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2021 Sailing Instructions

METRO MARINE MODELLERS

2021 All Fleet Racing Events

— SAILING INSTRUCTIONS —

Thursday June 3d through October 27th

To be sailed at Humber Park East, Toronto, Ontario, or at Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga, Ontario – Consult the current schedule at www.metromarine.org. Changes to the location immediately before an event will be announced by email.

1. Rules

1.1 The events will be governed by the Rules as defined in World Sailing (formerly ISAF) Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS) as modified by Appendix E Radio Sailing Racing Rules, any prescriptions of Sail Canada, the current class rules for the class sailing the event as listed in the applicable Notice of Race, and these Sailing Instructions (SI). The current class rules for the Dragon Force 65 are the Dragon Force 65 Restricted Class Rules v. 1.61 or such subsequent edition as the club may adopt.

2. Changes to the Sailing Instructions

2.1 Any change to the SI during a regatta shall be made verbally by the Race Director (RD) in a manner announced to all competitors. Notices may also be posted on a rolling cart near the control area.

2.2 Any changes to the SI during a regatta apply only for subsequent races in the regatta at which they are announced.

2.3 Changes to the SI at other times will be in writing, circulated by email, and posted on the MMM web site at www.metromarine.org.

3. Schedule

3.1 Events take place according to a schedule posted on the MMM web site www.metromarine.org. A Notice of Race for each event is posted there as well.

3.2 The schedule for regattas held during weekend series is: Course set-up and practice from 8:30AM — 9:15AM. Skippers’ meetings will be at 9:15AM. The warning signal for the first race is at 9:30AM. No race will be commenced after 1:00 PM. Any awards for a regatta will be presented as soon as reasonably possible following the return of the club equipment to storage.

3.3 The schedule for regattas not forming part of a series held during weekends is course set-up and practice is from 8:30AM — 9:15AM. Skippers’ meetings will be at 9:15AM. The warning signal for the first race is at 9:30AM. A lunch break at approximately mid day will be provided at a time and for a duration of at least 30 minutes at the discretion of the Race Director. No race will be commenced after 3:30 PM. Any awards for a regatta will be presented as soon as reasonably possible following the return of the club equipment to storage.

3.4 The schedule for regattas held during weeknight series is course set-up and practice is from 4:30PM — 6:15PM. Skippers meetings will be at 6:15PM. The warning signal for the first race is at 6:30PM. These times will be shifted to earlier times from late summer when sunsets occur earlier. No race will be commenced after dark. Any awards for a regatta will be presented as soon as reasonably possible following the return of the club equipment to storage.

3.5 Competing members are expected to arrive at regattas in time to assist with the setup of club equipment and to assist with the storage of the club equipment after the conclusion of sailing.

3.6 At least four competitors must start a race for it to be scored in a regatta.

4. Regatta Scoring System

4.1 For each regatta, the RRS A4 Low Point System, and this SI will apply.

4.2 With the exception of SCP and ZFP, the scoring abbreviations in RRS A 11 will apply.

4.3 For single heat regattas, a minimum of six (6) races must be completed to constitute a completed regatta.

4.4 The RD may split a fleet of 16 or more boats into two heats in accordance with HMS 2014.

4.5 In HMS multiple-heat races, four boat promotion shall apply and a minimum of two (2) races will constitute a completed regatta.

4.6 For multiple-heat events, fleet selection (seeding) for the first race shall be carried out in accordance with HMS 2.1.

4.7 When the total regatta score is calculated for each competitor, his or her worst score in a race will be excluded after four (4) races have been completed, with the exception that scores resulting from disqualification from a race will not by excluded.

4.8 Ties will be resolved in accordance with RRS A7 and A8.

4.9 A competitor who has finished a race, or a heat in a race, and whose boat does not thereafter keep well clear of the finish line and of the race course may be awarded a one point penalty by the Race Director. This penalty does not preclude the imposition of other penalties.

