Sailing Instructions for Sunday PHRF Races

  1. RULES
    1. The races shall be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020
    2. These instructions apply unless a separate Notice of Race and/or Sailing Instructions are published.
  2. ENTRIES & ELIGIBILITY
    1. Eligible boats must:
      1. Meet applicable USCG, WFPHRF, and safety requirements.
      2. Provide their own synchronized time source when no Race Committee or Safety boat is present and the race has been designated as Reverse Handicap (Pursuit Start)
      3. Pre-Register online via an Emailed invitation, or by accessing the online Calendar entry for the race.
    2. Boats that do not have a current WFPHRF Rating Certificate will be assigned a rating based on WFPHRF class rules.
      1. RLC ratings shall be used for all races.
  3. CLASSES
    1. Classes will be Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Multi-Hull, Cruising, and Pocket Cruisng.
    2. Classes may be combined if there are fewer than 4 boats in a class.
  4. NOTICE TO COMPETITORS
    1. Notice to Competitors will be sent to registered competitors via email.
  5. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Any changes to the these Sailing Instructions will be sent to registered competitors via email.
  6. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
    1. None.
  7. SCHEDULE OF RACES
    1. As posted on the Sunday PHRF Racing Calendar
  8. SKIPPERS' MEETING
    1. None. Prior to race start, competitors may communicate with any RC boat, or with each other, via VHF ch 72.
  9. RACING AREAS
    1. The Racing Area is Sarasota Bay.
  10. THE COURSES
    1. The course(s) for each race will be Emailed to pre-registered competitors on the morning of the scheduled race. They will also be Tweeted (Follow @racing_sunday).
    2. All marks are to be left to port unless followed by 'S', in which case they shall be left to starboard.
  11. MARKS
    1. Marks 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, and NP refer to Government maintained ICW marks.
    2. Marks A through L refer to orange and yellow (private) marks maintained by SSS.
  12. CHECK IN
    1. When a Race Committee or Safety boat is present, each boat shall sail by the RC boat, hail her sail number, and be acknowledged by the race committee with a return hail of her sail number. This will be done before the warning flag of the first race in which she competes, or before her individual start time for a Reverse Handicap (Pursuit Start) race. Check in may alternatively be done by VHF ch 72.
  13. THE START
    1. Unless the race has been designated as Reverse Handicap (Pursuit Start), races will be started using rule 26 with horns, but not always with flags. Progress through the start sequence may also be announced on VHF ch 72.
    2. Unless otherwise stated, the starting line will be between government mark 13 and the Race Committee/Safety boat displaying an orange flag on the course side of the designated starting mark.
    3. When a Race Committee/Safety boat is not present, the starting line will be an imaginary line between government mark 13 and the radio tower in Ken Thompson Park. All boats shall stay within 200 feet of 13.
    4. When a Race Committee/Safety boat is not present and the race has been designated as Reverse Handicap (Pursuit Start), each competitor shall use their own synchronized time source to start at their designated start time.
    5. Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for other races.
  14. THE FINISH
    1. Unless otherwise stated, the finish line will be between government mark 13 and the Race Committee/Safety boat displaying an orange flag on the course side of the designated finish mark.
    2. If the Race Committee/Safety boat is absent when a boat finishes, the finish will be an imaginary line between government mark 13 and the radio tower in Ken Thompson Park. All boats shall stay within 200 feet of 13. Additionally, each boat must report her finishing (GPS) time, and her position in relation to nearby boats, to sunday_racing@sarasotasailingsquadron.org at the first reasonable opportunity.
  15. PENALTY SYSTEM
    1. Rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.
  16. TIME LIMITS
    1. Boats failing to finish within 3 hours of their start shall be scored TLE without a hearing. This changes rules 35, A4, and A5.
  17. SCORING
    1. The Low Point Scoring System, Rule A2 will apply, except no race will be excluded.
  18. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
    1. Competitors compete in the races entirely at their own risk. See rule 4 Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after any of the races.