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MINI REGATTA SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club Combined
Sydney Harbour program 03 September 2016 to 29 April 2017
The Organising Authority is Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) and/or Royal Prince
Edward Yacht Club (RPEYC).
1. RULES
1.1 All racing will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of
Sailing 2013-2016 (RRS) of World Sailing except as amended herein.
1.2 All boats shall have a current valid Australian Sailing (AS) Special Regulations
Category 7 Equipment Audit Form. In addition, all boats which do not have
navigation lights permanently fitted are required to comply with AS Special
Regulations 3.23.4 and 3.23.5 and carry portable navigation lights capable
of being activated and attached to the boat. Random equipment audits may
be made throughout the Season. Any boat failing to comply with equipment
requirements may be subject to protest by the Race Committee.
1.3 All boats must carry an operating marine band VHF radio capable of receiving
normal international channels. The radio must be switched on at all times and
tuned to VHF Channel 74.
1.4 The Etchells Class Rules are changed as follows:
Class Rule C.2.1 (a) shall be modified to allow two persons on board when
racing in RSYS organised events, except for World Qualifiers, for a maximum
of three races. This change to the Class rules is only intended to be used
on an exception basis and only to enable participation by those who are
genuinely without a full crew unexpectedly and at short notice. Boats will be
scored DNC in respect of world qualification, club championship or any club
pointscores. (Amends RRS Appendix A)
1.5 Other Etchells Changes;
• For the Etchells class, MINA on Saturday 4 February 2017 will
form part of the Milson Silver Goblets regatta. Separate Sailing
Instructions will be issued for the Milson Silver Goblets which will
also apply to the Mini Regatta scheduled for 4 February, and all
Etchells class competitors should refer to these separate sailing
instructions for the Mini Regatta on 4 February.
• For the Etchells class, MINA on Saturday 4 March 2017 will form
part of the Sydney Harbour Regatta. Separate Sailing Instructions
will be issued for the Sydney Harbour Regatta which will also apply
to the Mini Regatta scheduled for 4 March, and all Etchells class
competitors should refer to these separate sailing instructions for the
Mini Regatta on 4 March.
1.6 Dragon Changes
• For the Dragon class, MINA on Saturday 3 December 2016 will
form part of the Dragon NSW Championship. Separate Sailing
Instructions will be issued for the Dragon NSW Championship which
will also apply to the Mini Regatta scheduled for 3 December, and
all Dragon class competitors should refer to these separate sailing
instructions for the Mini Regatta on 3 December.
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• For the Dragon class, MINA on Saturday 4 March 2017 will form
part of the Sydney Harbour Regatta. Separate Sailing Instructions
will be issued for the Sydney Harbour Regatta which will also apply
to the Mini Regatta scheduled for 4 March, and all Dragon class
competitors should refer to these separate sailing instructions for the
Mini Regatta on 4 March.
1.7 Yngling Changes
• For the Yngling class, MINB on Saturday 3 December 2016 will
form part of the Yngling National Championship. Separate Sailing
Instructions will be issued for the Yngling National Championship
which will also apply to the Mini Regatta scheduled for 3 December,
and all Yngling class competitors should refer to these separate
sailing instructions for the Mini Regatta on 3 December.
• For the Yngling class, MINB on Saturday 4 March & Sunday 5 March
2017 will form part of the Sydney Harbour Regatta. Separate Sailing
Instructions will be issued for the Sydney Harbour Regatta which
will also apply to the Mini Regattas scheduled for 4 & 5 March, and
all Yngling class competitors should refer to these separate sailing
instructions for the Mini Regattas on 4 & 5 March.
1.8 In the event of conflict between any of the rules or regulations, other than
RRS, the Sailing Instructions will prevail.
2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the Official Notice Board underneath
the Careening Cove Room stairs of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
2.2 The List of Entries will be available to all entrants, and a copy will be placed
on the RSYS Official Notice Board no later than two (2) hours before the start
of the event. Notices in writing may also be distributed from the Committee
Vessel to all starters before the event(s) by the Race Committee.
3. CHANGES TO CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
3.1 The Organising Authority reserves the right to change this Handbook, the
Calendar of Events and the Sailing Instructions. Changes will be available in
writing to all entrants as per RRS 90.2.
3.2 Any change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted by 1000hrs on the day
it will take effect. Any change to the schedule of races will be posted by
1800hrs on the day before it will take effect.
