SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Incorporating the selection for the IHCA South Pacific Region to the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championships in Captiva Island Florida.

Revised 4/1/2019

The organising authority is the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron, in conjunction with the South Australian Hobie Cat Association.

In all sections the following abbreviations apply:
[SP] Denotes
a rule for which a standard penalty may be applied by the race committee without a hearing. (This changes RRS 63.1 and A5)
[DP] Denotes a rule for which the penalty, at the discretion of the protest committee, may be less than disqualification.
[NP] Rules
that are not grounds for protest by a boat (This changes rule 60.1a)

1. RACING RULES
1.1
The regatta will be governed by the current Racing Rules of Sailing..
1.2
The prescriptions of Australian Sailing will apply.
1.3
The current Class Rules of the International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) will apply.
1.4
Racing rule 40 will be changed as follows:
a)
Competitors shall wear personal flotation devices whilst afloat, except briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment. Wet suits and dry suits are not personal flotation devices. Changes RRS Rule 40.
1.5
IHCA General Rule 17.8 a and b, are changed as follows:
a)
The helmsperson for Master series shall be 45 years or older at the commencement of the event. (This changes IHCA Rule 17.8 a.)
b)
The helmsperson for Grand Master series shall be 55 years or older at the commencement of the event. The age of crew members in Grand Master series is open. (This changes IHCA Rule 17.8 b).

2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS AND SKIPPER'S MEETING
2.1
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located at the western window of the North Haven Surf Life Saving Club
2.2
Changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted before 09:00 hours on the day they will take effect. Schedule changes will be posted by 20:00 hours on the day before they are to take effect.
2.3
There will be competitors’ meetings: First Series, at 1030 hours on Friday December 28th 2018, Second Series, at 10.30 hours on Wednesday January 2nd 2019, at North Haven Surf Life Saving Club. Other competitor’s meetings may be scheduled as required.
2.4
Competitors must be aware of other classes racing, and keep clear of boats racing when sailing to and from the course.

3. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
3.1
Signals made ashore will be displayed on the flag pole on the western side of the North Haven Surf Life Saving Club.
3.2
When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 20 minutes’ in race signal AP.

4. SCHEDULE

Series 1: H16 Youth, Women & Grandmasters, Tiger, Wildcat, H14
-
Registration and Weigh-in:
Friday
28th December 2018
0800 to 1000
-
Sailors Meeting:
Friday
28th December 2018
1030

Dates of racing:

Day
Date
All Classes
Friday
28th December 2018
First Warning not before 1200
Saturday
29th December 2018
First Warning not before 1000
Sunday
30th December 2018
First Warning not before 1000
Monday
31st December 2018
First Warning not before 0930, Last warning not after 1500
Tuesday
1st January 2019
Reserve Day

Series 2: H16 Masters and Open
-
Registration and Weigh-in:
Wednesday
2nd January 2019
0800 to 1000
-
Sailors Meeting:
Wednesday
2nd January 2019
1030

Dates of racing:

Day
Date
H16 Open & Masters
Wednesday
2nd January 2019
First Warning not before 1200
Thursday
3rd January 2019
First Warning not before 1000
Friday
4th January 2019
First Warning not before 1000
Saturday
5th January 2019
First Warning not before 0800, Last warning not after 1500

4.1
For all classes, racing may be back to back (max of 4 races per session) with a maximum of 16 races for each series.
4.2
When back-to-back races are to be held, the Race Committee Signals Vessel will display the Answering Pennant at the finish line. The warning signal for the next race will be made as soon as practicable after the finish of the preceding race. This changes race signals Answering Pennant.
4.3
On the last day of each Series, no warning signal will be made after 15:00 hours.

5. CLASS FLAGS

Class flags will be as follows:

FLAG
CLASS
Pink Hobie Class Flag
Hobie 16 Open, Masters Grand Masters, Women, Youth
Green Hobie Class Flag
Hobie 18, Tiger, Wildcat
Silver Hobie Class Flag
Hobie 14

6. RACE AREA

The race area will be on the open waters of the Gulf of St Vincent in the vicinity of the North Haven Surf Club. See Attachment A


7. PROHIBITED SAILING
7.1
The commercial shipping channel located to the north of the Race Area is a prohibited area. Be aware that commercial tugs and freighters use this channel on a regular basis.

