THE HAVEN SERIES 2017
SAILING INSTRUCTIONS


1. RULES
1.1 The following rules will apply

a) The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2017-2020.

b)  World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Appendix B Special Regulations for inshore racing.

c)  The Notice of Race and supplementary Sailing Instructions.

d)  Team racing rules shall not apply to the Cutler Trophy races.

e)  Prescriptions of the RYA shall apply.

f) In the event of a conflict, these Sailing Instructions shall prevail.

g)  The Sailing Instructions may change other Racing Rules.

h)  The 2017 IRC Rules parts A, B and C shall apply to IRC classes with the following exceptions:

 IRC Rule 15.1 shall not apply (i.e. RRS 52 “Manual Power” shall remain in effect).

 IRC Rule 8.2.1 shall apply to passage races with 2 handed entries.

 IRC Rule 22.4 shall not apply. There will be no limitations on crew number or weight.

 To apply Rule 21.1.5(d) and (e), the Points Series is not a regatta run on consecutive days.


1.2 These Instructions may be amended by the Supplementary Sailing Instructions or a Notice to Competitors.

2. EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS see Notice of Race Section 3 and the Safety Requirements at Appendix A

3. ADDITIONAL SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES
The Bylaws of the Harwich Haven Authority apply, as do the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea as between competitors and any vessel not racing. Any competitor found to have infringed these bylaws or regulations shall be liable to Protest.

Competitors are required while racing (unless specifically stated otherwise by these Sailing Instructions or the applicable course definition) to avoid navigating within the limits of the Deep-Water Channel. A straight line joining consecutive deep water channel marks is to be regarded as a Continuing Obstruction.

Any boat which being disabled or out of control encroaches into the Deep-Water Channel shall promptly advise Harwich VTS on VHF channel 71 of her situation.

Any boat which while racing suffers damage or gets into difficulties but does not need assistance shall advise Thames Coastguard of her situation by normal VHF procedure or by telephone (01255 675518), to avoid unnecessary emergency action should she be reported in difficulties by a third party. She shall then if possible inform the Race Officer of the situation by the means provided below (“Communications”).

ANCHORS SHALL BE STOWED INBOARD OF THE PULPIT AND GUARD RAILS WHILE RACING.

4. USE OF ENGINE TO KEEP CLEAR
Competitors in danger of obstructing or being involved in a collision with a commercial vessel may start their engines to keep clear, if they inform the Race Officer as soon as possible afterwards. In such case the race committee shall adjust the competitor’s elapsed time as it considers in its absolute discretion to be fair and equitable. This changes RRS Rule 42.1.

5. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
In the event of a Notice to Competitors (including changes to the Notice of Races or Sailing Instructions) IC flag Lima will be displayed prior to the start of the first race affected and competitors should pass within hail of the Committee Boat to be notified. For this and all subsequent races, IC flag Lima will be displayed with a numeral pennant denoting the serial number of the new notice, and competitors already aware of that and all previous notices may ignore the signal.

When appropriate and if time permits, notices will be e-mailed to all competitors and posted on the Series website, but inability or failure to do so shall not be grounds for redress.

6. COMMUNICATIONS
Competitors are required to monitor VHF Channel 72 from 1 hour before the published start time to their finish of the last race of the day.

The committee boat may provide a mobile telephone number, if one is available for that day. In emergency, or for purposes stipulated in these Sailing Instructions, competitors may communicate with the Race Officer using VHF Channel 72 or the mobile telephone number.


7. RANKING AS A STARTER
Competitors must hail the Race Officer from the side of the committee boat that is outside the starting line prior to their warning signal, declaring the number of crew on board, and obtain an acknowledgement. Only boats declaring a crew count and receiving an acknowledgement will rank as starters.

Sport boat crews must all be wearing lifejackets before hailing to be ranked as a starter.

COMPETITORS IN A SECOND OR LATER START MUST KEEP WELL CLEAR OF THE STARTING AREA AFTER THE WARNING SIGNAL FOR THE PREVIOUS START.

8. IDENTIFICATION

Haven Series Boats must display their class flag on their backstays while racing.

Class 1 will display IC No. 1 pennant, Class 2 will display IC No. 2 pennant, and Haven Handicap IC flag H.

 For Passage Races, all boats must display IC flag H or their class flag on their backstays while racing.

Any boat failing in this will incur a 5%-time penalty and shall have no claim to redress if she is unobserved and not recorded when finishing. An alternative to the stipulated class flag may be allowed if it is declared to, and approved by, the Race Officer prior to each race.

A boat using any sail bearing a sail number other than that stated in its entry must declare the fact and obtain dispensation from the Race Officer prior to each race.  Yachts with poorly contrasting sail numbers will not be eligible for redress in the event of misidentification.

A boat wearing an ensign after her preparatory signal will be deemed not to be racing or to have retired.

9. STARTING TIMESsee Notice of Race Points Series Section 5 (Schedule of Races).

10. STARTING LINE
The starting line for the Points Series will be a line drawn between the Harwich Town Sailing Club’s Beacon Hill racing mark (located approximately 2 cables north of the seaward end of the Dovercourt breakwater) and a staff with an orange flag on the committee boat anchored approximately 2 cables in an easterly direction from this buoy. The committee boat when on station may wear a Haven Series ensign. The starting line is to be crossed in the direction of the first mark of the course.
For the Passage Races see the respective Supplementary Sailing Instructions.

