Sailing Instructions for the
Moore Stephens Douglas Regatta &
IOM Cruiser Championship 2012
Racing takes place under the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) “Racing Rules of
Sailing 2009-2012”, Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Prescriptions, these DBYC
Sailing Instructions and appropriate Class Rules.
Entry to the Moore Stephens Douglas Regatta is open to all yachts which have a current
It is a requirement of Owners that their yachts must carry insurance cover of not less than
£2,000,000 in respect of third party and crew liabilities.
4. Notices to Competitors
When possible Notices to competitors and any change to these Sailing Instructions, will
be handed out at the Clubhouse, sent by e-mail or sent by post. Copies of notices and
sailing instructions, plus racing results, will be displayed on the Club notice board.
(a) The safety of a yacht and her entire management, including insurance, shall be the
sole responsibility of the person in charge of the vessel, who must ensure the yacht and
her crew are adequate to face the conditions which may arise at sea. It is the sole
responsibility of competitors to decide whether to start or continue in any race, bearing in
mind the weather forecast and the conditions at the time.
(b) The Douglas Bay Yacht Club, its Sponsors, Officers and Agents, shall not be
responsible for any loss, death, damage or personal injury, howsoever caused, to any
yacht, to the person in charge, or the crew of a yacht, or to another competitor, or to
safety or spectator boat crews, as a result of their taking part in sailing and racing in the
Douglas Regatta. Moreover, every person in charge of a yacht warrants the suitability of
the vessel for racing.
The RYA Low Points Scoring System (Appendix A) will apply. Five races are scheduled.
In the event of a Tie on points, such tie shall be broken if possible by the method
described in Appendix A2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing.
There will be 3 Classes in the Regatta. Class 1 will be the First Class 8 One Designs.
Class 2 will be a PY Class with numbers below 1011. Class 3 will be a PY Class with
numbers above 1011. There will be Regatta results and Trophies for each Class. Overall
IOM Cruiser Championship results will be based on PY handicaps.
8. Handicaps & Timing
Handicap Classes in the Regatta will use Standard PY Numbers.
Race results will be based on Corrected Time. The owner, skipper or person in charge of
each competing yacht must record the vessel’s Elapsed Time for each race – using a
proper Yacht Timer or stop watch and submit a Race Declaration on returning to the Club
at the end of each day’s racing.
All yachts taking part in DBYC races must carry VHF Radio (A handheld unit is
acceptable). Race announcements will be made on Channel 6.
All yachts must call up “Douglas Harbour” on Channel 12 to obtain clearance before
exiting or re-entering the harbour. As soon as you finish racing make sure your radio is
on Channel 12 to monitor harbour traffic. When returning to the harbour, please observe
the “Traffic Lights” on the Victoria Pier. When these are on, it indicates that a Ferry has
been cleared to leave or enter and all other craft must keep clear. Yachts should not
attempt to enter until the lights have gone out and clearance has been obtained on
Courses will be displayed on a Board on the stern of the Committee Boat. It is up to
skippers and crews to ensure they are in or near the Starting Area in good time.
Courses will be as shown on the Course Board, which takes precedence over any Radio
announcement. The radio announcement of the course is only a verbal confirmation as a
courtesy to competitors.
Yachts should not contact the Committee Boat by radio except in an emergency. Lengthy
discussions or arguments on the radio are not acceptable. Any skipper who believes he
has a genuine grievance should sail the race as displayed and submit a written request for
Redress after returning to the Clubhouse
PLEASE NOTE – The Douglas Harbour Fairway between the Outer Green Buoy and the
Victoria Pier is a “No Racing” area. Yachts must keep to the North of the Outer Green
Buoy, which ranks as an Obstruction under the Rules. Any yacht entering this area
when racing will be Disqualified.
11. Starting Procedure
Flag Signals will be used on the Committee Boat with appropriate Sound Signals.
Course Flag raised and Course announcement by radio to confirm the course as shown on
the Course Board.
5 minutes (Warning Signal for Class 1 – Numeral One raised, one Sound Signal.
4 minutes (Preparatory Signal) - P Flag raised, one Sound Signal.
1 minute - P Flag dropped, one Sound Signal.
Zero - (Start Class 1) Numeral One dropped, one Sound Signal.
The Start for Class 1 is the 5 Minute Signal for Class 2.
