for Friday Night Series

Sailing Instructions for Friday Night Series

  1. RULES
    1. The Series will be governed by the 2013-2016 Racing Rules of Sailing.
    2. WFPHRF rules apply to PHRF classes.
    3. One Design class rules of eligible participating classes apply.
    4. In the event of conflict between WFPHRF rules or One Design class rules and these sailing instructions, these sailing instructions shall prevail.
    1. Eligible boats must register and pay an entry fee of $10 for a single race or $50 for the entire series.
    2. PHRF boats must have a current WFPHRF Rating Certificate.
      1. RLC ratings shall be used.
      2. PHRF Boats that do not have a current WFPHRF Rating Certificate may compete; however they shall not be scored.
    1. Classes will be Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Multi-Hull, Cruising, Portsmouth, and any One Design Class with 4 or more entries. Classes may be combined at the race committee's discretion.
    1. Any changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted to the Official Notice Board no later than 1 hour before the first warning for the race conducted that day.
    1. Signals made ashore will be displayed on the flagpole in front of the SSS Clubhouse.
    2. When flag AP is displayed ashore, 'minute' is replaced with 'not less than 30 minutes' in the race signal AP.
    1. Schedule of Races can be found below, and the SSS website calendar.
    2. The scheduled time for the Warning signal is 1825.
  7. Class Flags
    All PHRF classes 1 start Code Flag 'T'
    PHRF Spinnaker Purple with a white triangle
    PHRF Non-Spinnaker Brown with a white X
    PHRF Multi Hull Pink with a dark equals sign
    PHRF Cruising Light Blue with a dark block C
    Portsmouth/One Design Class flag described by Race Committee at registration.
    1. The Race Committee will display the course(s) to be sailed on a white board prior to the warning signal for the race.
    2. All marks are to be left to port unless followed by 'S', in which case it shall be left to starboard.
  9. MARKS
    1. Marks 13, 15, 16, 17, NP-19, and NP refer to Government maintained marks.
    2. Marks A through L refer to marks maintained by SSS.
    3. The Start mark for Friday Series will be ICW 13.
    4. The Race Committee may change the Start mark at their discretion and will fly the 'L' (follow me) flag in order to guide competitors to the new start mark.
  10. CHECK IN
    Each boat shall sail by the race committee signal boat, hail her sail number, and be acknowledged by the race committee. This shall be done before the warning flag of the first race in which she competes.
    1. Races will be started using rule 26.
    2. The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the race committee signal boat and the course side of the designated starting mark.
    3. The starting order of the classes will be posted on a white board displayed from the signal boat.
    4. Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for other races.
    1. The finish line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the race committee finish boat and the course side of the designated finish mark.
    2. If the race committee is absent when a boat finishes, she should report her finishing time, and her position in relation to nearby boats, to the race committee at the first reasonable opportunity.
    1. Rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by a One-Turn Penalty.
    1. Boats failing to finish within 2.5 hours of their start shall be scored TLE (time limit Exceeded) without a hearing. This changes rules 35, A4, and A5.
    2. Boats failing to finish within 45 minutes after the first boat of their class sails the course and finishes shall be scored TLE (time limit exceeded) without a hearing. This changes rules 35, A4, and A5.
    1. Protest forms are available outside the SSS Club Office. Protest shall be delivered to the race committee within the protest time limit.
    2. The protest time limit is 30 minutes after the arrival of the race committee signal boat at the dock. The same time limit applies to protests by the race committee about incidents they observe in the racing area and to requests for redress. This changes rules 61.3 and 62.2.
    3. Hearings will be scheduled on the next Thursday beginning at 1800 hours.
    1. Boats will be scored in accordance with the High Point Scoring System.
      1. Boats shall receive one point for each boat, in its respective class, that it finishes ahead of in a race.
      2. Boats shall receive one additional point for completing a race.
      3. Boats that receive a DSQ shall be scored with zero points for that race.
      4. Boats that do not compete, do not start, or do not finish a race will receive zero points for that race.
    2. A boat with crew serving on race committee, in lieu of the boat racing, will be scored with points equal to first place for that race. It is incumbent on the boat to report their volunteer time to the scorer. This is limited to no more than one race in the series.
    Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.
    The race committee will monitor VHF 72.
  18. PRIZES
    Weekly prizes will be awarded after racing. Series awards will be presented at the Labor Day Regatta skippers meeting.
    A weekly trivia contest will be conducted in conjunction with the Racing Series. Prizes will be awarded to the participant who first correctly answers the weekly trivia question and also participates in that week's race.
    Competitors compete in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4 Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


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Version 1, 13 March 2016