Single handed race series 2015 Posted on 26th April 2015 by Carl Vincent New for 2015, we’re running a single-handed race series alongside our regular racing. Notice of races and Sailing Instructions Four races are to count for the single handed trophy which will include your best result from the Early Bird, Summer Points and Final Fling series to count for three races and the Bondicar race as the fourth race. Early Bird Series Sunday 26th April 11.00am start Sunday 10th May 11.00am start Sunday 28th June 11.00am start Sunday 12th July 11.00am start Summer Points Series Sunday 2nd August 11.00am start Sunday 16th August 11.00am start Sunday 30th August 11.00am start Bondicar race (Bart’s Bondicar Bash) Sunday 20th September Start time TBA Final Fling Series Sunday 27th September 11.00am start Sunday 4th October 11.00am start Sunday 11th October 11.00am start Sunday 18th October 11.00am start 1.Rules The race series will be governed by the International Sailing Federation Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016 and by these Sailing Instructions. 2.Special Regulations All yachts will have a NERR handicap prior to entering the series. All yachts will have appropriate jackstays and clipping points for a personal safety harness. 3.Compliance The Sailing Committee reserves the right to carry out an inspection of any competitor’s boat.Failure to comply may lead to disqualification. 4.Classes Those sailing single handed can be “white sailing” ie the spinnaker will not be used but a poled out foresail is allowed.The white sail handicap will be used. Alternatively a spinnaker can be used in which case the spinnaker handicap will be used. 5.Handicaps All boats entering this series are expected to have a NERR rating (TCF) or equivalent for white sailing or sailing with spinnaker.An improvement in the yacht’s TCF by 3% of the total TCF will be used for single handed sailing and calculated after the result with the full handicap has been calculated. 6.Entry fee There will be no entry fee for RNYC boats. Visiting boats will be expected to make a donation in folding money to either the RNLI or the BART’s Foundation. 7.Start lines These will be the start lines for the respective races ie Early Bird,Summer Points, Bondicar and Final Fling. Boats in the single handed series will start with the whitesail class.The start will be a class flag and 5,4 and one minute flag and sound signals before the start. 8.Protests These are not encouraged by the sailing committee and the offer of a convivial drink after the race is considered to be a more effective solution for any inconvenience experienced. If a protest is considered necessary,such a protest must be made in writing on the reverse side of any £20 pound note which is legal tender in the United Kingdom. After the protest has been considered by the appropriate club officers in the clubship ,the “change” will be donated to the RNLI or Bart’s Foundation. 9.Retirements If you intend to retire form the race please inform the race officer. VHF channel 37. 10.Safety equipment. a.Personal buoyancy will be worn at all times. b.There will be on each boat a working VHF radio and also a working mobile phone with appropriate local coverage. c.Each competitor will carry at least one distress signal of a type suitable for locating a person in the water. d.Towing line e.Safety harness f.Fire extinguisher g.Mechanical marine compass h.Fog horn i.Appropriate charts and plotting tools including a GPS. j.Anchor and suitable rode. k.Alternative means of propulsion. 11.Disclaimer and Insurance. The responsiblility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is her skippers’s alone .(Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing) Sailing by its nature is an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk.By taking part in the event,each competitor agrees and acknowledges that: a.They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves and their boat to such inherent risk. b.They are responsibility for the safety of themselves and their boat. c.They accept responsibility for any injury,damage or loss to the extent causes by their own actions or omissions. d.Their boat is in good order,equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate. e.The provision of a race officer does not relieve them of their own responsibilities. e.They are responsible that their boat is equipped and seaworthy os as to be able to face extremes of weather,and that the safety equipment is is properly maintained,stowed and in date. f.Their boat is insured to minimum cover of £2,000,000 against third party claims. 12.Sail Numbers Each yacht shall display a unique sail number for that boat on at least one sail which is easily visible. 13.Self steering Self steering gear can be used ensuring that a proper watch is maintained whilst the yacht is racing. 14.Use of the engine Yachts will be propelled by sail. Engines can be run in neutral to generate electricity to maintain vital equipment. 15. Prize for the series The prize will be awarded to the yacht which has been sailed single handed and performed best in a total of 4 races to include the Bondicar Race and one race each from the Early Bird, Summer Points and Final Fling series. This will be announced and awarded at the Annual Prize Giving Event hosted by RNYC.