January 2010


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


1.8 The ABP Port of Cardiff and the Cardiff Harbour Authority regulations and Notices to Mariners will apply.



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. 


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.


Unless otherwise specified races will be ‘Around the Cans’ (RTC) starting 2hours before High Water. Other race types will include Race over Low Water (RoLW) starting 1 hour before Low Water and a Low Water Race (LWR) starting over 2 hours before Low Water.


Additional races may be sailed at the end of any days racing as the Race Committee sees fit.


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, or from the end of Penarth Pier. The Race Officer will specify which line is in use. RRS 26 and 29 are modified in that no visual signals will be used 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 Race Officer shall give notice of the 5 minute signal and count down from 5 seconds to that signal by VHF.


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'. For Races over Low Water (RoLW) and Low Water Races (LWR), Mid Cardiff will be used as the ODM


The PYC finish line will normally be a line between the red triangle and the ODM, but for Races over Low Water (RoLW) and Low Water Races (LWR) the finish line will be between the red triangle and Mid Cardiff in which instance all yachts must call ‘Cardiff Bay Yacht Club Race Control’ on VHF Ch37 as they approach the finish line.


The Penarth Pier start line will be between the light mast at the end of Penarth Pier and the Outer Wrach buoy.  For Races over Low Water (RoLW) and Low Water Races (LWR), Mid Cardiff will be used as the ODM.

The Penarth Pier finish line will be the same as the start line. For Races over Low Water (RoLW) and Low Water Races (LWR), all yachts must call ‘Cardiff Bay Yacht Club Race Control’ on VHF Ch37 as they approach the finish line.



10. Time Limits


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


For a Low Water Races (LWR)  or Channel Races - 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 Yachts still racing at a race time limit will be awarded an equal share of the available points had they all completed the course. If there are no finishers then no points will be awarded.


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 scored DND from all races on the day of the incident.



Race Committee



     Steve Cooper                        Cruiser Racing Chairman

     David Cairncross                  Principal Race Officer