5. Series Scoring system

5.1 For each class, competitors’ results in any Regatta Series will be calculated using a High Point System as described in this SI.

5.2 A regatta competitor will score points equal to the number of boats placed below him or her in the regatta plus 1. For example: With a fleet of 10 participants, 1st place scores 10pts, 2nd place scores 9pts, 3rd place scores 8pts… last place scores 1 point and non-participants score 0 points.

5.3 A non-competing RD will be awarded points equal to their average score in the other events in the series in which they competed.

5.4 Regatta Series score will be the sum of all the points a competitor accumulates in the class sallied in that series. There will be no exclusions (no throw outs). In each class, participants will be ranked from highest points to lowest.

5.5 Ties will be resolved in accordance with RRS A8.

6. Race Directors

6.1 A Race Director may compete in a regatta provided that adequate means of determining whether boats have started early and of correctly recording the order of finishes are in place.

6.2 All members are expected to take a turn as RD as required.

6.3 When a protest is lodged, the RD shall appoint a protest committee from the competitors not involved in the incident giving rise to the protest. An RD who apprehends that a breach of the Rules has occurred may lodge a protest. An RD may expel a competitor from the event who imperils the safety of others or who interferes with the conduct of the event.

7. Courses

7.1 Courses are at the discretion of the RD. Typical MMM courses are as described in the Typical Course Diagrams of this SI.

7.2 Courses may not be shortened, lengthened or otherwise changed after the start sequence of a heat has begun.

7.3 At the Skippers’ meeting and when any subsequent changes to the course are made, the RD will describe the course, identify the marks, direction to be sailed and any changes verbally in a manner communicated to all participants. The RD may also post a course diagram, changes to the course, or both on the rolling cart near the control area.

8. Control Area

When a Control Area is designated by the Race Director, competitors shall not leave the Control Area during a heat in which they are competing except to rescue their boat or remove weeds.

 

9. Launching, Retrieval and Repairs

9.1 The Race Director may designate a Launching Area from which all boats shall be launched and retrieved.

9.2 Competitors shall not touch their boats outside the Launching Area while racing for reasons other than for rescue or to remove weeds.

9.3 After the first boat has finished, a boat shall not be launched to start or rejoin the heat in progress.

9.4 Only a member authorized by the RD may operate the rescue boat.

9.5 There shall be no “five minute holds” granted.

10. Starting Procedure

10.1 Heats will be started in accordance with RRS E3.4 with the warning signal made two (2) minutes before the starting signal.

10.2 The start sequence will begin Immediately after the last boat to finish the previous heat crosses the finish line or the RD hails that it has been scored as having finished.

10.3 The Race Director may verbally impose a starting penalty under RRS 30 as modified by RRS E3.7 and E3.8 prior to the preparatory signal of any race.

3.7 Races will normally be run in groups of six, with breaks between the groups of ten minutes or other duration announced by the Race Director.

11. Identification on Sails

Sail numbering and other sail markings shall be clearly legible and in accordance with the Rules.

12. Equipment and Measurement Checks

Competitors are responsible for ensuring that their yachts are compliant with their respective Class Rules. The RD, a protest committee or the MMM may conduct measurements in their discretion.

13. Taking Penalty Turns

Competitors seeking exoneration by doing one or more exonerative turns are encouraged to hail their sail numbers and that they are “DOING TURN(S)” or words to that effect before or as they commence the turn(s).

14. Protests

14.1 RRS E6 will apply as amended by these SI.

14.2 A competitor protesting another competitor shall hail his or her own sail number, then the word “protests”, then the other person’s sail number, all repeated once, at the first reasonable opportunity after the incident. Further discussion during the heat by any party (except as provided in paragraph 13 above) is prohibited and may be subject to sanction.