8. COURSES
8.1
The International Hobie Cat Class Courses will be used as shown in Attachment B.
8.2
All marks, except gates are to be left to port.
8.3
When there is a gate, boats shall sail between the gate marks from the direction of the previous mark and round either gate mark.
8.4
The offset mark, if used, is defined as a mark located approximately 50 to 100 metres from the windward mark at right angles to the wind direction. It applies both at the beginning of downwind legs and at reaches.
8.5
Each race target time is 40 to 45 minutes

9. MARKS
9.1
Mark A will be an orange cylindrical inflatable buoy, Marks C & G will be red cylindrical linflatable bouys
Mark O will be stick buoy type with an yellow flag
9.2
New mark, as provided in instruction 11.1, will be a yellow/black chequered inflatable buoy.
9.3
The starting and finishing line port end mark will be a stick buoy type with an orange flag.
9.4
Marks A1 and O1 are for spinnaker classes only and will be laid 0.1 to 0.3 nautical miles to windward of Mark A.
9.5
A Race Committee boat signalling a change of course is a mark as provided in instruction 11.2.

10. THE START
10.1
Races will be started by using rule 26 with the warning signal given 5 minutes before the starting signal.
10.2
The starting line will be between a staff displaying an Orange flag on the Race Committee Signal Vessel at the starboard end and the port end start mark.
10.3
Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area.
10.4
[SP] [NP] A boat starting later than 4 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start. (This changes rule A4.2)
10.5
DP] [NP] Start line obstruction: The start line shall rank as an obstruction for classes previously started while other classes are starting and in sequence until after the last class has successfully started.successfully started.
10.6
Minimum wind conditions: No race will be started in under 5 knots of wind at all marks of the course as determined by the Race Committee.

11. CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE
11.1
To change the next leg of the course, the Race Committee will lay a new mark (or move the finishing line) and remove the original mark as soon as practicable. When in a subsequent change a new mark is replaced, it will be replaced by an original mark
11.2
Except at a gate, boats shall pass between the Race Committee boat signalling the change of course and the nearby mark, leaving the mark to port and the Race Committee boat to starboard. (This changes rule 28.1)

12. THE FINISH
12.1
The finish line will be between a staff displaying an Orange flag on the Race Committee Signal Vessel and the finish mark.
12.2
Finish Line Obstruction: The finish line shall rank as an obstruction when a blue flag or shape is displayed on the Race Committee Signal Boat at the finish line.

13. PENALTY SYSTEM

Rule 44.1 is changed so that only one turn, including one tack and one gybe, is required.


14. [NP] TIME LIMITS

There will be no time limit. Boats may be “Finished On Course” (FOC) at the discretion of the race committee. All boats notified ‘FOC’ shall return immediately to the start area (or to shore) as directed, while avoiding any boats still racing. This changes rules 28.1, 35, and A4.1.


15. PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
15.1
Protest forms are available at the sailing office. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.
15.2
For each class, the protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day. The same protest time limit applies to all protests by the Race Committee and Protest Committee and to requests for redress.
15.3
Notices will be posted within 30 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties. Hearings will be held in the TSC clubhouse beginning at the first reasonable opportunity after the completion of racing.

16. SCORING
16.1
The Low Point scoring system of Appendix A4.1 of the Racing Rules of Sailing will be used.
16.2
1 race is required to be completed to constitute a series.
16.3
When fewer than 4 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of its race scores.
16.4
When 4 to 11 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
16.5
When 12 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores.
16.6
All boat weight, crew weight, and equipment violations will be scored Disqualification Not Excludable. Whenever possible, competitors should be warned of potential equipment violations on the beach before racing when observed by other competitors, the protest committee, or regatta officials.

