2017 RC LASER
CHAMPIONSHIP OF NATIONS
6 – 11 NOVEMBER 2017
AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHTING ASSOCIATION (Inc.)
EMERALD LAKES CARRARA
GOLD COAST QUEENSLAND
1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing2017-2020 as amended by Appendix E, the Radio Sailing Racing Rules.
1.2 The following documents will apply: the Notice of Race (NoR), these Sailing Instructions (SI), International Class Administration Rules, the Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS), the respective International Class Rules and the current ARYA approved Heat Management System (HMS).
1.3 Racing rules will be changed as follows:
E3.1: Amended to read “The control area will be defined on the course board. Competitors shall be in this area when controlling boats that are racing, except briefly to handle and then release or re-launch the boat.”
E3.2: Amended to read “Launching area will be specified on the course board”
E3.3: Amended to read “The course will be displayed on a Course Board. The board shall be located in or adjacent to the control area.
E3.6: Following the first general recall Rule 30.1 shall apply to the restart. For subsequent general recalls Rules 30.1, 30.3 or 30.4 may apply.
E3.8(c): Amended to read “Courses may be shortened.”
E5.1(a): Amended to read “The race committee will appoint Observers, who may be competitors.”
E6.4: Add “but prior to the preparatory signal for the next heat or race.”
2 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located at Administration area.
3 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Changes to the sailing instructions, either as permitted in the rule itself or in accordance with RRS 86.1, may be made at any time between heats, prior to the warning signal. Any changes will be posted on the official notice board. Two sound signals followed by a verbal announcement shall be made by the Race Officer (RO) to call attention to the change.
4 SCHEDULE OF RACES
4.1 Dates of racing:
Day one – 6 Nov 17:
Registration: 09:00 to 14:00
Practice sailing: 13:00 to 16:00
Day Two 7 Nov to Day Four 9 Nov :
Warning signal for first Race: 10:00
Lunch 12:30 (approx)
No heat to commence after: 16:00
Day Five - 10 Nov 17:
Lay Day (Note: this may be used for racing if required)
Day six - 11 Nov 17:
Warning signal for first Race: 10:00
Lunch 12:30 (approx)
No race to commence after: 15:00
Presentation function: 19:00 to 23:00
4.2 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1000.
4.3 To alert boats that a race or sequence of races will begin soon, an announcement and one sound at least five minutes before a warning signal will be made.
4.4 On the last day of the regatta no race will be commence after 1600.
5 THE COURSES
5.1 Course descriptions are to be displayed on the course board, together with a single, alternative, shortened course option.
5.2 A description of the marks, including starting and finishing marks stating the order and side on which each is to be left shall be posted on the course board.
5.3 Courses can only be changed between heats. Any change to the course will posted on the course board and before the next heat or race, a sound signal and a verbal warning will be made to signal the change.
5.4 During a heat, the RO may shorten the course to the pre-arranged option shown on the course board. Shortening of the course will be signalled by two sound signals followed by the hail “shortened course” by the RO before the leading boat starts the leg on which she will finish.
6 LAUNCHING AND CONTROL AREA / OUTSIDE HELP
6.1 Boats shall be launched and retrieved from within the designated launching area.
6.2 A boat scheduled to race in a heat may be launched, held on the bank, taken ashore andre-launched at any time during the heat however they shall not be released for the first time after the first boat in that heat has finished.
6.3 While ashore or within a launching area boats may be adjusted, drained of water or repaired, have their sails/rigs changed or adjusted, have entangled objects removed, or have equipment repaired or changed.
6.4 A boat that has gone ashore or aground outside the Launching Area, or becomes entangled with another boat or a mark, may be freed and re-launched with help from a rescue boat. This changes E4.2(b)
7 RESCUE BOAT
Only an authorised boat crew, under the direction of the RO, are to operate the rescue boat.
8 THE START
8.1 Heats will be started in accordance with RRS E3.4 with the warning signal made two (2) minutes before the starting signal.
8.2 Following the first general recall Rule 30.1 shall apply to the restart. For subsequent general recalls rules 30.1, 30.3 or 30.4 may apply. This changes RRS E3.6.
9 RACING TIMES
9.1 Racing is to start as soon as possible after the scheduled start times.
9.2 Except where an announcement is made during the initial briefing, or in exceptional circumstances and where all competitors agree, racing will continue until the times specified in the Notice of Race.
