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SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
XXVIII J24 SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP

 
April 17th – 23rd, 2011
Puerto delBuceo, Montevideo - Uruguay
 
Organizing Authority:
YACHT CLUB URUGUAYO
INTERNATIONAL J/24 CLASS ASSOCIATION
 

ASOCIACION URUGUAYA CLASE J.24

 
1.      RULES
1.1.        The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2009-2012.
1.2.        No national prescriptions will apply.
1.3.        The Regatta Regulations of the International J/24 Class (IJCA) will apply.
1.4.        Racing RRS 41 will be changed as follows:
RRS 41: While racing, RRS 41 applies without modification. In addition, from the time a boat leaves her mooring for the first race of each day until she returns to her mooring, she shall not receive outside help except as permitted by RRS 41 from any outside source other than boats under the direction of the organizing authority or other competitors.
1.5.        Per RRS 80, advertising shall comply with International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Regulation 20, and International J/24 Class Association rule 2.6. Boats shall display advertising supplied by the organizing authority as follows: Sticker of ITAU on Starboard and Sticker Zillertal on Port side on the hull on the bow.The advertising shall remain affixed for the duration of the regatta unless otherwise specified.
1.6.        Any questions regarding these sailing instructions shall be submitted in writing to the regatta office at ground floor of main building of the Yacht Club Uruguayo The questions and any answers will be posted on the regatta notice board located entrance at ground floor at main buildingno later than 0800 of the day following submission.
1.7.        If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.
2.      NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
Notices to competitors will be posted on the regatta notice board located at the entrance at ground floor at main building.
3.      CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted before 08:30 hours on the day they will take effect. Any change in the schedule of races will be posted before 19:00 hours the day before the change is to take effect.
4.      SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
 

4.1       Signals made ashore will be displayed at main mast close to the swimming pool

 

4.2                   When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 60 minutes‘ in the Race Signal AP.

 

4.3       When flag Y is displayed ashore, RRS 40 applies at all times while afloat. This changes the Part 4 preamble.

5.      SCHEDULE OF RACES
5.1       Schedule of racing is as follows:

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sunday, April 17th
0900-1800
Measurement, Registration and Weigh-In
Monday, April 18th
0900-1800
Measurement, Registration and Weigh-In
Tuesday, April 19th
0900-1200
1355
1800
Measurement, Registration and Weigh-In
Warning Signal Practice Race
Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, April 20th
1000
Skippers Meeting
1255
Warning Signal for 1st race of the Day;Race 2 to follow
Thursday, April 21st
1025
Warning Signal for 1st race of the Day; 2nd and 3rd races of the day to follow
Friday, April 22nd
1025
Warning Signal for 1st race of the Day; 2nd and 3rd races of the day to follow
Saturday, April 23rd
1025
 
2000
Warning Signal for 1st race of the Day; Abandon or Suspended race to follow
Closing Ceremony, Price Giving and Cocktail

 
5.2       Nineraces are scheduled.
 
5.3       Refer to SI 19.1 for minimum number of races needed to constitute a series.
5.4       The race committee may run more than two races on any day. If the regatta is on schedule, one extra race may be sailed, so that the regatta becomes not more than one race ahead of schedule. If the regatta is behind schedule, extra races to a maximum of five races on any day may be sailed.
5.5       Races not completed on the scheduled day are rescheduled as the first races on the following day. Races not completed on the last day of racing will not be sailed.
5.6       When the race committee intends to start another race on any day, they will display the “L” Flagwith no sound from the finishing committee boat while boats are finishing.
5.7       After a delay or postponement, to alert boats that a race will begin soon, the race committee will display “F” Flag with a long sound signal accompanied by an announcement on VHF Channel 73  for at least four minutes before a Warning signal.The race committee will remove” Flag with a long sound signal one minute prior to the Warning signal.
5.8 On the last day of the regatta no warning signal will be made after 1600 of April 23rd
 

