Cruiser Sailing Instructions

CSC Cruiser Sailing Instructions 2023

Midweek racing

  1. Rules

The Racing will be governed by the racing rules of sailing 2021 - 2024 (RRS), the prescriptions of the ISA and by these sailing instructions.

  1. Entries

Eligible boats may be entered by completing registration with the organizing authority, namely Courtown Sailing Club.

  1. Notice to Competitors

There will be no posted notice to competitors for midweek racing. All information pertaining to the race will be transmitted to the fleet by VHF Ch 8 radio communication no less than 6 minutes prior to the start of the race.

  1. Changes in Sailing Instructions

Any changes to the sailing instructions will be transmitted to the fleet by VHF radio communication (CHANNEL 8) no less than 6 minutes prior to the start of the race.

  1. Schedule of Races

Races are scheduled as per the club calendar. If a postponed race is to be re-sailed a new date will be set within 24 hours otherwise it will be abandoned..

  1. Class Flags

Class 1: Numeral Pennant 1 Class 11: Numeral Pennant 2

  1. The Course

The course to be sailed will set by the OOD.

  1. Marks

Marks A, X, B, D, E, Y, S are Flag Marks made from bamboo and are positioned approximately as shown on course chart in the racing manual. An inner limit mark may be set for safety reasons.  Any other marks will be described in the race notice.

  1. The Start / The Finish

9.1 Races will be started using rule 26 or by VHF radio communication. CH8.

9.2 The start line will be between the Club Sea Gate and Mark S unless the OOD specifies a different start line.

9.3 The finish line will be between the Club Sea Gate and Mark S unless the OOD specifies a different finish line.

  1. Recalls

10.1 General and Individual Recalls will be made by VHF radio communication by the OOD. This alters rule 29.1.

  1. Shortening of Course

When a course is to be shortened, the OOD shall notify the fleet by VHF radio, Boats shall finish between the S Mark and the Club Sea Gate ..Unless the OOD specifies a different finish line.

  1. Time Limit

12.1 For mid-week “Round the Cans” races, the time limit will be 2 hours. 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.

  1. Protests

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 either the Cruiser Officer , the OOD or the Results Cordinator and acceptable to all principal parties.

  1. 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.

14.3 Races are scheduled for leagues 3 and 4 of which at least three shall be completed to constitute a series. There will be 1 discard for every four races sailed in leagues 3 and 4. 

  1. Radio Communication

15.1 When using an "On The Water OOD" a boat is required to inform the OOD by VHF radio when it is approching and crossing the finish line .Other than that a boat should not make radio transmissions after the warning signal, unless they are specifically about matters of safety. Compeditors are also advised that they should note their finish time. 

  1. 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 shall comply with the 2001 ISA Yacht Safety Equipment requirements for category A.

  1. Skippers and Crew **

17.1 Competitors who sail more than 4 races on one or multiple boats must be registered club members. ** You are requested to read the explanitary note attached.**

17.2 Nominated Skippers must be on board for 80% of races competed . Exceptions may be made due to illness, injury etc at the Race Committee's discresion. 

  1. Race Entry

18.1 All Skippers or Owners must fill in a race entry form

18.2 Single race entry filled in 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the fee paid 3 days before your first race.

  1. Prizes

Perpetual Trophies will be presented at the annual CSC prize giving. All trophies are to be stored in the CSC trophy cabinet. 

Trophies can only be won by CSC registered boats.

** Note..

Rule 17

It is important that participants in our club activities are signed up members. Apart from possible insurance implications 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 committment to join the club and after some discussion it is felt that after four races a participant would know  if it's for them and hopefully continue as associate and subsequently full members.

As "Guest participants" are deemed to do so by invation of a Skipper , they remain the responsibility of that Skipper for the duration of that event.

If non members wish to participate in more than four events on one or more boats ,they may do so upon payment of 20 euro per event prior to participation, up to a maximum of 200 euro annualy at which point they would be excused further fees. (These fees do NOT confer club membership) Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the fifth and subsequent  boats being  excluded from the results.  One race equals one event and includes all leagues.

Contact number for Courtown Sailing Club is 089 4941404. is the official web address for Courtown Sailing Club.