Saturday Regatta Series In Egg Harbor -Racing Rules
This is designed to be a casual, fun oriented “race” series for EHYC members and guest with the goal of getting more boats from the club out sailing and participating on the water. Participation and close, fun racing are the objective. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “racer”, just coming out and going around the buoys will be a good time. Winners at the end of the series will be determined by participation as well as racing performance.
1. There will be a skippers meeting at 8am followed by a “gentlemen’s” start at 9am. Races will be held every Saturday from the 2nd Saturday in June until the weekend before Labor Day weekend. (Excluding 4th of July Family Race date). Course and Starting times will be discussed at the skippers meeting. 2. Horn will sound at 9am to signal official start. Skippers will be “on their honor” to cross the start/finish line at their appointed start time. 3. The Start/Finish line is “open” prior to 9am start horn. Line is closed following the horn. 4. Any boat crossing the Start/Finish line early must clear the line and circle around the buoy or pin end to restart. There are no dip starts allowed. 5. Race will consist of boats sailing a triangular course of 3, 5, or 6 NM. Course length will vary depending on prevailing conditions of the day. Standard course length is 5 NM, but may be shortened or lengthened depending on conditions. (Length and direction to be determined by the race committee with input from skippers.) 6. If the course is sailed in a clockwise direction, all buoys will be taken to Starboard. If the course is sailed in a counter clockwise direction, all buoys will be taken to Port. For 5 and 6 NM races, the larger buoy on the outboard end of the Start/Finish line will be considered the “mark” to round. 7. Finish order will be recorded with points being awarded for place of finish. 1st place receiving 10 pts., 2nd place 9pts., 3rd place 8 pts., etc… Bonus points may be awarded for “special event days” and will be announced ahead of time. 8. If you start a race and DNF, you will be awarded last place for that days race. 9. Points will be accumulated throughout the Saturday series to determine the winner after the series completion. 10. Each Boat will be allowed to “throw out” their worst score of the series. 11. Boats racing for the first time will use their standard PHRF handicap. Based on performance all boats will receive a floating Egg Harbor Racing Handicap (EHRH). 12. Handicaps can be adjusted (like a golf handicap) at the discretion of the race committee, for the purpose of THIS SERIES to maintain a level field and to promote the enjoyment of all participating sailors. The handicapping formula can be adjusted from season to season to encourage closer racing. 13. Life Jackets (PFD) MUST be worn at the start and finish of regattas. It is recommended PFD’s be worn at all times. Any crew member under the age of 12 must wear a USCG approved PFD at all times as per WI state law. 14. Jib and Main (JAM) only. No Spinnakers – Only one headsail in the forward triangle at one time. 15. Normal right of way rules apply. – If in doubt, GIVE WAY to avoid a collision. This is a family event. 16. Penalties incurred under the Standard Sailboat Racing Rules will require 360 turn by the offending boat. If you are in doubt if you incurred a penalty, make the turn. 17. Stay clear of starting line until near your appointed start time. Be aware, and considerate of other boats trying to start. 18. Start / Finish line will be between the outer orange race buoy (the Mark) and smaller, inner orange start pin. 19. Each skipper’s FIRST responsibility is the safety of their vessel and crew. Each skipper is fully and solely responsible for their vessel and crew. 20. Participating boats equipped with a VHF Radio shall monitor channel 67 during the race. 21. Boats shall have their engines turned off 5 minutes before their start time or at the 9am horn, whichever is earlier. 22. Racers may manually deploy spinnaker and whisker poles, or other implements or spars, or otherwise hold sails out away from the boat without having them affixed to the mast. 23. Standard Sailing Rules of Racing apply where not otherwise addressed.