4. SPECIAL SIGNALS
4.1 Signals made ashore – will be displayed at RSYS on the Club flag mast.
4.1.1 Flag AP with two sounds indicates the race is postponed. The first Warning
Signal will be made not less than thirty (30) minutes after the AP is lowered
(amends RRS Race Signals).
4.1.2 Flag signal N over A over Second Substitute with three sounds indicates
racing for the Etchells, Dragons, Yngling and Sportsboats classes has been
abandoned for the day (amends RRS Race Signals).
4.2 Signals made on the Committee Vessel – will be displayed on the
respective Committee Vessel.
4.2.1 Flag signal N over A over Second Substitute with three sounds indicates
racing for classes competing in the Mini Regatta has been abandoned for the
day (amends RRS Race Signals).
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5. SCHEDULE OF RACES
5.1 Races for each Mini Regatta are as scheduled in the Calendar of Events
included in this Handbook.
5.2 The scheduled time of the first warning signal for the first class to compete in
each Mini Regatta will be as follows:
Mini A – Etchells & Dragons
Mini B – Sportsboats & Ynglings
5.3 The class flag for the Etchells, Dragon and Yngling classes will be a white flag
with the respective class logo, and the class flag for the Sportsboats class
will be flag V.
5.4 The International Etchells and International Dragon classes will form MIN
A and the Sportsboats and International Yngling classes will form MIN B.
Other classes may be included in a MIN A or MIN B as casual entries at the
discretion of the Race Committee and subject to numbers of entrants.
5.5 Three (3) races are scheduled for each class in each Mini Regatta.
5.6 The Warning Signal for each succeeding class shall be made with or after the
Start Signal of the preceding class.
5.7 After the start of the first race of each day all other races will start as soon as
practicable after completion of the previous race.
5.8 Mini Regatta scheduled for Saturday 3 December 2016
• On 3 December 2016 the Dragon class (MIN A) & Sportsboat &
Yngling classes (MIN B) will sail on the same course, except that the
Yngling class will have a separate windward mark, Mark Y, in place
of Marks 1 and 1a. No mini regatta is scheduled for the Etchells
class that day.
• Mark Y will be a white inflatable mark and will be laid to leeward of
Mark 1. In the event of a change of the next leg of the course as per
clause 12, Mark Y will be identified with a black band.
6. RACING AREA
6.1 Racing will be on the waters of Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) as illustrated
in the Chartlet inside the rear cover foldout page of this Handbook.
Date Scheduled time of first Warning Signal
All Races
• For the Dragon class
• For the Etchells class
1230 hours
1330 hours
Date Scheduled time of first Warning Signal
All Races 1230 hours
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7. THE COURSE
7.1 The diagram below shows the approximate course configuration. Mark 1 will
be to windward of Marks 4P/4S. Mark 1a will be laid as a distance mark and
will be approximately 50 metres from Mark 1. Marks 4P/4S will be not less
than 50m to windward of the Starting/Finishing Line. Diagram shown below is
not drawn to scale.
7.2 The Race Committee may display on the Committee Vessel the approximate
compass bearing from the Starting/Finishing Line to Mark 1.
7.3 Course descriptions
7.3.1 One Lap
START – 1 – 1a – FINISH
7.3.2 Two Laps
START – 1 – 1a – 4P/4S – 1 – 1a –FINISH
7.3.3 Three Laps
START – 1 – 1a – 4P/4S – 1 – 1a – 4P/4S – 1 – 1a – FINISH
7.4 Number of laps – the number of laps shall be indicated by the corresponding
numeral pennant displayed with or before the warning signal of each class.
7.5 Marks 1 and 1a shall be left to port.
7.6 Marks 4P/4S are a gate. When a boat passes through the gate it must leave
either Mark 4P to port or Mark 4S to starboard.
8. MARKS
8.1 Marks 1, 1a, 4P and 4S will be yellow inflatable marks with the lettering
RSYS.
8.2 The Starting and Finishing line marks will be black and white checked
inflatable marks with the lettering RSYS.
8.3 New marks as provided in clause 12 will be yellow inflatable marks with the
lettering RSYS and a black band.
Mark 1a Mark 1
Mark 4S Mark 4P
Start / Finish Line Committee Vessel
8.4 On 3 December 2016 as per clause 5.8 mark Y will be a white inflatable mark
and will be laid to leeward of Mark 1. In the event of a change of the next leg
of the course as per clause 12, Mark Y will be identified with a black band.
9. ASSISTANCE IN RECORDING STARTERS
9.1 Boats are requested to sail past the starboard side of the Committee Vessel
prior to their starting sequence to assist identification of starters in all events.
