CATAWBA YACHT CLUB
These rules are effective as of the first Spring Series race day, 4/21/2012
These rules shall govern Racing Series of the Catawba Yacht Club. These rules supplement the US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing and the class rules of each participating boat. These rules will be published on the club website prior to the series start and explained at the first skippers' meeting in a series. Thereafter, skippers are responsible for being knowledgeable of the rules.
The series will be scored according to one of the following scoring systems. The scoring system to be used by each fleet will be announced and explained at the first skippers meeting in a series, but additional communication may be provided ahead of time. There shall be three fleets: Dinghy, Portsmouth, and Ensign. Trophies will be presented for each fleet as shown later in this document. The Dinghy class shall include MC Scow and Laser fleets. Other dinghies may apply to the fleet captain to sail in the dinghy fleet or will otherwise sail in the Portsmouth fleet. All boats in the dinghy fleet race scratch.
Boats not sailing in a one-design class are scored based on the Portsmouth Handicap System. Handicaps are assigned to each make and class of boat with specific sail combinations as declared by the skipper prior to the beginning of the series. Once a sail combination is declared for a series, no additions or changes can be made for the series.
LOW POINT SCORING SYSTEM
Fleets using the Low Point Scoring System will be scored according to the procedures listed in Appendix A of the US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing, 2009-2012 as modified per the following. We use the low-point system defined therein. We also discard 25 percent of all races sailed in a series. The discards allow a skipper to miss one fourth of races without folding. They also allow a skipper to miss races while attending a class regatta.
If the Principal Race Officer (PRO/OOD) for a race is a racing skipper, he or she shall receive the average of his/her scores for the series for the races missed while serving as PRO/OOD. [The intent is to give the PRO the score closest to what s/he would have earned on the water. To do this, all races earned throughout the series will be averaged together. The score will change from week to week as more races are sailed. DNS scores do not count unless they are awarded on a day the sailor participates in other races.]
In the event of a tie for any place in the series, the boat that has sailed the most races shall be awarded the higher place. If a tie still remains, the schedule in Appendix A shall be used.
HIGH POINT PERCENTAGE SCORING SYSTEM
Fleets using the High Point Percentage Scoring System will be scored according to the procedures listed in Appendix A of the US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing, 2009-2012 as modified per the following. To qualify as a race series, it shall consist of at least one race on at least one race day. All races will be included in the final series results (i.e. there are no throw outs). To qualify for inclusion in the final series results/trophies a boat shall compete in (i.e., come to the starting area for) at least 50 percent of the races completed. If the Principal Race Officer (PRO/OOD) for a race is a racing skipper, he or she shall be considered as participating in all of the races on that day. If a racing skipper is attending a class regatta, in the same boat class as participating in this racing series, he or she shall be considered as participating in all of the races on that day. In this way, they will be counted toward meeting the 50% race participation requirement. The percentage score for that sailor as defined below will not be affected.
The scores for each individual race will be determined according to the following. Define 'N' to be the number of boats that compete in a particular race. Every boat that competes is counted even if they do not meet the 50% participation requirement at any time during the series. Each boat finishing that race and not thereafter retiring or being disqualified will be scored as follows:
Finishing Place Score
Each place thereafter Subtract 1 point
All other boats that compete in that race, including any that finish and thereafter retire or are disqualified, will score 0 points. Boats that do not compete in that race (DNC) will not be scored.
The series score for each boat will be a percentage calculated as follows: divide the sum of her individual race scores by the sum of the points she would have scored if she had placed first in every race in which she competed; multiply the result by 100.
The qualified boat with the highest series score is the winner, and others are ranked accordingly with series score in descending order.
In the event of a tie for any place in the series, the boat that has sailed the most races shall be awarded the higher place. If a tie still remains, it shall be broken using rule A8.
In Appendix A of the US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing, 2009-2012, rules A1, A3, A5, A6, A10 and A11 also apply.
For the Winter Series,courses sailed will be distance courses using the Buster Boyd bridge buoys and the research buoy. In the event of light air, the race committee may use orange buoys for a shorter course.
For all other CYC series, unless otherwise stated at the skipper's meeting. All courses sailed will be Windward/Leeward and will be either one or two laps.
In all CYC races, regardless of course, all course marks are left to PORT.
The PRO will hold a Skippers Meeting on the day of each race to review the race course and any rule changes. The time for the skippers meeting and subsequent race start are as follows:
- Spring Series: Skippers Meeting 12:30. Racing: 13:00
- Summer Series: Skipper's Meeting: 18:00 Racing 18:30 PM [Skipper's meeting is optional.]
- Fall Series: Skippers Meeting: 0930 Racing: 1000
- Winter Series: Skipper's Meeting 12:30 Racing: 13:00
The goal on all race days except summer evenings is approximately 2.5 hours of racing. No race will start more than 2 hours after the first gun. The PRO will run a minimum of three races if time allows [2 races in the summer series].
Intent to Race
A skipper establishes an intent to race by attending the days skipper's meeting.