11. ALTERNATIVE START LINE
An alternative start mark may be used, which may be a navigation mark or a laid mark such as a Dan buoy or anchored dinghy. The committee boat will fly IC flag Lima, and the location and identity of the start mark, and new start time(s) will be announced by VHF and/or communicated verbally or by a board from the committee boat. A postponement be made to the scheduled starting times to give competitors sufficient time to reach the new start line area before their class warning signal is made.

If a course is shortened and a subsequent race is to be sailed, that race may be started at or near the finish of the first race, using the procedure described above.

12. SUBSTITUTE COMMITTEE BOAT
If the official committee boat fails to arrive on station a substitute committee boat may be appointed.  If this is a competitor that boat will be awarded race points in compensation at the absolute discretion of the Race Officer.

13. INNER LIMIT
A Dan buoy or other mark, which may be wearing a flag, may be anchored close to the committee boat as an inner limit mark. A boat shall not sail between the mark and Committee Boat after her warning signal has been made. If a boat has to sail in this area she must return to the pre-start side of the line before starting by sailing round the Committee Boat.  

14. THE START
Rule 26 starting signals shall apply, with the following addition:

An attention signal will be made by displaying the orange flag with one sound at least 5 minutes before the warning signal for the first class to start.

15. AREAS THAT ARE OBSTRUCTIONS
The limits of the Harwich Haven Authority deep water channel, as described in Section 3 (Additional Safety Responsibilities) of these Sailing Instructions.

A boundary extending 50 meters from the extremities of any Wind Farm shall be treated as an obstruction and RSS Rules 19 and 20 shall apply.

16. COURSES

16.1 Points Series
The course to be sailed will be announced by VHF and may also be indicated by a display board, as follows:

A VHF announcement will be preceded by a warning of at least one minute, not more than 30 minutes before the Warning Signal, and will list the same information as set out below. At least one repeat broadcast will be given, and further repeats to competitors may be made on request by any boat when convenient, but not during any starting sequence.

In the event of VHF communication problems, the following may be used:

A display board may show each mark of the course in turn (including the finishing mark) using the two-letter abbreviations set out in the “Abbreviations” section of the Course Marks List, and indicating the side to which each is to be left.

If a course that has been displayed and/or broadcast is subsequently changed, displaying IC flag L together with a sound signal will signal this event. The change of course signal will be made at least 5 minutes before the Warning Signal. The signal flag L will be removed at the Start Signal. In the event of a discrepancy between the displayed course and that broadcast, the displayed course will prevail.

16.2 North Sea and Coastal Passage Races
Courses will be as defined in the Supplementary Sailing Instructions herewith.

17. FINISHING LINE
The finishing line will be between the indicated finishing mark and a staff or mast displaying an orange flag on an adjacent committee boat, leaving the finishing mark on the indicated side.

In exceptional circumstances the committee boat may be off station at the finish, in which case the following procedure (Timing In) should be used.

18. TIMING IN
If the committee boat is not on station for the finish of a points series race, the finishing line is reached when the finishing mark bears 90 degrees to the course from the preceding mark, and within 2 boat lengths on the correct side.
In this event competitors shall take their own finishing times and report them to the Race Officer by VHF (or telephone if available) or to the Haven Series Secretary (07778 010580) as soon as possible and not later than mid-day on the following Monday, together with the names of the boats finishing immediately ahead and astern of them, if visible. Times shall be corrected to GPS time indicating BST or GMT as applicable.

19. SHORTENING COURSE
The course may be shortened to finish at any mark of the course for any reason at the discretion of the Race Officer (this changes RRS Rule 32.1). A committee boat will display IC flag S and the line shall be crossed from the direction of the last mark, on the proper side of the mark as prescribed by the course definition. The finish line will be defined by the mark in question and a staff or mast displaying an orange flag on the committee boat, or the fore mast of the Committee Boat (this changes RRS Rule 32.2 the definition of  “Race Signals”).

20. TIME LIMITthere will be no time limits.

21. RETIREMENT OR DELAY (Mandatory Safety Requirement)
Any boat retiring, or withdrawing from a subsequent race the same day, must report to the Race Officer that it is so doing by hailing, or by VHF or telephone as above (Communications), at the earliest opportunity and obtain an acknowledgement.

Any boat significantly delayed while racing but not requiring assistance should report her situation and estimated finishing time to the Race Officer by the means indicated above (Communications).

NOTE THAT ANY BOAT NOT ACCOUNTED FOR AT THE END OF RACING MAY BE REPORTED TO THE COASTGUARD AS OVERDUE.

22. DECLARATION
Declarations are not required for Points Series races. For others, see Supplementary Sailing Instructions.

23. ABANDONMENT
Any points race that is abandoned may be re-sailed. If practicable and if circumstances so permit, the Race Officer shall have power to re-sail an abandoned race on the same day, or if a Saturday race, to sail an additional race on the Sunday immediately following. Otherwise a Points Series race shall if practicable be re-sailed on the Saturday, or failing Saturday the Sunday, of the following Haven weekend

24. PROTESTS
These are to be notified verbally to the Race Officer at the finish or by telephone or VHF radio within two hours thereafter, and confirmed in writing to the Haven Series Secretary, 17 Beach Lane, Alderton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3BU at the earliest possible time. Protests should be posted first class and postmarked no later than the last post on the Monday following the race, or emailed to
fiona.meikle@btinternet.com no later than 9am on the Tuesday following the race. Protests will be heard on the Friday following the race at 20.00 BST at the RHYC, or failing this at a time and place appointed by the Chairman.


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