Numeral Two raised (5 MinuteWarning Signal for Class 2)
4 minutes (Preparatory Signal) – P Flag raised, one Sound Signal
1 minute – P flag dropped, one Sound Signal
Zero – (Start Class 2) Numeral Two dropped, one Sound Signal.
The Start for Class 2 is the 5 Minute Signal for Class 3
Numeral 3 raised (5 Minute Warning Signal for Class 3)
4 minutes (Preparatory Signal) – P Flag raised, One Sound Signal.
1 minute P Flag dropped, One Sound Signal.
Zero – (Start Class 3).Numeral 3 dropped, One Sound Signal.
Individual Recalls will be indicated by flying Flag X, plus One Sound Signal.
General Recalls will be indicated by flying Flag First Substitute, plus Two Sound
Signals. Recalls may also be confirmed by radio.
Boats must not be on the course side of the line in the final minute before the Start.
13. Start & Finish Line
The Start and Finish Line will normally be between two Marks, each identified by the
OD, located at the Start/Finish area in the centre of Douglas Bay. Races will normally
start to windward.
14. Finishing Procedure
The Course Board will indicate the order in which marks are to be taken. When the
leading boats begin the final leg of the course, an Orange Flag will be flown on the
Committee Boat, indicating the race is finishing.
Normally the Finish will be to windward in the same direction as the Start. However, in
the event of a Shortened Course or major wind shift, which may result in a reaching or
downwind finish, the finish line will be crossed from the direction of the last rounding
mark. Hooked finishes are prohibited, straight through finishes required.
Occasionally it may be necessary to finish the race at a different Finishing Line. Such line
will be formed by the Club RIB anchoring abreast of a selected mark and flying a Dark
Blue Flag. Details of such finishing line will be given by Radio.
Competitors must record their Elapsed Time as they cross the Finishing Line.
When finished please keep clear of the line so as not to impede other yachts trying to
15. Shortened Course
A course may be shortened, before boats reach the penultimate mark, by flying Flag S,
with Two Sound Signals. Confirmation of the shortened course will be given over the
16. Time Limits
Time Limits may be applied to races at the discretion of the Race Officer.
Any such limit will be announced over the Radio.
If for any reason the Race Officers decide a Postponement is necessary, this will be
indicated by flying AP with Two Sound Signals. The postponement will be confirmed by
Penalties for infringements shall be as follows –
(a) For touching any Mark of the Course, the Yacht must do a Tack and a Gybe and then
may resume her proper course.
(b) For infringing the rights of other Competitors, the Yacht must do a Tack and a Gybe,
immediately followed by a second Tack and Gybe and may then resume her proper
Penalty turns should be taken as soon as possible after the incident and in any case
must be made before the end of the race.
When doing penalty turns a yacht must keep well out of the way of other competitors so
as not to risk a further infringement.
Protests shall be made in writing on the appropriate Form in accordance with Rule 61. A
Protestor must inform the Protestee promptly after the incident by hailing “Protest!” to
the infringing yacht and must fly a Red Protest Flag until the end of the race. The
Protestor must inform the Officer of the Day at the end of the race if he intends to pursue
the Protest. The written Protest should be given to the OD within One Hour of boats
returning to the Harbour. A copy must be provided for the Protestee. The Protest will be
heard as soon as possible after crews return to the Clubhouse.
The skipper of a yacht may request Redress if he feels that her position or score in a race
or series has been adversely affected by an action or omission of the Officer of the Day,
or the race committee or organizing authority.
The request must be made in writing and given to the OD within One Hour of returning
to the harbour.
A yacht retiring from a race must inform the OD by radio as soon as possible.
22. Sportsmanship & Fair Sailing
The Racing Rules of Sailing are written to encourage sportsmanship and fair competition.
(see Part One – Fundamental Rules). It is also the intention of the ISAF that the rules
should impose on all Competitors the obligation to avoid collisions and damage to yachts
(see Rule 14). Right of Way yachts should be aware that they may be penalised if they
deliberately cause a collision and make no attempt to avoid contact.
23. Penalties imposed by the Sailing Committee
In the event of a serious dispute, whether arising from a Protest or not, the Sailing
Committee may impose whatever penalties it deems fit, within the ISAF Racing
Rules of Sailing, on a yacht or owner who it considers has transgressed the rules.
By taking part in a race all competitors acknowledge that they have read, understand and
will abide by these Sailing Instructions in their entirety. The skipper or person in charge
of each yacht also undertakes to complete and sign a Race Declaration Form on returning
to the Clubhouse.