Girls Nationals SIs

July 15, 2010 2:59 pm

2010 USODA LAYLINE Girls National Championship
July 20, 2010
Hosted by Fishing Bay Yacht Club


Printable PDF version of the Girls Sailing Instructions


1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2 “Conditions governing USODA Events” will apply, and can be found at

1.3 RRS 61.1(a)(2) is deleted. A boat is therefore required to display a red flag if she intends to protest concerning an incident in the racing area, and shall continue to display it until she has reported her intention to protest.

1.4 RRS 61 is changed as follows: A competitor shall inform the measurement boat of its intention to protest, including the sail number of the protested boat, immediately after finishing.

1.5 Appendix P, “Special Procedures for Rule 42″, will apply. P2.1, “First Penalty” is changed to read, When a boat is first penalized under instruction P1 her penalty will be: (a) if her penalty is signaled prior to finishing: a two-turns penalty under RRS 44.2. If she fails to take it she will be disqualified without a hearing, or (b) if her penalty is signaled after she finishes: ten (10) points added to her score for that race.

1.6 Appendix A5 is changed to allow measurement penalties to be given in accordance with SI 16.9 be assigned without a hearing.


2.1 There will be one Championship fleet.


Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located near the main regatta tent in the Deltaville Maritime Museum west field.


Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted on the official notice board before 0830 on the day that it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 1900 on the day before it will take effect.


5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed from the mast of the trailered Skipjack “Virginia” parked at the corner of the Museum field adjacent to main regatta tent.

5.2 When code flag “AP” is displayed, “1 minute” is replaced with “not less than sixty (60) minutes” in Race Signal “AP.”

5.3 All boats shall launch at the same time when code flag “O” is displayed on the “Virginia” with one sound signal and proceed directly to the racing area. Boats shall not launch prior to this signal.



Monday, July 19

1200-1800 Measurement and Check-in

Tuesday, July 20th

0900 Coaches, Parent and Competitors meeting (mandatory)

1030 First Warning Signal
1500 No warning signal after this time

TBD Awards

6.2 The race committee will run as many races as practical.


Racing will take place in waters near the mouth of Piankatank River as directed by the race committee by hail and visual signal.


8.1 The course is illustrated below, including the approximate angle between legs, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left. The course length and configuration will be based on sailing conditions.

8.2 The position of marks may be adjusted slightly for small shifts in the mean wind without signaling a change of course. Any adjustments will be made before the first boat is on the leg to the effected mark. This changes rule 33.

Fleet Course Diagram


9.1 Rounding Marks 1, 2, and Gate 3S/P will be orange inflatable marks and mark 4 will be a yellow inflatable mark.

9.2 New (change) marks will be yellow inflated marks.

9.3 The starting marks are two race committee boats on either end of the starting line, and if present, any keep off buoys and all their means of attachment to these boats, all of which are defined as starting marks. A boat may not pass between a keep-off starting mark and the boat to which it is attached.

9.4 The finishing marks will be a race committee finish boat and an orange inflated mark.

10 RESTRICTED AREAS (see also SI’s 8 and 20)

10.1 The racing area is the space encompassing the course, the starting area, and the finishing area. It extends 100 yards beyond any racing boat and marks 1, 2, 3S/3P, 4, the finish marks, and the measurement boat. Except as permitted by SI 20, only competing boats and official boats (designated by the race committee) may enter the racing area while boats are racing.

10.2 The waiting area is the area to leeward of the racing area below the starting line. Its windward edge and its extensions to starboard of the starting line will be marked by at a series of small inflated balls or marks below the starting line.


11.1 The class flag will be numeral pennant one.

11.2 The starting line will be between staffs displaying orange flags on the race committee boat starting marks.

11.3 At least one minute prior to the first warning signal of a race, the race committee will hoist its orange starting line flags with a sound signal.

11.4 A boat starting later than five (5) minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start (DNS). This changes rule A4.