6.      CLASS FLAG  

The class flag will be a large white field with a blue ‘J/24’ logo.
7.      RACING AREA
Attachment II shows the location of the racing area. 
8.      CHECK-IN, CHECK-OUT
8.1                   Before the warning signal of the first race each day, each boat shall sail on starboard tack and pass the stern of the RC signal boat. Each boat must be sure that RC hailed her sail number.
8.2                   A boat that retires from a race or does not intend to compete in a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.
9.      THE COURSES
9.1                   The courses will be windward/leeward, with 5 legs (Course 5) or 4 legs (Course 4) as diagrammed in Attachment III
9.2       An offset mark will be used in conjunction with mark 1. The offset mark will be placed to the left of the weather mark (looking upwind) at approximately a right angle to the weather leg and approximately 6 - 10 boat lengths (50 - 80 m) to port of Mark 1.
9.3       Mark 2 will be a gate consisting of two marks (mark 2p and mark 2s). Boats must pass through the gate and then round mark 2p to port or mark 2s to starboard if the gate is present. If the gate is not present, mark 2 shall be rounded as shown in the course diagram in Attachment III.
9.4       No later than the warning signal, the race committee signal boat will display the course designator( Pennant 5 for course 5 and Pennant 4 for Course 4), the approximate compass bearing and distance for the first leg from the starting line to mark 1.
9.5                   No 5-leg course shall be shortened to less than four legs in length and no 4-leg course shall be shortened to less than three legs in length. For purposes of this SI only, the distance between mark 1 and the offset mark is not a leg of the course. This changes RRS 33.
10.    MARKS
10.1Mark 1 will be orange  mark 1a will be yellow), Marks 2p and 2s will be orange
10.2     New marks, when used in accordance with SI 13.1 will be yellow with one horizontal blue band.
10.3     In the event that the port-end line race committee boat is not in place, it will be replaced with cylindrical yellow mark
10.4     The finishing marks will be cylindrical yellow mark.
10.5                 A race committee boat which is also a starting or finishing mark may set a limit buoy. For purposes of RRS 31 (Touching a Mark) and RRS 28.1 (Sailing the Course) the limit buoy, the race committee boat, and the line connecting them shall be considered a single mark. A boat shall neither touch the limit buoy or the race committee boat nor pass between them. No other requirements of RRS 31 or 28 are modified by this paragraph.
11.   AREAS THAT ARE OBSTRUCTIONS
No areas are designated as obstructions.
12.   THE START
12.1Races will be started by using RRS 26.
12.2     The race committee working VHF channel will be 73. Competitors may monitor t           he race committee working VHF channel but may not broadcast on it except in emergencies, to withdraw/retire, or to satisfy the reporting requirements of RRS 44.3(b). The race committee may broadcast the intended time of warning signal and to count down the last ten seconds before the Warning Signal, Preparatory Signal and/or Starting Signal and competitors are encouraged to monitor the broadcast. Failure to make or to receive such broadcasts shall not be grounds for redress.
12.3     The starting line will be between a staff with an orange flag on a race committee signal boat at the starboard end and a staff with an orange flag on a race committee boat at the port end, OR a staff with orange flag on a race committee signal boat at the starboard end and an ayellowcylindrical inflatable at the port end.
12.4                 The starting line shall be to leeward of marks 2p and 2s if these marks are set prior to the start.
12.5                 A boat that starts more than five (5) minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start (DNS) without a hearing. This changes RRS 63.1 A4 and A5.
12.6     The race committee will attempt to broadcast sail numbers on VHF channel 73of boats if:
a)           any part of a boat's hull, crew or equipment is on the course side of the starting line during the two minutes before her starting signal and she is identified;
b)           any part of a boat's hull, crew or equipment is on the course side of the starting line at her starting signal.
Failure of a boat to hear the recall or warning broadcast, a boat's position in the sequence of broadcast numbers, or failure of the race committee to broadcast any or all numbers shall not be grounds for granting redress (this changes RRS 62.1(a))
12.7                 When RRS 30.3 (Black Flag Rule) is in effect and a boat breaks RRS 30.3, the race committee intends to redisplay the black flag after the start to notify the fleet that one or more boats will be penalized (this changes RRS 30.3). The race committee also intends to announce the sail numbers of the boats that have broken RRS 30.3 via channel73VHF. Failure of a boat to see or hear her number or of the race committee to post her number or make a broadcast or to time it accurately shall not be grounds for redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
13.   CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE
13.1A change of the next leg of the course will be signaled according to RRS 33.
13.2     To change the next leg of the course, the race committee will lay a new mark (or move the finishing line) and remove the original mark as soon as practicable. When in a subsequent change a new mark is replaced, it will be replaced by an original mark.
13.3                 If Mark 1 is changed after the start of a race there will be no offset mark (Mark 1a).
14.   THE FINISH
The finishing line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on a race committee boat and the staff with orange flag on the finishing mark at the port-end of the line, OR a staff with an orange flag on a race committee signal boat at the starboard end and ayellow cylindrical inflatable mark at the port end.
15.   TIME LIMITS AND TARGET TIMES
15.1       If no boat has rounded mark 1 within 30 minutes of the start, the race will be abandoned.
15.2If no boat has finished within 2 hours of the start, the race will be abandoned.
15.3       Boats still racing (and that do not subsequently retire, get disqualified, or get redress) 15 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes, will be scored TLE (Time Limit Expired, see SI 19.3, Scoring) and should proceed to the starting area if another race is scheduled. The race committee boat at the finishing line will lower the blue flag with a long sound signal when the 15-minute period expires. This changes RRS 35 and RRS A11 (TLE is added).
16.   PENALTY SYSTEM
16.1                 The Scoring Penalty, RRS 44.3 (SCP) as modified herein, will apply. RRS 44.2 One-Turn and Two Turns Penalties, is deleted.
16.2     RRS 44.3(a) is changed such that code flag “I” is acceptable, and the flag used by a boat taking a scoring penalty shall have a hoist of not less than 150 mm and a fly of not less than 200 mm and shall be flown from a leg of the back stay adjuster above the deck.
