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Sailing Instructions 2012
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Boston Harbor Sailing Club Special Rules, Starting Sequence and Scoring System 2012

1. Hull Cleaning – No scrubbing allowed

2. 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.

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

4. Alternative penalties as specified by rule 44.2 shall be in effect. The club has modified this rule because of the short courses to be only one turn (360 degrees). However racing rules do apply between the BHSC and the PHRF fleets. A foul to a PHRF boat should be exonerated with two turns.

5. 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.

6. Time limit - There is no race time limit. 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 both the red and the blue flags. This 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.

7. Lights - The RC will try to get the boats back to the mooring area before sunset. Coast Guard regulations require lights after sunset.

8. Protests - Protests will be heard after the races over dinner. The protesting team must at minimum present in writing: who they are protesting, which race, where within the race, and the proper rule. Rule 61.1(a)(2) is modified to require a protest flag for all protests

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

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

11. Do not tie stop knots in the ends of the spinnaker sheets.

12. The buoyancy tanks must always be closed

13. 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

14. 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. If they cannot, it is your responsibility not to cross and to signal the rest of the fleet not to cross in front. The race may be abandoned at the discretion of the race committee. The RC may issue summary DSQ’s for violation of this rule.

15. Boat Return - The backstay should be set to medium tension when the boat is back at the mooring. 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. Place mainsail ties in front and behind (not over) the plastic window. Please leave the jib sheets outside the jib bag. Please take the innermost moorings first as to try to alleviate the bird problem.

16. Registration - It is mandatory that all teams register before the start. Hail to the RC the team letters. The boat name is not used for scoring. It is required for safety’s sake to approach the RC on starboard to hail. If you are late for the start you still must register at the RC end. As it can be hard to hear in the wind, please use the NATO phonetic alphabet listed in Appendix A. Do not include the sail number as the RC can read it easily.

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