CCSC Sailing Instructions
The Organising Authority is the Cairn Curran Sailing Club Inc.
The relevant State and Federal guidelines for recreational sport and the relevant COVID Safe Plan applicable at the time will take precedence to these instructions. For example, location of course board, signing on/off or protest forms and hearings may be moved on line.
The event will be governed by the current World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the relevant Class Rules and the Prescriptions and Special Regulations of the Australian Sailing, except as any of these are changed by the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions. Australian Sailing Special Regulations, Part 2, Off The Beach Boats will apply.
2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located at the Cairn Curran Sailing Club.
3. CHANGES IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
4. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the Club flagstaff.
4.2 When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with
‘not less than 30 minutes’ in race signal AP.
5. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5.1 Races are scheduled according to the 2021/22 CCSC Sailing Program.
5.2 Unless otherwise stated, the time of the Warning Signal for the first start shall be 14:25 hrs.
5.3 When more than one race will be held on the same day, the warning signal for each succeeding race will be made as soon as practicable.
5.4 To alert boats that a race or sequence of races will begin soon, the Postponement signal may be displayed for at least one minute before a warning signal is displayed.
6. DIVISION FLAGS
Division flags, yardstick and course shall be displayed one hour before each start on or near the notice board.
Division 1 All Monohulls above 118.5
Division 2 Monohulls 118.5 and below
Division 3 Catamarans
Division 4 Spare Numeral pennant FOUR
Division 5 Juniors/Rookie
Or variations to the above that are approved
by the Sailing Committee. Variations can include
7. RACING AREA
The racing area shall be on Cairn Curran Reservoir.
8.1 The course board is located outside and adjacent the CCSC race office.
8.2 The course, number and sequence of laps will be displayed on the course board, not less than 30 minutes before the first start.
8.3 Club Championship races. All divisions will sail the same course with a common finish. Times for Club Championship will be taken at this finish for all boats.
8.4 Additional laps, to be completed after the Club Championship finish, may be allocated for some divisions. Finish times taken, after the additional laps if specified, will count for a specified club aggregate or trophy race, but not a Club Championship race.
8.5 In the case of divisions not allotted with additional laps the Club Championship finish time will also be used for the specified club aggregate or trophy race.
Marks will be inflatable buoys.
10. THE START
10.1 Races shall be started by using the following signals.Times shall be taken from the visual signals; the absence of a sound signal shall be disregarded.
10.2 Races will be started in accordance with Rule 26, and amended as follows:
10.3 The warning signal for each succeeding class shall be made with or after the starting signal of the preceding class.
10.4 The starting line will be an imaginary line between the flag pole on the committee vessel (Starboard end) and the start mark (Port end). The start mark may be a mark of the course.
10.5 All boats whose preparatory signal has not been made, shall keep clear of the starting area.
10.6 A boat that crosses the starting line more than ten minutes after its starting signal will be scored DNS (Did Not Start). (amends RRS 26)
11. SHORTENED COURSE.
11.1 After the starting signal, the race committee may shorten the course (display flag S with two sounds) or abandon the race (display flag N, N over H, or N over A, with three sounds).
11.2 Code flag ” S ” with the appropriate division flag(s) will be flown and TWO sound signals may be given as the lead boat approaches the mark. After she rounds the mark, she shall sail directly to the finish.
12. THE FINISH
12.1 The finish line will be as shown on the course board.
12.2 Except for Club Championship courses, where a division has been allocated additional laps, a boat shall only cross the finish line if the course has been completed correctly and all rules complied with.
12.3 All boats failing to complete the course in accordance with the sailing instructions shall be deemed DNF. (amends RRS 28.1)
13. PENALTY SYSTEM
RRS 44 shall apply.
14. TIME LIMIT
Unless otherwise specified on the course board, the time limit for each race is 3 hours (180 minutes). Boats finishing after the time limit shall be scored DNF. (amends RRS 35 and A4)
15. PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
15.1 Protest forms are available from the Race Office. Protests shall be delivered there within the time limit.
15.2 The protest time limit will be 60 minutes after the finish time of the last boat in the last race of the day.
15.3 Notices will be posted within 30 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses.
15.4 For the purpose of RRS 64.3(b) the ‘authority responsible’ is the Principal Race Officer appointed by the organising authority.
15.5 Infringements of SI 17, shall not be grounds for protest by competitors, but may result in action by the race committee or protest committee. (amends RRS 60.1(a))
16.1 The Low Point System of Appendix A will apply.
16.2 Three races are required to be completed to constitute a series; (a) When fewer than four races have been completed, all scores will count. (b) If four or more heats are completed her worst single score may be excluded.
16.3 Duty crews complying with 17.1 will receive points based on their average in that series.
16.4 Only rostered duties (including when the duty crew is substituted for the rostered crew by the sailing committee) can be claimed for points; a maximum of two duties per series can be claimed for average points; except for the Club Championship series, when only one duty can be claimed for the series.
16.5 Requests for average points for other events must be made in writing in advance of the event to the sailing committee.
17. SAFETY REGULATIONS
17.1 For each race session each boat intending to race shall ‘sign-on’ by completing the sign-on form located near the course board prior to the 1st warning signal. Failure to comply may result in a boat being scored DNC for the race or races without a hearing.
This changes Rule 63.1
Duty crew should also sign on to receive average points.
17.2 All boats not completing the course correctly or retiring after finishing shall notify the race committee as soon as possible, indicating DNF or RET on the ‘sign on/off’ sheet – declaration upon returning to shore.
17.3 All competitors shall wear whilst afloat, a PFD (personal flotation device), which is in good condition and in accordance with the specifications issued or approved by Australian Sailing. Failure to comply with this instruction will result in the boat being scored equal to ‘DSQ’ for the race or races, without a hearing.
This changes Rule 63.1
18. REPLACEMENT OF CREW
Substitution of competitors will not be allowed without prior written approval of the race committee.
19. EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS
A boat or equipment may be inspected for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions at any time. On the water, the race committee or measurer can instruct a competitor to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.
Prizes to be awarded as determined by Cairn Curran Sailing Club Inc.
Competitors participate entirely at their own risk. See Rule 3, 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 events.
All those taking part in races do so at their own risk and responsibility. The CCSC is not responsible for the seaworthiness of a boat where the entry is accepted, or the sufficiency or adequacy of its equipment. The CCSC, its members, or those persons assisting the CCSC will not be responsible for damage to boats caused by club rescue boats or by other boats assisting in rescue duties or in any other circumstances or manner whatsoever.
The conduct of a race by the CCSC shall not be taken as an indication that conditions are safe.
Version 1 OCTOBER 2021 prepared by Andrew Kean. CCSC Sailing Committee.
These overrule any previous dated Sailing Instructions..
Updated online Sunday 1 October 2021 – Andrew Kean