16.3     The reporting requirements of RRS 44.3(b) may be satisfied by contacting the race committee on VHF channel 73. The race committee will post a list of boats that have accepted a scoring penalty on the official notice board.
16.4     In addition to the reporting requirements of RRS 44.3 (b), a boat accepting a scoring penalty shall file a "Scoring Penalty Acceptance Form" available at regatta office within Protest Time.
16.5     After-Race Scoring Penalty - A boat that may have broken a rule of Part 2 or RRS 31 while racing may take a penalty after racing and prior to the start of a protest hearing involving the incident. Her penalty shall be a Scoring Penalty of 40% (ASP) calculated as described in RRS 44.3(c). However, if she caused injury or serious damage or gained a significant advantage in the race or series by her breach, her penalty shall be to retire. This adds to RRS 44. A boat accepting an After-Race Scoring Penalty shall file a "Scoring Penalty Acceptance Form" at race office within Protest Time. Also this change RRS A11 (ASP is added).
16.6     A boat that complies with some but not all of the requirements of 44.3(a), 44.3(b) and SI 16.4 will receive an After-Race Scoring Penalty without a hearing. This changes RRS 63.1.and RRS A11.
16.7     A boat failing to comply with SI 8.1, Check-in, shall receive a 20% scoring penalty in the next race without a hearing, calculated in accordance with RRS 44.3(c). This changes RRS 63.1 and A5.
16.8     Penalties for breaking sailinginstructions 16.5, 16.6, 16.8, 20.5, 21, 24 and 25 may be less than disqualification if the juryso decides.
16.9     RRS 64.1(a) is changed to allow the jury to assign penalties in accordance with Appendix IV: ALTERNATIVE PENALTIES FOR BREAKING SOME IJCA RULES.
16.10   Add to RRS 64.1(c): If a boat receives a penalty when not racing under SI 16.8 or 16.9 that penalty shall apply to the race designated by the jury.
16.11   Appendix P is in effect except that P2. Is modified such that P2.1 is the only penalty that shall apply. P2.1 is changed to: When a boat is penalized under P1,her penalty shall be a scoring penalty of 20% calculated as described in RRS 44.3(c). The penalized boat does not need to display a yellow flag.
17            PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
17.1     RRS 61.1(a) is changed such that the red flag shall have a hoist of at least 150 mm and a fly of at least 200 mm and shall be flown from a leg of the back stay adjuster above the deck.
17.2     Protest forms are available at the race office. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.
17.3     The protest time limit is 90 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day and 60 minutes for the last day (Saturday 23rd). The same time limit applies to protests or requests for redress by the race committee and jury about incidents they observe in the racing area. This changes RRS 61.3 and 62.2.
17.4     The race committee will post a list of penalties being assigned by the race committee prior to the end of protest time limit. The deadline for requesting redress based on these scores will be either 30 minutes after posting of the penalty notice, or the protest time limit, whichever is later.
17.5     Notices will be posted within 30 minutes after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held in the protest room, located at 4th floor main building, beginning as soon as practical after a protest has been filed.
17.6     Notices of protests by the race committee orjury will be posted. Such posting within the protest time limit satisfies the requirement to inform boats as soon as reasonably possible under RRS 61.1(b).
17.7     A list of boats that, under instruction 14.4 have acknowledged breaking RRS 42 or have been penalized for breaking RRS 42 will be posted.
17.8     Breaches of instructions 1.5, 20.5, 25 will not be grounds for a protest by a boat. This changes RRS 60.1(a). Penalties for these breaches may be less than disqualification if the jury so decides. The scoring abbreviation for a discretionary penalty imposed under this instruction will be DPI. This changes RRS A11 (DPI is added).
17.9     On the last scheduled day of racing the regatta a request for reopening a hearing shall be delivered within the protest time limit if the party requesting party reopening was informed of the decision on the previous day; no later than 30 minutes after the requesting party was informed of the decision on that day. This changes RRS 66.
17.10   On the last scheduled day of racing a request for redress based on a jury decision shall be delivered no later than 30 minutes after the decision was posted. This changes RRS 62.2.
17.11   Decisions of jury will be final as provided in RRS 70.5.
18.      ARBITRATION
18.1     An arbitration meeting will be held prior to a protest hearing for each incident resulting in a protest involving a rule of Part 2 or RRS 31 (changes NOR 14), unless the arbitrator deems the incident inappropriate for arbitration. One representative of each party, who was on board at the time of the incident, will meet with the arbitrator. If all the parties to a protest are not represented, the arbitration meeting shall not be held. No additional witnesses will be permitted at the arbitration.
18.2After hearing the testimony, the arbitrator will offer one of the following opinions:
18.3     The protest committee would find the protest to be invalid. The arbitrator will allow the protestor to withdraw the protest.
18.4                 The protest committee would find that no boat broke a rule. The arbitrator will allow the protestor to withdraw the protest.
18.5     The protest committee would find that one or more boats represented in the arbitration meeting broke a rule of Part 2 or RRS 31. The arbitrator would offer each of those boats the option to accept an After-Race Scoring Penalty, or to retire. The arbitrator will allow the protestor to withdraw the protest.
18.6     A protest hearing is appropriate.
18.7     The protest committee will schedule a protest hearing for any protests that are not withdrawn. Any boat that accepted an After-Race Scoring Penalty (see SI 16.5) will not be penalized further as a result of the protest hearing, unless the protest committee concludes that the boat caused injury or serious damage, gained a significant advantage in the race or series, or broke a rule other than a rule of Part 2 or RRS 31.
18.8     If a protest is withdrawn, no protest hearing will be held; and the protest cannot be the subject of a request for redress or appeal.
18.9     Following an arbitration meeting, the arbitrator of that meeting may allow the protest to be withdrawn. This changes RRS 63.1.
19.   SCORING
19.1     Three races are required to be completed to constitute a series. This modified 11.2 of NoR
19.2                             (a) When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
 
