Cardiff Bay Yacht Club
Applicable from 1st January 2007
Each yacht should carry a working radio. All communications will be on VHF Channel 37 (M.,P1,37A) In case of difficulties on Channel 37 the OOD will inform the fleet of an alternative Channel. The call sign will be "CBYC Race Control"
The safety of a yacht and her entire management, shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/competitor racing the yacht who must ensure that the yacht and her crew are adequate to face the conditions that may be encountered in the course of the race. Neither the establishment of these Sailing Instructions nor the inspection of the yacht under these conditions in any way limits or reduces the absolute responsibility of the owner/competitor for his crew, his yacht and the management thereof. The race organisers shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner/competitor,
his skipper or crew, as a result of their taking part in the race or races. Moreover, every owner/competitor warrants the suitability of his yacht for the race or races. All
competing yachts must have registered with the race officer or the Secretary.
Yachts shall have a valid rating or handicap certificate for the class they wish to enter.
3.1 Providing there are sufficient registered yachts racing will be organised into Fleets. A race will consist of two or more yachts.
IRC - Flag "R" (+numeral)
PY - Flag "K"
Sportsboats Flag "J"
4.1 The course for each fleet will be announced by VHF prior to the fleet/class signal. It may be repeated between the preparatory signal and the one-minute signal.
Start AND FINISH LINES
5.1 PYC STARTS
The PYC start line shall be a transit between the red triangle on the bridge deck and the flagstaff. An outer distance mark will be laid.
The finish line will be a line between the red triangle and the ODM.
When using the Barrage Starting Hut the starting and finishing line will be a line from the main mast in the front of the hut to Inner Wrach Buoy. The race officer will abort the start if advised by ABP that a vessel is about to enter the Wrach Channel within 10 mins of the start. Yachts waiting to start should, whenever possible, keep out of the Wrach Channel.
As per 5.2.
Yachts are advised not to sail within 100 yds of either side of Penarth Pier. (This is to avoid inconveniencing anglers and other users of the Pier).
SIGNAL VISUAL SOUND
Warning (5 min) Red ON One
Preparatory (4 min) Red and Amber ON One
1 Minute Amber OFF One Long
Start Red & Green ON One
Individual Recall 1 Steady White ON One
General Recall 1 Flashing White ON Two
Note: The starting sequence for the next class will be the start of the previous class
The starting sequence for the recalled class or classes will recommence after all other classes have started.
In the event of a light failure the time will rule for the starting signals, the remaining colours indicate the sequence.
Vis – No Red – Start on Green 4 min after Amber ON, No Amber – Start on Green 5 min after Red, No Green – Start 1 min after Amber OFF.
If any recall lights fails sound signals and VHF will apply. It remains the responsibility of each yacht to start correctly.
In periods of poor visibility yachts should identify themselves prior to crossing the finish line
Postponements will be announced on VHF as per 1.3
6.1 A boat start may be used when a committee boat is available. Competitors will be notified by VHF of the intention, approximate position and courses to be sailed.
SIGNAL VISUAL SOUND
Warning (5 min) Class Flag – UP One
Preparatory (4 min) Code Flag "P"- UP One
1 Minute Flag "P"- DOWN One Long
Start Class Flag – DOWN One
Individual recall Code Flag "X" – UP One
General recall Code Flag "1st Sub – UP Two
Note: Code flags "I", "Z" or a Black Flag may be used
as the Preparatory Signal when appropriate
Courses may be taken from the course list or decided upon by the Race Officer to suit prevailing conditions. Either way they will be announced by VHF as per 1.3
This will be between the main mast of the committee boat and an ODM unless the committee boat is unable to remain on station. The finishing line will then be that of the a club finish line which will be announced by VHF as per 1.3
Courses may be shortened at any mark in which case yachts will finish between the mark and a vessel displaying a flag ‘S’
7.1 The time limit, for the lead yacht, will be 3 hours for an individual race or 2 hours per race when ‘back to back’ races are planned, yachts still sailing at the cut off will be awarded equal points – one more than the last finisher. Where no yacht finishes all those still sailing will be awarded 2 points.
8.1 Protests must be made in writing and lodged with the Race Officer within 2 hours of protesting yacht finishing the days racing, yachts may also lodge their intention to protest with the Race Officer by VHF. Protests lodged after this time will be heard at the discretion of the of the Protest Committee. Protest will be heard as soon as possible and parties involved should make themselves available.
9.1 Commercial Shipping must not be impeded under any Circumstances. Failure to observe this rule will result in a Race Officer protest.
9.2 All yachts are to be aware that within the defined limits of the Port of Cardiff they are under the jurisdiction of Associated British Ports (ABP), the statutory authority, and must comply accordingly with any directions given by the Harbour Master. It is strongly recommended by the ABP that all vessels should monitor VHF Channel 14 within the harbour area.
10.1 Any yacht retiring from a race should inform the Race Officer by VHF (This is safety measure to account for all yachts at the end of racing)
11.1 After an infringement of RRS part 2 and getting well clear a yacht may take a TWO TURN penalty i.e. two continuous turns to include 2 Tacks and 2 Gybes.
13.1 Competitors waiting to start must keep clear of those yachts about to start, they should also keep clear of the course side of the start line.
14.1 The winner of each series will be the yacht with the lowest score, after discounts, of all races sailed in that series. In the event of a tie, RRS A2.3 will decide final places.
15.2 Transom mounted outboard motors must be either stowed within the yacht or left in the vertical position while racing.
Issue 1.1 Dated: 1st January 2007