Wirral and Mersey Junior
Regatta Series 2012
Programme and Sailing Instructions
Contacts Wirral Regattas Committee Tony Marston Kay Johnson and representatives of the Wirral and Mersey Clubs General Enquiries Paul Jenkins (WKSC Sailing Secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org Boat Hire Kieron Inman (West Kirby Sailing Club Training Officer) email@example.com Results Alan Jenkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates of Junior Regattas 8th June
West Cheshire Sailing Club and Wallasey Yacht Club
Royal Mersey Yacht Club and Liverpool Yacht Club
West Kirby Sailing Club and Dee Sailing Club
Hoylake Sailing Club (2 Races )
7th September Junior Series Prizegiving at West Kirby Sailing Club
There will be a briefing at 6.30 before each race during which the race officer will discuss the course and be available to answer any questions about the race.
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WIRRAL and MERSEY REGATTAS SERIES 2012 STANDARD INSTRUCTIONS JUNIOR CLASSES ONLY 1 1.1
1.2 1.3 2 2.1 2.2
Sailing Instructions Racing in the Wirral Regatta Series will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of the RYA, Sailing Instructions and any other Instructions which may be issued by each Club for it’s own Regatta, and these Instructions. In the event of interpretation required to any of the instructions or the results for the Series, the Wirral and Mersey Regattas Committee decision will be final. Each Club shall be responsible in all respects for the running of its own Regatta.
Eligibility for the Series A boat must enter and race in a minimum of 3 out of the 7 Regattas listed in para 2.3 below, to be eligible for the series. Eligible competitors for the Junior Handicap and Optimist Classes will be: a) helms and crews under the age of 17 on 1st January 2012 in the Handicap Class. b) helms under the age of 16 on 1st January 2012 in the Optimist Class.
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The seven Regattas forming the 2012 Series are organised by Royal Mersey YC, Hoylake SC, West Cheshire SC, Wallasey YC, Dee SC, West Kirby SC and Liverpool YC. The eligible classes are Junior Handicap and Optimist.
Scoring The results produced for each Class by an organising Club at its Regatta will be used as the basis for calculating the Series results. If a Class has more than one race in a Regatta then the results of all races for that Class, in that Regatta, will be aggregated to produce its overall Regatta positions, in accordance with the sailing instructions of the organising Club for that day. For the purposes of producing the Series results a boat which races at a Regatta will score points equal to her overall finishing position in that Regatta. Points for the Series will be scored using the Low Point scoring system, RRS Rule A2. In the event of a tie the result will be broken using RRS rule A8. Failure to race at a Regatta will score one more than the highest turnout for that Class at any one of the 7 Regattas (the highest turnout to include all boats in that Class racing at a Regatta, whether or not all the boats have qualified for the Series).
A boat which does not enter a Regatta will score as at 3.3 above,
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5 out of 7 Regattas to count.
In the event that the Race Committee of an organising Club cancels their Regatta, in whole or in part, discards will operate for those Classes affected, as follows: a) If 4, 5 or 6 Regattas are held, 1 discard will apply. b) If 3 Regattas are held, no discards will apply. c) If less than 3 Regattas are held, the Series will be cancelled.
Entrants for the Junior Handicap and Optimist Classes may be allocated to Gold or Silver fleets (Class Fleets), depending on deemed sailing ability. In this respect, the Wirral and Mersey Regattas Race Committee's decision is final. The Race Committee reserves the right to change the fleet in which a boat races, for any reason.
Prizes The number of prizes for each class is dependent on the number of boats in that class which have qualified for the series (see para 2.1 above): A minimum of 3 to qualify or no 3rd prize; a minimum of 2 to qualify or no 2nd prize.
Prizes will be awarded to the boats with the lowest cumulative points after taking account of discards as appropriate, in accordance with paragraph 3 above. There will be Series prizes for all classes racing. Trophies will be presented to the winning boats where trophies have been donated. Additional prizes will be awarded according to the sponsorship obtained.
Prizes will be awarded at the Wirral and Mersey Regattas Series Prizegiving to be held after Junior Sailing on Friday evening, 7th September 2012 at West Kirby Sailing Club. Liability The safety of a boat and her entire management including insurance shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/person in charge who must ensure that the boat and crew are adequate to face the conditions that may arise in the course of the race. Neither this notice of race nor any inspection of the boat limits or reduces the absolute responsibility of the owner/person in charge for his crew, the boat and her management. The race organisers shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner/person in charge or crew, as a result of their taking part in the race or races. Moreover, every owner/person in charge warrants the suitability of the boat for the race or races.
The participating Clubs are wholly responsible for all aspects of running the regattas. Wirral Regattas Committee is only responsible for calculating Series results from data produced from individual Club regatta results.
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WIRRAL AND MERSEY REGATTAS 2012 JUNIOR REGATTAS SERIES
Junior Handicap and Optimist Classes
Sailing Instructions 1. Rules Racing will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing(RSS), the prescriptions of the RYA, the notice of race, appropriate Class rules (except as any are changed by these instructions) and these sailing instructions. 2.
