RIVER ROMP 2016

A US SAILING Junior Olympic Sailing Festival Regatta
October 15-16, 2016
EDISON SAILING CENTER
13001 N. Cleveland Avenue (US 41), North Ft Myers, FL

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

1. ORGANIZING AUTHORITY (OA) is the Edison Sailing Center, Fort Myers, FL.

2. RULES
2.1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the current The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of US Sailing and Class Rules and Conditions of the USODA, Laser International Class Association (LICA), C420 class and O’pen Bic (OBCA).
2.2. When there is a conflict between the NoR and these Sailing Instructions, these Sailing Instructions and any amendments to these Sailing Instructions shall apply. This changes RRS 63.7.
2.3. RRS Appendix P shall apply on Courses B and C. P2.2, “Second Penalty” is changed to: “Second and Subsequent Penalties.” The following “unless the penalty is signaled after the competitor finishes, in which case the competitor shall promptly notify the race committee that the competitor is retiring.” is added to the end of the first sentence of P2.2. P2.3 is deleted.

3. ENTRIES
3.1. Competitors shall enter by completing the online entry form (www.edsonsailingcenter.org) or by delivering a completed and acceptable written entry form with payment to the Organizing Authority prior to 0900 on the first day of racing.
3.2. All sailors must check in and have an OA verified and approved sail number prior to 0900 October 15.
3.3. Entries not having a verified and OA approved sail number and not having complete contact information for the responsible parent/guardian/coach will be rejected.
3.4 Boats shall race with the sail number that was entered on their entry form. A boat wishing to change that number shall submit a written request to the Organizing Authority prior to 0900 hours on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Revised sail numbers may only be used upon written permission granted by the Race Committee or the OA and as posted on the Official Notice Board prior to 0945 on Saturday, October 15, 2016 and prior to 0800 on Sunday, October 16, 2016.
3.5 A boat failing to comply with 3.4 shall be subject to a protest hearing and shall be penalized, which may include disqualification.

4. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS will be posted on the Official Notice Board located in the permanent covered area.

5. CHANGE IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS will be posted before 0900 on Saturday and before 0730 on Sunday except that any change in the schedule of races will be posted by 1800 on the day before the schedule change will take effect.

6. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE will be displayed from the flagpole located near the pier. If a postponement is signaled ashore (Code Flag AP and two sounds), the warning signal will be made not less than 30 minutes after flag AP is lowered with one sound. This changes Race-Signals AP.

7. RACING AREA and CLASSES
7.1. All races will be on the Caloosahatchee River with the race area depicted for each fleet posted on the Official Notice Board a minimum of one hour prior to the intended first warning.
7.2. Race areas shall include classes as follows;
7.2.1. Race Area A; Opti Green Fleet and O’pen Bic
7.2.2. Race Area B; Opti White, Blue and Red
7.2.3. Race Area C; C420, Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7
7.3. Colored class streamers, as provided by the OA at time of shore check-in, shall be displayed from the top of each boat’s rig for only the following fleets:
7.3.1. Laser Radial-Blue
7.3.2. Laser 4.7-White

8. SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, October 14, 2016:
1630 Friday, Registration and Check-in opens. Sail changes may be done at this time until check-in closes.
1830 Friday, Registration and Check-in closes for the day.

SATURDAY October 15, 2016:
0745 Registration and Check-in opens. Sail changes may be done at this time until check-in closes.
0900 Registration and Check-in closes.
0945 Competitors’ Meeting: All competitors, coaches and parents are encouraged to attend.
Opti Green Fleet and O’pen Bic Briefing: There will be a briefing that will include a rules discussion for the Opti Green Fleet and O’pen Bic sailors, coaches and parents immediately after the competitors’ meeting. The first race for Race Area A will be as soon as possible after the briefing.
1030 Intended first warning signal for Race Area B, (Opti White-Blue-Red) and Race Area C (C420, Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7).
1100 Intended first warning signal for Race Area A for Opti Green Fleet and O’pen Bic.
1700 No warning shall be made after this time.

SUNDAY October16, 2016:
0900 Intended first warning signal for all courses.
1300 No warning shall be made after this time.

9. ICE CREAM RACE
There will be a special “Race for Ice Cream” for the Opti Green Fleet and O’pen Bic Fleet. The day and time will be determined by the PRO of Race Area A and an ice cream cone flag will be displayed for this race.

10. NUMBER OF RACES:
No set number of races is scheduled for this event. Contingent on weather conditions, it is the intention of the organizing authority and race committee to run as many races as possible. This changes RRS A1. One scored race shall constitute a series.

