OD & Junior GSIs

2022 One Design and Junior General Sailing Instructions

Races are governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2026.

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located inside the FBYC Main Clubhouse first floor screen porch.

Any change to these sailing instructions will be posted on the Official Notice Board by the end of the Skippers’ Meeting on the day it will take effect or, on a day when there is no Skippers’ Meeting, at least 60 minutes prior to the first warning signal.

4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on a Race Committee Boat at the FBYC Fishing Bay Dock or on the flagpole on the FBYC Fishing Bay Dock.
4.2 When a notice or an addendum to these sailing instructions has been posted (see Section 2), display of code flag "L" will be made ashore.
4.3 When flag "AP" is displayed ashore, '1 minute' is replaced with ‘not less than 45 minutes' in the race signal AP.


5.1 The dates of events and number races planned are published in the ONE DESIGN SAILING EVENTS section of this FBYC Yearbook and are available online at www.fbyc.net/events/.
5.2 Flag "A" displayed with no sound while boats are finishing means, ‘no more racing that day.’
5.3 No warning signal will be made after 1600 on Sundays or the after 1500 on last day of a multi-day regatta.


Class Flags shall be white flags with class insignia, or as posted as an addendum to the Sailing Instructions per Section 3 (Changes to Sailing Instructions.)


The racing area(s) will be in the Fishing Bay area and the mouth of the Piankatank River in the vicinity of the areas designated “A”, “B”, “C”, and “D” on the chartlet as shown in FBYC Sailing Events Book Appendix C, FBYC ONE DESIGN SAILING CHARTLET, and online at www.fbyc.net.


8.1 Example courses are illustrated in the FBYC Sailing Events Appendix D, EXAMPLE COURSES – DROPPED MARK COURSES, and online at www.fbyc.net. The example course diagrams show the approximate angles between legs, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left.
8.2 The course for each class will be designated by displaying letter(s) on the Race Committee Signal Boat. A number following the course designation will indicate the number of legs. (Other examples include: "W2" is windward/leeward, "W4" is windward/ leeward/ windward/ leeward, and “H5” is windward/ leeward/ windward/ leeward/ windward.)
8.3 The “S” letter following the course designation indicates that boats finish to starboard of the Race Committee boat, between the Race Committee boat and a finishing mark, when sailing to windward.
8.4 The “L” letter following the course designation “W” indicates that the Race Committee will set two windward marks; the classes designated to sail the “L” course will round the farther windward mark, and all other classes will round the nearer windward mark.


The rounding marks will be inflatable marks.

10.1 Races will be started by using The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 26.The starting line will be between the staff from which an orange flag is displayed on the Race Committee signal boat and the starting mark (pin).
10.2 Boats starting later than four (4) minutes after their starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing. This changes rules A4 and A5.
10.3 All Juniors will start with their respective classes except as noted in the Event Notice for a specific event.
10.4 Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for other classes.
10.5 As a courtesy to alert boats that a starting sequence will begin shortly, the Race Committee may sound multiple sounds as a warning. This is a not timed sound signal.
10.6 Each boat is required to check in at the Race Committee signal boat by hailing her sail number and class and being acknowledged by the Race Committee before the warning signal of the first race in which she intends to participate. A boat may not protest a breach of this instruction. This changes Rule 60.1.

10.7 Where ability grouped fleets are undertaken within a One Design Class all boats will start together unless otherwise amended. The B fleet boats shall fly a ribbon no less than one inch wide and twelve inches long on the main sail leech approximately one foot above the clew.


The Race Committee may attempt to notify OCS boats. Failure to hail, the order of the hail, the hail of some but not all, or the untimely hail of OCS boats will not be grounds for redress. This changes rule 62.1 (a).


If during the signaling of a change of course, one of more class flags are flown under the change of course Flag “C”, then the change applies only to those indicated classes. If there are no class flags flown, the change is applicable to all classes. This changes Rule 33.

13.1 The finishing line will be between the staff from which a blue flag is displayed on a Race Committee signal boat and the designated finishing mark.
13.2 A boat sailing the course whose finish position cannot be changed no matter how she finishes, may be requested by the Race Committee to immediately return to the starting area. Such a boat will be scored as though she had completed the race. This changes Rules 28.1, 35, A4.1 and A4.2.


14.1 The time limit will be sixty (60) minutes.
14.2 Boats failing to finish within twenty (20) minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes, will be scored “Did Not Finish” without a hearing. This changes Rules 35, A4 and A5.