Eligible boats and competitors may enter by completing registration in the WKSC Clubhouse on the evening of the race. 2.2 Eligible boats:
a) will have a minimum of £2,000,000 third party insurance b) shall use correctly numbered sails unless prior written permission is given by the race committee, varying rule 77. c) may be inspected or measured before or after any race at the discretion of the Race Committee d) all classes of boats participating must have an RYA recognised PY e) Handicapper may allocate PY numbers to a boat which has no published number. Eligible Junior competitors will be:
a) helms and crews under the age of 17 on 1st January 2012 in the Handicap Class. b) helms under the age of 16 on 1st January 2012 in the Optimist Class. Notices to Competitors 3.1
Changes in Sailing Instructions 4.1
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board in front of the Clubhouse.
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted at least 20 minutes before the warning signal of the race concerned and code flag L flown.
Signals Made Ashore 5.1
Signals made ashore will be displayed on the flag‐pole in front of the WKSC club‐ house.
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Safety 6.1 All competitors shall wear life‐jackets or other adequate personal buoyancy at all times on the water. Those not doing so will be disqualified. Wet suits and dry suits are not adequate personal buoyancy. This amends rules 40 and 63.1.
Schedule of Races 7.1
Race 1 the warning signal for the Handicap class will be 1857.
Race 2 the warning signal for the Handicap class will be as soon as possible after Race 1. 7.3 In both cases, the Optimist Class warning signal will be displayed at the start of the Handicap race. Class Flag 8.1
8.2 The flag for Optimist racing will be O. Racing Area 9.1
The flag for Handicap racing will be A.
All racing will be on the Marine Lake by West Kirby Sailing Club
The courses will be taken from the WKSC lake course card supplied with SIs. The course number will be displayed on the start line on a white board. However the Race Committee reserves the right to use another course, not on the course card. This will be displayed on a white board in the launching area, displayed at least 15 minutes before the 1st warning signal.
11. Marks 11.1
The Race Committee station will be on West Kirby promenade and will be flying the burgee of the Yacht or Sailing Club whose Regatta is being sailed.
The marks are black and orange cans. Starting & Finishing 12.1 Races will be started using rule 26, amended as follows:, the timings of which will be as follows, using the visual and sound signals as set out in RRS Rule 26:
At 3 minutes before the start, the Warning Signal will be given
At 2 minutes before the start, the Preparatory Signal will be given
At 1 minute before the start, the One‐Minute Signal will be given
The starting and finishing lines for both Classes will be displayed with the course (see 10.1 above) except that the Race Committee may shorten the race at any buoy by
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flying a blue flag from an adjacent boat or rib; boats should finish in the direction from the last mark. 12.4 13.
Time Limits 13.1
The time limit for the first boat will be 45 minutes and an additional 20 minutes for the remaining boats. The race will be valid for all boats finishing within the time limit.
When 30% or fewer of the starters have not finished, the race officer may award places to them. When a race is completed in this way flag “T” will be displayed with two sound signals. No application for redress may be made as a result of this sailing instruction, amending rule 62.1.
Boats must notify the Race Officer of their intention to protest and receive acknowledgement from them at the finish of the race.
Protests shall be written on the forms available at the race office and delivered there within 30 minutes of the last boat coming ashore after racing has finished for the evening. Protest notices will be posted as soon as possible after the protest time limit to inform competitors where and when the hearing, in which they are parties to a hearing or named as witnesses, will be held. Competitors may request the choice of the RYA arbitration procedure or a full protest hearing, but not both. If RYA arbitration is followed the decision of the arbiter is final and binding. In either case protests must be lodged within 30 minutes of the last boat in the appropriate race coming ashore and submitted on an official Protest form which may be obtained from the organising authority’s club house. Arbitration penalties will be posted on the official notice board and on the series website.
A boat shall not start later than 3 minutes after her starting signal.
Scoring 15.1 Entrants may be allocated to Gold or Silver fleets (Class Fleets), depending on deemed sailing ability. In this respect, the Regattas Committee's decision is final. The Regattas Committee reserves the right to change the fleet in which a boat races, for any reason. Any boat can only win prizes for the fleet in which it sailed. 15.2
Each Race will be scored using the RRS Low Point scoring system, rule A4.1. Each Regatta will count for the Regattas Series as well as the individual Regattas result on the night. A Regatta may comprise 1 or 2 races. Where 2 races count towards a Regatta, then the scores are aggregated and, in the event of a tie, the second race score prevails.
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Prizes 16.1 Individual Regatta prizes will be as follows: a) If 12 or more boats are racing in a Class Fleet: first four places b) If more than 6 and less than 12 or more boats are racing in a Class Fleet: first three places; c) If more than 3 and less than 6 boats are racing, in a Class Fleet: first two places; d) If less than 4 boats are racing, in a Class Fleet, first place only. 16.2 Additionally, at the end of the season prizes will be awarded for the overall Wirral and Mersey Regatta Series.
Wirral and Mersey Regatta Series These races count towards the Wirral and Mersey Regatta series. For more information you should consult the Series sailing instructions.
Liability The safety of a boat and her entire management including insurance shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/person in charge who must ensure that the boat and crew are adequate to face the conditions that may arise in the course of the race. Neither this notice of race nor any inspection of the boat limits or reduces the absolute responsibility of the owner/person in charge for his crew, the boat and her management. The race organisers shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner/person in charge or crew, as a result of their taking part in the race or races. Moreover, every owner/person in charge warrants the suitability of the boat for the race or races.
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