(b) When 5 to 7 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
(c) When 8 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores
19.3     Boats scored TLE will be scored points equal to the number of boats finishing within the time limit plus two points by the race committee without a hearing. This changes RRS A4.2, A5, and A11.
20.   REPLACEMENT OF CREW OR EQUIPMENT
20.1                 Substitution of competitors will be allowed only with prior written approval of the jury.
20.2     Unlessjury specifies otherwise, any substitution permitted will be for 24 hours only.
20.3The number of crew shall not change during the regatta.
20.4     Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless authorized by the jury. Requests for substitution shall be made to thejury at the first reasonable opportunity. Substituted equipment shall comply with IJCA Class Rules.
20.5     Requests for substitution shall be submitted in writing at the jury office located race office and any reply shall be posted on the regatta notice board.
21.   EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS
A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions. On the water a boat can be instructed by the race committee equipment inspector or measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.
22.   OFFICIAL BOATS
Official boats will be marked with a green flag.
23.   SUPPORT BOATS
23.1Support Boats shall comply with SI 1.4.
23.2     Support boats shall register with the Organizing Authority within the times designated for registration in SI 5.1 and clearly display the flag or other identification provided.
23.3     Support boats shall stay outside areas where boats are racing from the time of the preparatory signal for the start until all boats have finished or the Race Committee signals a postponement or abandonment, unless instructed otherwise by the Race Committee.
 