In so doing, boats must keep clear of boats already in their starting sequence.
10. THE START
10.1 The Starting Line will be between the staff displaying an orange flag on
the Committee Vessel and the course side of a black and white checked
inflatable mark with the lettering RSYS.
10.2 The start sequence for each class in each race will be a separate procedure.
The expected order of starting in MINB is Sportsboats then Ynglings, except
that the order of starting for the mini regattas scheduled for Saturday 3
December 2016 will be Dragons, then Sportsboats then Ynglings. The Race
Committee may advise starting times and sequences prior to the warning
signals for races in MINA and MINB.
10.3 The Race Committee may change the line by moving one of the Starting Line
marks up to the lowering of the Preparatory flag (amends RRS 27.2).
10.4 An orange “REGATTA” banner may be displayed to identify the Mini Regatta
Race Committee Vessel.
10.5 There may be more than one RSYS or RPEYC Committee Vessel on the
water. It is the obligation of each skipper to identify the location of the Mini
Regatta Committee Vessel.
10.6 At least five (5) boats from a class will be ready to start each race or racing for
that class may be abandoned for the day.
11. RECALLS
11.1 Individual and general recalls shall be in accordance with RRS 29.
11.2 To assist competitors the Race Committee may advise individual and general
recalls over VHF Channel 74. Sail numbers of OCS boats may be advised
approximately one minute after the race start (amends RRS 29).
11.3 When a black flag has been displayed, and there is no general recall, any
boat identified as BFD may be advised on VHF Channel 74 approximately
one minute after the race start (amends RRS 30.3).
11.4 Any error or omission in the advice referred to in clauses 11.2 and 11.3 above
will not be grounds for protest or redress.
12. CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE
12.1 The Race Committee may change the position of the next mark in
accordance with RRS 33 subject to the amendments in clauses 12.2 and
12.3.
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12.2 When the next leg of the course is changed, the Race Committee will lay a
new mark as described in clauses 8.3 and 8.4 and remove the original mark(s)
as soon as practicable.
12.3 In the event that the position of Mark 1 is changed, Marks 1 and 1a will be
replaced by a new single Mark 1 and boats will round the new Mark 1 and
proceed directly to Marks 4P/4S or to the Finishing Line, as appropriate.
13. RETIREMENT
13.1 To assist the Race Committee, boats which retire from a race before finishing
are required to notify the Race Committee by direct contact or on VHF
Channel 74 or by phoning the RSYS on 9017 0152.
14. THE FINISH
14.1 The Finishing Line will be between the staff displaying an orange flag on
the Committee Vessel and the course side of a black and white checked
inflatable mark with the lettering RSYS.
14.2 When the Committee Vessel is on station it will be on the port end of the line
when viewed from Mark 1a and may display a blue flag.
15. PENALTY SYSTEM
15.1 For all classes in the MINA or MINB regattas RRS 44.1 is amended so that
the penalty for breaking a rule of Part 2 shall be a One-Turn Penalty (one tack
and one gybe in the same direction) and applies to infringements against
other boats of the same class in the MINA or MINB regatta, except that for
infringements occurring within the Zone as defined in the current RRS the
penalty shall be a Two-Turns Penalty (two tacks and two gybes in the same
direction). For infringements against any boat in another race the Two-Turns
Penalty applies.
16. TIME LIMIT
16.1 The absolute time limit for all races will be 90 minutes. Any boat finishing
after this time will be scored Did Not Finish (DNF).
16.2 If one boat finishes within the time limit, all boats that have started and not
finished by the time limit will be scored Did Not Finish (DNF), (amends RRS
35).
17. PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
17.1 Protests are to be lodged in accordance with RRS 61 as amended by 17.2,
17.3 and 17.4 below.
17.2 Protests should be lodged on the World Sailing prescribed form available
from the respective clubs. All protests shall be lodged at the RSYS Sailing
Office.
17.3 If the RSYS Sailing Office is closed, protests may be placed in the Sailing
Office letter box.
17.4 The time limit for the lodging of protests will be 1000 hours on the first
working day after the event. (Amends RRS 61):
17.5 Protests will be heard at the clubhouse of the conducting club on the
following Wednesday unless otherwise decided by the relevant Race
Committee. The hearing time will be advised to the parties involved.
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17.6 Requests for Redress shall be in accordance with RRS 62.
17.7 Any boat which lodges a protest and which is not represented at the protest
hearing without informing the protest committee by 1000 hours on the day of
hearing shall be scored DNE for the race to which the protest related (amends
RRS 63.1 and 63.3 (b)).
