time of the warning signal will be as stated in the CSC Sailing Calendar, or official notice board.
Class flags will be:
A diagram of the racing/sailing area can be found adjacent to the main notice board inside CSC's clubhouse.
The diagrams showing the courses will be displayed in the Club House, including the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left. (The approximate course length will be 1 hour for the first boat, or as otherwise indicated in the sailing calendar or official notice board).
Marks 1 - 10 will be Large Red Buoys, displaying the appropriate number. A large round black mark designated "Windward Mark (WM)" may also be used as a mark of the course as detailed on the course board.
The starting and finishing marks will be Yellow Round Marks, or as otherwise specified by the race officer.
Races will be started as follows: The start will be as per Rule 26.
(If a second start is scheduled, e.g. for the slow fleet, their class flag will be hoisted as the first fleets class flag is lowered. This will therefore be the start for the first fleet and the warning signal for the second fleet).
Individual and general recalls will be signalled as per Rules 29.2 (X Flag and 1 sound) and 29.3 (First Substitute with 2 sounds).
The starting line will be between the port-end starting mark and the Mast on the Committee boat. Boats must pass between both outer and inner distance starting marks, or as otherwise specified by the Race Officer from time to time.
Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area.
At the discretion of the Race Officer flags may not be used, adopting instead only sound signals, this should be stated on the course board.
The finishing line for normal handicap racing will be between the port-end starting mark and the Mast on the Committee boat. Boats must pass between both outer and inner distance starting marks, or as otherwise specified by the Race Officer from time to time.
Shortened course will be signalled as per Rule 32.2. (S Flag and 2 sounds). At the discretion of the Race Officer flags may not be used, adopting instead only sound signals, this should be stated on the course board.
Pursuit races will be finished once the predetermined amount of time has elapsed (60 minute or 90 minutes), as specified in the sailing calendar. Boats will be scored according to their positions at the time of the finishing signal. Competitors are required to remain in the same order following the finishing signal and to remember the boat directly in front and behind of them. Should any confusion arise as to the finishing positions of each boat, all competitors will be asked to line up in front of the clubhouse in the order they were in on at the time of the finishing signal. Positions will then be awarded accordingly.
As provided in rule 67, the protest committee may, without a hearing, penalize a boat that has broken rule 42.
Boats failing to finish within 30 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish. This changes rules 35 and A4.1. (The time limit can be applied at the discretion of the Race Officer depending on the classes being sailed and the changes in wind conditions during the race).
Protests and Requests for Redress
Protest forms are available at the race office. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.
For each class, the protest time limit is 30 minutes after the last boat has finished the race for which the protest applies. (The same protest time limit applies to all protests by the race committee and protest committee and to requests for redress). This changes rules 61.3 and 62.2.
Handicap numbers for CSC club racing will be based on the RYA Portsmounth Yardstick Numbers as published for 2007. A handicap number sheet will be made available in the clubhouse giving both PY numbers and pursuit race start numbers for each class. If a class sailed at CSC is not listed by the RYA PY number scheme an appropriate handicap number will be allocated and given on the handicap sheet in the clubhouse.
Calculation of Results
Corrected times will be calculated based on each boats finishing time and handicap number, as follows:
Correct Time = (Elapsed Time* x 1000) / PY Number
* Elapsed time will be the boats finishing time in seconds. Corrected times will be averaged for those boats who have not completed the full number of laps as follows:
Lap Corrected Time = (Correct Time x Full Race Laps) / Completed Laps
Corrected times will be divided by the number of laps completed and multiplied by the number of laps completed by the maximum number of laps completed.
Number of Races to Count
In a series of three or more races the number of qualifying races will be the total number of races actually sailed in the series divided by 2, +1 then rounded down to the nearest number, for example : 11 races sailed. Divide by 2 = 5.5, +1 = 6.5, rounded down = 6. So in this example the number of races to be sailed to qualify is 6.
The Low Point scoring system of Appendix A will apply.
3 races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.
All competitors afloat shall wear suitable life-jackets or buoyancy aids at all times when racing.
Equipment and Measurement Checks
A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions.
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.
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 per event or the equivalent.