23.4     Support boats shall carry a VHF radio tuned to the race committee channel 73.

24.   TRASH DISPOSAL
Boats shall not put trash in the water. Trash shall be kept aboard and deposited in a trash receptacle on shore.
25.   HAUL-OUT RESTRICTIONS
25.1     Boats shall be afloat by Tuesday 19th 1500 hrs.
25.2     Boats shall not be hauled out during the regatta except with and according to the terms of prior written permission of the jury.
26.   DIVING EQUIPMENT, PLASTIC POOLS AND CAREENING RESTRICTIONS
26.1     Underwater breathing apparatus and plastic pools or their equivalent shall not be used around boats between the time and date specified in SI 25.1 and the end of the regatta.
26.2     Careening by any means for the purpose of cleaning or inspecting the hull is prohibited, unless permitted in writing by the jury.
26.3     The hull may be cleaned at any time by swimming or keelhauling using ropes or cloth.
27.   RADIO COMMUNICATION
Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio or other data transmissions while racing nor receive radio or data communication not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.
28.   DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.
29.   INSURANCE
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party marine liability insurance with a minimum cover of U$D 15000or the equivalent during the regatta.


ATTACHMENT I - PRESCRIPTIONS
 
            No national prescriptions will apply
 
 

 

ATTACHMENT II - RACING AREA LOCATION
 
 
ATTACHMENT III – COURSE DIAGRAMS
 
 

NOTE: If the gate (mark 2p and mark 2s) is not present, mark 2 will be set in place of marks 2p and 2s, and shall be rounded to port. 2S/2P in the rounding sequence for the courses is replaced by 2.
ATTACHMENT IV -   Alternative Penalties for Breaking Some Class Rules

 
 

Alternative scoring penalties shall apply for breaking certain class rules. All of these scoring penalties shall be calculated as described in RRS 44.3(c) and shall be applied to all races for which the boat was in non-compliance.

 

 

CLASS
 
RULE
 
INFRINGEMENT
 
SCORING
 
PENALTY
2.5.6
A copy of the Measurement Certificate and the Inventory of Required and Optional Equipment (Rule 3.7.3) are to be kept aboard the yacht one or both items are not on board.
20%
2.6.1
Advertising does not conform to the restrictions
20%
3.6.10 o)
The luff and/or foot of the mainsail set outside the distinguishing bands as defined in Rules 3.5.2(d) and 3.5.5(c).
20%
3.8.5
A bailing bucket of minimum capacity 9 liters fitted with a lanyard is not on board.
40%
3.8.9
2 liters or more of motor fuel is not on board when the boat crossed the finish line for the last race of the day
20%
4.1.3
The compass is installed but inoperable.
20%
4.1.8
The throwable lifesaving device and attached sea anchor not on deck and ready for use.
40%
4.1.10
The required first aid kit and manual are not on board
20%
4.3
Any of anchor(s), outboard motor, battery and fuel container are not secured against movement.
20%
7.1.19
Elastic (shock) cord is used in the standing or running rigging.
20%
8.1.2
The stowage of required or optional equipment other than unbagged sails on the cabin sole over the keel.
20%
8.1.3
Use of other than normal sailing gear in normal, designed and proper storage areas to attain sailing weight.
20%
8.1.4
The connection to the mast heel of any adjustment device or equipment.
20%
8.4
The removal of the rudder from the water when the Sailing Instructions stipulate that the boat shall remain afloat for the duration of the regatta
20%

 
 
 

If a boat receives one of the above penalties, the protest decision shall include whether the same penalty can or will be applied to subsequent infringements. The protest decision may also specify that the boat cannot be protested again under the same class rule for a time period specified by the jury.

 

 


Publicado el 4/20/2011