11. COURSES The courses shall be as described in Addendum One.

12. DESCRIPTIONS of MARKS, START LINE, FINISH LINE
12.1. Description of the Marks will be posted on the Official Notice Board prior to 0900 on the day of racing.
12.2. Race Areas A: The start/finish line will be between an orange mark and a staff flying an orange flag on the RC Signal Boat.
12.3. Race Area B: The start line will be between an orange mark and a staff flying an orange flag on the RC Signal Boat. The finish line will be behind the RC Signal Boat between a yellow mark and a staff flying a yellow flag on the RC Signal Boat
12.4. Race Area C: The start line will be between an orange mark and a staff flying an orange flag on the RC Signal Boat. The finish line will be in front of the RC Signal Boat between a yellow mark and a staff flying a yellow flag on the RC Signal Boat.
12.5. If a Clearance Mark is set off the RC Signal Boat, it shall be considered part of the RC Signal Boat.

13. RESTRICTED AREAS
13.1. Prior to a boat’s warning signal, she shall remain a minimum of 5 boat lengths from the start line.
13.2. Upon finishing, a competitor shall immediately sail clear of the finishing area, stay clear of boats that have not finished and remain a minimum of 50 feet from the finish line.
13.3. Except with expressed permission of or as instructed by the race committee, coach and spectator boats shall stay a minimum of 50 yards from any race mark or racing boat. This restriction shall not apply to registered coaches assisting in the training of Opti Green Fleet competitors.

14. CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE
14.1. To change the next leg of the course, the race committee shall lay a new rounding or finish mark and lift the original mark as soon as practical. The new rounding mark will have a black band. Subsequent marks to be rounded after setting the new rounding mark may be relocated to maintain the original course configuration.
14.2. In the event of a subsequent change of the course and a new mark is replaced, it will be replaced by an original mark.

15. CHECK-IN/RETIRE REQUIREMENTS
15.1. Prior to the first warning of each day, each boat must check in and report her sail number by passing astern of the RC Signal Boat on starboard tack and by hailing the number until acknowledged by the race committee.
15.2. If possible, a boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee before leaving the race area. All skippers who retire shall immediately upon returning to shore report to a race official located near the Official Notice Board.

16. STARTING AND CLASS FLAGS
16.1. Races will be signaled in accordance with RRS 26.
16.2. Race Area A: It is the intention of the RC to not use rolling starts. The starting signal for the succeeding class will be made after the starting signal of the preceding class. Flags and intended start order for the first race of the day will be as follows. Subsequent start sequences will be based on the respective class flag flown at the warning signal.
16.2.1.1. O’pen Bic: Code flag B (Red).
16.2.1.2. Opti Green Fleet: Class Flag
16.3. A flag with an ice cream cone will be displayed for the ICE CREAM RACE.

16.4. Race Area B: Opti White-Blue-Red will start as one fleet using a class flag with an IODA insignia as the warning flag.
16.5. Race Area C: It is the intention of the RC to use rolling starts. Class flags and intended start order for the first race of the day will be as follows. Subsequent start sequences will be based on the respective class flag flown at the warning signal.
16.5.1. C420 420 Class Flag
16.5.2. Laser Laser Class Flag
16.5.3. Laser Radial Blue Flag
16.5.4. Laser 4.7 White Flag
16.6. Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting line by a minimum of 50 feet.
16.7. A boat starting later than four minutes after her starting signal will be scored DNS (Did Not Start) without a hearing. This changes Rule A5.
16.8. As a courtesy, the race committee may make a series of short sound signals one minute prior to the first warning of a flight of races.

17. RECALLS:
17.1. As a courtesy the race committee may attempt to hail boats that are on the course side of the starting line (OCS) at the starting signal. The contents of the hail or lack thereof shall not be grounds for redress.
17.2. If flag “I” or “Z” or the black flag have been displayed in place of the preparatory flag, the RC may make general announcements regarding the approximate number of boats on the course side of the starting line, but will not hail individual sail numbers. Failure of the RC to make such announcements or failure of a boat to hear them will not be grounds for redress.
17.3. If the black flag is displayed and if a general recall is signaled or the race is abandoned after the starting signal, the RC shall display the sail numbers of those boats that have broken rule 30.3 (Black Flag Rule) before the next warning signal for that race, and if the race is restarted or resailed, those boats so listed shall not race.

18. TIME LIMIT
18.1. The time limit for the first boat to sail the course and finish is sixty (60) minutes.
18.2. Boats still racing fifteen (15) minutes after the first boat finishes, and not thereafter retiring, being penalized or given redress, will be scored TLE (Time Limit Expired) without a hearing and will be assigned scored points equal to the number of boats finishing within the time limit plus two (2) points, but not worse than the number of starters. This changes RRS 35, A4.1, A4.2, and A5.

