CSC Saturday 2022
1.1 The Racing will be governed by the racing rules of sailing 2021 - 2024 (RRS), the prescriptions of the ISA and by these sailing instructions.
2.1 Eligible boats may be entered by completing registration with the organizing authority, namely Courtown Sailing Club.
- Notice to Competitors
3.1 Notice to competitors will be posted on the notice board located at the steps. A notice of race will be posted at least one hour before the scheduled start time. For up wind races the OOD may conduct a briefing approximately one hour before the scheduled start of the race.
- Changes in Sailing Instructions
4.1 Any changes to the sailing instructions will be posted at least one hour before the start.
- Schedule of Races
5.1 Races are scheduled as per the club calendar. If a postponed or abandoned race is to be re-sailed, it will be at the Cruiser Officers discretion depending on available slots and weather.
- Class Flags
6.1 Class 1: Numeral Pennant 1 Class 11: Numeral Pennant 2
- The Course
7.1 The course to be raced will be posted on the club notice board at least one hour before the start. The course card lists the pre-designed courses. This course card defines the order in which marks are to be passed, rounding port or starboard. However, the OOD may post a custom course at their discretion.
7.2 The swim area bordered by the North Pier and the line of Yellow Buoys extending to the beach is an excluded zone and any boat racing in this area other than for reasons of safety will be disqualified from that race.
8.1 Marks A, X, B, D, E, Y, S are Flag Marks, Mark Z is a Yellow special mark, and are positioned approximately as shown on the course chart. An inner limit mark may be set for safety reasons. Any other marks will be described in the race notice.
- The Start / The Finish
9.1 Races will be started using rule 26
9.2 The start line shall be between the sea gate and the S mark. Or a start line set by the OOD.
9.3 The finish line shall be between the sea gate and the S mark unless the OOD specifies a different finish line.
10.1 Individual recalls will be signalled by the prompt flying of Code Flag X and the Class Flag(s) accompanied by one sound signal. In accordance with Rule 29.1
10.2 General Recalls will be signalled by the prompt flying of the General Recall Flag in conjunction with the Class Flag(s) accompanied by two sound signals.
- Shortening of Course
11.1 When a course is to be shortened, Code Flag S in conjunction with Class Flag(s) will be flown accompanied by 2 sound signals in advance of the leading boat approaching the finish mark. Boats shall finish between that mark and the OOD signal position.
- Time Limit
12.1 For “Round the Cans” races, the time limit will be 3 hours. The time limit for other races will be similar unless posted on the race notice. Boats failing to finish 30 minutes after the second boat in her class finishes or within the time limit, whichever is later, will score “Did Not Finish”. This changes rule 35.
12.2 A boat has 30mins from its start time to cross the start line. If it fails to do so it will be counted as "Did Not Start".
13.1 Protests shall be made in accordance with the procedure as laid down in the racing rules of sailing 2021 - 2024 and delivered to the OOD within 30 minutes of the last boat’s recorded finish. Protests will be heard as soon as possible.
13.2 Protests may only be submitted by the racing skipper.
13.3 All protests must be heard by a protest committee of at least, but not limited to three judges, designated by the Cruiser Officer and acceptable to all principal parties.
- Handicaps, Results and Scoring
14.1 Results for all races will be computed using the club handicap system with a 10% upper and lower limit per race.
14.2 Handicaps will be reviewed after every four races sailed. Handicaps will be reviewed in class X after every four races sailed.
14.3 Trophy Handicaps will be reviewed after every race and will start at Benchmark or adjusted benchmark for new boats.
14.4 Races are scheduled for league`s 1 & 2 of which at least three shall be completed to constitute a series. There will be 1 discard for every four races sailed in a League.
14.5 Trophy races incorporating two legs will be treated as a series with at least one race constituting the series and no discards.
14.6 The low point scoring system, rule A4, will apply, except that that the alteration as described in rule A9 will also apply. Ties will be decided in accordance with rule A7.
14.7 During the Covid-19 Return to Sailing Scheme, crew logs must be recorded for Contract Tracing. It is the responsibility of each Skipper to maintain these logs and make them available to the Cruiser Officer should the need arise.
- Radio Communication
15.1 A boat should not make radio transmissions while racing unless they are specifically about matters of safety.
16.1 Lifejackets or other personal buoyancy clothing must be worn by all competitors while racing.
16.2 It is recommended that all boats should comply with the 2001 ISA Yacht Safety Equipment requirements for category A.
** 17. Skippers and Crew
17.1 Competitors that sail more than 5 races on one or multiple boats must be registered club members. While there is currently no sanction for an infringement of this rule you are requested to read the explanatory note attached.
17.2 Nominated Skippers must be on board for 80% of races competed in. Exceptions may be made due to illness, injury etc at the Race Committees discretion.
- Race Entry
18.1 All Skippers or Owners must fill in a race entry form.
18.2 Single race entry requires entry form completed and returned to OOD a minimum of 1hour 15minutes before the race start time.
18.3 Season race entry form must be completed and emailed in to
19.1 Perpetual Trophies will be presented at the annual CSC prize giving. All trophies are to be stored in the CSC trophy cabinet.
19.2 Trophies can only be won by CSC registered boats.
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It is important that participants in our club activities are signed up members. This ensures the viability and continuance of access to low-cost sailing, something Courtown Sailing Club has always valued as one of its primary aims. While the cost of running the club is not directly related to the number of members, The number of members does impact the finances available to the club and this has a direct bearing on membership fees, mooring fees, club expenses etc.
However, the Committee does recognise that some people may want to "come and try it" before making a commitment to join the club and after some discussion it is felt that after five races a participant would know if it’s for them and hopefully continue as full members.
As "Guest participants" are deemed do so by invitation of a Skipper, they remain the responsibility of that Skipper for the duration of that event.