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IOS Race 2024 - Provisional Sailing Instructions

Last updated: 2 April 2024

1. Rules
1.1 The race will be governed by the 'rules' as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 (RRS), as modified by: the prescriptions of the RYA, the Notice of Race, the rules of each class concerned, and these Sailing Instructions (SI).
1.2 Unless otherwise specifically mentioned by these instructions, all duties ascribed to the Race Committee shall be carried out by the OOD.

2. Registration
2.1 Competitors must enter online by completion of the offical race entry forms published online, and payment of the relevant entry fee.
2.2 The OOD has the right to refuse or restrict entry without stating a reason.
2.3 All competitors must register with the OOD's representative in the clubhouse on the morning of the race before their start.
2.4 Following registration, competitors must collect and "post" their personal safety tag in the "I have started" slot of the black tally box prior to starting.

3. Notices to competitors
  Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located adjacent to the registration area in the clubhouse.
4. Changes to the Sailing Instructions
  Changes will be posted on the official notice board as above. Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted not less than 60 minutes before the start of any class that might be affected.

5. Signals made ashore
5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed from the club flagstaff.
5.2 Flag L Flag L - a notice to competitors has been posted and will be deemed to have been notified to all.
5.3 Flag L over first substitute Flag L over first substitute icon - changes to the sailing instructions have been posted.
5.4 Flag Y Flag Y - personal buoyancy must be worn at all times while afloat (RRS Rule 40).
5.6 When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 15 minutes’ in the race signal AP.

6. Class flags
Numeral 1 Numeral 1 pennant flag icon Slow Monohulls: PY >= 1120 & Sailboards
Numeral 2 Numeral 2 pennant flag icon Medium Monohulls: PY 1119 to 1030 inclusive
Numeral 3 Numeral 3 pennant flag icon Fast Monohulls: PY < 1030 / Slow Multihulls: PY >= 900
Numeral 4 Numeral 4 pennant flag icon Fast Multihulls: PY < 900

7. The course
7.1 The race will be sailed in a clockwise direction around the Isle of Sheppey, starting and finishing from IOS Sailing Club, Sheerness. Competitors are advised to acquaint themselves with the course, as there are several underwater obstructions, shoals and areas of foul ground.
7.2 The Kingsferry Bridge: competitors will be permitted to negotiate the bridge by wading, paddling, or sailing under any of the side spans. Competitors are advised to walk their craft in a capsized position underneath the mainland side of the bridge. No special arrangements will be made for multihulls. There may be marshals in the immediate vicinity of the bridge who can be called upon to give assistance. If there is a queue at the bridge, competitors should wait in turn.
7.3 Sailing through the centre lifting section of the Kingsferry Bridge is NOT permitted, and may result in disqualification without hearing. However, in exceptional cases, special dispensation may be granted by the OOD in advance, permitting use of the centre span due to the nature and/or restrictions of the specific craft entered (ie. fixed keel). In such cases, the OOD will factor in a discretionary time penalty taking this into account.

8. The start
8.1 There will be four staggered starts as set out below.
The starting sequence for each group will be 5,4,1,0.

Slow Monohulls
PY >= 1120 / Sailboards
09.55 Warning Signal, Numeral 1 Numeral 1 pennant flag icon
09.56 4 Minute Preparatory Signal, Flag P
09.59 1 Minute Signal, P removed
10.00 Start
Medium Monohulls
PY 1119 to 1030
10.25 Warning Signal, Numeral 2 Numeral 2 pennant flag icon
10.26 4 Minute Preparatory Signal, Flag P
10.29 1 Minute Signal, P removed
10.30 Start
Fast Monohulls
PY < 1030
& Slow Multihulls
PY >= 900
10.55 Warning Signal, Numeral 3 Numeral 3 pennant flag icon
10.56 4 Minute Preparatory Signal, Flag P
10.59 1 Minute Signal, P removed
11.00 Start
Fast Multihulls
PY < 900
11.25 Warning Signal, Numeral 4 Numeral 4 pennant flag icon
11.26 4 Minute Preparatory Signal, Flag P
11.29 1 Minute Signal, P removed
11.30 Start
8.2 The start line is defined as the line between a mast bearing an orange flag on the committee boat and an inner distance marker, which will be an orange buoy. The starting area will be offshore, due north of IOSSC.
8.3 Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the flag sequence for other starts.

9. The finish
9.1 The finish line will be the IOSSC line, formed by a line projected by a black and white vertical line painted on the clubhouse and a post on the foreshore, limited at the seaward end by an outer distance mark which will be a black and white painted post or an orange buoy.
9.2 Within 30 minutes of finishing competitors must "post" their safety tag in either the "I have finished" or "I have retired" slots of the black tally box in the clubhouse. Since these arrangements are intended also as a safety measure they will be strictly enforced (otherwise rescue procedures will be initiated).

