Cruiser Sailing Instructions

CSC Cruiser Sailing Instructions 2018

Version 2.6

 1. Rules

The Racing will be governed by the racing rules of sailing 2017 - 2020 (RRS), the prescriptions of the ISA and by these sailing instructions.


 2. Entries

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


 3. Notice to Competitors

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 the up wind races the OOD will conduct a briefing approximately one hour before the scheduled start of the race.


 4. Changes in Sailing Instructions

Any changes to the sailing instructions will be posted at least one hour before the start.


 5. Schedule of Races

Races are scheduled as per the club calendar. If a postponed or abandoned race is to be re-sailed it will be rescheduled within one hour of postponed or abandoned respectively.


 6. Class Flags

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


 7. The Course

The course to be raced will be posted on the clubs notice board at least one hour before the start. The diagrams in the racing manual show the pre-designed courses, including the order in which are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left.


 8. 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.


 9. The Start / The Finish

9.1 Races will be started using rule 26.

9.2 The start line will be between the OOD signal position and the Start mark set by the OOD.

9.3 The finish line shall be between the OOD signal position and the mark S unless the OOD specifies a different finish line.


 10. Recalls

Individual recalls will be signal by the prompt flying of the Class Flag(s) accompanied by one sound signal. This alters rule 29.2.


 11. Shortening of Course

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.


 12. Time Limit

For “Round the Cans” races, the time limit will be 3 ½ hours. The time limit on other races will be posted on the race notice. Boats failing to finish 60 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.

12.1 A boat has 30mins from the start time to cross the start line. If it fails to do so it will be counted as DNS.


 13. Protests

Protests shall be in writing on a protest form and delivered to the OOD within 30 minutes after the time of the last boat’s finish. Protests will be heard as soon as possible.

13.1 All protests must be heard by the Cruiser Officer or a member of the protest committee.


 14. 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 five races sailed in leagues 1 and 3. Handicaps will be reviewed after every four races in league 2 and 4. Handicaps will be reviewed in class X after every five races.

14.3 Ten races are scheduled for leagues 1, twelve races are scheduled for Leage 2 of which at least four shall be completed to constitute a series. There will be 1 discard for every five races sailed in leagues 1 and 2. Eight 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.

14.4 Trophy races incorporating two legs will be treated as a series with at least one race constituting the series and no discards.

14.5 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.


 15. Radio Communication

15.1 A boat should not make radio transmissions while racing, unless they are specifically about matters of safety.

15.2 Radio communication may be used for mid-week racing starts and finished only.


 16. 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.


 17. Skippers and Crew

17.1 Competitors that sail more than 70% of the time must be registered club members.

17.2 Nominated Skippers must be on board for 80% of races competed in.


 18. Race Entry

All  must fill in a race entry form 2018 attached.

18.1 Single race entry filled in and returned to OOD a minuim of 1hour 15minutes before the race start time.

18.2 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 3days before your first race.


 19. Prices

Trophys and leagues can only be won by Courtown Sailing Club mooring holders.


Marks Positions


                                    D                                                         B

            E                      Y                                 S                      X                     A


                                                                     Sea gate

Courtown tide times.