OFF THE BEACH SAILING CENTRE
SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 2012-2013
These Off The Beach Sailing Centre (OTBSC) Sailing Instructions are valid from 1
October 2012 until 30 September 2013.
2. ORGANISING AUTHORITY.
The Organising Authority is Sandringham Yacht Club Inc – OTBSC
All races will be governed by the rules as defined in the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing
2009-12 (RRS) and effective 1 January 2009 the ISAF RRS 2009-2012 including the
Prescriptions and Part 2 of the Special Regulations of Yachting Australia (YA), the
current class rules for the competing classes, all as amended by these sailing
4. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS.
Notices to competitors shall be posted on the official notice board located inside the
Lou Abrahams Off The Beach Sailing Centre and may also be posted on the OTB
section of the club website – www.syc.com.au
Information Sessions may be held approximately 60 minutes prior to the start of
scheduled races for the day.
5. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS.
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted on the official notice board not
later than one hour prior to the start time of the race it will affect, except that any
change to the schedule of races will be posted not later than 2000 hours on the day
before it is to take effect.
Any change to the sailing instructions may also be posted on the OTB section of the
club website – www.syc.com.au
6. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE.
Signals made ashore will be displayed from the signal masts located at the Lou
Abrahams Off The Beach Sailing Centre.
Code flag 'AP' with two signals means 'Racing is postponed’. A new warning signal
will be made not less than 30 minutes after the signal is lowered.'
Code flag 'AP' over 'H' with two signals means 'Racing is postponed’. Boats shall not
leave the shore. A new warning signal will be made not less than 30 minutes after the
signal is lowered.'
Code flag 'L' with one sound signal means a change to the sailing instructions has
7. SCHEDULE OF RACES.
As per the OTBSC 2012-2013 Sailing Program & Calendar of Events.
8. DIVISIONS & FLAGS (Refer Appendix 1 for further detail).
Division 0 Naval Numeral ’0’
Division 1 Naval Numeral ’1’
Division 2 Naval Numeral ’2’
Division 3 Naval Numeral ’3’
Division 4 Naval Numeral ’4’
9. RACING AREA.
Races are conducted by Sandringham Yacht Club Inc, on the waters of Port Phillip
within 1.5 nm of Sandringham Harbour.
All marks shall be left to Port, Refer Appendix 2 for configuration details.
11. COURSE TO BE SAILED.
The course to be sailed for a division shall be displayed no later than the warning
signal for that division’s start and will be indicated by a numeral pennant flying below
the division flag to which it relates.
Rounding marks shall be of the following shapes and colours:
Marks 1, 2, 3 = Orange cylindrical inflatable buoys
Marks A, B = Yellow cylindrical inflatable buoys
13. THE START.
Races will be started in accordance with RRS 26.
-5 min Warning Division & Course pennant 1 Sound Signal
-4 min Prep P, I, Z, Z with I, or black flag 1 Sound Signal
-1 min One Minute Preparatory flag removed 1 Sound Signal
0 min Start Division flag removed 1 Sound Signal
The warning signal for each succeeding division shall be made with or after the
starting signal of the preceding division. Times shall be taken from the visual signals
and the absence of a sound signal shall be disregarded.
The starting line shall be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the race
committee boat at the starboard end and a pin mark at the port end.
Boats shall stay clear of the start line unless in a starting sequence (including not
sailing through it while racing). Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall
avoid the starting area after the warning signal for a different event has been
displayed. The starting area is defined as a rectangle 100 meters extending from the
starting line and marks in all directions. Boats failing to observe this requirement may
be disqualified from the race without a hearing. This changes RRS 63.1.
A clearance mark may be positioned close to the race committee boat. Boats shall
not pass between the clearance mark and the committee boat.
14. SHORTENED COURSE.
RRS 32 is amended such that if a race committee vessel displays code flag “S” at
mark number 3, competitors shall sail directly to the finish line as the next and final
mark of the course.
15. CHANGE OF COURSE.
A change of course after the start will be signalled in accordance with RRS 33.
16. THE FINISH.
The finishing line shall be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the race
committee boat at the port end and a pin mark at the starboard end.
Boats shall stay clear of the finish line unless finishing a race or in a starting
sequence. Staying clear shall also include not sailing through the finish line while
racing, unless actually finishing. Boats failing to observe this requirement may be
disqualified from the race without a hearing. This changes RRS 63.1.
17. TIME LIMIT.
No starting sequence shall commence after 1700 hours on a scheduled race day.