The starting line shall consist of two orange buoys, or one buoy/mark and the port flag stanchion on the committee boat. The committee boat may disengage from the starting line for purposes of race supervision as long as a orange buoy is attached to the original anchor line and left in place. The committee boat must return to the line to record the finish.
The PRO will make every attempt to start the first race sequence on any given race day at the designated start time.
Races for all fleets will be started under the 3-minute Start Sequence with No Flags:
3 Minutes - Three Long Blasts
2.5 Minutes - 2 Long & 3 Short Blasts
2 Minutes - 2 Long Blasts
1.5 Minutes - 1 Long & 3 Short Blasts
1 Minute - 1 Long Blast
30 Seconds - 3 Short Blasts
Start - One Long Blast
[These are sounds on the club automated starting machine.]
In all series except the winter, there shall be two starts. Start one shall be for all dinghies. Start two shall be for all Portsmouth boats/Ensigns. In the winter series there shall be one Portsmouth start.
The starting line shall be closed for all multi-start racing and open for single start races.
Rule 30.1 [I-Flag] shall be in effect for all CYC races. In the event of a violation of this rule in the minute preceding the start, the individual recall signals (flag, horn,hail, VHF, etc) are not made until after the start.
The PRO/OOD must comply with the Individual Recall rule (Rule 29.2) for boats that are over the starting line within 1 minute of that fleet's start; this rule calls for a prompt display of the X flag and a single sound of the horn. The I-flag shall be in effect for all races. Boats over early must re-round either starting buoy to restart. Skippers must recognize that PROs will not always have staff to run flags and horns. They should comply in good sportsmanship with any obvious attempt by the race committee to call a boat over early.
The PRO shall signal a general recall in accordance with the General Recall rule (Rule 29.3) by raising the 1st Substitute flag and making two long blasts of the horn. In the event of a general recall, all boats will return to the pre-start side of the starting line and the starting sequence shall be restarted. Skippers must recognize that PROs will not always have staff to run flags and horns. They should comply in good sportsmanship with any obvious attempt by the race committee to command a general recall.
If a race is canceled, the PRO shall lower all flags and sound three blasts of the horn. Races shall be canceled in accordance with Rule 32.
The time limit for rounding each mark shall be 30 minutes or as modified by the PRO/OOD on race day. A race shall be declared over fifteen minutes after the lead boat crosses the finish line. Any boats remaining on the race course will be scored with on the water finishes and should report back to the starting area for additional races, if appropriate.
There is no time limit for mark roundings in the winter series unless declared by the PRO/OOD on race day.
The PRO shall make every attempt NOT to change the course during a race. If deemed absolutely necessary, the PRO shall signal a shortened course by flying the red flag and the black flag after the lead boat has rounded a mark. The change may be supplemented by an audible signal. In the event that a race is shortened, it should be shortened to the next mark. The committee boat should reposition the finish line with the appropriate mark. Races shall not be lengthened.
Skippers must recognize that PROs will not always have staff to run flags and horns. They should comply in good sportsmanship with any obvious attempt by the race committee to shorten course.
Boats shall avoid contact if reasonably possible in accordance with rule 14.
Rule 31.2 shall be in effect for any boat touching a mark during a race (360 penalty turn rule - not necessary to reround). Rule 44.2 shall be in effect for any violation of rules contained in Part 2 (720 penalty turn rule). Exception: A boat under spinnaker may perform a single 360 penalty turn provided that the spinnaker is doused prior to the turn and reset at the end of the turn. Penalty turns must be taken as soon as possible and after getting well clear of other boats.
Awards for each fleet/class shall be given based on the following formula:
Participating Boats Places Awarded
The dinghy fleet shall offer one award to the best finishing skipper who has never won a race in the fall, spring, or summer series. This score shall be extracted from the overall scores. Eligibility shall be based on CYC records of race participation housed on the CYC website. If an eligible skipper wins a race during a series s/he was eligible for this award, s/he will remain eligible until the end of the series.
Fleets shall include the following: Dinghy, Ensign, and Portsmouth.
There will be no duplication.
Occasional non-member guest sailors must sail 3 race dates per series to have their scores included. At the point that they sail three races, they should pay the race fee for that series.
III. Multiple Skippers
In the case of a multi crewed boat, multiple skippers are allowed in the CYC racing series provided that a primary skipper is designated for the series. Additional skippers must be part of the regular crew. Regular crew is defined as a participant on the boat for 50 percent or more of scheduled races. The intent of this rule is twofold: 1) Allow a skipper who cannot attend a given race day to let his crew sail the boat and avoid a DNC and 2) allow skipper and crew to switch positions during a race.
All protests must be filed with the fleet captain, in writing, immediately after the conclusion of racing on the day the alleged infraction occurs or via e-mail within 24 hours. The fleet captain shall form a committee and hear the protest prior to racing, on the following race day, or as soon as possible. Protest forms are available at the clubhouse. The protest committee shall consist of all members of the CYC race committee NOT involved in the protest. Three members will constitute a committee.
V. Rules Issues
The CYC Fleet Captains shall be empowered to resolve any issues not directly addressed in these sailing instructions.