2002 BALMAIN REGATTA – SAILING INSTRUCTIONS by s42gs6

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									                                                                           2009 BALMAIN REGATTA
                                                                           SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
                                                                                Sunday 25th October 2009


The original Balmain Sailing Club was formed in October 1885. This was the era of the wonderfully over-canvassed
open boats that varied in length from the 22 footers down to the impossibly proportioned six footers – the hull was six
foot wide and six foot long, but they were 22 foot from the tip of their bow-sprit to the end off the boom! The eighteen
foot open boats were the forerunners of the thrilling eighteen foot skiffs that skim the surface of the Harbour today, and
have ultimately led to the Olympic Class 49ers.

The Balmain Sailing Club was re-established in 1995 after a period of little activity. BSC is a friendly community-
based sailing club with active training, racing, cruising and social programs.

The emphasis is on fun; providing friendly competition in a social atmosphere. Memberships is around 300 and
always open; membership forms are available from the club and on the web (www.balmainsailingclub.com), so feel
free to encourage your crew, relatives and friends to join.

The Balmain Regatta is an historic event. It was first held in 1849 and continued until 1934. It was revived in 1994 by
the Wooden Boat Association. The Balmain Sailing Club participated in the Balmain Regatta in 1995 and 1996 as one
of the Spring Series races. In 1997 it was run as a separate event, jointly organized by the Balmain Sailing Club and
the Wooden Boat Association. The Sydney Heritage Fleet (formerly the Sydney Maritime Museum), the Balmain
Association and other bodies have joined forces to make the Balmain Regatta the spectacle it was in days gone by.
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The 2009 Balmain Regatta, marking the 160 Anniversary of the first event, will be held on Sunday 25th October
2009.



Contents

1.      Rules ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 2
2.      Eligibility and Race Entry ..................................................................................................................................................... 2
3.      Responsibility ............................................................................................................................................................................ 2
4.      Divisions ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
5.      The Waterman Event ............................................................................................................................................................. 2
6.      Identification Numbers .......................................................................................................................................................... 2
7.      Starting & Finishing Line ...................................................................................................................................................... 2
8.      Prohibited Water ...................................................................................................................................................................... 2
9.      Late Starters .............................................................................................................................................................................. 2
10.     Courses ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
11.     Short Courses ........................................................................................................................................................................... 3
12.     Rounding Marks....................................................................................................................................................................... 4
13.     One Minute Rule...................................................................................................................................................................... 4
14.     Recalls ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
15.     Starting Times and Signals ................................................................................................................................................. 5
16.     Postponement/Abandonment............................................................................................................................................. 6
17.     Keeping Clear at the Start & Finish ................................................................................................................................. 6
18.     Keeping Clear during the Race ......................................................................................................................................... 6
19.     Extras ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
20.     Boats Retiring ........................................................................................................................................................................... 6
21.     Protests ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
22.     Time Limit ................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
23.     Handicaps .................................................................................................................................................................................. 6
24.     Risk Warning ............................................................................................................................................................................. 6
25.     Course Maps ............................................................................................................................................................................. 7




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1.   Rules
         All races shall be governed by the current ISAF 2009-2012 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the
         prescriptions and special regulations of the YA and the IRPCS, unless otherwise altered by these
         instructions.

2.   Eligibility and Race Entry
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          Entries received at the club after Friday 16 October 2009 will receive their Sailing Instructions via email
          or they can pick up their sailing instructions from the Race Desk on regatta day (until 10.00 am on
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          Regatta day),and they will be on the BSC web site from Monday 19 October 2009.

3.   Responsibility
        All keelboats shall comply with the Special Regulations Part 1 for Race Category 7. It is the responsibility
        of each skipper/owner to maintain their boat to the required standard of safety and keep all safety
        equipment on board and in working order.

         All keelboats shall also carry a Third Party Liability Insurance Policy (minimum $5,000,000) and have a
         minimum of two (2) crew.

         Entrants must acknowledge that Rule 4 – Decision to Race – places sole responsibility for deciding to
         participate in a race or continue racing on the individual skipper alone.

4.   Divisions
         The Race Committee may form racing divisions at its discretion. The composition and allocation of boats
         into divisions shall not be subject to protest or constitute grounds for redress.

         Divisions will be supplied to entrants together with these sailing instructions and will be available on the
         internet (www.balmainsailingclub.com) three days before the regatta.