17. [DP][SP][NP] SAFETY REGULATIONS
17.1
A boat that retires from racing shall notify the Race Committee as soon as possible.
17.2
For safety reasons, ALL boats must sign on before the commencement of racing and sign off after the completion of racing, or when retiring, within 30 minutes of the last boat finishing. Boats failing to do so may be scored a DSQ. Where races are held back to back, sign-on is required before the first race of the session, and sign off is required after the last race of the session or when retiring from racing.
17.3
The sign on sheets will be located inside the western door of the North Haven Surf Life Saving Club clubhouse.

18. [NP] REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT
18.1
Crew substitution will not be allowed without prior written approval of the Race Committee under the provisions of General Class Rule 17
18.2
For substitution of sails, General Class Rule 12.3 applies.
18.3
Substitution of other damaged or lost equipment shall not be allowed unless approved by the Race Committee. Requests for substitution shall be made to the committee at the first reasonable opportunity.

19. [DP][NP] EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS

A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions. On the water, a boat shall comply with an instruction by a Race Committee measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.


20. [DP][NP] RUBBISH DISPOSAL

Boats shall not put rubbish in the water. Rubbish may be placed aboard support and Race Committee boats.


21. RACE COMMITTEE BOATS

All race committee boats will identified at the sailors meeting.


22. [DP][NP] RADIO COMMUNICATION

A boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.


23. PRIZES

Prizes will be awarded to the Top 5 competitors in the Hobie 16 Open class, and First place in all other classes with more than 3 entries. Additional prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the organising authority.


24. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
24.1
It is the competitor's decision to enter an event or to start and continue in any race. Competitors shall accept that their participation in an event is at their exclusive risk in every respect. Attention is drawn to Fundamental Rule 4 – Decision to Race. The Organising Authority, and the respective host class association(s), their officers, members, servants and agents accept no liability in respect of loss of life, personal injury or loss or damage to property which may be sustained by reason of their participation or intended participation in an event or how so ever arising in connection with an event.
24.2
The sponsors, organising authority and their officers, members, servants and agents and all parties involved in the organisation and conduct of the regatta shall not be liable in respect of loss of life, personal injury or loss or damage howsoever caused which may occur whether ashore or afloat during or in conjunction with the regatta.
24.3
The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions do not limit or reduce the complete and unlimited responsibilities of each competitor for the management and care of a boat that he or she has entered in the regatta.

25. INSURANCE
25.1
All boats competing shall have third party insurance cover of not less than AUD$5,000,000 or equivalent thereof in any other currency for any accident.
25.2
All owners/competitors will be required to supply insurance details as part of the online entry. Any competitor not holding this cover shall withdraw their entry. Competitors that fail to produce evidence of insurance are not eligible to compete. Adequate race insurance is also recommended for this event.

26. SPECIAL NOTES
26.1
Race Committee boats shall rank as obstructions.
26.2
The Race Committee will not answer any questions on the water.
26.3
Any boat receiving ‘hands on’ assistance, whilst racing, from a Race Committee boat will be scored Did Not Finish. The Race Committee may decide when a boat or crew needs assistance.
26.4
Team Managers, Coaches and other support personnel shall keep 100m clear of the course area after the warning signal and until all boats have finished a race, except in boats provided by the organising authority or when asked to assist by the Race Committee.

27. IHCA safety notes to competitors
27.1
If wind, wave or water conditions make you doubtful of your ability to handle the conditions, retire from the race.
27.2
Before raising the mast and always whilst sailing, check for and avoid low overhead electrical power lines. If you see a power line, avoid it. A mast coming in contact or even near an electrical power line can cause serious injury or death to people on or touching the boat.
27.3
Sailors are strongly recommended to use trapeze harnesses with a quick release hookless system or a quick release hook, which meets the ISO 10862 standard
27.4
If sailors wish to wear head protection it is strongly recommend they use helmets of European standard EN1385

28. [NP]Advertising
28.1
Advertising will be as defined by ISAF Regulation 20.
28.2
Boats may be provided with, and required to display and maintain sponsors advertising on port and starboard hulls, in a location acceptable to the organizing authority.


ATTACHMENT A
North Haven venue map
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