14.3 Protests will be heard as soon as possible after the heat in which an incident occurred.

14.4 Protests need not be in writing

14.5 The Protest Committee will consist of one or three competitors appointed by the RD.

14.6 Decisions made by the Protest Committee are final with no right to appeal.

15. Conduct

15.1 Competitors are advised that their behaviour is expected to contribute to everyone’s enjoyment of club events. Vocal debates during races are not permitted. Bear in mind that we are racing toy boats for bowling trophies.

15.2 Penalties available to the Race Director or Protest Committee for behavior that is in breach of Basic Principles, Fundamental Rules, Rule 69.1 of the RRS, the previous paragraph 15.1, or which may bring the sport into disrepute include disqualification from the heat in question, or from the Regatta. The MMM may further disqualify a competitor from the Series, suspend or expel a member from the Club or take other action.

16. Disclaimer of Liability

Competitors, organisers, volunteers and spectators participate entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4 Decision to Race. The organizing authority is not liable under any circumstances for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during or after an event.

8. Control Area

When a Control Area is designated by the Race Director, competitors shall not leave the Control Area during a heat in which they are competing except to rescue their boat or remove weeds.

 

9. Launching, Retrieval and Repairs

9.1 The Race Director may designate a Launching Area from which all boats shall be launched and retrieved.

9.2 Competitors shall not touch their boats outside the Launching Area while racing for reasons other than for rescue or to remove weeds.

9.3 After the first boat has finished, a boat shall not be launched to start or rejoin the heat in progress.

9.4 Only a member authorized by the RD may operate the rescue boat.

9.5 There shall be no “five minute holds” granted.

10. Starting Procedure

10.1 Heats will be started in accordance with RRS E3.4 with the warning signal made two (2) minutes before the starting signal.

10.2 The start sequence will begin Immediately after the last boat to finish the previous heat crosses the finish line or the RD hails that it has been scored as having finished.

10.3 The Race Director may verbally impose a starting penalty under RRS 30 as modified by RRS E3.7 and E3.8 prior to the preparatory signal of any race.

3.7 Races will normally be run in groups of six, with breaks between the groups of ten minutes or other duration announced by the Race Director.

11. Identification on Sails

Sail numbering and other sail markings shall be clearly legible and in accordance with the Rules.

12. Equipment and Measurement Checks

Competitors are responsible for ensuring that their yachts are compliant with their respective Class Rules. The RD, a protest committee or the MMM may conduct measurements in their discretion.

13. Taking Penalty Turns

Competitors seeking exoneration by doing one or more exonerative turns are encouraged to hail their sail numbers and that they are “DOING TURN(S)” or words to that effect before or as they commence the turn(s).

14. Protests

14.1 RRS E6 will apply as amended by these SI.

14.2 A competitor protesting another competitor shall hail his or her own sail number, then the word “protests”, then the other person’s sail number, all repeated once, at the first reasonable opportunity after the incident. Further discussion during the heat by any party (except as provided in paragraph 13 above) is prohibited and may be subject to sanction.

14.3 Protests will be heard as soon as possible after the heat in which an incident occurred.

14.4 Protests need not be in writing

14.5 The Protest Committee will consist of one or three competitors appointed by the RD.

14.6 Decisions made by the Protest Committee are final with no right to appeal.

15. Conduct

15.1 Competitors are advised that their behaviour is expected to contribute to everyone’s enjoyment of club events. Vocal debates during races are not permitted. Bear in mind that we are racing toy boats for bowling trophies.

15.2 Penalties available to the Race Director or Protest Committee for behavior that is in breach of Basic Principles, Fundamental Rules, Rule 69.1 of the RRS, the previous paragraph 15.1, or which may bring the sport into disrepute include disqualification from the heat in question, or from the Regatta. The MMM may further disqualify a competitor from the Series, suspend or expel a member from the Club or take other action.

16. Disclaimer of Liability

Competitors, organisers, volunteers and spectators participate entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4 Decision to Race. The organizing authority is not liable under any circumstances for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during or after an event.

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