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THE FIFE REGATTA 2013

28 JUNE to 5 JULY 2013

The Organising Authority is The Fife Regatta 2013 Committee
in conjunction with the Scottish Sailing Institute.

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

1 RULES
The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).

2 ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
2.1 The regatta is open to yachts that have been invited by the Fife Regatta Committee.

2.2 Classes will be determined by the Fife Regatta Committee depending on the numbers of entrants and their handicaps.

3 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors will be posted on the Official Notice Board, which will be attached to the Fife Regatta Trailer. The Fife Regatta Trailer will be located as follows:

Venue Fife Regatta Trailer Location
Largs Near Largs Sailing Club
Rothesay Near the Harbour Master’s Office
Tighnabruaich Near Tighnabruaich RNLI Station
Portavadie Near Portavadie Marina Reception

 

4 CHANGES IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Any change(s) to the sailing instructions will be posted not less than one hour before the first start on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 20:00 on the day before it will take effect.

5 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
5.1 Signals ashore will be displayed from flagpoles attached to the Fife Regatta Trailer which will be located as described in SI3.

5.2 When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 60 minutes’ in the race signal AP. This changes RRS Race Signal AP.

6 SCHEDULE OF RACES & CLASS FLAGS
6.1 A Competitor’s briefing will take place as shown in the table below, note that the briefing for Tuesday’s race will take place on Monday afternoon at 13:30. All other briefings will take place on the morning of the corresponding race.

Day Date Briefing Time Briefling Location Activity Time of First Warning Signal Number of Races
Saturday 29 June 2013 08:30 Largs SC Series Racing 10:55 1
Sunday 30 June 2013 08:30 Largs SC Series Racing 10:55 1
 Monday 01 July 2013 13:30 Tighnabruaich RNLI Station Cruise to Tighnabruaich
 Tuesday 02 July 2013 Series Racing 10:55 1
 Wednesday 03 July 2013 Lay Day
 Thursday 04 July 2013 08:30 Portavadie Marina Reception Series Racing 10:55 1
 Friday 05 July 2013 08:30 Largs SC Series Racing 10:55 1

 

6.2 Class Flags will be as follows:

Class Flag
Class 1 Fife Dragon in a WHITE background
Class 2 Fife Dragon in a BLUE background
Class 3 Fife Dragon in a YELLOW background

 

7 RACING AREAS
The racing areas are as shown in the diagrams in the Appendices to these Sailing Instructions.

8 COURSES
The diagrams in the Appendices to these Sailing Instructions show the courses, including the order in which marks are to be passed and the side on which each mark is to be left. They do not indicate the angle or distance between legs.

9 MARKS
Marks shall be as described in the Appendices to these Sailing Instructions. Start and finish marks shall be blue cylindical inflatable marks.

10 THE START
10.1 The starting line will be between the mast displaying an orange flag on the Committee Vessel and a blue inflatable race mark. When a yellow inflatable mark is laid near the committee boat approximately on the starting line, it is a starting limit mark that shall be left on the same side as the nearby committee boat. Boats that do pass between the yellow mark and the committee vessel shall be subject to protest by the race committee. The protest committee may impose a lesser penalty than DSQ.

10.2 Boats whose preparatory signal has not been made shall not sail within 100 metres of any side of the starting area between the warning signal and the clean start of another class.

11 FINISHING LINE
The finishing line will be between the staff or mast displaying a blue flag on the committee vessel and an inflatable finishing mark.

12 TIME LIMITS
The time limit shall be 17:00hrs on each day for all classes. Boats failing to finish within the time limit will be scored Did Not Finish. This changes RRS 35 and A4.

13 PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
13.1 Protest forms are available at the same location as the official notice board at each destination. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.

13.2 The protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day. The actual Time Limit will be posted on the Notice Board at the conclusion of racing.

13.3 Notices will be posted within 15 minutes of the expiry of the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will take place at a venue to be identified on the Official Notice Board at each destination.