5.   The Waterman Event
         The ‘Waterman’ event is open to any boat that is capable of carrying a payload equivalent to a sack of
         potatoes, and is manually propelled by oars. The start line (for this event only) shall be the transit line
         formed by the triangle on the front of the deck of the Balmain Sailing Club and the rescue boat. The
         course shall be as described in section 10.

6.   Identification Numbers
         Vessels identified by a sail number, matched on their race entry form, will be identified by that number.

7.   Starting & Finishing Line
         The starting line for events except the Waterman event will be defined by a BSC buoy set off Cockatoo
         Island and the mast of the Committee Vessel moored outside the Balmain Sailing Club, which will be
         flying the burgee of the Balmain Sailing Club. The finishing line is defined as the starting line defined
         above, crossed in the direction from the last rounding mark.

8.   Prohibited Water
         The area of water between swing moorings and the shoreline shall be considered as prohibited water for
         all boats throughout the race. Prior to the start of the race, Paragraph 9 (Late Starter) will apply. All
         navigation marks shall be treated as obstructions and shall be passed on their designated side.
         The area of water bounded by Snapper Island, Spectacle Island, and the ammunition barges and their
         pylons shall be considered as prohibited water (a continuing obstruction).

9.   Late Starters
         If a boat is towed or under motor to make the start line after the preparatory signal, it can exonerate itself
         by completing a 360° turn before crossing the start line, but must keep clear behind boats already in the
         starting area that are manoeuvring for the start. This same rule applies to boats sailing into the start area
         close to the start line from the moorings after their preparatory signal.
         Boats on the course side of the line after the one-minute signal shall cross the line pass to the rear of the
         fleet and complete a 360 degree turn while keeping clear of other starters before starting to race.




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10.   Courses
         Note: The course drawings at the end of these sailing instructions are for assistance only – courses sailed
         will be those noted below.
                Dinghies
                                 Start_SB_SI_DB_CK_HH_GT_LN_Finish

                 Flying Tigers + Open Yachts A (Spinnaker Down Harbour Race)
                                 Start_SB_SI_CK_GI_FD_ShI_CI_FD_GI_LN_Finish

                 Pub Challenge & Services Cup (Non Spinnaker Balmain Race)
                                Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GI_HH_BH_GI_LN_Finish

                 Open Yachts B (Non Spinnaker Balmain Race)
                                Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GI_HH_BH_LN_Finish

                 Folk Boat & Stella + Classic Yachts B (Non Spinnaker Balmain Race)
                                 Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GT_HH_BH_LN_Finish

                 Classic Yachts A (Non Spinnaker Balmain Race)
                                Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GT_HH_BH_GT_LN_Finish

                 Vintage Skiffs A (Spinnaker Balmain Race)
                                 Start_SB_CK_GT_CK(P)_DB_CK_GT_LN_Finish

                 Vintage Skiffs B (Spinnaker Balmain Race)
                                 Start_SB_CK_GT_CK(P)_DB_CK_LN_Finish

                 Watermans
                                    Start_HB_EP_Finish

11.   Short Courses
         If a shortened course is to be sailed by a division (or divisions) the code flag S will be
         displayed next to the appropriate race division(s) on the committee vessel prior to the start.
                Dinghies
                                  Start_SB_SI_DB_CK_HH_LN_Finish

                 Flying Tigers + Open Yachts A
                                 Start_SB_SI_CK_GI_FD_CI_FD_GI_LN_Finish

                 Pub Challenge & Services Cup
                                Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GI_HH_BH_LN_Finish

                 Open Yachts B
                                    Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GI_LN_Finish

                 Folk Boat & Stella + Classic Yachts B
                                 Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GT_LN_Finish

                 Classic Yachts A
                                Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GT_HH_BH_LN_Finish

                 Vintage Skiffs A
                                    Start_SB_CK_GT_CK(P)_DB_CK_LN_Finish

                 Vintage Skiffs B
                                    Start_SB_SI_DB_CK_HH_BH_LN_Finish

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12.     Rounding Marks




      Rounding marks:

      BH    BSC buoy inside Balls Head Bay                        LB    Parramatta River Sailing Club Buoy
      CB    BSC buoy NE of Cockatoo Island                              at Lukes Bay (yellow cylindrical buoy)
      CI    Clark Island (Main Harbour)                           LN    BSC buoy west of Long Nose Point
      CK    Cockatoo Island                                       MB    BSC buoy inside Mort Bay
      DB    BSC buoy at Drummoyne Bay                             RI    Rodd Island
      EP    BSC bouy South of Balmain Sailing Club                SB    BSC buoy SE of Snapper Island
      FD    Fort Dennison (Main Harbour)                          SI    Spectacle Island
      GI    Goat Island                                           ShI   Shark Island & Shark Island YA buoy
      GT    BSC buoy west of Goat Island                                (Main Harbour)
      HB    BSC buoy South of Balmain Sailing Club
      HH    BSC buoy East of Clarkes Point

      (P)   denotes port-hand rounding
            Unless otherwise specified all rounding marks are to be passed on starboard hand. Rounding marks shall
            be 'guorls' displaying black and gold BSC burgees or 'buoys' displaying bright orange flags noted with
            'BSC'.