10. Time limits
10.1 Any boat not finishing by 19.30 hours will be deemed to have retired and scored DNF.
10.2 Competitors not reaching the Kingsferry Bridge by 18.00 will not be allowed to continue, will be directed ashore to the Island side and scored DNF.
10.3 Competitors reaching Queenborough after 19.00 will be escorted to shore on the Island side and will be scored DNF.

11. Protests and requests for redress
11.1 Protest forms are available at the race office. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered there within the appropriate time limit.
11.2 Protests must be submitted to the OOD within 30 minutes of the protester finishing the race.
11.3 Protests concerning breach of class rules (including measurement) shall be accompanied by a current issue of the rules.
11.4 Whenever possible the protest will be heard at the earliest opportunity, whether all boats have completed the course or not.
11.5 Notices will be posted no later than 30 minutes after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses.

12. Handicapping
12.1 All boats will compete using the Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme as set out by the RYA.
12.2 Separate results will be produced for multihulls using the SCHRS system.
12.3 Boats having alternative numbers will be rated at the lowest number.
12.4 Declared differences from full performance potential will not be incorporated.
12.5 Boats without a PY number assigned by the RYA (other than Sailboards), will have a provisional number allocated by the OOD, but entry from such boats will only be accepted prior to the day of the event.

13. Safety
13.1 ALL COMPETITORS NOT RETURNING AND/OR RETIRING MUST TELEPHONE THE CLUBHOUSE on (01795) 663052 before 20.30 hours and ask for the Safety Officer to post their safety tag in the "I have retired" slot of the tally box, even if safety boats and RAYNET personnel (amateur radio) have been informed.
13.2 Vessels are to be navigated with care and caution. Competitors' attention is drawn to the Medway Ports Authority River Bylaws 1991 Clause 22 (1), reproduced below:

No person shall navigate a vessel without care and caution or at a speed or in a manner which, having regard to all the circumstances at the time, including weather conditions and the type, condition and use of other vessels under way, berthed or moored, or which might reasonably be expected to be under way, berthed or moored, endangers the safety of, or causes injury or damage to any person, any other vessel, buoy, moorings, banks of the Port or the Medway approach area or any other property.

13.3 Between Grovehurst and Garrison Point competitors may encounter large commercial vessel movements especially off Sheerness. Competitors must give these vessels a wide berth and not hinder their passage. Ship's Masters or Pilots will give a series of five or more short blasts on the ship's hooter to craft that they consider to be impeding their passage. A traffic warning light on the white tower at Garrison Point in the form of a high powered flashing light will signal a large vessel in the channel between the Medway Buoy and Garrison Point.
13.4 Competitors are reminded that in a race of this nature it is unlikely that safety craft will be on hand at all times. They should be able to handle their craft in conditions of high winds and rough seas, and it is essential that every boats buoyancy arrangements are in thoroughly efficient order.
13.5 Safety boat coxswains are instructed that, if necessary, crews are to be picked up and boats left to be towed in later. The sailing instructions do not take away the sole responsibility for safety from any helmsman or crew. It is suggested that competitors carry an anchor.
13.6 If advised by a safety boat crew to abandon your boat, you must do so.
13.7 Competitors under 16 years of age must wear personal buoyancy at all times when "racing".
14. Safety tally system
14.1 The tally board will be located at the registration desk inside the clubhouse. At registration every boat will be assigned a unique tally number.
14.2 Tallies will be small plastic numbered tags.
14.3 Competitors must collect and "post" their safety tally prior to starting in the "I have started" slot of the black tally box.
14.4 Within 30 minutes of finishing competitors must "post" their safety tag in the "I have finished" or "I have retired" slot of the tally box.
14.5 All competitors retiring / or not returning MUST contact the clubhouse and ask for the Safety Officer to post their safety tag in the "I have retired" slot of the black tally box.

15. Sail numbers
15.1 Every boat shall carry a sail number and shall also carry class insignia as provided for by the relevant class association. Any boat finishing without a sail number will not be recorded or timed and will be deemed to have retired.

16. Disclaimer of liability
16.1 Competitors participate in this race entirely at their own risk. See RRS 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 race.
16.2 IOSSC cannot be held responsible for recovering boats from any of the various landing points around the island.
17. Insurance
  Competing boats must have valid third-party liability insurance (min. £3,000,000).
18. Misc.
18.1 GPS Tracking. All boats shall carry a GPS tracker provided by the Organising Authority whilst afloat. The GPS tracker must be returned within 30 minutes of a boat finishing the race.
18.2 Photography/Video Recordings. By entering the event, competitors agree that the Organising Authority and associated race partners including Allen Brothers & SailRacer have the right, in perpetuity, to use and show any photography, audio and video recordings, and other reproductions of them made at the venue, without compensation.
18.3 Allen Endurance Series. To be eligible for the Endurance Series prizes, please check the conditions published on the official Allen Endurance Series website.