13.4 Notices of protests by the race committee will be posted to inform boats under RRS 61.1(b).

13.5 Protests will be heard as soon as possible, in approximately the order of receipt. It is the responsibility of the Protestor, Protestee and Witnesses to make themselves available for the hearing.

13.6 On the last day of the Regatta a request for reopening a hearing shall be delivered:
(a) within the protest time limit if the party requesting reopening was informed of the decision on the previous day;
(b) no later than 10 minutes after the party requesting reopening was informed of the decision on that day.
This changes RRS Rule 66.

14 PENALTY SYSTEM
14.1 A boat that is identified as OCS at her starting signal shall receive, without a hearing, a time penalty of 3% of her elapsed time rounded up or down to the nearest second. Such a boat should not attempt to return and restart as this will not remove the penalty. No individual recall will be displayed. This changes RRS 29.1 and 63.1.

14.2 A boat that starts more than 20 seconds before her starting signal may be scored “Did Not Start” (DNS), or the protest committee may impose an alternative penalty.

14.3 RRS 44.1, 44.2, 44.3 shall not apply. A boat that may have broken a rule of RRS Part 2 or RRS 31 may take a time penalty unless she has caused serious damage or injury, in which case she shall retire. The penalty shall be 2% of her elapsed time rounded up or down to the nearest second. A boat taking such a penalty shall inform the race committee as soon as possible after finishing racing for the day.

15 SCORING
15.1 One race is required to be completed to constitute a series.

15.2 (a) When fewer than 4 races are completed, a boats series score shall be the total of her race scores.
(b) When 4 or more races have been completed, a boats series score shall be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

15.3 Results will be calculated using the KLR Formula rating system.

16 SAFETY REGULATIONS
16.1 Clydeport Operations Limited Restrictions.

NARROW CHANNELS. Attention is drawn to the International Regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea, 1972. Particular notice shall be taken of Rule 9b which states that “a vessel of less than 20m in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway”. Whilst racing or on a passage in the Firth of Clyde north of Cumbrae Head yachts must regard any such recommended channels as a “Narrow Channel” within the meaning of the IRPCS 9b.

Furthermore Clydeport Operations Limited has decreed that any waters in the Firth of Clyde where vessels by virtue of their size, draught, speed or proximity to land, hazards and other vessels are unable to manoeuvre freely must be regarded as a “Narrow Channel”. Whilst racing any yacht which is unable for reasons of lack of wind or other cause, to sail clear of a large power driven vessel shall start her engine and/or paddle in order to clear and thereafter shall report full details to the Race Committee.

Competitors are reminded of the Clydeport Operations Limited Byelaw which prohibits yachts and other craft from manoeuvring within 100m of any ferry terminal.

16.2 The protest committee may impose a lesser penalty than DSQ for breaches of SI16.

17 PRIZES
17.1 Prizes will be as determined by the Fife Regatta Committee.

17.2 The Prizegiving will be held on Friday 05 July 2013 after racing.

18 RISK STATEMENT
18.1 Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.”

18.2 Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

(a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

(b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

(c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

(d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

(e) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

(f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.

19 INSURANCE
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 per event or the equivalent.

 

Appendix A

THE CUMBRAES RACE

 AppendixA

A1. THE START
A1.1 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the committee vessel, anchored off Largs Yacht Haven, and a blue inflatable mark in the vicinity of Ballochmartin Bay.

A2. THE COURSE
A2.1 The course to be sailed shall be indicated by a black letter on a white background displayed from the committee vessel.

A2.2 CLASS 1 and CLASS 2 will sail 2 rounds of the course, CLASS 3 will sail 1 round of the course.

A2.3 COURSE A: North about Great Cumbrae (approx 11.5 nm per round).