18. SCORING
18.1 Scoring System - Low Point scoring system, RRS Appendix A, applies
subject to the following amendments and those detailed in clause 11 of the
Notice of Race:
18.1.1 Non Starting
A boat scored Did Not Start (DNS, DNC or OCS) shall be awarded points
equal to the number of pointscore block entries once they are finalised as per
clauses 11.3 and 11.4 of the Notice of Race plus one point.
18.1.2 Non Finishing
All boats which are scored Retired (RET) or Did Not Finish (DNF) shall be
awarded points equal to the number of pointscore starters in the race plus
one point.
18.1.3 Disqualification
Boats which are disqualified (DSQ, DNE or BFD) shall be awarded points
equal to the number of pointscore block entries once they are finalised as per
clauses 11.3 and 11.4 of the Notice of Race plus one point.
18.1.4 Abandonment
When a race is abandoned after the start and not re-sailed, boats that started
shall be awarded zero points. When a race is abandoned before the start, all
boats entered shall be awarded zero points.
18.2 Pointscores
18.2.1 Etchells - Mini A
• The Etchells class shall drop any five (5) races in the Mini Regatta
Series.
• Races sailed as part of the Milson Goblet Series on Saturday
4 February 2017 shall count towards the Mini Regatta Series
pointscores.
• The Etchells Club Championship shall consist of races from both
Spring/ Summer and Mini Regattas. Races selected are detailed in
the 2016-2017 Calendar of Events. The Etchells Club Championship
shall;
- In the event of five (5) or less races being completed, all races will
count. This changes RRS Appendix A.
- In the event six (6) to ten (10) races being completed, a boat shall
drop her worst score (1 drop). This changes RRS Appendix A.
- In the event eleven (11) to thirteen (13) races being completed, a
boat shall drop her worst two scores (2 drops). This changes RRS
Appendix A.
18.2.2 Dragon – Mini A
• The Dragon class shall drop five (5) races in the Mini Regatta & Gold
Cup Series.
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18.2.3 Yngling – Mini B
• The Yngling class shall drop five (5) races in the Mini Regatta Series
• Races sailed on December 3 2016 as part of the Australian
Yngling Championship shall count towards the Mini Regatta Series
pointscore.
18.2.4 Sportsboats
The Sportsboats class shall drop five (5) races in the Mini Regatta Series.
18.3 Supplementary pointscores may be established.
18.4 All series pointscores are open to block entries only.
18.5 No boat will be eligible to enter a pointscore after the number of discard
races for that pointscore has been sailed.
18.6 Boats competing in other events – Upon written application to the RSYS
Sailing Committee prior to the regatta, a boat which starts in its State,
National, World Championship or an event of significant national or interclub
importance, as determined by the sailing committee, may receive average
points for any series race/s thereby missed. The number of races eligible will
be determined by the Sailing Committee (Amends RRS 62). Average points
will be calculated as per RRS Appendix A10 (a).
19. CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP OR HELMSMAN
19.1 To be eligible for pointscores, boats must sail under the same ownership
and be entered for the whole of that series except that an Etchells, Dragon
or Yngling owner who has entered for the season and who purchases a
replacement Etchells, Dragon or Yngling during the season may on written
application to RSYS Sailing Committee prior to using the replacement boat
request the nominated boat on the Entry Form be changed to reflect the
replacement boat.
19.2 Any change of helmsman from those listed on the Entry Form must be
notified to the Sailing Office not later than 1500 hours on the day prior to the
race and may result in a change of handicap.
20. RADIO COMMUNICATION
20.1 All boats participating in any race shall carry a marine band VHF receiver
capable of receiving normal international channels. The radio must be
switched on at all times and boats are required to monitor VHF Channel 74.
20.2 Boats must use the radio to report retirement from racing and may use the
radio to request assistance in an emergency. No other transmissions are
permitted by competing yachts during each racing day from the first warning
signal until the end of the last race of the day. The Race Committee may use
the radio to advise competitors of race information. Failure of a boat to follow
this procedure will result in the boat being scored Did Not Compete (DNC),
(amends RRS 63).
