Sailing Instructions

All sailing instructions for Haven Series, The Mercator Trophy Race, The Stroombank Trophy, The Britannia Trophy

Haven Series 2018 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 TIMES

See 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.

A ball or other mark extending on a staff from a Committee Boat, or a dinghy or other floating object secured alongside, shall be regarded as a part of the starting mark and not as a temporary or accidental attachment.

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 LIMIT

There 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.

1. RULES

1.1 Haven Points Series Sailing Instructions Section 1 superseded as follows:

a. Offshore Special Regulations 2016-2017 Category 3 Mono-hulls plus Life raft shall apply.

b. A boat that is on the course side at the start and fails to return and start correctly shall not be scored OCS, but shall have one hour added to her corrected time (changes RRS Appendix A4.2).

c. Between sunset and sunrise each night the Steering and Sailing Rules of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea shall apply and shall replace the rules of RRS part 2.

1.2 In the event of a rule conflict, these Supplementary Sailing Instructions shall prevail.

2. AFLOAT RACE OFFICER

An “Afloat Race Officer” will be designated to receive declarations and/or protests, and for co-ordination and communication purposes. Details will be announced via VHF Channel 72 before the start.

3. START, LINE & COURSE

The race is Scheduled to start at 07:30 BST with a single start for all classes.

The start line in Harwich Harbour will be the line between the Beacon Hill buoy and a staff with an orange flag on the committee boat, approximately 1 cable to the east of the buoy. The line is to be crossed in a southerly direction.

Course A: Cliff Foot (P); Landguard (P); Medusa (P); S. Cork (P); North East Gunfleet (S); Black Deep (S); Long Sand Head (S); Twin (S); Middelkerke Bk (S); Oostendebank-West buoy (P); Buitenstroombank buoy (P); Finish Line Binnenstroombank

Course B: The Course will be announced on VHF channel 72 at least 30 minutes prior to the time check signal.

AREAS THAT ARE OBSTRUCTIONS

A yacht shall not enter an area designated as an obstruction.

Obstruction Co-ordinates of Vertices (Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)

TSS – Sunk Traffic Separation Scheme South A – 51 42.09N / 01 43.05E B - 51 42.38N / 01 50.08E

C - 51 38.17N / 01 43.45E D - 51 38.45N / 01 50.48E

4. FINISHING

After rounding the Buitenstroombank Buoy the finish line is a line extending from the O3 Buoy (Green) to the Binnestroombank Buoy. Yachts must take their own time when the Binnenstroombank Buoy bears 225°.

Times shall be corrected by GPS time indicating BST or GMT as applicable and given with the names of the boats finishing ahead and astern of them if in sight.

5. SUNRISE/SUNSET

The times of sunset and sunrise shall be deemed to be as follows:
Thursday 16 June Sunset 21:15 BST Friday 17 June 04:35 BST.

6. DECLARATIONS

They are required, and must be made on the annexed declaration form to the Afloat Race Officer by 09.00 BST on the Friday, or within one hour of finishing if later.

7. RETIRING

Any yacht retiring MUST report the fact at the earliest possible opportunity to the Afloat Race Officer or to the Haven Series Secretary (telephone 01394 410495, mobile 07778 010580)

8. PROTESTS

Are to be made in writing to the Afloat Race Officer by 09.00 BST on the Friday or within one hour of finishing if later.

9. BERTHING FEES

The entry fee for both races includes the first night berthing fees at the destination. If you intend to stay longer, please inform the harbourmaster on arrival.

10. WARNING

The Oostende port authority is taking strict action against boats infringing port signals and is imposing heavy on-the-spot fines. Competitors should ensure that they enter and leave the harbour only when the signals allow.

Competitors are reminded that a courtesy ensign should be hoisted to the starboard crosstree before entering harbour and should be above and at least as large as any other flag at the crosstrees.

1. RULES

1.1 Haven Points Series Sailing Instructions superseded as follows:

a. Offshore Special Regulations 2016-2017 Category 3 Mono hulls plus Liferaft shall apply.

b. A boat that is on the course side at the start and fails to return and start correctly shall not be scored OCS, but shall have one hour added to her corrected time (changes RRS Appendix A4.2).

1.2 In the event of a conflict, these Supplementary Sailing Instructions shall prevail.

2. AFLOAT RACE OFFICER

An “Afloat Race Officer” will be designated to receive declarations and/or protests, and for co-ordination and communication purposes. Details will be repeated on VHF Channel 72 before the start.

3. START, LINE & COURSE

The race is Scheduled to start at 07:30 BST with a single start for all classes.

The start line in Harwich Harbour will be the line between the Beacon Hill buoy and a staff with an orange flag on the committee boat, approximately 1 cable to the east of the buoy. The line is to be crossed in a southerly direction on a single start at 07:30 BST.