Start/Finish Line Cross South to North
“Hun3″ Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to PORT
“Hun1” Navigation Buoy (yellow) Leave to PORT
“C” Navigation Buoy (green) Leave to PORT
 Orange Inflatable Race Mark Leave to PORT
 (approx. Position 55°46.5N, 04°56.6W)
 No 38” South Cardinal Buoy Leave to PORT
 “Hun 9” Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to PORT

All boats shall cross the finish line at the end of each round.

 

A2.4 COURSE B: South about Great Cumbrae (approx 11.5 nm per round).

Start/Finish Line Cross North to South
“Hun 9” Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to STARBOARD
“No 38” South Cardinal Buoy Leave to STARBOARD
Orange Inflatable Race Mark Leave to STARBOARD
(approx. Position 55°46.5N, 04°56.6W)
“C” Navigation Buoy (green) Leave to STARBOARD
“Hun1” Navigation Buoy (yellow) Leave to STARBOARD
“Hun3″ Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to STARBOARD

All boats shall cross the finish line at the end of each round.

A3. THE FINISH
A3.1 The finishing line is the same as the starting line.

A3.2 Lap times shall be recorded and may be used to calculate results in the event of boats not completing the course.

A3.3 SHORTENED COURSE: The course may be shortened at any mark of the course or at an inflatable buoy (that is not necessarily a pre-defined mark of the course) laid specifically for shortening the course. In the event of a shortened course boats shall finish between a committee vessel displaying flag “S” and the adjacent mark.

 

Appendix B

THE ROTHESAY RACE

AppendixB

B1. THE START
B1.1 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the committee vessel, anchored off Largs Yacht Haven, and a blue inflatable starting mark in the vicinity of Ballochmartin Bay.

B2. THE COURSE
B2.1 CLASS 1 and CLASS 2 only: Largs to Rothesay via Inverkip (approx. 15.5nm)

Start Cross South to North
“Hun 3” Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to PORT
“L” Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to PORT
“O” Navigation Buoy (green) Leave to PORT
“No 35” Navigation Buoy (green) Leave to STARBOARD
Finish Cross East to West

 

B2.2 CLASS 3 only: Largs to Rothesay (approx. 8nm)

Start Cross South to North
“Hun 3” Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to PORT
“C” Navigation Buoy (green) Leave to STARBOARD
“No 13” Isolated Danger Beacon Leave to STARBOARD
“No 36” Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to PORT
Finish Cross East to West

 

B3. THE FINISH
B3.1 The finishing line will be between the staff or mast displaying an orange flag on a committee vessel located in Rothesay Bay and a blue inflatable mark.

B3.2 SHORTENED COURSE: The course may be shortened at any mark of the course or at an inflatable buoy (that is not necessarily a pre-defined mark of the course) laid specifically for shortening the course. In the event of a shortened course boats shall finish between a committee vessel displaying flag “S” and the adjacent mark.

 

Appendix C

THE LOCH FYNE RACE

 AppendixC

C1. THE START
C1.1 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the committee vessel, anchored off Kames, and a blue inflatable starting mark.

C2. THE COURSE
C2.1 CLASS 1 and CLASS 2 only: Kames to Portavadie via Inchmarnock (approx. 17nm)

Start Cross North to South
“Inchmarnock Island” Leave to STARBOARD
Orange Inflatable Race Mark Leave to PORT
(approx. position 55°48.4N, 05°14.1W)
Finish Cross South to North

 

C2.2 CLASS 3 only: Kames to Portavadie.(approx. 11nm)

Start Cross North to South
No 47 Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to STARBOARD
Orange Inflatable Race Mark Leave to PORT
(approx. position 55°48.4N, 05°14.1W)
Finish Cross South to North

 

C3. THE FINISH

C3.1 The finishing line will be between the staff or mast displaying an orange flag on a committee vessel located near Portavadie Marina and a blue inflatable mark.

C3.2 SHORTENED COURSE: The course may be shortened at any mark of the course or at an inflatable buoy (that is not necessarily a pre-defined mark of the course) laid specifically for shortening the course. In the event of a shortened course boats shall finish between a committee vessel displaying flag “S” and the adjacent mark

 

Appendix D

THE BUTE RACE

 AppendixD

D1. THE START
D1.1 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the committee vessel, anchored near Portavadie Marina, and a blue inflatable starting mark.

