January 2009


Sailing Instructions


Cruiser Club Series Racing Outside of the Barrage




1.  Safety and Responsibility

1.1 Yacht racing can be dangerous. The attention of owners, skippers and crew is drawn to RRS Fundamental Rule 4: "A yacht is solely responsible for deciding whether or not to start or to continue racing". The safety of a yacht and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the owner or owner's representative who must do their best to ensure that the yacht is fully found, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by an experienced crew who are physically fit to face bad weather. They must be satisfied as to the soundness of the hull, spars, rigging, sails and all gear. They must ensure that the safety equipment is properly maintained and stowed and that the crew know where it is kept and how it is to be used.

1.2 Cardiff Bay Yacht Club accept no responsibility or liability for loss of life or injury to members or others, or for the loss of, or damage to, any vessel or property.

1.3 The owner and crew will be held jointly responsible for the conduct of the yacht's crew before, during and after a race. Misconduct may result in both owner and crew being excluded from future races and render a yacht liable to disqualification.

1.4 Yachts must hold a valid and current boat insurance which covers them for third party claims of up to £3,000,000 for the entire period of the series.

1.5 Crew members' attention is drawn to RRS 1.2 life-saving equipment . . . "Each competitor is individually responsible for wearing personal buoyancy adequate for the conditions."


1.6 No yacht may carry an anchor that overhangs its bow


1.7 Transom mounted outboard motors must be either stowed within the yacht or left in the vertical position while racing



2. Rules


2.1 The racing will be organised by Cardiff Bay Yacht Club and governed by these sailing instructions, The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of the RYA, and the rules of the IRC, except as any of these are changed by these sailing instructions.


2.2 The series are designated Category C as described in the ISAF Advertising Code.



3.  Eligibility


3.1 Yachts shall be self-righting, single hull vessels.


3.2 All yachts are required to display any sponsor’s stickers or flag as provided.


3.3 Yachts shall have a valid rating or handicap certificate for the class they wish to enter.


3.4 Yachts entering the IRC classes failing to supply a valid certificate by their entry into a series will be deleted from that series.


3.5 It is a condition of entry that competing yachts shall permit scrutineers to check the validity of handicaps against certificates and/or class rules. Yachts may also be scrutinised to ensure compliance with 1.1 All yachts must display their correct sail numbers or sail number boards or have name boards prominently displayed.


3.6 Failure to pay the Race Fee within two weeks of a yacht’s first start shall result in previous races being discounted.


3.7 Providing there are sufficient registered yachts racing will be organised into Fleets.  A race will consist of two or more yachts.


3.8 Yachts will be allocated to fleets as the Race Committee see fit.



4.  Radio Communication


4.1 All yachts must carry a working VHF radio and monitor Ch 37 while in the starting area and for the duration of the race.


4.2 Final course details and other information for competitors will be given by the race officer over VHF Radio. Normally channel 37 (M1) will be used. In the event of a problem with this then Channel 72. If possible the race officer will also announce this over Channel 37.


4.3 Yachts should refrain from communicating with the race officer or each other on the race channel between the warning signal and the start, except on matters of safety or unless contacted by the race officer.



5.  Notices to Competitors and Changes in Sailing Instructions


Notices to Competitors and Changes in Sailing Instructions will be displayed on the club website at www.cbyc.co.uk  and/or by the Race Officer on VHF Ch 37.


6. Schedule of Races


The schedule of races will be displayed on the Club website and be available in the 'Cruiser Racing Handbook' and from behind the bar.


7. Courses


“Round the Cans” course using navigation marks and islands in the upper Bristol Channel. Laid inflatable marks may be included.


The course details, including start and finish lines, which may be different, will be announced over the VHF before the warning signal.


Fleets may have different courses


Depending upon the numbers waiting to start, fleets may be grouped together or started as individual fleets


Courses may be chosen from the Course list that forms part of the Cruiser Racing Handbook



8. Starting & Finishing Procedures


Starts will be on the fixed line from Penarth Yacht Club  RRS 26 and 29 are modified in that the visual signals will be lights rather than flags and the operation of rule 30 will be announced over the VHF  at the preparatory signal rather than by the I, Z or Black flags.

The PYC start line is a transit between the red triangle on the bridge deck and the flagstaff. The outer distance mark is the orange buoy known as 'PYC ODM'.

The finish line will be a line between the red triangle and the ODM




Warning (5 min)

Red Light

Preparatory (4 min)

Yellow Light On

1 Minute

Yellow Light Off


Green Light On

Individual Recall

1 Steady White ON

General Recall

1 Flashing White ON      




All other signals will be given over the VHF without visual or sound signals.



10. Time Limits


No yacht may start more than 30 minutes after her starting signal.


For a Channel Race - 6 hours

For a 'Round the Cans' type course - 3 hours.    


Courses may be shortened as appropriate to ensure that the majority of the fleet can finish inside the time limits, in accordance with rule 32(e).



11. Protests


Boats intending to protest are requested to inform the race officer as soon as possible by radio etc. Protests shall then be delivered in writing to the race officer, member or delegate of the race committee within 2 hours of the end of racing for the day.


Official protest forms will be available behind the bar in the CBYC Clubhouse.



12. Scoring & Discards


12.1 The low point scoring system, in accordance with RRS 88.3, will be used.


12.2 Yachts scoring DNF or RET will score points for the number of starters in the race + 1. All other yachts not classified (ie DSQ, OCS etc) will score points for the number of entries + 2.


12.3 In the event of no boats completing a course within a time limit, all those that started will score 2 points.


12.4 Discards. 3 races sailed – all to count,4-7 races sailed – 1 discard, 8 races sailed – 2 discards.





13 Results


Results will be displayed on the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club website as soon as possible after the race.


Results may be calculated using the times of a previously completed part of the course.


14 Commercial Shipping

Commercial Shipping must not be impeded under any circumstances; this applies particularly in restricted waters. Inside the limits of the Port of Cardiff merchant vessels must be regarded as being constrained by their draft.


Failure to observe this rule may result in a Race Officer protest. In the event of serious breaches yachts may be disqualified from all races on the day of the incident or the team may be scored DND (points for number of entered teams plus 1) for that race.



Race Committee


     David Cairncross                  Principal Race Officer

     Steve Cooper                        Sailing Secretary, Cardiff Bay Yacht Club