15.1 A boat intending to protest another boat must so notify the Race Committee by hail immediately after finishing or retiring. This notification must include the boat name and/or sail number of the boat being protested and must be acknowledged by the Race Committee. This changes Rule 61.1(a).
15.2 The time limit for filing written protests is one hour after the Race Committee moors at FBYC. This protest time limit will be posted on the Official Notice Board. If the Race Committee posts a list of boats scored OCS, ZFP, or BFD on the Official Notice Board before expiration of the protest time limit, the time for filing a request for redress based on such a score shall be made no later than 30 minutes after the protest time limit. This changes Rule 62.2.
15.3 A notice of protests and requests for redress filed, approximate hearing times and place of hearing will be posted on the Official Notice Board within 30 minutes after the end of protest time.
15.4 Any skipper wishing to become party to a redress hearing must notify the Race Committee in writing within 45 minutes after the end of protest time.


16.1 A competitor’s failure to appear for a protest hearing will be considered avoidable absence under Rule 63.3(b).
16.2 The Scoring System for Daily Results is the “Low-Point Scoring System” as described in Appendix A (Scoring), except that:
a) When fewer than six (6) races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. This modifies Rule A2.
b) A boat that did not start, did not finish, retired, or was disqualified shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats competing in that race. Where ability grouped fleets are used the number of boats will pertain to the number of boats in the specific group. This modifies Rule A4.2.

c) Ability grouped fleets will be scored as separate fleets.
16.3 The Scoring System for Series Results is the “High-Point Percentage Scoring System” as described by US Sailing.
Under the “High-Point Percentage Scoring System,” each boat finishing that race and not thereafter retiring or being disqualified will be scored as follows:
Finishing Place                  Score
First                                  N
Second                             N-1
Third                                 N-2
Fourth                               N-3
Each place thereafter       Subtract 1 point
'N' will be defined as the number of boats that compete in a particular race. All other boats that compete in that race, including any that finish and thereafter retire or are disqualified, will score 0 points. Boats that do not compete in that race (DNC) will not be scored. 
a) The series score for each boat will be a percentage calculated as follows: divide the sum of her race scores by the sum of the points she would have scored if she had placed first in every race in which she competed; multiply the result by 100. No scores will be excluded.
b) The qualified boat with the highest series score is the winner, and others are ranked accordingly. To qualify for series awards a boat shall finish 51% or more of the series races completed.
c) Each boat that competes in the series and attains 100% participation will receive an additional 3 points added to the sum of her race scored.
d) One race is required to be completed on two or more days to constitute the series.

e) Ability grouped fleets will be scored as separate fleets.
f) Appendix A8 (Series Ties) is modified to specify that if methods A8.1 and A8.2 do not resolve a tie between two or more boats, the final result shall be a tie.
16.4 In a Series only, if the Race Committee abandons the race pursuant to RRS Rule 32.1 after one or more boats has finished: For daily awards: Finished boats shall be scored according to their finishing places and the boats remaining on the course shall be scored one point more than the number of boats that finished the race prior to abandonment. For series awards: Finished boats shall be scored according to their finishing places and the boats remaining on the course shall be scored one point less than the number of boats that finished the race prior to abandonment. This changes RRS 32.1 and 35.
16.5 Current Portsmouth Yardstick D-PN Handicaps found on the US Sailing web site will be used to score races comprised of unlike boats.
16.6  Race results and other notices will be posted on the official notice board following conclusion of each day’s racing and may also be posted on the Club website.


17.1 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the Race Committee as soon as possible. Failure to notify as soon as possible will result in disqualification for the last race the boat started prior to retiring.
17.2 A boat shall carry all equipment required by her class rules. If not so specified, she shall also carry one USCG-approved PFD for each person on board.

Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing, nor receive radio communications not available to all boats, unless the class rules allow. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.

Prizes will be given as follows and determined by the total number of boats starting within the applicable sailing class:

    MINIMUM #   
    MINIMUM #   
First   3      First   3  As determined by Event Chair
Second   5      Second   5  
Third   6      Third   7  
           Fourth   10  

Competitors participate in any regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Office Mail: Fishing Bay Yacht Club, 2711 Buford Road #309, Bon Air, 23235,
Clubhouse Address: 1525 Fishing Bay Road, Deltaville, VA 23043 (no mail delivery)

Phone Numbers: Club House 804-776-9636

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