Laser Sailing Instructions

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 Burgee THE MICHIGAN SAILING CLUB

Spring Laser REGATTA

Baseline Lake, June 10th, 2018

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

 Laser

1. RULES

1.1.     The regatta will be governed by the current Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS 2017-2020), the Prescriptions of US Sailing, and the Rules of the Laser Class.

1.2.     The regatta is open to Laser boats.  Only Members of the Michigan Sailing Club (MSC) may sail club owned Laser boats.

1.3.  The Laser Class Association rules are changed as follows:

1.3.1. Radial, 4.7, and Intensity rigging is allowed.

2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located on the front porch of the sailing clubhouse.

3. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted on the official notice board, 30 minutes prior to the first Warning signal on the day it will take effect.

4. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

Signals made ashore will be displayed at the dock. If a postponement is signaled ashore, the warning signal will be made not less than 20 minutes after AP is lowered.

5. SCHEDULE

5.1. Registration is available on-site between 9:00 and 9:30.

5.2. A competitors’ meeting will be held at 0930 on the day of the regatta, on the front lawn of the Sailing Club.

5.3. The warning signal for the first race will be at 1030

5.4. Subsequent races will be held as soon as possible after the end of the previous race, except for the fourth race which follows a 45’ break on shore.

5.5.  A maximum of 7 races are scheduled.

5.6. No warning signal will be made after 1600.

6. CLASS FLAG

The class flag will be the International Code Flag “Q”. (solid yellow flag)

7. RACING AREA

The racing area will be the majority of Baseline Lake, as deemed appropriate by the Race Committee.

8. THE COURSES

The courses will be Windward-Leeward or Triangle-Windward-Leeward. The course will be designated by the signal flags or a numerical placard as described below.

Flag Course Number of Legs
1 Start – W – L –  Finish 3
2 Start – W – L –  W – L – Finish 5
3 Start – W – G – L – W – L – Finish 6

APPENDIX A shows the courses, course designations, and the marks in order. All marks shall be left to port. The start/finish line is open for other legs of the course.

9. MARKS

All the course marks will be either Red Orange. The Start and Finish marks will be Yellow balls

10.   OBSTRUCTIONS

11.   THE START

11.1. The starting line will be between a staff displaying a red flag on the race committee boat and the starting mark.

11.2. Races will be started by using US Sailing Appendix L 11.1 (3 min. starts). This modifies RRS rule 26.

12.   CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE

Changing the next leg of the course after the start or shortening the course shall be signaled verbally.  This modifies RRS 32, 33, 33a, and 33b.

13.   THE FINISH

13.1. The finish line will be between a staff displaying a red flag on the race committee boat and the starting mark.

14.   PENALTY SYSTEM

The Scoring Penalty, RRS 44.3, will apply.

15.   TIME LIMITS

The time limit for each race will be 1 hour for the first boat to finish. Boats finishing more than 30 minutes after the first boat that sails the course finishes will be scored DNF. This changes RRS 35 and A4.

16.   PROTESTS

16.1 A boat intending to file a protest shall inform the RC before the next race starts.

16.2 Protests shall be in writing and delivered within 30 minutes after the time of  the race committee boat docking after the final race.

17.   SCORING

The Low Point System of Appendix A of the racing rules will apply with the following modification: When fewer than five races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores (No Throw Out). One race constitutes a regatta.

28.   PRIZES

Trophies will be awarded to the top three skippers.

 

Appendix A – Course Diagrams

Course 1

Course 2

Course 3

 Course 1  Course 2  Course 3

The start/finish line is open on other legs of the course.

All marks to be left to port.