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SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
2000 Rhodes 19 East Coast Championship 
August 18-20, 2000
Hosted by Rhodes 19 Fleet 36, Sandy Bay Yacht Club - Rockport, Massachusetts

1 - RULES
The regatta will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 1997-2000 (RRS) as amended, the prescriptions of the United States Sailing Association, the rules of the Rhodes 19 Class Association, the Notice of Race, except as any of these are altered by these Sailing Instructions, and by these Sailing Instructions.

2 - ENTRIES
Eligible boats may be entered by completing registration with the organizing authority. This regatta is open to any yacht from a Rhodes 19 fleet meeting applicable fleet and class rules and payment of Rhodes 19 class association dues and entry fee.

3 - NOTICE TO COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located next to the Snack Bar.

4 - CHANGES IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Any change in the Sailing Instructions will be posted before 0900 on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 2100 on the day before it will take effect.

5 - SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the flag pole.

5.2 Code flag "AP" with 2 sound signals means "The race is postponed". The warning will not be less than 45 minutes after "AP" is lowered.

5.3 Code Flag "B" with one sound signal means "Protest Time has begun." When lowered, with one sound signal, it means "Protest Time has ended".

6 - SCHEDULE OF RACES

Races are scheduled as follows:

Friday, August 18 Race 1 Warning Signal at 1100 hours
Race 2 Following Race 1
Saturday, August 19 Race 3 Warning Signal at 1100 hours
Race 4 Following Race 3
Sunday, August 20 Race 5 Warning Signal at 1100 hours

7 -  RACING AREA
The racing area(s) will be as shown on the attached chart.

8 - THE COURSE

8.1 The attached diagram shows possible courses, including the approximate angles between legs, the order in which marks are to be rounded or passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left.

8.2 The letter of the course selected will be displayed on the Race Committee Boat. 

8.3 The approximate compass bearing from the starting line to the first windward mark will be displayed from the Race Committee boat.

9 - MARKS

9.1 Yellow tetrahedrons will be used.

9.2 New marks, as provided in SI 12, Change of Course After The Start, will be identified with a black horizontal band.

9.3 Government marks or buoys must be honored with the exception of Green Can "C3" NNW of Gap Head, and Red Nun "R2" at Oak Rock inside Thacher Island.

10 - RESPONSIBILITIES OF COMPETITORS

10.1 Each competitor shall check in on the starboard side of the Race Committee Boat prior to the first race each day. Yachts failing to do so will be scored "DNS". Late arrivals shall notify the Race Committee. (changes RRS A2)

10.2 Yachts withdrawing from a race, not starting a race, or retiring for the day shall notify a Race Committee vessel as soon as possible.

11 - THE START

11.1 Races will be started using Rule 26, System 2.

11.2 The starting line will be between a staff, from which an orange flag is displayed, on the Race Committee Boat at the starboard end and the port end starting mark.

11.3 A boat shall not start later than ten minutes after her starting signal.

12 - CHANGE OF COURSE AFTER THE START
A change of course after the start will be signaled before the leading boat has begun the leg, although the new mark (see SI 9.2) may not then be in position. Any mark to be rounded after rounding the new mark may be relocated to maintain the original course configuration. When in a subsequent change of course a new mark is replaced, it will be replaced with an original mark.

13 - THE FINISH
The finishing line will be between a staff, from which an orange flag is displayed, on the finishing vessel, which will display a blue flag or shape, and the finishing mark.

14 - TIME LIMIT
The time limit will be 3 1/2 hours. Yachts failing to finish within 45 minutes after the first yacht finishes will be scored "Did Not Finish". (changes RRS 35).

15 - PROTESTS

15.1 Protests shall be written on forms available in the clubhouse and lodged there within "Protest Time" which will begin when the Race Committee Boat docks and will end 1 hour later (see S.I. 5.3).

15.2 Protests will be heard in approximately the order of receipt as soon as possible.

15.3 RRS 62 & RRS 66 are changed to provide that: "On the last day of racing, any request to reopen a hearing and any request for redress based upon the actions of the protest committee must be made, in writing, not later than 30 minutes after the final results are posted.

16 - SCORING
The Low Point Scoring system, RRS A2, will apply, except that points will be awarded for each race as follows: three-quarters (3/4) of a point for first place, two (2) points for second, three (3) for third, etc. in accordance with the Rhodes 19 Association Class Rules. If four or more races are completed, one race will not be counted in determining the competitor's series score, but all races will be used to break ties. Three races will constitute a series.

17 - HAUL-OUT RESTRICTIONS
No haulouts will be permitted once launched until after the finish of the final race of the regatta. Exceptions to this rule in order to undertake repairs may be granted only by the race committee in writing. All competitors will be required to follow any instructions given by the dockmaster of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club regarding moorings and haulouts.

18 - PRIZES
Prizes will be awarded for series finishes (number depending upon the number of entries).



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(978)546-9433 Clubhouse, (978)546-6240 Office

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