All races shall be sailed under the current 2021 - 2024 World Sailing Rules in so far as they are not inconsistent with these instructions. When changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing take place, they shall apply to the first race and thereafter of the B&FYC series following the adoption date.
The race organisers shall not be liable for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner/competitor, their skipper or crew, as a result of their taking part in the race or races. Moreover, every owner/competitor warrants the suitability of their boat for the race or races.
It is the boat owner's responsibility to carry insurance protection for third party liabilities of at least £2,000,000.
Except in Club Opens, no sailing directions will be given to entrants, but the directions listed herein will apply
Personal Buoyancy, Anchor and Paddles
All dinghies racing under the Club's burgee are strongly advised to carry a suitable anchor, warp and paddle. The helmsperson and crew from the start to the finish of the race must wear personal buoyancy (flotation devices) and any boat failing to comply will be disqualified.
All dinghies racing must comply with their Class Association Rules and hold a valid measurement certificate to be produced to the Dinghy or Fleet Captains on request. This rule can be waived at the discretion of the Dinghy Captain.
There will be four fleets,
Fast Handicap for craft with a P.Y. lower than 1044; Class flag ICF ‘F,’
Medium Handicap fleet for craft with a P.Y. of between 1045 to 1178; Class flag ICF ‘D’
Slow Handicap fleet for those Monohulls with a P.Y. greater than 1178, or sailors new to racing; Class flag ICF ‘6’
Flying Fifteen One Design Fleet; Class Flag “Flying Fifteen Insignia”
Entries will be accepted up to the sound of the first sound signal in all races (other than open races, when an entry form must be received by the relevant Sailing Secretary on or before the closing date or time noted thereon). In the interest of safety, ENTRIES SHALL BE IN WRITING on the appropriate form, as set out by the Race Officer of the Day.
Declaration must be signed after racing or on retirement, within 30 minutes of the last yacht finishing, to permit the orderly withdrawal of rescue services. Failure to do so shall render the yacht liable to disqualification.
The first race of each day
There may be four starts and for each start World Sailing Rule 26 will apply i.e. 5, 4, 1, go.
The first start will be for the Medium Handicap fleet that will start at the lowering of ICF "D" at the advertised time of the race. The Fast Handicap fleet will start at the lowering of ICF "F" following the medium handicap start. The Flying Fifteen One Design fleet will start at the lowering of “Flying Fifteen Insignia” flag following the fast handicap start. The Slow fleet will start at the lowering of ICF "6" following the Flying Fifteen One Design start.
The second and subsequent race of each day will be sailed back to back
There may be four starts and for each start World Sailing Rule 26 will apply i.e. 5, 4, 1, go.
The first start will be for The Flying Fifteen One Design fleet will start at the lowering of the “Flying Fifteen Insignia” flag. The Slow fleet will start at the lowering of ICF "6" following the Flying Fifteen One Design start. The Medium Handicap fleet will start at the lowering of ICF "D" following the Slow fleet start. The Fast Handicap fleet will start at the lowering of ICF "F" following the Medium handicap start.
The order of Starts when Offshore / Keel Boats and Dinghies are using the Club Line for starting
There may be five starts and for each start World Sailing Rule 26 will apply i.e. 5, 4, 1, go
1st start Medium Handicap dinghies at the lowering of ICF "D".
2nd start Fast Handicap dinghies at the lowering of class flag "F"
3rd start Flying Fifteen One Design fleet at the lowering of “Flying Fifteen Insignia” flag
4th start Offshore / Keel Boat Fleet at the lowering of ICF "B"
5th start Slow fleet at the lowering of ICF "6"
Fleets may be combined at the discretion of the Race Officer. In the interest of fair sailing, you are required to keep clear of the start line until your "Warning Signal" has been given.
Club Buoy is the Orange Buoy opposite the Clubhouse. No. 1 is situated off the South Jetty.
The Club House starting line will be between the Signal Mast on the Starting Box and Club Buoy. The starting line at Fleetwood shall be as defined by the Race Officer on the day.
