Mid Thames Trophy: Sailing Instructions

Mid Thames Trophy
5th MAY 2018
Hampton Sailing Club


The safety of a boat and her entire management including insurance shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/person racing the boat who must ensure that the yacht and crew are adequate to face the conditions that may arise in the course of the race. Nothing whether in the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions or elsewhere limits or reduces the absolute responsibility of the owner/person in charge of the crew, the boat and her management.

Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the boat, nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of a boat taking part in the racing. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and event, and include but are not limited to the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer and patrol boats.

1. Rules

The races will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017- 2020, the prescriptions of the RYA, these Sailing Instructions, and the Notice of Race. The Notice of Race will be displayed on the club noticeboard and on the club website.

2. Entries

Eligible boats may be entered by completing the entry form. There is an entry fee of £10 per boat to cover coffees, lunch and tea.

The number of entries per club will be at the discretion of clubs with a recommendation not to exceed 10 boats per club.

3. Handicaps.

RYA handicap numbers as announced in 2018 will apply

3. Noticeboard

Notices to competitors shall be posted on the official noticeboard located in the clubhouse adjacent to the course diagram. The Official Course will be that shown on the course board adjacent to the timekeepers’ box on the starting line.

4. Changes to the Sailing Instructions

Should be it necessary to change the sailing instructions, flag “L” over the class or heat flag will be displayed on the flagstaff at least 30 minutes before the start of the first race affected by the change.

5. Signals

Signals will be displayed from a mast adjacent to the starting line, normally the flagstaff at the timekeepers’ box.

6. Schedule of Races

3 Races, the warning signal for Race 1 will not be before 10.55 hours. The start time for each race will be displayed on the board in the clubhouse.

7. Class Flags

Handicap – Flag no.1

8. Racing Area

Illustration. Note “out of bounds areas”. Competitors shall not sail in these areas at any time.

8. Racing Area

9. Course

Courses will be set by marks, which are buoys. For each class, the sequence and side in which these buoys shall be rounded during each lap together with the number of laps to be sailed will be indicated on the course board displayed at the timekeepers’ box on the starting line, before the class warning signal.

  1. Marks

Letters are used to denote the marks and their approximate positions are shown on the illustration. Note – these letters are not painted on the marks, which are small yellow, red, pink or orange buoys.

11.1 The Start

Races will be started using the 5, 4, 1 start system RRS 26. RRS 29.3 – in the event of an individual recall flag X will be flown (and a second sound signal).  A General Recall will be indicated by two consecutive sound signals and the first substitute flag.

11.2 Starting Line

This will normally be a line across the river being the projection of the transit poles on the timekeepers’ box.  The outer distance mark will be laid as close as practical to this line.  When a fair start line and /or a satisfactory length for the first leg of the course cannot be provided by the length, angle or position of the club line, an alternative starting line will be defined on the Official Noticeboard.

  1. The Finishing Line

This will be a line across the river, being the poles at the timekeepers’ box in transit. Once the first boat in the race has finished all the other boats in the race shall be finished as they cross the line in the same direction as the leading yacht irrespective of the number of laps that they have completed. This changes rule 28.1.

  1. Penalties

The Scoring penalty system (RRS 44.3) shall not apply.

  1. Entries

Each club is recommended to limit entries in any one race to a maximum of ten

  1. Time Limit

The race time limit shall be 2 hours. Any boat failing to finish within 30 minutes after the first boat finishes will be scored “Did not Finish”.

  1. Protests

Protests shall be written on forms available from the race officer / timekeeper and returned to them within 45 minutes of the boat which is making the protest finishing.  The Race Officer or an assistant will advise parties to the protest of the time of the hearing.

  1. Scoring & Awards

The low point system (RRS Appendix A4) will apply. Number of Races (RRS A1).

  1. Three races will be held of which all will count towards the Team trophy.  The points from the leading boats from each club will be totalled after each race with three races to count.  The number of boats that score will be in line with the club with the fewest entries, to a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5.   If only two boats from a club compete then that club will score two results for each race plus a DNC score based on the number of boats in the fleet plus 1( to a maximum of 10 boats per club.)
  2. Two races will count towards a prize for the individual (and crew) in the lowest score boat and two races will count for the individual cadet (u.17) or cadet/crew with the lowest score.
  • Three races will count towards a prize for the lowest scoring single hander.
  1. Results will be governed by the RYA PY handicap numbers as updated in 2018. A two handed boat sailed by a single sailor will have her yardstick  reduced  by 10 in line with the RYA PY 2018 guidance for the Mirror Dinghy.
  2. RRS A2 and “scores not discardable” will apply. Boats that did not start, did not finish or retired after finishing will be scored according to RRS A4.2 save that a boat which does not come to the starting area shall be scored points for the finishing place two more than the number of boats entered in the series. Ties will be broken according RRS A8.

17 Change of Helm

Any change of helm will be classifed as a new entry

18  Personal Buoyancy

All under 8 years of age must wear adequate personal buoyancy at all times when on club premises and on boats or when sailing except when inside the club house under supervision. All must wear personal buoyancy when sailing if Flag Y is displayed.

  1. Declarations

Declarations are required to be signed within 30 minutes of finishing. A form will be posted on, or adjacent to, the Official Noticeboard in the clubhouse.

  1. 21  Local rules and hazards.

The helm of a capsized boat may request a patrol boat to assist with raising his mast to the water        surface. This will be held not to infringe rule 41.

Hauling out, making fast and anchoring.

A boat does not have to be afloat at her preparatory signal. This changes rule 45.

  1. Temporary Membership

Competitors are welcomed as temporary members for the duration of the event.


HSC Sailing Secretary


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