Sailing Instructions

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Sailing Instructions for the NSW Formula Windsurfing Series 2012-13
1. RULES
This Heat of the NSW Formula Windsurfing Series will be governed by the current FW class rules, the Notice of Series, the Notice of Race for this heat and these Sailing Instructions except where altered by the Notice of Series, Notice of Race and these Sailing Instructions.

2. COMPETITION FORMAT
The racing format for the events will be as scheduled format and subject to weather conditions on the day.
2.1 All divisions Open and FE+ shall start and race in the one fleet unless amended at a briefing.
2.2 Formula Windsurfing – It is the intention of the race committee to conduct Formula racing in wind strengths from 7 – 25 knots using a course configuration which generally has a windward component. Should conditions exceed 25kts at the briefing at the start of the day then the race committee may decide to conduct “Social Slalom” racing instead.
2.3 FE+ division will sail a shortened course.
3. MINIMUM WIND CONDITIONS
The sole judge as to suitable conditions for racing to commence and or to continue and the course to be sailed will be the principal race officer (alters FRR 91.5 and 91.8).
If the wind drops below 7knots during the last minute of the start sequence the race will be postponed. If 2/3rds of the fleet stop planning for 3mins then the race will be abandoned.

4. EVENT SCHEDULE (Subject to wind conditions)
Competitor registration and equipment checking will be conducted at the venue in accordance with the event schedule.
Event Schedule (subject to wind conditions)
Day 1 Registration 10.00 – 10.30 hrs
Briefing 10.30 hrs
Racing 1100 hrs
Day 2 Racing 11.00 hrs

5. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
5.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board. The official notice board will be located adjacent to the registration area or as described at the Briefing.
5.2 Three sound signals will mean – ‘a notice to competitors has been posted on the official notice board’. No visual signal will be used (alters FRR Race Signals).
5.3 Repeated short sound signals (more than three) will mean – ‘a Briefing will be held adjacent to the registration area in 5 minutes’. No visual signal will be used (alters FRR Race Signals).

6. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Changes to sailing instructions will be posted on the official notice board not less than 30 minutes prior to the first race affected by such change.

7. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
7.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the official flag pole located adjacent to the registration area or as described at the Briefing.
7.2 Answering pendant (AP) displayed with two sound signals will mean – ‘racing postponed’. When the AP is lowered accompanied by one sound signal it will mean – ‘the warning signal for the next race will be made in not less than 20 minutes’ (alters FRR Race Signals).

8. SIGNALS MADE AFLOAT
8.1 When numeral pennant 2 is displayed on the finish boat at the finish of a race it will mean – ‘it is intended to start another race as soon as practical after the last competitor of the present race finishes or the time limit for that race expires, whichever is sooner’ (alters FRR Race Signals).

9. THE COURSE
The course location, its configuration and marks to be used will be described at the relevant Briefing.
10. THE START
10.1 The starting line will be described at the relevant Briefing.
10.3 If there is a General Recall in the first start the entire sequence will begin again. If there is a General Recall THEN the preparatory signal for a new start shall be made one minute after the First Substitute is lowered

11. RECALLS
11.1 Recalls will be in accordance with FRR 29.2 and 29.3.
11.2 After a General Recall, FRR 29.1 will apply if a black flag is displayed on the start boat at or before the preparatory signal for the next start of that race (alters FRR 29.1 and 29.3). FRR 29.2 shall not apply in this case.
12. THE FINISH
12.1 The finishing line will be described at the relevant Briefing.
12.2 Competitors shall not sail through the finishing line except when finishing.
13. TIME LIMIT
13.1 The time limit for all races will be 20 minutes for the first finisher. The target time for races is 10-15 minutes. Rule 35 applies.

14. PROTEST
14.1 Competitors intending to protest shall inform the finishing boat (Formula, FE+) at the time of finishing or retiring of their intention giving the sail number(s) of the protested competitor(s) and witnesses involved. (alters FFR 61).
14.2 Protest forms will be available at the registration area.
14.3 Protest forms shall be lodged at the registration area.
14.4 Time limit for lodging protests is 20 minutes after the last finisher in the last race of the day (alters FRR 61.3).

15. SCORING
15.1The low point scoring system in accordance with FRR Appendix A will apply.
15.2 A single race during a Heat will constitute a result for the Open Division.
15.3 A single race during a Heat will constitute a result for the FE+ division.
15.4 There shall be one discard for every four races completed in each discipline. (amends FRR A2 b)). First place will be scored 0.75 points (amends FRR A2)
16. SAFETY
16.1 A competitor whilst racing who fails to wear as intended a buoyancy vest or harness complying with AS1499 or one which is approved by the race committee will be ranked as a non-starter. The requirement of FRR 40 to display flag Y will not apply.
16.2 Clothing or equipment which is either designed to or can be used to increase a competitor’s body weight shall not be used.
16.3. Each competitor intending to race shall personally sign-on for racing before the start of any racing period and shall personally sign-off from racing within 30 minutes of the last finisher in the last race of that racing period or as soon after retiring as possible.
16.4 Failure to sign-on will result in disqualification without a hearing (alters FRR 63.1) from the first race of the relevant racing period while failure to sign-off will result in similar disqualification from the last race of the relevant racing period. Failure to both sign-on and sign-off will result in disqualification from all races of the relevant racing period. A racing period may consist of one or more races.
16.5 The location of the sign-on/sign-off area will be adjacent to the registration area or as described at the relevant Briefing.
16.6 The race committee, at its discretion, may vary the time permitted to sign-off. Notice of such variations will be posted on the official notice board and the requirements of SI 6 will not apply.
16.7 Should the race committee abandon the race, all competitors shall sign-off as soon as possible.

17. PENALTIES
Rule 44 – 360-degree turns will apply.

18. ENTRY DISCLAIMER.
In accepting my entry, I agree to be bound by the rules governing this event. I acknowledge and accept that I am solely responsible for deciding to enter and continuing to participate in this event. I further acknowledge and agree that participation in this event can be dangerous and shall accept that my participation is at my exclusive risk in every respect. By way of my entry being accepted, I hold harmless the organising authority, its officers, members, servants, agents and all other participants in respect of all liability for injury to my person and or loss or damage to my property howsoever arising from my participation or intended participation in this event. I acknowledge and accept that the organising authority, its officers, members, servants, agents and other participants accept no responsibility in respect of loss of life, personal injury or loss or damage to property which may be sustained by reason of my participation or intended participation in this event or arising for whatever reason in connection with this event.’