13.     One Minute Rule
           Rule 30.1 will be used for all starts.

14.     Recalls
           Premature starters will be recalled according to rule 29.1 and 29.2.




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15.     Starting Times and Signals
            Races will be started as follows. Each visual signal shall be accompanied by a sound signal. Times shall
            be taken from the visual signals; the failure of a sound signal shall be disregarded.
            Note:       12:20 – 13:00 Classic Yachts & Vintage Skiffs are to start at their prescribed time. The correct
                        time will be displayed in minutes counting down from 40 to zero on the starters boat.

      Dinghies & Lasers                 (Division 1 flag)
                  Sequence              Time            Signal
                  Warning               11.40           ‘1’ pennant raised, 1 sound
                  Preparation           11.41           ‘P’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  One-Minute            11.44           ‘P’ flag lowered, 1 sound
                  Start                 11.45           ‘1’ pennant lowered, 1 sound
      Flying Tigers                     (Division 2 flag)
                  Sequence              Time            Signal
                  Warning               11.50           ‘2’ plennant raised, 1 sound
                  Preparation           11.51           ‘P’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  One-Minute            11.54           ‘P’ flag lowered, 1 sound
                  Start                 11.55           ‘2’ pennant lowered, 1 sound
      Open Yachts A                     (Division 3 flag)
                  Sequence              Time            Signal
                  Warning               11.55           ‘3’ pennant raised, 1 sound
                  Preparation           11.56           ‘P’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  One-Minute            11.59           ‘P’ flag lowered, 1 sound
                  Start                 12.00           ‘3’ pennant lowered, 1 sound
      Open Yachts B                     (Division 4 flag)
                  Sequence              Time            Signal
                  Warning               12.05           ‘4’ pennant raised, 1 sound
                  Preparation           12.06           ‘P’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  One-Minute            12.09           ‘P’ flag lowered, 1 sound
                  Start                 12.10           ‘4’ pennant lowered, 1 sound
      Pub challenge & Services Cup (Division 5 flag)
                  Sequence              Time            Signal
                  Warning               12.10           ‘5’ pennant raised, 1 sound
                  Preparation           12.11           ‘P’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  One-Minute            12.14           ‘P’ flag lowered, 1 sound
                  Start                 12.15           ‘5’ pennant lowered, 1 sound
      Folk Boat & Stella fleet          (Division W flag + Time 40 min down to Zero)
                  Sequence              Time            Signal
                  Warning               12.15           ‘W’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  Preparation           12.16           ‘P’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  One-Minute            12.19           ‘P’ flag lowered, 1 sound
                  Start                 12.20           ‘W’ flow lowered, 1 sound
      Classic Yachts A & B              (Division W flag + Time 40 min down to Zero)
                  Sequence              Time            Signal
                  Warning               12.15           ‘W’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  Preparation           12.16           ‘P’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  One-Minute            12.19           ‘P’ flag lowered, 1 sound
                  Start                 12.20           ‘W’ flow lowered, 1 sound
                  This race is a handicap start and boats are to start on the drop of their allocated time
      Vintage Skiffs A & B              (Division W flag + Time 40 min down to Zero)
                  Sequence              Time            Signal
                  Warning               12.15           ‘W’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  Preparation           12.16           ‘P’ flag raised, 1 sound
                  One-Minute            12.19           ‘P’ flag lowered, 1 sound
                  Start                 12.20           ‘W’ flow lowered, 1 sound
                  This race is a handicap start and boats are to start on the drop of their allocated time
      Watermans Race
                  Sequence              Time            Signal                           ‘W’ flag
                  Warning               16.25           1 sound
                  Preparation           16.26           1 sound
                  One-Minute            16.29           1 sound
                  Start                 16.30           1 sound                          ‘P’ flag
      Presentation
                  Presentation to be held on the club deck at 17.30

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16.   Postponement/Abandonment
          The race committee may before the start signal, postpone or abandon the race. Race abandonment shall
          be advised by the Race Director or Starter by displaying the code flag N over A flags on the committee
          vessel. Abandoned races will not be resailed.