11.5 If code flag “I” and/or “Z,” or the black flag has been displayed, the Race Committee may attempt to hail the sail number(s) of boats on the course side of the starting line or its extension only during the minute before her starting signal. Failure of the Race Committee to hail, failure of the amplification system, the order of the hails, or failure of a boat to hear a hail shall not be grounds for a boat to request for redress. This instruction changes RRS 41 and 62.1.


12.1 The finish line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on a race committee boat on the starboard end and the course side of the finish mark on the port end.

12.2 If the race committee intends to start another race on the same day, the race committee finish boat will display the ‘Second Substitute’ while boats are finishing.

13 RETURN TO THE STARTING AREA (see also the course diagram in SI 8)

13.1 The first ten boats to cross the finish line of each race shall report immediately after finishing to the measurement boat anchored just beyond and slightly upwind of the finishing line and displaying the USODA “M” (measurement boat) flag. They shall stay in the vicinity until measured or released by verbal instructions from the measurement boat. No adjustments to the rigging of the boat may be made between the times the boat finishes and this measurement. Boats in doubt as to whether they finished in the top ten (10) finishers should report to the measurement boat. After being measured or released, boats shall promptly return to the waiting area via the corridor shown in SI 8.

13.2 All other boats that have finished shall immediately sail clear of the finishing area, round the buoy marking the top end of the corridor to port, and promptly return to the starting area via the corridor shown in SI 8.


14.1 On-water protest committee boats will fly code flag “J” (Juliet). A protest committee member may also be aboard the RC signal boat, and if so, that boat will also display code flag “J”.

14.2 In addition to enforcing RRS 42, the protest committee will be watching to see if boats break a rule of Part 2 (When Boats Meet) or RRS 31 (Touching a Mark). When the protest committee sees a boat break such a rule, it may make one sound signal but will not display any flag nor hail any sail number. If no boat takes a penalty under RRS 44.1, the protest committee may protest one or more boats.


15.1 The time limit for the first boat in a race to sail the course and finish is 90 minutes.

15.2 Boats failing to finish within twenty (20) minutes after the first boat in a race sails the course and finishes will scored Did Not Finish (DNF) without a hearing. This instruction changes RRS 35, A4, and A5.


16.1 Protest and scoring inquiry forms are available at the Protest Committee Desk in the Judges’ Area located in near the main tent. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered there within the appropriate time limit.

16.2 The protest time limit is 45 minutes after the race committee signal boat docks. The race committee will post the time of docking on the official notice board as soon as practical.

16.3 The protest notices required by RRS 63.2, and the notification of protests by the race committee or the protest committee required by RRS 61.1(b), will be posted on the official notice board as soon as possible after a protest has been delivered, but not later than 30 minutes after the protest time limit.

16.4 Hearings will be held nearby as directed. The helmsman shall represent the boat. This changes RRS 63.3(a). Representatives of boats who are parties to a hearing and their witnesses shall remain on call in the Judges’ Area just outside the Junior Clubhouse.

16.5 A list of boats penalized for breaking RRS 42 will be posted as soon as practical after racing.

16.6 Requests for redress relating to possible scoring errors will initially be reviewed by the race committee before being scheduled for hearing by the protest committee. This instruction changes RRS 63.1.

16.7 Requests for redress relating to an OCS or starting penalty shall state the procedural error the competitor believes the race committee may have made. And, each boat will be expected to establish that it started properly. This adds to rule 62.2.

16.8 A breach of SI 2.2, 5.3, 11.3, 13, 16.12, 0, and 20 will not be grounds for a protest by a boat. This changes RRS 60.1(a). 16.9 The penalty for the first time a boat breaks any of SI 2.2, 5.3, 11.3, 13, 16.12, 18.1, 18.2, 18.4, 18.5, or for failing an on-water measurement inspection for the first time, shall be a ten (10) point scoring penalty. The penalty for subsequent occurrences will be at the discretion of the protest committee and may be less than or greater than DSQ. RRS 63.1 is changed such that penalties for breaking SI 18.1 will be assigned without a hearing.