D2. THE COURSE. Portavadie to Largs via Garroch Head (approx. 20nm)

Start Cross North to South
“Inchmarnock Island” Leave to PORT
Orange Inflatable Race Mark Leave to STARBOARD
(approx. position 55°44.6N, 05°07.2W)
“Isle of Bute” Leave to PORT
“No 38” South Cardinal Buoy Leave to PORT
“Hun 9” Navigational Buoy (red) Leave to PORT
Finish Cross South to North

 

D3. THE FINISH
D3.1 The finishing line will be between the staff or mast displaying an orange flag on a committee vessel located near Largs Yacht Haven and a blue inflatable mark.

D3.2 SHORTENED COURSE: The course may be shortened at any mark of the course or at an inflatable buoy (that is not necessarily a pre-defined mark of the course) laid specifically for shortening the course. In the event of a shortened course boats shall finish between a committee vessel displaying flag “S” and the adjacent mark

 

Appendix E

THE “KING’S COURSE” RACE

AppendixE

E1. THE START
E1.1 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the committee vessel, anchored in Largs Bay to the North of Largs Pier and a blue inflatable mark.

E2. THE COURSE
E2.1 CLASS 1 and CLASS 2 only: The first round of the “Kings Course” as sailed in 1891 (approx. 14.5nm)

Start Cross South to North
“J” Navigation Buoy (red) Leave to PORT
Orange Inflatable Race Mark Leave to PORT
(approx. position 55°50.6N, 05°00.0W)
Orange Inflatable Race Mark Leave to PORT
(approx. position 55°47.5N, 05°00.0W)
“Hun1” Navigation Buoy (yellow) Leave to STARBOARD
Finish Cross North to South

 

E2.2 CLASS 3 only: The Second round of the “Kings Course” as sailed in 1891 (approx. 10 nm)

Start Cross North to South
“Hun1” Navigation Buoy (yellow) Leave to PORT
Orange Inflatable Race Mark Leave to PORT
(approx. position 55°50.6N, 05°00.0W)
“Hun1” Navigation Buoy (yellow) Leave to STARBOARD
Finish Cross North to South

 

E3. THE FINISH
E3.1 The finishing line will be the same as the starting line.

E3.2 SHORTENED COURSE: The course may be shortened at any mark of the course or at an inflatable buoy (that is not necessarily a pre-defined mark of the course) laid specifically for shortening the course. In the event of a shortened course boats shall finish between a committee vessel displaying flag “S” and the adjacent mark

 

Fixed Mark Approximate Position
“C” Navigation Buoy (green) 55°48.1N, 04°55.3W
“Hun 1” Navigation Buoy (yellow) 55°48.1N, 04°54.2W
“Hun 3” Navigation Buoy (red) 55°47.6N, 04°53.5W
“Hun 9” Navigation Buoy (red) 55°44.7N, 04°54.4W
“J” Navigation Buoy (red) 55°51.5N, 04°54.7W
“L” Navigation Buoy (red) 55°52.4N, 04°54.6W
“No 13” Isolated Danger Beacon (black red black) 55°49.7N, 05°00.3W
“No 35” Navigation Buoy (green) 55°51.0N, 05°00.0W
“No 36” Navigation Buoy (red) 55°50.8N, 05°01.4W
“No 38” South Cardinal Buoy (yellow black) 55°44.4N, 04°57.1W
“No 47” Navigation Buoy (red) 55°49.6N, 05°11.7W
“O” Navigation Buoy (green) 55°54.6N, 04°54.6W
“Portachur” Navigation Buoy (green) 55°44.4N, 04°58.5W

 

The approximate positions of temporary inflatable race marks are given in the course
descriptions detailed in appendices A through E.

 

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