Eastbourne Regatta

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Welcome

The event is held over Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August 2017.

The event is open to all clubs, for both racers and cruisers. There is provision for a “gentlemans class”, which will be entirely separate to the racers, intended to allow cruising boats the opportunity to have a go at racing away from the main fleet. This year we have plenty of shoreside activities with a classic car show, bands, and some Bug dingy racing in the north harbour.

For more details downlaod the official leaflet: SHYC Regatta 2017 Leaflet

Along with first class yacht racing which our regular entrants have come to expect,
we will be holding a separate class for cruising yachts who would like to participate
in the fun of the regatta but would prefer not to ‘mix it’ with the committed racers.
For those who can’t get enough there will also be informal dinghy racing in the SHYC
‘BUG’ dinghies. This will take place in the sheltered waters of the North Harbour on
Saturday after the ‘serious’ racing has finished for the day.
The waters off Eastbourne are sheltered by the downs from the prevailing winds, and
therefore provide excellent conditions for both racing and cruising.
Our shore side team are putting on events that will make this regatta unique,
designed to entertain not only the sailors in the evenings but friends, family and
everyone interested during the day. There will be bands and bars, along with fun
and games for all. We have two floors of yacht club all devoted to the regatta, with
bars, beers, music, cream teas in the afternoon and filling food for sailors and
supporters alike.
S.H.Y.C., in conjunction with Premier Marinas Eastbourne are offering 50% off berthing fees.
Even if our normally reliable fair weather should decide to not favour us we have lots
of room indoors so we will still have a weekend not to be missed. Once again this will
be one to remember.
Chris Young
Rear Commodore Racing- Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club

Sailing Instructions:

EASTBOURNE REGATTA 2017

Organised by Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club

 

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

 

 

1. RULES

1.1 The regatta will be governed by:

(a) The current Racing Rules of Sailing.

(b) The prescriptions of the RYA Racing Charter (www.rya.org.uk/racing/charter).

(c) The prescriptions of IRC or NHC as applicable to the fleet.

(d) The ORC regulations or, where such rules are in place, the class rules of the entered yacht.

1.2 If there is a conflict between languages the English language will take precedence.

1.3 All competing yachts shall display the appropriate class pennant from their backstay or, in the absence of a backstay, some other conspicuous position at the stern of the yacht to indicate which class they are competing in.

1.4 In addition to her mainsail, yachts competing in NHC shall carry on board no sails whatsoever other than a sail defined under rule 50.4 of RRS.

2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official regatta notice board located within the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club. International code flag “L” will be displayed on the flagstaff at Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club.

3. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

3.1 Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted on a committee boat afloat on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted on the official notice board by 2000 on the day before it will take effect.

4. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed from the signal mast situated within Sovereign Harbour.

4.2 When flag “AP” is displayed ashore, “1 minute” is replaced with “not less than 60 minutes” in the race signal “AP”.

4.3 When flag “Y” is displayed afloat or ashore RRS 40 applies.

5. SCHEDULE OF RACES

5.1 The IRC and NHC schedule of races is as follows:

Number of races
DATE IRC 1 IRC 2 NHC
26/08/17 3 3 3
27/08/17 3 3 3

 

5.2 Races for the cruiser class shall be advised at the briefing.

5.3 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the race of each day is as follows:

DATE TIME
26/08/17 09:55 BST
27/08/17 09:55 BST

 

5.4 Except after a general recall, no warning signal will be made on the last day of the regatta after 15.00hrs.

6. CLASS FLAGS

6.1 The class flags will be as follows:

(a) IRC1: Numeral pennant 1

(b) IRC2: Numeral pennant 2

(c) NHC: International code flag G

(d) Cruiser Class: Numeral pennant 3

6.2 When a numeral pennant is displayed below the “AP” its meaning shall be the length of the postponement in hours and shall not relate to one of the classes shown above.

7. RACING AREA

7.1 Racing will take place offshore from the main entrance to Sovereign Harbour.

8. COURSES

8.1 The course to be sailed will be announced by and displayed on the committee boat no later than the preparatory signal for each class along with an approximate compass bearing of the first mark. The race committee will make all possible efforts to convey this information to competing yachts by VHF transmission using channel 72. Failure to make such a transmission, wholly, partly, or at an incorrect time will not be grounds for redress. This instruction changes RRS Rule 62.1(a).

9. MARKS

9.1 Marks will be a mixture of fixed marks and inflatable buoys.

10. THE START

10.1 All races will be started as laid down in RRS Rule 26 with the warning signal being displayed 5 minutes before the start.

10.2 The start line will be between a mast or staff on the committee boat displaying an orange flag and the adjacent inflatable mark.

10.3 The committee boat will be announced at the skippers briefing.

10.4 Yachts whose warning signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting area and avoid impeding those yachts about to start in earlier races.

10.5 A yacht starting later than 4 minutes after her starting signal will be scored DNS without a hearing. This instruction changes RRS Rules A4 and A5.

11. THE FINISH

11.1 The finish line will be between a mast or staff on the committee boat displaying a blue flag and the adjacent inflatable mark.

11.2 The finish line will be laid prior to when the first boat begins the final leg.

12. TIME LIMITS

12.1 Time limits and target times are as follows:

CLASS TIME LIMIT

(minutes)

TARGET TIME

(minutes)

IRC 1 120 90
IRC 2 120 90
NHC 120 90
 

 

12.2 There are no prescribed time limits for the Cruiser class.

12.3 Any boat that fails to finish within 45 minutes of the leading boat shall be scored DNF without a hearing. This instruction changes rules 35, A4 and A5.

13. PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

13.1 Protests shall only be made on the official protest form available at the SHYC clubhouse.

13.2 The protest time limit is 2 hours after the last boat has finished the last race of the day.

13.3 On the last day of the event 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 30 minutes after the party requesting the reopening was informed of the decision on that day.

14. SCORING

14.1 The Low Point scoring system shall be used.

14.2 The prescriptions as set out under RRS Appendix A shall apply.

14.3 The number of discards allowable is given in the Notice of Race.

14.4 A list of race results will be posted on the Race Notice Board as soon as possible after the last yacht has finished the race. Series results will be based on official race results published following the last race of the series.

15. SAFETY REGULATIONS

15.1 A yacht may be inspected for compliance with safety requirements at any time by a person appointed by the Organising Authority for that purpose.

15.2 Any yacht refusing, failing or unable to comply with any of the safety regulations may be subject to protest.

16. RADIO COMMUNICATION

16.1 The race frequency shall be Marine Band VHF Channel 72.

16.2 During the race, the Organising Authority call‐sign shall be ‘Suntrap Race Control’.

16.3 General announcements to competitors shall be announced using call‐sign ‘Regatta Fleet’.

16.4 Except in an emergency, during the start sequence and while racing a yacht shall neither make radio transmissions nor receive radio communications not available to all competing yachts.

 

17. INSURANCE

17.1 Each participating yacht shall be insured for racing with third‐party liability insurance in the name of the Person in‐Charge and any surrogate with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 per event or the equivalent.

 

 

Entry Form: Entry-Form SHYC Regatta 2017