16.10 On the last day of the regatta a request to reopen a hearing shall be delivered (a) within the protest time limit if the party requesting reopening was informed of the decision before that day, or (b) no later than 30 minutes after the party requesting reopening was informed of the decision on that day. This changes RRS 62.2 and 66.

16.11 A boat that has taken a penalty under RRS 44.1 shall complete and sign the acknowledgment log at the protest committee desk in the Judges’ Area.

16.12 Any competitor who may wish to become a party to a scheduled redress hearing should; 1). Check the daily schedule of protest hearings that the protest committee will post on the official notice board describing the nature of the redress request and time of the hearing, and 2) submit a written request to participate in the hearing to the protest committee before the hearing begins.


17.1 The Low Point Scoring System of RRS Appendix A will apply, except that all races shall be counted. No throw outs.

17.2 One race constitutes a regatta.


18.1 Competitors shall sail thru the SAFETY GATE and CHECK IN and OUT with the safety committee. Each sailor shall hail its sail number as it passes abeam. The safety boat will acknowledge each hail.

18.2 A competitor retiring from a race shall notify a race committee boat or patrol boat before leaving the course, or notify the race committee immediately upon returning to shore.

18.3 In addition to the requirements of rule 40 and it’s US Prescription, a condition of entry and participation in this regatta is the wearing of a US Coast Guard approved PFD properly secured at all times while on the water, except for brief periods while removing or adding clothing. Failure to wear one will result in a penalty up to and including disqualification at the discretion of the protest committee.

18.4 Each competitor shall have a whistle attached to their PFD at all times while on the water.

18.5 Each boat shall have a secure loop in the end of its bow line.


19.1 Boats are allowed only one hull, dagger-board, rudder (including tiller and extension), mast, boom, sprit, and sail during the regatta. Substitution of damaged equipment must be approved by the race committee as soon as practical.

19.2 Measurement may be made of boats at anytime during the regatta by the measurement boat or at the direction of the race committee. See also SI 13 regarding mandatory measurement checks after finishing.


20.1 General coach and support (including spectator) boat requirements

a. Coach boats shall fly a numbered blue flag provided by the race committee at all times while on the water. Coach boats shall carry a VHF radio and monitor the race committee channel (VHF 65), particularly in windy/threatening weather.

b. Support (parent and spectator) boats shall fly a green flag with a number provided by the race committee at all times while

on the water.

c. No ‘team’ flags, private signal flags, or any object that might be construed as a signal shall be flown from coach or support boats while racing is underway.

d. Coach and support boats shall follow the instructions of race committee, patrol, safety, protest committee, and race management boats at all times.

e. No coach or support boat shall tie up to or congregate around any aid to navigation, such as buoys or channel markers, or tie up to and fixed fishing gear, crab, lobster pots or oyster stakes.

20.2 Restrictions

a. All coach and support boats shall stay out of the racing area while boats are racing and at least 100 yards away from any racing boat, and move slowly and with minimal wake, except where permitted in this instruction.

b. Certain coach boats may be designated as rescue craft by the Safety Officer and given permission to enter the racing area for the purposes of rescue operations only.

c. When the race committee hoists (or is displaying) its orange starting line flags, all coach and support boats in the starting area shall proceed immediately to the waiting area and shall remain there until the race committee lowers the orange starting line flags with a sound signal, except that, after the first and subsequent start(s) of a set of races, coach and support boats may exit the waiting area and proceed slowly WITH NO WAKE to the weather mark ONLY outside the PORT side of the racing area.

d. Coach boats and support boats may only wait in the corridor as boats are finishing and briefly talk to sailors provided they stay well clear of any racing boat and do not delay the start of the next race.

20.3 Penalties

a. Competitors affiliated with any coach or support boat that breaks SI 20 may break RRS 41 (Outside Help).

b. Coaches or support boats that break SI 20 may be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including venue exclusion.


Discharge of trash into the water by competitors, support boats, race committee or protest committee is prohibited.


Prizes will be awarded according to the notice of race.


Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 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. A waiver must be signed by all competitors and their parent/guardian.

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