The Start Line on the water shall be between an outer mark nominated by the Race Officer and a committee boat flying a flag.
The Clubhouse finishing line will be between the Signal Mast on the Starting Box and Club Buoy.
The finish line on the water shall be between a mark of the course and a committee boat flying a flag.
Course Sailed and General Race Management
The course to be sailed will be indicated by the Race Officer at the Club House, or at the Temporary Starter's Box for races sailed at Fleetwood. When water-based start lines are used, the vicinity of the start line, windward mark and course will be displayed on the Club Notice Board and/or on the Committee Boat.
A race shall not be abandoned before the start, if three or more boats have entered that race. However, the Race Committee may abandon the race in accordance with World Sailing rule 32.
A yacht shall be disqualified for technical anchoring by means of the crew standing on the Club Slip within one minute of the start signal.
If no boat finishes the race, then that race will be deemed abandoned.
One Additional Long Sound Signal and ICF "X" flown until all boats have started correctly or 4 minutes after the start.
Two Additional Long Signals and ICF "1st Substitute" flown. The new start shall be 5 minutes after the last scheduled fleet has started and each other recalled fleet shall then follow in order.
Shortened Course and Signal
The Race Officer ashore will make two sound signals and display ICF "S" and the appropriate class flag as the leading yacht in that fleet approaches a mark of the course. All boats shall then round or pass that mark on the required side and proceed to cross the finish line from the direction of the last mark.
Fast Handicap Fleet - ICF "F"
Medium Handicap - Fleet - ICF "D"
Slow Fleet - ICF "6"
Flying Fifteen - “Flying Fifteen Insignia” flag
However, if the sound signals and the appropriate flags are made from the committee boat, flying a flag, adjacent to a mark then the race will finish at that mark.
The course may also be shortened on any lap as the leading yacht in that appropriate fleet approaches the club line. The Race Officer will make two sound signals and display ICF "S" and the appropriate fleet flag as the leading yacht approaches the Club line.
Racing Rule Penalty
The One-Turn and Two-Turn alternative penalty shall apply in accordance with World Sailing. Rule 44.
A yacht wishing to protest another for an infringement of a racing rule must notify the Sailing Committee or Race Officer, either verbally or in writing, within 30 minutes of the last yacht finishing, (Written protests, are preferably submitted on a Protest form available from the Race Box). If all parties agree, the protest will be dealt with using the RYA Arbitration process. Alternatively, the dispute may be referred to a formal Protest Hearing. In this instance a written protest will be required.
All protests resulting from Slow fleet racing will be dealt with using the RYA Advisory hearing process.
Where a series of races is sailed for a trophy or prize, points in each race of the series shall be awarded as follows: - First Boat 1 point, Second Boat 2 points, Third Boat 3 points and so on. Retirement (RTD) will count as points equal to the number of boats in the race plus 1.
Disqualification (DSQ) will count number of boats in the Series plus 2.
Did Not Start(DNS)but having signed on will count number of boats in series plus 1.
Any member may enter one boat for a series and count points towards that series when either they or his regular crew helms the boat. With the Dinghy Captain's approval, a member may helm another boat of the same class and count points to their score, providing their reason for changing boats is to promote sailing within the club.
In the event of a tie in any Club Series, the ultimate winner will be decided according to World Sailing Appendix A8.
Number of Races Held - Allowed Discards
1, 2 0
3, 4 1
5, 6 2
7, 8, & 9, 3
10 or more 4
Average points will be awarded to a race officer/rescue crew who do their nominated or swapped duty. Average points will only be awarded for one day's duty in any one series. It is the duty of the race officer, to ensure the names of the rescue crew are on the score sheet so average points can be awarded correctly.
Series to be Sailed
The above series shall be for: Fast, Medium, Flying Fifteen and Slow Fleets.
The above series shall be for: Fast / Medium Fleets combined and Slow Fleet.
