SAILING PORT ELIZABETH

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Effective from 01 June 2019 to 30 June 2020

Version 1.2  19 June 2019

RULES

The races will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing

Racing Rule 52 is further changed during the Double Handed Series to also allow autopilots and self-steering equipment.

NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

Notices to the competitors will be posted on the SailingPE website no later than 24 hours prior to the event.

CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 08h00 on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 20h00 on the day before it will take effect.

SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

Signals made ashore will be displayed at the mast in front of the ABSM Marina up until the race committee has left the dock for the starting area.

When flag AP is displayed ashore at the mast in front of the club ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 45 minutes’ in the race signal AP.

SCHEDULE OF RACES

As allocated on the sailing Callander

RACING AREAS

The races will be sailed in and around Algoa Bay.

THE COURSES

The courses may be posted on the club noticeboard up to 60 minutes before the scheduled start of a race. The courses will be announced at least 30 minutes before the start of any race on VHF Channel 72.

It is the intention of the race committee to also distribute the courses via a WhatsApp group. Skippers need to supply the Sailing Office with one or more cell numbers for their boat to be used for the WhatsApp distribution.

MARKS

The marks may be any of, or a combination of, harbour buoys, permanent marks, ABYC marks and yellow, orange and red inflatable buoys and virtual marks.

THE START

Racing Rules A4 and A5 are changed so that a boat that does not start within ten minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing.

THE FINISH

All finishing times will need to be recorded on the I-Sail App. In this case you can cross the finish line and take your own time, report it to the race officer via whats app as soon as possible after racing.

TIME LIMITS

If in the opinion of the Race Officer the leading yacht in any race has not maintained or is not likely to attain an average speed of 2 knots, the race may be abandoned.

There is no time limit for a race.

PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

Protest forms are available at online. Protests shall be submitted within the protest time limit and handed in at the Sailing Office.

The protest time limit for each class is 90 minutes after the last boat of each class has finished the last race of the day.

Notices will be posted within 30 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. All competitors will be notified about hearings by email within 72 hours.

Notices of protests by the race committee will be conveyed or posted, to inform boats under rule 61.1(b).

For the purpose of rule 64.3 (b) the ‘authority responsible’ is a measurer appointed by the organizing authority or if not appointed, a Measurer appointed by the Protest Committee.

SCORING

Club and Virtual Race Series:

When three or fewer races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When four or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding the worst score. When six or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding the two worst scores. 

Club Championships: ( Club Racing and Virtual Distance Races Series)

When four or fewer races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When five or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding the worst score. When eight or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding the two worst scores. 

When eleven or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding the three worst scores.

SAFETY REGULATIONS

A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.

All crew must wear a recognised PFD when taking part in Double-Handed races.

DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

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

INSURANCE

Each participating boat is required to be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of R2,5 million.