Sailing Instructions

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Edgewood Yacht Club
Frostbite Racing
2020-2021 Sailing Instructions

Rules: International Sailing Federation The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS), US Sailing Association prescriptions, Sunfish Class Rules, the Notice of Race, and these Sailing Instructions will govern the racing. RRS Rule 44.2 is changed, see Penalties below. RRS Appendix G and ISCA Class Rules 3.6.5 are changed, see Sail Numbers below.

Courses: The start/finish line will be off EYC’s north dock, and is between the orange flag on the dock or RC boat and the nearby starting buoy. The start/finish line is open. There are no requirements to sail through or avoid the line, except when starting or finishing. The time limit for each race is 45 minutes. Any boat not finishing within 10 minutes of the first boat may, if it is still racing, be assigned a finishing position by the Race Committee, corresponding to that boat's relative position at the time. Each mark of the course shall be left on the same side as the starting buoy, which means that the diagrams below may be reversed for some wind conditions. The courses include the following, and others that the RC may devise and announce prior to the starting sequence:

Starting Signals: The “dinghy start”, or “Sound Signal Starting System” RRS Appendix S will be used.

Penalties and Protests: A 360° turn penalty, similar to the 720° turn penalty of racing rule 44.2, will apply.  All other provisions of Rule 61 apply. In addition, a protesting boat must notify the Race Committee of its intent to protest, upon completion of the race involved.

Qualifications and Scoring: The Low-Point Scoring System, RRS Appendix A, will apply to each series, as modified below. The Season will be qualified and scored as a single series independently of the individual Series qualifications and scores.

  • Minimum to qualify: At least 10 races are required to constitute a series. A race counts if at least 2 boats compete and the race is not cancelled or abandoned. Skippers must compete in at least 60.0% (rounding to nearest whole number) of the races held in a series to qualify for that series.
  • Throwouts: All races above those needed to qualify are discarded. For breaking ties per rule A8 or any other reason, if one of several equal race scores could be used as a throwout, the earliest one shall be the throwout.
  • Example: In a series of 12 races, a skipper needs to compete in 7 to qualify (60% x 12 = 7.2). The skipper is scored for the best 7 races the skipper has sailed.
  • Daily score: A Daily Score will be computed as a series of the races on that day (no throw-outs) and may be posted or submitted to the local newspaper; however, this Daily Score will not be used in computing the Series scores.

Sail Numbers:  References to sail numbers in the ISCA Class Rules 3.6.5 et seq., and the RRS Appendix G are changed by this SI.  To be scored, the Skipper will register and display a sail number on each side of the sail. The sail number must be easy to read. Each digit will be approximately 10" x 7", in a color that contrasts with the sail color on which it is attached.  The preferred number is the number assigned by the National Sunfish Class Association. However, any other number may be used that is unique within the Edgewood frostbite racing fleet.  

Changes: Notices and changes to these Sailing Instructions will be posted on the bulletin board in the EYC clubhouse at least one hour before the scheduled warning signal of the race in which they take effect.

Cancellations: The Race Committee will cancel races according to its best judgment, and usually if the wind chill is below 10°F or wind gusts reach 20 knots.


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