19. SUPPORT BOATS AND COACH BOATS
In support of safety for all competitors, support and coach boats shall register on-line (www.edsonsailingcenter.org) and be identified with numbered flags provided by the OA at the registration/check-in desk upon receipt of acceptable deposit. Any boat not displaying a flag is asked to remain at least 100 yards from the racing area. Competitors associated with boats not in compliance may be subject to penalty.

20. RADIO COMMUNICATION
20.1. No competitors shall carry onboard any communication devices such as VHF or cell phones.
20.2. Coach and support boats shall carry functional VHF radios and cell phones for communications with the RC and OA.

21. REPORTS OF THE JURY AND RACE COMMITTEE (RC)
21.1. Reports of the RC and Jury regarding incidents on the water shall be posted on the Official Notice Board no later than 15 minutes after the Signal Boat’s dock time.
21.2. The Jury shall post actions related to Appendix P as amended by the Sailing Instructions.
21.3. The RC shall report their actions related to boats scored DNC, DNS, OCS, ZFP, BFD, DNF, DNE and will include a list of those boats that have not complied with SI 3.4.

22. SORING INQUIRIES, PROTESTS/REQUEST FOR REDRESS:
22.1. Competitors’ Score Inquiry forms and Protest/Redress forms will be available at the Official Notice Board.
22.2. Competitors requesting clarification on their scores must submit a Score Inquiry Form and go through the scoring inquiry process prior to filing any request for redress.
22.3. Any competitor requesting clarification on the action of the jury or race committee as stated in SI 21 shall submit a Score Inquiry Form prior to the protest time limit.
22.4. Protest Time Limit is thirty (30) minutes from the time the RC Signal Boat for that fleet has docked.
22.5. Protests and Requests for Redress regarding incidents on the race course shall be delivered to an Organization Authority representative near the Official Notice Board within the Protest Time Limit.
22.6. Dock times of the RC Signal Boats shall be posted at the Official Notice Board.
22.7. The schedule of hearings will be posted on the Official Notice Board and will be held as soon as possible. This will include hearings regarding those boats not complying with SI 3.4.
22.8. To facilitate learning, judges are available to discuss incidents on the water which did not result in protests.
22.9. The following Sailing Instructions shall not be grounds for protest or request for redress by competitors: SI 3, 7.3, 16.5, 19, and 20.1.

23. TAKING A PENALTY RRS 44.1 and 44.2 shall apply.

24. SCORING
24.1. A boat’s series score shall be the total of all her races scores excluding her worst score.
24.2. A boat scored TLE shall be awarded points two more than the number of boats which did comply with RRS 28 and finished. This changes RRS A4.2
24.3. Scores for the Opti Green Fleet will be posted by sail number in numerical order.

25. TRASH DISPOSAL: A competitor shall dispose of all refuse in appropriate containers ashore.

26. OUTSIDE HELP
26.1. Except for those competitors in the last half of the Opti Green Fleet, competitors shall not receive advice, instruction or any type of outside assistance while racing. It is the intent of this rule to prohibit contact between the competitors and any person, who in the opinion of the Protest Committee, is a coach, instructor, advisor, parent or guardian.
26.2. Parents, guardians, instructors, advisors and coaches may offer individual on-the-water instruction and group commentary and advice between races and on land following each racing day.
26.3. Assistance and coaching should be given to all competitors on as equal a basis as possible.
26.4. No parent, guardian, private coach or advisor is to provide assistance on the protest or redress process.
26.5. The Protest Committee may disqualify a competitor for breaking the rules of this Article from all races on the day of the infringement.

27. PRIZES
27.1. Participation Certificates will be given to Opti Green Fleet competitors.
27.2. For all other fleets awards will be given commensurate with the number of entries.

28. DISCLAIMER Competitors participate entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4. 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. An online waiver must be signed by all competitors and their parent/guardian.

ADDENDUM ONE:

COURSE CONFIGURATIONS

RACE AREA A: OPTI GREEN FLEET AND O’pen BIC

COURSE:  Start-1-2-3-Finish

ICE CREAM COURSE: Sail to ice cream flag on shore

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RACE AREA B: OPTI WHITE-BLUE-RED FLEETS

COURSE: Start-1-2-P(Pin)-Finish behind RC

opti-red-white-blue

RACE AREA C:  420s and Lasers

COURSE W1: 1-Offset Mark-2-Finish in front of RC

COURSE W2: 1-Offset Mark-2-1-Offset Mark-2-Finish in front of RC

laseres