21. PRIZES
21.1 Prizes will be awarded as per Appendix 1 in this Handbook.
21.2 Prizes will be awarded at the RSYS and RPEYC Annual Prizegivings.
22. OTHER INSTRUCTIONS
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22.1 No litter shall be disposed of overboard
22.2 Yachts shall not interfere with the Commercial or Defence shipping of the
Port. The attention of skippers is drawn to Roads and Maritime Services
regulations regarding the right of way of vessels entering or leaving port,
ferries displaying orange diamonds and vessels engaged in towing. Roads
and Maritime Services regulations specify “Priority over Sail – some
Commercial Ferries on Sydney Harbour display an orange diamond shape
which grants priority of way over sailing vessels. Do not attempt to cross the
path of an approaching ferry displaying this signal”. Attention is drawn to the
guidelines published in the appendices of this Handbook.
22.3 Boats found to have interfered with commercial shipping may be subject to
action by the Race Committee in accordance with RRS 60.2.
22.4 All yachts must abide by traffic directions of NSW RMS Boating Service
Officers. Any yacht directed to stop or alter course by NSW RMS Boating
Service Officers as a result of an anticipated breach of the above rules,
incident/collision or complaint shall do so immediately.
22.5 Any yachts reported by Roads and Maritime Services as having contravened
Roads and Maritime Services regulations shall be disqualified without a
hearing (This amends RRS 63.1). Any alleged infringement of this clause shall
not be grounds for protest by another competitor.
22.6 The attention of any competitors, involved in an accident, is drawn to the
requirements of Roads and Maritime Services as published in Appendix 4
of this Handbook. Competitors are also required to notify the Sailing Office
of any contact incident occurring during racing whether or not it results in a
Race Protest or a report to Roads and Maritime Services. RSYS is obliged
under the terms of its Aquatic Licence to prepare a report of all contact
incidents occurring during racing whether or not injury or an insurance claim
results.
23. SAIL NUMBERS
23.1 A boat shall sail under the sail number advised on its entry form.
23.2 A boat shall display identical sail numbers on its sails, and sail numbers shall
be clearly legible. All spinnakers shall display the sail number stated on the
boat’s entry form.
23.3 The use of any sail displaying a different number to that on the entry form
must be notified to the Sailing Office not later than two (2) hours before the
start of the race.
23.4 A boat which displays an incorrect sail number and which has not notified the
Sailing Office in accordance with clause 23.3 may be subject to protest by the
Race Committee.
24. HANDICAPPING
24.1 The handicap will be a Time Correction Factor (TCF) which is applied at the
finish. Handicaps may be adjusted after each race has been finalised.
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24.2 The Race Committee will determine a boat’s handicap in relation to its
performance in previous races. A boat’s handicap shall not be subject to
protest or grounds for redress. (Amends RRS 60.1 & 62)
24.3 If a boat is disqualified, its handicap may not be adjusted.
24.4 If a boat is granted redress and the finish time is amended by a Protest
Committee, a new handicap may be generated.
25 RESPONSIBILITIES
25.1 Risk Warning - The Organising Authority advises owners, skippers and
anyone who participates in yachting events conducted by the Organising
Authority that participation in the sport of yachting, whether racing or
otherwise, can be dangerous and can result in harm, personal injury and
property damage. The Organising Authority is not responsible for any harm
or injury suffered by any person in any yachting event of whatever nature
conducted by the Organising Authority. All participants acknowledge that
competing in yachting events may be dangerous and may result in harm or
personal injury and they participate in such events aware of such dangers
and voluntarily accept any risk of harm.
25.2 Competitors Declaration – the attention of all competitors is drawn to the
responsibilities of owners and skippers as detailed in clause 20.2 of the
Notice of Race.
25.3 Disclaimer of Liability
(a) All those taking part in these races do so at their own risk and
responsibility. Specific attention is drawn to RRS 4 which states;
“The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to
continue racing is hers alone”. The RSYS, RPEYC, sponsors, any
Class Association, the Race Committee and other race officials are
not responsible for any damage or injury either afloat or ashore.
(b) The RSYS, RPEYC, sponsors, any Class Association, the Race
Committee and other race officials are not responsible for the
seaworthiness of a boat whose entry is accepted or the sufficiency
or adequacy of its equipment.
(c) All those taking part in these races are reminded of their obligations
as set out in the Australian Sailing Special Regulations clause 1.02
Owner’s Responsibility.
26. MINIMUM DRESS REQUIREMENTS
26.1 Skippers and crew are required to be appropriately dressed at all times while
racing. The minimum standard of dress is shorts and T-shirt.
27. INSURANCE
27.1 Boats shall have adequate current Third Party Property Liability insurance
cover and Third Party Personal Liability insurance cover of not less than
$10,000,000 (ten million) for each separate incident. All insurance cover shall
be maintained during the period of racing.

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