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