The above series shall be for: Fast / Medium Fleets combined with a time adjusted start and result for the Flying Fifteen Fleet, and a separate Slow Fleet. In this series the Flying Fifteen Fleet will start the 2nd race after the Fast/Medium Fleets combined.
Bank Holiday Series
The above series shall be for: Fast, Medium, and Slow Fleets.
River Race Series
Wyre Light Series
The above series shall be for: The Flying Fifteen Fleet.
The Championship Series will include results from the Club Regatta and the Eskimo Pursuit Race where Championship Series club competitor’s results will be based on their standings. The result from the Eskimo will count as double points to the Championship Series and this result will be non-discardable in the series.
Amendments to Sailing Instructions
The Dinghy Committee may introduce changes throughout the year with regards to the number of fleets or handicap boundaries. Changes will be posted at least 2 weeks prior to the start of a new series by an amendment to sailing instructions.
Note to Race Officers and Safety Crews
It is the responsibility of the named persons in the dinghy programme carry out their allotted the Race Officer / Safety duties. If you are unable to undertake these duties on the appropriate date, then you are required to find a replacement by swapping with someone else. Amend the dinghy programme on the ‘Dinghy notice Board’ within the nominated replacement and sign and date; also inform the series co-ordinator of the change.
A person who does not fulfil their race officer / rescue duty, or conduct a swap notifying the series co-ordinator shall be awarded a non-discardable DSQ for those races
The Race Officer should ensure that there is sufficient water at each mark of the course. Wherever possible the first mark of the course should be to windward. Fleet starts may be combined but this should generally only occur, when the first mark of the course is to windward. Slow Fleet races should be limited to a maximum of 40 minutes in duration.
It is the responsibility of the race officer to make sure the race box, fuel store and garages are locked and secure after racing.
The Race Officer shall record the first and last name of the helm, the class and the full sail number of each boat that starts the race, with either the elapsed time or the start and finish times for each boat in the race, or if they retired or disqualified. They will also record their name and that of the rescue crew on the results If this is done correctly then they will receive OOD in the results for those races.
The Race Officer (with the help of the rescue) will take note of any boat that sailed the wrong course and will mark the results of any boat that does so. Any boat that sails the wrong course will not be given a finish, but their time recorded and give the option to retire from that race or take other action as appropriate.
Safety Crews are under instruction of the Race Officer.
At least one person on the boat shall be dressed so that they can enter the water if necessary. Personal buoyancy is to be worn at all times whilst on safety duty and the kill cord must be worn around the knee of the driver whilst the engine is running.
It is the responsibility of the rescue crew to turn off the radios, isolate the battery and remove the fuel after flushing the engine and washing the RIBs
In adverse conditions, two rescue boats should be launched, even if only one is to be used. The other should be tied to a club jetty.
Safety boats should not be retrieved from the water until all competitors have returned to shore or vacated the race area.
Notes for Series Co-ordinators
The primary role of a series co-ordinator is to ensure all necessary support is provided on race day, so racing proceeds smoothly.
The key requirement is to ensure that the Race Officer and Safety Crew carry out their allotted duty in line with the roster published in the club handbook.
All sailors are required as a condition of racing, to carry out a minimum number of sessions in a year. -
The Series Co-ordinator needs to: -
Have available a set of keys for the duty Race Officer.
Ring the Race Officer not later than one week before his duty day to confirm availability.
If necessary, remind him that it is his responsibility to arrange a swap.
Ring the Safety Crew not later than one week before his duty day to confirm availability.
If necessary, remind the named persons that it is his / her responsibility to arrange a swap,
NO SAFETY - NO RACING
Remind inexperienced Race Officers to bring watch and pencil.
Ensure the Race Officer shall either give the results to the scorer in person or emailed the results to the scorer at email@example.com and then put the completed Race Sheets in the Dinghy Captain's pigeonhole (in the cloakroom).
Full instruction in how to conduct a race at BFYC are available in the Race Box or on the web. For any other arising, contact the Dinghy Captain.
Series co-ordinators are listed on the sailing programme / club notice