KWSC abides by the RYA Racing Charter:
".... a set of guidelines designed to help make racing more fun, fair and welcoming for competitors and organisers at all levels"
Notice of Race
1.0 Conditions of Entry
1.1 All paid up members of KWSC are welcome to participate in club racing.
1.2 In with standard club rules, boats must be covered by third party indemnity insurance for £ 2,000,000.
1.3 Competitors should note that KWSC implements the RYA Racing Charter and that they will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter.
2.0 Programme of Races
2.1 The Sailing Programme is issued to members at the start of the season, posted on the club notice board, published in the Year Book and the Club’s web site.
2.2 Changes to the programme will be posted on the club house notice board.
2.3 The number of races to count in each series is shown in the programme.
3.1 All series are open to all members with the following exceptions:
The Ladies Series: The helm must be female.
The Men Series: The helm must be male.
The Novice Series: The helm must not previously have been placed first, second or third in any club series.
The Junior Series: The helm must be under 18 on the 1st April of the current season.
The Oppi Cup: Oppis only. The helm must be under 15 on the 1st April of the current season.
The Topper Series: Toppers only. The helm must be under 16 on the 1st April of the current season.
The Brucey Series: Boats must be crewed either entirely by Juniors (under 18 on 1st April of current season) or by one adult and one or more Juniors.
The Single-Handed Series: The boat must be sailed by one person.
The Double-Handed Series: The boat must be sailed by two or more people.
The Winter Series: Competitors in this series will be expected to take an equitable share in the duties, since there is no formal rota.
4.0 Race Times
4.1 The warning signal for the first race of the day will be at 11:00 (unless there is a Coaching Session instead of racing in the morning). The warning signal for the first afternoon race will be at 13:30. The Race Officer will indicate the time of the final afternoon race.
4.2 Groups of races in the Junior/Ladies/Novice Series, Single/Doubled Handed Series and Fewster Cup will be sailed ‘back to back’.
5.0 Entering a Race
5.1 Competitors enter a race by ‘signing on’ on the entry sheet beside the race office.
6.1 A helmsman is responsible for his/her boat’s safety. Whether afloat or ashore nothing, whether in this Notice of Race or in the Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility.
6.2 The helmsman must decide whether the boat and the crew are fit for the prevailing or likely conditions. By launching and setting out to race, the helm confirms that the boat and crew are fit and competent and have the relevant experience to sail in those conditions.
6.3 Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of each helm / crew, nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The ‘organisers’ includes everyone helping to run the races and the event and includes the Organising Authority, the Race Committee, the Race Officer, patrol boats and beach masters.
6.4 The provision of patrol boats does not relieve the helmsman / crew of their responsibilities.
1.1 The racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 (RRS).
2.0 Notices to Competitors
2.1 Notices to competitors and changes to the Racing Programme will be posted on the notice board in the clubhouse.
2.2 Any changes to the sailing instructions will be posted at least 1 hour before the Warning Signal.
3.0 Signals Made Ashore
3.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the clubhouse flag mast.
3.2 When the AP flag is displayed ashore, and the race is to be started from a committee boat, the Warning Signal will be made not less than 20 minutes after the AP flag is removed ashore.
4.0 Personal Floatation Device
4.1 Flag Y will not be displayed. Adequate personal floatation must be worn at all times afloat and on the jetty. Wetsuits and dry suits do not constitute personal floatation. This changes Rule 40.
5.0 Class Flags
5.1 The Class Flag for club racing will be Numeral Pennant 4.
6.1 Courses will be displayed on the club house course board or on the committee boat.
7.0 Number of Laps
7.1 The Round the Lake and Ramblers Series races will be a single lap of the course (unless explicitly varied by the Race Officer).
7.2 In the Stern Chase Series the number of rounds is not pre-determined and boats continue to race until the finishing signal.
7.3 In other series, unless the number of rounds is displayed with the course, the number of rounds is not predetermined and Average Lap Racing will be used with an approximate intended race length of 20 minutes for Fewster Cup and Junior/Ladies/Novice Series races, 30 minutes for Single/Double Handed Series races and 60 minutes for other series.
