Sailing Instructions

2013 Windmill National Championship

Deltaville, VA

July 18-21, 2013

                                                                Host Club: Fishing Yacht Club                                        

Organizing Authority and Sponsor: Windmill Class Association


1.         RULES:

1.1       The regatta will be governed by the “rules” as defined in the 2013-2016 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of US Sailing, the rules of the Windmill Class Association (WCA), and these Sailing Instructions.  For any discrepancy existing between the Regatta NOR and these Sailing Instructions, these Sailing Instructions take precedent. 



2.1       Competitors must be current members of the WCA.  Boats must possess a measurement certificate to be eligible for the regatta.  (This provision may be waived by action of the Executive Committee).  In order to compete, each boat’s weight, sails and foils must pass measurement tests deemed appropriate by the WCA measurer.  A boat declared eligible may enter by completing registration with the regatta organizing authority.

                        2.2       Measurement and registration will be conducted at FBYC grounds.

                        2.3       Requests for crew substitutions must be submitted to the WCA.  After reviewing the                                               request, the WCA may, for just cause, approve the substitution.        



3.1       Notices to competitors will be posted on the Official Notice Board located inside the screen porch of the main FBYC Clubhouse.



4.1       Any changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted on the Official Notice Board prior to the Championship competitors meeting or by 0830 on subsequent days they take effect. Changes to the schedule of races will be posted no later than 1800 on the day before they take effect.



5.1       Signals made ashore will be displayed on the FBYC flagpole located on the Fishing Bay pier.

5.2       When a Postponement (Flag AP) is displayed ashore, the warning signal will be made not less than 60 minutes after Flag “AP” is lowered. This changes Race Signals in the RRS.


6.         SCHEDULE:

6.1       The schedule of events and races will be as follows:


Thursday, July 18                    Early Check‑in, measurement and inspection:  1200 -- 1800

                                                Youth Regatta competitors meeting: 1300

First Warning: 1400                                       

                                                                        Subsequent races to follow


Friday, July 19             Registration, measurement and inspection: 0800 -- 1000

Championship competitors meeting:  1000                                             

                                    First warning:  1200

Subsequent races to follow                                                                  No start after 1700



Saturday, July 20         First warning:  1000

Subsequent races to follow

                                                                        No start after 1600

                                                                        WCA Annual Meeting and Dinner:  1830 at Main Clubhouse


Sunday, July 21                       First warning: 1000

Subsequent races to follow

                                    No start after 1200   


6.2       The display of Code Flag A (white and blue vertical bars) on the Race Committee (RC) finish vessel at the finish of any race means, “No More Races Today”.


7.         RACING AREA:

7.1       Weather permitting, the race course(s) will be in the general vicinity of location B in Appendix 1.  Locations A and C are potential alternate racing areas depending on weather conditions.


8.         THE COURSES:

8.1       The courses for this regatta are illustrated in Appendix 2.  The course will be designated by a course board displayed on the starboard side of the RC Signal Boat no later than the warning signal for that race.  A numeral following a course designation indicates number of LEGS, which at the discretion of the RC may change, but will maintain the basic configuration of that course.

8.2       Depending on weather conditions, the RC may elect to set course W5 (or W3), or O (all with finishes at the Windward mark) as the last race of each day.  Those courses will not be set for earlier races.


9.         MARKS:        

9.1       Marks of the course will be orange cylinders, except for a leeward mark placed to windward of the starting line in courses W5 (or W3), and W4, which will be an orange tetrahedron.  Change marks will be yellow cylinders. 


10.       THE START:

10.1     Races will be started using RRS 26. 

10.2     After a delay in racing and/or prior to a new sequence, the RC may sound an Attention Signal, consisting of a series of short sounds approximately 1 minute before the Warning Signal.  This is not a timed signal.

10.3     Prior to the Warning Signal for the first race of each day in which a boat competes, each boat shall sail past the RC Signal Boat, hail her sail number, and be acknowledged by the RC.  This is a safety issue.  Failure to do this check-in may result in disqualification, or a lesser penalty, at the discretion of the RC, for that day’s racing.  This changes RRS 63.1 and A5.

10.4     The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the RC Signal Boat and the course side of the port-end starting mark (orange cylinder).   

10.5     The RC will attempt to hail OCS boats by sail number on Individual Recalls. Failure of the RC to make this hail, failure of a boat to hear the hail, a boat’s position in the sequence of notifications, or promptness of notification, will not be valid grounds for redress.  This modifies RRS 29.1 and 62.1(a).



11.1     The direction of a new mark when a change of course is signaled will be as indicated by RRS 33 (a)(2), and (c), by displaying Code Flag “C” and red flag or green pennant, with repetitive sound signals as appropriate.




12.       THE FINISH:

12.1     The finish line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the RC Signal Boat and the course side of the port-end finishing mark (orange cylinder). 


13.       TIME LIMIT:

13.1     The time limit for the first boat in each Start to reach the first mark in a race is 30 minutes from that boat’s starting signal.  If no boat in a Start passes the first mark within the time limit, the race for all boats in that Start shall be abandoned. 


13.2     The time limit for the first boat in each Start to sail the course and finish will be 90 minutes, beyond which the race shall be abandoned.  Boats failing to finish within thirty minutes after the first finished boat will be scored TLE and receive two points more than the last starting boat finishing that race.  This changes RRS rule 35.


14.       PROTESTS:

14.1     Written protests shall be delivered to the Protest Desk, located adjacent to the Official Notice Board within 60 minutes of the first RC boat docking (e.g., a mark boat). The docking time will be announced with displaying of Bravo flag on the FBYC flagpole accompanied with a sound signal, and the time will also posted on the Official Notice Board.

14.2     Protests shall be written on forms available in a folder attached to the Official Notice Board.  Protests will be heard in approximately the order they were received.  A list of protest hearings will be posted on the Official Notice Board within 15 minutes after the end of Protest Time.  Hearings will be held as soon as practicable on the second floor of the main clubhouse.

14.3     RRS Appendix T  Section B Post Race Penalties, and Section C  Expedited Hearings shall be in effect for this regatta.  The use of expedited hearings (desired) is dependent upon quick action/approval from all parties. 


15.       SCORING:                                                                                                                                    

                        15.1     The Low Point Scoring System of RRS Appendix A will apply with the following modifications:

                          If five or more races are completed, the worst score for one race for each boat will be discarded.  This changes RRS Appendix A2.

             15.2    Three races must be completed to constitute an official championship regatta.


16.       PRIZES:

                          16.1   Prizes will be awarded to the skipper and crew of the first ten finishers.  The first place boat will also be awarded the Windmill Class Association National Championship Trophy, a perpetual trophy. Prizes other than place in regatta racing may also be awarded at the discretion of the Class officers



                        17.1     Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to

                        Race.  The Organizing Authority and Host Club will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the