Course: Cliff Foot (P), Landguard (P), Medusa (P), N.E. Gunfleet (S), Sunk Head Tower (S), Black Deep No.8 (P), Outer Fisherman (S), Elbow (S), East Brake (S), Ramsgate Channel buoys 2 & 4 (passing marks) to (S), North Quern (P) & Finish.

4. FINISHING

The finishing line, which runs 298° magnetic, is a transit formed by the Race Hut Flag Mast on the East Pier head and the North Quern Buoy. The inner distance mark is Ramsgate Channel Buoy No.6 which may not be on the line. Yachts should take their finishing time when the North Quern, North Cardinal Mark bears 118° magnetic.

North Quern North Cardinal mark Port 51° 19.41’N 01° 26.11’E

No. 6 Port Hand Mark Starboard 51° 19.46’N 01° 25.91’E

HARBOUR: Please call Ramsgate Port Control on VHF14 for permission to enter the Harbour.

6. DECLARATIONS

With own finishing time, must be made on the annexed declaration form to the Afloat Race Officer at the first opportunity. Finish times can be passed beforehand by VHF or mobile phone.

7. RETIRING

Any boat retiring MUST report the fact at the earliest possible opportunity to the Afloat Race Officer or to the Haven Series Secretary (telephone: 01394 410495, mobile: 07778 010580)

8. PROTESTS

To be made in writing to the Afloat Race Officer by 18.00 BST on the Saturday or within one hour of finishing if later.

9. AFTER FINISHING

The entry fee includes the first night berthing fees at the destination. If you intend to stay longer, please inform the harbourmaster after arrival. Prize-giving and supper will take place at the Royal Temple Yacht Club. Please book for the supper with the RTYC direct.

1. RULES

1.1 Haven Points Series Sailing Instructions Section 1 Superseded as follows:

a) Offshore Special Regulations 2016-2017 Category 4 shall apply.

b) A boat that is on the course side at the start and fails to return and start correctly shall not be scored OCS, but shall have one hour added to her corrected time (changes RRS Appendix A4.2).

1.2 In the event of a conflict, these Supplementary Sailing Instructions shall prevail.

2. AFLOAT RACE OFFICER

An “Afloat Race Officer” will be designated to receive declarations and/or protests, and for co-ordination and communication purposes. Details will be announced via VHF Channel 72 before the start.

3. START, LINE & COURSE

The race is Scheduled to start at 09:00 BST with a single start for all classes.

The start line will be the line between the Wadgate Ledge Beacon and a staff with an orange flag on the committee boat, approximately 1 cable to the west of the beacon. The line is to be crossed in a north-easterly direction.

If the race is started in inclement weather or other exceptional circumstance a competing boat may be used as a committee boat and will be given the due time allowance.

The course is as follows –

Start; Special Mark FL(5)Y.20s (S),East Barnard (P); Newcombe Sand (P); South Holm (S); Stanford (P); South West Holm (S); North Newcombe (P) finish. (see Notes below).

Notes:

a. Special Mark FL(5)Y.20s (52°18.9’N 001°47.0’E) is approx. 4nm East of entrance to Southwold.

b. Competitors are advised that a dangerous wreck exists in a position approximately 335(T) 1.8 cables from Wadgate Ledge Beacon.

4. FINISHING LINE

The finishing line at Lowestoft is formed by a line bearing 265 degrees magnetic to the North Newcombe Buoy and within 2 boat lengths of the buoy.

Competitors must note their own finishing time together with the names of the boats finishing ahead and astern of them if in sight. Times shall be corrected to GPS time indicating BST or GMT as applicable.

5. DECLARATIONS

Are required, and must be made on the annexed declaration form to the Afloat Race Officer at the destination within one hour of finishing. Times shall be corrected to GPS time indicating BST or GMT as applicable.

6. RETIRING

Any boat retiring MUST report the fact at the earliest possible opportunity to the Afloat Race Officer or to the Haven Series Secretary (telephone: 01394 410495, mobile: 07778 010580)

7. PROTESTS

These are to be made in writing to the Afloat Race Officer at the destination within one hour of finishing.

8. AFTER FINISHING

Refer to a current almanac for pilotage information, entry requirements etc. – note that it is now MANDATORY to call on VHF Ch.14 before entering or leaving, and that harbour light signals MUST be obeyed. Contact "Yacht Club Marina" on Ch.80 for berthing instructions, but otherwise continue to monitor Ch.14 for harbour traffic.

Overnight berthing is arranged on the RN&SYC pontoons. A group discounted rate for one night has been negotiated, and is included in the entry fee (see Entry Form). Prize-giving and supper will take place at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club. Please book for the supper with the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC direct.

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