8.1 The positions of the club racing marks are displayed on the plan in the club house.
8.2 The race officer may lay additional marks.
9.0 The Start
9.1 Starts will be governed by Rule 26 except that the time sequence will be 3-2-1-0.This changes Rule 26.
9.2 For the Stern Chase series the standard starting sequence will be used for the first start but subsequent class starts will be signalled by a sound signal alone. The start times for each subsequent class will be calculated using the PY system, and displayed on the notice board prior to the race.
10.0 Start Lines
10.1 Clubhouse starts: except for the Stern Chase series, the starting line will be between the vertical yellow band next to the club house flag mast and the designated start mark. An inner limit mark may be laid.
10.2 Committee boat starts: the starting line will be between the mast of the committee boat and the designated start mark.
10.3 Stern Chase starts are ‘off the shore’. Boats start from the shore between the club jetty and the stream bounding the foreshore on the East side. At each boat’s starting signal, at least one crew member must be holding the boat while standing on solid bottom. Keelboats may start from either side of the jetty with one crew member standing on the club jetty as close to the shore as possible.
11.0 The Finish
11.1 For Average Lap Races, shortly before the finish, flag S will be displayed with two sound signals. This is the ‘About to Finish’ (ATF) signal. All boats will finish the race when they next pass through the finish line UNLESS racing an ‘Olympic’ (triangle-sausage) course.
11.2 For Average Lap Races on an ‘Olympic’ course, if the ATF signal is given before any boat has completed its first triangle lap, all boats will finish the race when they next pass through the finish line, otherwise all boats will finish the race when they next pass through the finish line at the end of a sausage lap.
11.3 For Stern Chase races, at the end of the designated race duration (displayed on the notice boat prior to the race), flag S will be displayed with 2 sound signals to indicate the end of the race. The finishing order is determined by the position of boats on the course at that moment. In the event of disagreement the decision of the Race Officer will be final.
11.4 For all other races flag S has its conventional meaning (shorten course).
12.0 Finish Lines
12.1 Clubhouse finishes: the finish line will be between the vertical yellow band next to the club house flag mast and the designated finish mark.
12.2 Committee boat finishes: the finish line will be between the mast of the committee boat and the designated finish mark.
12.3 Stern Chase finishes: there is no set finish line. Finishing positions are determined as described in 11.3.
13.0 Time Limits
13.1 There will be no time limits, but Race Officers may shorten or abandon any race at their discretion.
13.2 In the event of an abandonment of an Average Lap Race, results may be calculated on the basis of laps already completed. The decision to do this will be that of the Race Officer, which will be final.
14.1 Competitors must ‘sign off’ on the results sheet on the notice board. Those failing to sign off within an hour of the last boat finishing the last race of the day will be scored as ‘Retired’.
15.1 Protest forms are available at the race office.
15.2 Protests must be delivered to the race office not later than 30 minutes after the last boat finishes the last race of that day.
16.0 RYA Racing Charter
16.1 The RYA Rules Dispute Advisory Hearing is available for club races.
16.2 The RYA Rules Dispute Mediation Hearing is available for club races.
16.3 Details of the RYA Rules Dispute mechanisms are posted on the club notice board and at http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/RacingCharter.aspx
17.0 Handicap System
17.1 Race results for all series except the Stern Chase will be calculated using the Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) system.
17.2 Personal handicap results (based on helm’s previous results) will be calculated for all series except the Stern Chase, and printed on the results sheet alongside the straight PY results.
18.1 All series will be scored in accordance with Appendix A4 (low points) and A9 (Race scores in a series longer than a regatta).
18.2 The Members doing race officer, patrol and galley duties will score 3 points for the races concerned, but each helm is only allowed one duty score per series.
18.3 If, in an Average Lap Race, a boat has a higher corrected time than one of her competitors with the same or lower PY number, and that boat has completed a greater number of rounds, then that boat’s result may be calculated on the same number of rounds as completed by her competitors with the same or lower PY number, with the additional round or rounds being discarded. The decision to do this will be that of the Race Officer, which will be final.
19.1 The number of races to count in a series is shown in the Sailing Programme.