17.   Keeping Clear at the Start & Finish
         Boats, whose warning signal has not been made, shall keep clear of
         the starting area and of all boats whose warning signal has been made.
         A boat that has either retired or finished shall keep clear of the finishing
         line and boats still racing. Boats moving to and from the pre-start area
         from Hunters Hill and Greenwich should not cross the start/finish line. They should pass to the north of
         Cockatoo Island and use the channel between Spectacle and Cockatoo Island. Movement to and from the
         BSC deck and pontoon should be through the moored boats.

18.   Keeping Clear during the Race
         Yachts sailing through the starting area shall not pass through the start/finish line except when starting or
         finishing.

19.   Extras
          This is a non-spinnaker regatta for all Classic Yachts, Open Yachts B and Folk Boats. All Dinghies and
          Vintage skiffs can race with there normal complement of Sails. All Yachts racing in the Down Harbour race
          may race with their normal complement of sails i.e. with Spinnakers.

20.   Boats Retiring
          If a boat abandons the race the skipper shall notify the Starter by coming within hailing distance of the
          Committee Vessel.

21.   Protests
          Protests must be lodged with the BSC Sailing Office within one hour of each events time limit.
          There will be a $100.00 lodging fee for Yacht protests and a $50.00 lodging fee for Waterman/Skiff/Dinghy
          protests. Protests will be heard at a time and date to be advised by the Protest Committee. Lodging fees
          may be refunded at the discretion of the Protest Committee.

22.   Time Limit
          The time limit for each event will be three hours after the division start. This changes rule 35. A boat that
          does not finish within the time limit shall be scored DNF (amends RRS Appendix A).

23.   Handicaps
         Handicaps shall be determined by the Sailing Committee and shall not be subject to protest or dispute.

24.   Risk Warning

          This RISK WARNING is issued jointly by the Balmain Sailing Club and the NSW Maritime Authority,
          pursuant to the Civil Liability Act 2002 to all persons wishing to participate in the sailing activities
          conducted by Balmain Sailing Club.
          Participants are warned that, regardless of the precautions, which might be taken by reasonable and
          experienced persons, sailing can be a dangerous pursuit and participants are exposed to significant risk of
          property damage, physical harm and possibly death.
          Balmain Sailing Club and the NSW Maritime Authority also warn participants that regardless of their best
          intentions, they may be unable to render assistance to participants who are in distress. Participants are
          warned to consider the above risks and all other risks before deciding to participate in any sailing event
          with Balmain Sailing Club.
          Participants are also advised that although Balmain Sailing Club is covered by third party liability insurance,
          this cover DOES NOT extend to participants. Any participant who considers they have a need for
          insurance must make their own private arrangements with an insurer. A personal accident insurance policy
          is available with subscription to membership of Yachting NSW.




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25.    Course Maps

Dinghy & Laser Race Map – Full course        Start_SB_SI_DB_CK_HH_GT_LN_Finish




Dinghy & Laser Race Map – Shortened course              Start_SB_DB_CK_HH_LN_Finish




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Pub Challenge & Services Cup – Full Course        Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GI_HH_BH_GI_LN_Finish




Pub Challenge & Services Cup – Shortened Course   Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GI_HH_BH_LN_Finish




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Open Yachts B – Full Course        Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GI_HH_BH_LN_Finish




Open Yachts B – Shortened Course          Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GI_LN_Finish




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Folk Boat & Stella Fleet + Classic Yachts B – Full Course        Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GT_HH_BH_LN_Finish




Folk Boat & Stella Fleet + Classic Yachts B – Shortened Course    Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GT_LN_Finish




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Classic Yachts A – Full Course        Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GT_HH_BH_GT_LN_Finish




Classic Yachts A – Shortened Course       Start_SB_SI_CK_BH_GT_HH_BH_LN_Finish




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Vintage Skiffs A – Full Course        Start_SB_CK_GT_CK(P)_DB_CK_GT_LN_Finish




Vintage Skiffs A – Shortened Course            Start_SB_CK_GT_CK(P)_DB_CK_LN_Finish




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Vintage Skiffs B – Full Course        Start_SB_CK_GT_CK(P)_DB_CK_LN_Finish




Vintage Skiffs B – Shortened Course          Start_SB_SI_DB_CK_HH_BH_LN_Finish




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