10 TIME LIMIT and TIME-OUT LIMIT
10.1 Except as provided in HMS 2.2, the time limit for all heats will be 30 minutes from the start.
10.2 The Time Out Limit for racing after the first boat finishes shall be 5 minutes.
10.3 At the expiry of the Time Out Limit:
a. If 4 or fewer boats are still racing they shall be recorded according to SI 10.4.
b. If more than 4 boats are still racing the Time Out Limit shall be extended until only 4 boats remain racing, at which time the RO shall give two sound signals and call time. Boats still racing shall be recorded according to SI 10.4.
10.4 Boats failing to finish within the Time Out Limit shall be recorded as DNF, RET, OCS, DNS or DNC in that order, as appropriate. DNF boats still racing at the end of the Time Out Limit will be recorded and scored in accordance with their place on the water.
11 PROTESTS and REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
11.1 Protests will be accepted in accordance with RRS E6.
11.2 The protest committee will consist of three competent persons, which may include competitors. If a party to a hearing objects to any individual competitor being a member of the protest committee, because they believe that person to be an interested party, they may object under rule 63.4.
11.3 A boat intending to protest shall inform the race committee as soon as reasonably possible after finishing or retiring, and prior to the preparatory signal for the next heat. This changes E6.4
11.4 Protests and requests for redress shall be held at a time and place determined by the race committee and heard in accordance with RRS 62 as amended by HMS 1.7.
11.5 Decisions of the protest committee will be final as provided in rule 70.5(a).
12.1 RRS Appendix A as modified by HMS and these Sailing Instructions shall apply.
12.2 Excluded scores (discards). When the total score is calculated for each boat, her worst scores will be excluded as follows:
a. After 4 races have been completed, 1 discard
b. After 8 races have been completed, 2 discards
c. After 16 races have been completed, 3 discards and so on for every further 8 races completed.
12.3 When a tie needs to be broken to establish the order of finishing places between two or more boats in promotion or relegation positions at the finishing line, or recorded equally at the end of a heat or at the end of the event HMS 1.5 will apply.
13 WITHDRAWN BOATS
13.1 Withdrawn boats are covered by HMS 1.3.
13.2 Any competitor who intends to withdraw from racing, either permanently or temporarily is to inform the race committee at the earliest opportunity.
14 REPLACEMENT OF EQUIPMENT
Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless authorized by the race committee. Requests for substitution shall be made to the committee at the first reasonable opportunity.
15 EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS
A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions. A boat can be instructed by a race committee equipment inspector or measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.
Prizes will be given as follows:
Perpetual trophy: Champion of Nations.
Trophies: First, Second and Third places.
Trophies: Master, Grand Master, Great Grand Master.
Trophies: First, Second and Third placed Australian competitors.
Trophy: Australian State Team Trophy.
17.1 The Australian Radio Yachting Association (Incorporated) recognises that major events offer considerable publicity opportunities to the Association and the sport generally. Competitor behaviour can impact unfavourably on the sport and all competitors are advised that their actions will be under scrutiny and in the event of any behaviour that is in breach of Principles of Sportsmanship and Fair Play, or which may bring the sport into disrepute may result in a protest hearing under RRS 2. or in accordance with RRS 69
17.2 The RO may offer a competitor a two turns on the spot penalty to avoid a protest hearing as in SI17.1 however the RO is not obliged to make this offer nor is a competitor obliged to accept it in which case a protest hearing may proceed.
Smoking is prohibited within the control area or any enclosed spaces.
19 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
All those entering or taking part in these Championships do so at their own risk and responsibility. See RRS 4 Decision to Race. The Australian Radio Yachting Association (Incorporated), Queensland Radio Yachting Association (Incorporated) or Paradise Radio Yacht Club (Incorporated) and any other parties involved in the organisation of this event disclaim:
“Any and every responsibility whatsoever for loss, material damage, personal injury or death, orinconvenience that might occur to persons and goods, both ashore and on the water, prior to, during or after the regatta, as a consequence of entering or participating in the Championship covered by these Sailing Instructions.”
At all times the responsibility for the safety of their boat and themselves plus the decision to participate or continue must rest solely with and remain at all times with the competitors.
A competitor may only enter the event by accepting these conditions.