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Sailing Instructions -- Soling Series 2003

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Boat Care:

1. Hull Cleaning - no scrubbing allowed

2. Standing Rigging- It is illegal to adjust any of the standing rigging.

3. Spinnaker Pole - It is illegal to reach or sail to weather with the spinnaker pole on the foredeck

4. Boat Return - It is mandatory that the backstay be loosened after the boats are back at the moorings. Boats should be secured to the mooring pennant with a bowline where possible. Mains and jibs should be rolled following the leach of the sail.


5. Skipper ("anti-ringer") rule. A team member must skipper the boat. Guests are allowed as crew as long as guest arrangements are made through the club.

6. Registration - It is mandatory that all teams register before the start. Hail to the RC the tam letters and mainsail number. The boat name is not used for scoring. It is good practice to approach the RC on starboard to hail. If you are late for the start you still must register at the RC end.

Starting Sequence:

7. Start - Rule 30.1(c) ("round the end rule") is in effect for all starts.

The starting system shall be governed by rule 26 with the following modifications.

    A.    The first starting sequence may not begin before 6:00PM on Wednesday nights or before 10:00AM on Sunday mornings.

    B.    The first warning signal of the day will be ten (10) minutes before the start. The preparatory sill be six (6) minutes later at four (4) minutes before the start. All subsequent starting sequences will be the standard five-minute sequence.

    C.    The class flag is solid blue (may substitute the P flag - blue with a white center.)

    D.    The preparatory flag is the I flag -black circle on a yellow field.

    E.    Warning 5:00 to start (Class Flag or P flag) -- long horn.

    F     Preparatory 4:00 to start (I flag) -- long horn.

    G.    Flags drop at 1:00 to start -- long horn.

    H.    0:30 seconds to the start -- three short blasts.

    I.    Start -- long horn and Class Flag or P flag raised.


8. Alternative penalties as specified by rule 44.2 shall be in effect. The club has modified this rule because of the short courses to only one turn (360 degrees).

9. Collisions - All collisions must be reported to the race committee even if the alternative penalties are performed. Failure to report a collision will result in a DSQ. A collision is any contact.

10. Protests - Protest will be heard after the races over dinner. The protesting team must at the minimum present in writing: who they are protesting, which race, where within the race, and the proper rule.

11. Time limit - There is no race time limit. However, at the discretion of the race committee, any boat that has not finished ten minutes after the first boat may be scored as a DNF or given their position before finishing. The RC will signal this with repeated blasts of the horn and the flying of the blue-checkered "N" flag. This option gives the RC the ability to terminate a light air race where a few boats are far behind in the interest of getting another race in before sunset.


12. Commercial Traffic General - The tugs with tows and the large tankers have right of way. The race committee is in radio contact over channel 13 with this harbor traffic. The ferry and fishing boat traffic tend to get out of our way. Between races, as a courtesy, try to avoid the ferry traffic. Use your best judgment.

13. Commercial Traffic Lead Boat - If you are in the lead and are about to cross in front of commercial traffic, estimate to the best of your ability if the remainder of the fleet can pass in front of the commercial traffic. If they cannot, it is your responsibility not to cross and to signal the rest of the fleet not to cross. The race may be abandoned at the discretion of the race committee.

14. Lights - The RC will try to get the boats back to the mooring area before sunset. Coast Guard regulations require lights after sunset. It is the teams' responsibility to have lights, as the boats are not so equipped. A flashlight to light the sails should get you home in twilight.


15. The scoring system shall be governed by rule A2.2 using the low point system. Section A5 shall be used. The "series will apply to each month (June, July, August, September and October) for the monthly results, to each season (summer, fall) for season results, and to all the races for the Year's results. The term "number of boats enter in the series" is the sum total of all the teams that participated least once in a given series.

There shall be one throw out per five races. The throw outs will be recalculated on a per series basis.

16. Breakdowns - The club does its best to keep all the boats in racing condition. However on rare occasions an assigned boat might not be race ready. The team can chose to race the boat as is or not to race. In either case the team can be awarded average of the their point in that series for the day.

There are about 20 race days per full season. From past experience one can expect to miss one race day per season due to circumstances beyond the club's control

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