The race time limit is 90 minutes for each division or within 30 minutes of the first boat
in each division, whichever occurs first.
A boat failing to finish within the time limit for it’s' division will be scored DNF, or if it is
possible to determine the order of such boats, be recorded as finishing in its order.
This shall be at the discretion of the race officer.
18. INTENTION TO RACE - SIGN-ON / SIGN-OFF.
Boats shall indicate their intention to race prior to leaving the shore for each race
session by the helmsperson or crew of each boat “signing-on” on the sheet provided
in the Lou Abrahams OTBSC. Boats failing to sign-on may be disqualified from the
race session without a hearing. This changes RRS 63.1.
Immediately upon returning to shore after the race session the helmsperson or crew
of each yacht shall sign-off on the sheet provided in the OTBSC. Boats failing to sign
off within the protest time limit may be disqualified from the race session without a
hearing. This changes RRS 63.1.
It is the responsibility of the helmsperson to ensure sign on and sign off procedures
A boat that wishes to leave the racecourse prior to the end of the racing session shall
advise the Race Officer, or rescue craft, of their intention to leave the vicinity of the
course. If this is not possible, the boat shall immediately make its way to shore and
notify the Beach Marshall and sign the "Sign Off sheet". It is the responsibility of the
helmsperson to notify the Race Officer that the boat is safe and on shore.
Protests shall be lodged on forms available in the Lou Abrahams OTBSC and shall be
lodged with the Race Committee within 60 minutes of the finishing time of the last
boat in the last race of the session. Protests will be heard in approximately the order
of receipt, and as soon as possible.
Rule 41 is amended as follows:
Coaching shall be allowed between races, but not during any race of a trophy or
For the purposes of coaching, the first race of any scheduled race day session shall
NOT be deemed to be a trophy or aggregate series race.
The Races shall be scored in accordance with RRS rule 89.3 the Low Point Scoring
When the race committee considers a boat, its equipment, or crew not adequate for
the likely conditions or otherwise at risk, it may require the boat to accept assistance
or return to shore. Such action shall not be grounds for redress. This changes RRS
24. ENTRY & ELIGIBILITTY: SYC MEMBERS.
Competing SYC members shall receive an automatic series entry into all OTBSC
calendar events, and there shall be no cost.
Competitors must submit a completed “Emergency Contacts & Medical Information”
form to be eligible to race.
Entries shall not be accepted from any non SYC supported dinghy classes.
25. ENTRY & ELIGIBILITTY: VISITORS.
Visitors may compete in six races with a casual race entry fee applying. SYC visitor
day pass will be provided. After six races visitors shall take up an SYC membership if
intending to continue competition at SYC. Finishing places will not be recorded, nor
any liability accepted, for visitors failing to comply with this requirement.
Visitors must submit a completed “Emergency Contacts” form to be eligible to race.
Visitors must be sailing members of a yacht/sailing club affiliated to Yachting
Australia (through the State/Territory Yachting Association) to be eligible to race.
Entries may not be accepted from any non SYC supported dinghy classes.
Visitors shall not be eligible to receive series scores or trophies.
All those taking part do so at their own risk and responsibility. Sandringham Yacht
Club, its servants and volunteers are not responsible for the seaworthiness of a boat
whose entry is accepted or for the adequacy or sufficiency of its equipment.
Attention is drawn to Fundamental Rule 4 which states - "The responsibility for a
boat's decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone".
Each boat participating shall have valid Third Party Liability Insurance with a minimum
cover of $5 Million. Boats without the required insurance are ineligible to compete.
A competitor’s signature upon the sign on sign off sheet will be accepted by
Sandringham Yacht Club as a confirmation that the competitor has read and
understands these sailing instructions and agrees to be bound by them.
Sandringham Yacht Club - OTBSC
Division Breaks as at 01-10-12
Division 0 (Yardstick =< 99)
Musto Skiff Est. 90.0
Moth Foiler 78.0
Int 14 86.5
Division 1 (Yardstick 100 - 112)
Int 420 112.0
Int 470 101.0
Division 2 (Yardstick 113 - 140)
Ok Dinghy 115.5
Laser Radial 116.0
Laser 4.7 122.0
Division 3 (Yardstick 141 - 159)
Int. Cadet 153
Division 4 (Yardstick 160+)
Appendix 2 - Courses
OUTER COURSES (Divisions 0, 1, 2)
INNER COURSES (Divisions 3, 4)