1.1 The series will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 The Prescriptions and Safety Regulations of Yachting Australia will apply.
1.3 The conditions of Humpybong Yacht Club’s Maritime Safety Queensland Aquatic Event Authority as displayed on clubhouse notice boards will apply;
1.4 Racing rule 28.1 will be changed as per SI 12.2
Racing rule 35 will be changed as per SI 15.2
Racing rule 44.2 will be changed as per SI 14.1
Racing rule 60.1(a) will be changed as per SI 16.5
Racing rule 66 will be changed as per SI 16.6
Racing rule 62.2 will be changed as per SI 16.7
Racing rule A4 will be changed as per SI 11.4 and SI 15.2
Racing rule A5 will be changed as per SI 15.2
1.5 The rules of the respective class associations will apply.
1.6 If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.
2 Notices to Competitors:
2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located downstairs at the Humpybong Yacht Club.
3 Changes to Sailing Instructions:
3.1 Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted at least one hour before the first race on the day it will take effect.
4 Signals made ashore:
4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the flag mast in front of the Humpybong Yacht Club.
4.2 When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 30 minutes’ in race signal AP.
5.1 Dates of racing as identified in the Humpybong Yacht Club calendar available here.
5.2 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race is 12:00pm
5.3 After a long postponement, to alert boats that a race or sequence of races will begin soon, an orange flag will be displayed with one sound for at least four minutes before a warning signal is displayed.
6 Division Flags:
6.1 Numeral pennants 1 through 5 will be used to identify each division’s warning signal.
7 Racing Areas:
7.1 The location of the racing areas.
8 The Courses:
8.1 The course will be identified by the Race Committee depending on predicted weather conditions and the variety of classes that attend each day of racing. The course will be announced to the competitors at the morning briefing. Failing to attend the briefing shall not be grounds for redress should a competitor not complete the course correctly.
9.1 Marks will be inflatable coloured buoys as identified at the briefing.
9.3 The starting and finishing marks will the race committee signal boat and a nearby buoy identified at the briefing.
10 Areas that are Obstructions:
10.1 The following areas are designated as obstructions: -The Woody Point Jetty including an exclusion zone extending 30m around the jetty structure. -The reefs located to the east of the Woody Point Jetty and marked on the map in the clubhouse of the Humpybong Yacht Club.
10.2 The start/finish line is an obstruction of the course and any competitor passing through the line other than when starting or finishing may be disqualified.
11 The Start:
11.1 Races will be started by using rule 26 with the warning signal made 5 minutes before the starting signal.
11.2 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the starting mark at the starboard end and the port-end starting mark.
11.3 Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area.
11.4 A boat starting later than 10 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing. This changes rule A4.
12 Change of the next leg of the course:
12.1 To change to next leg of the course, the race committee will move the original mark (or the finishing line) to a new position.
12.2 Boats shall pass between the race committee boat signalling the change of the next leg and the nearby mark, leaving the mark to port and the race committee boat to starboard. This changes rule 28.1.
13 The Finish:
13.1 The finish line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the starting mark at the starboard end and the port-end starting mark.
14 Penalty system:
14.1 For all classes’ rule 44.2 is changed so that the two-turns is replaced by the one-turn penalty.
15 Time limits:
15.1 The time limit shall not exceed 80 minutes, for all races.
15.2 Boats failing to finish within 30 minutes after the first boat in their division sails the course and finishes will be scored ‘Did Not Finish’. This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.
16 Protests And Requests For Redress:
16.1 Protest forms are available at the race office. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered there within the appropriate time limit.
16.2 For each division, the protest time limit is 30 minutes after the last boat racing in that division reaching shore after the last race of the day.
16.3 Notices will be posted within 15 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held in the Humpybong Yacht Club at the time posted.
16.4 Notices of protests by the race committee or protest committee will be posted to inform boats under rule 61.1(b).
16.5 Breaches of instructions 11.3, 18, 19, 20, 22, and 23 will not be grounds for a protest by a boat. This changes rule 60.1(a). Penalty for these breaches may be less than disqualification if the protest committee so decides. The scoring abbreviation for a discretionary penalty imposed under this instruction will be DPI.
16.6 On the last scheduled day of racing a request for reopening a hearing shall be delivered (a) within protest time limit if the requesting party was informed of the decision on the previous day; (b) no later than 30 minutes after the requesting party was informed of the decision on that day. This changes rule 66.
16.7 On the last scheduled day of racing a request for redress based on a protest committee decision shall be delivered no later than 30 minutes after the decision was posted. This changes rule 62.2.
17.1 Twelve races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
17.2 A boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
18 Safety Regulations
18.1 Sign-in and Sign-out: All competitors intending to start shall complete a Race Entry Sheet provided in the ‘Sign-on’ area at the club at least 30 minutes before the warning signal for each race. All competitors shall ‘Sign-off’ on the Race Entry Sheet within 30 minutes of the last boat racing in that Division reaching shore. Failure to sign on or off may result in protest.
18.2 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.
19 Replacement of crew or equipment:
19.1 Substitution of competitors or crew will be allowed provided the details of such substitution are provided to the race office prior to starting.
19.2 Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will be allowed.
20 Equipment And Measurement Checks
20.1 A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions.
21 Official Boats
21.1 Official boats may fly an HYC Burgee.
22 Support Boats
22.2 Team leaders, coaches and other support personnel shall stay outside areas where boats are racing from the time of the preparatory signal for the first class to start until all boats have finished or the race committee signals a postponement, general recall or abandonment.
23 Radio Communications
23.1 Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones. This restriction does not apply to GPS devices used for tracking location on the competitor’s own vessel; however a competitor shall not be able receive location data on another competitor during the race.
24.1 Prizes will be awarded to the first placed skipper on VYC Yardstick in each division, second and third prizes will be awarded where a division has 5 or more starters.
25 Disclaimer Of Liability
25.1 Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.
26.1 All helmspersons shall have current third party insurance cover of not less than AUD $1,000,000 (recommended AUD $5,000,000) per event or the equivalent.