2016 MYG Standard Sailing instructions

Not applicable to Open Meetings


1.1.    Racing will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2013-2016 including Appendix E and these MYA Standard Sailing Instructions.

1.2.    These Instructions will apply to all boats sailing on the Pond, whether racing or not, while racing is taking place. Boats not racing must keep clear of boats racing.

1.3.    Nomenclature

In these Sailing Instructions, references to the ISAF Rules will use the word Rule(s) or RRS. References to these Sailing Instructions will use the word Instruction(s) or SSI.



2.1.     A boat scheduled to race in a heat may be launched, held in the launching area, taken ashore or re-launched at any time during the heat.

However, she shall not be released for the first time during a heat after the start

Boats shall be launched or recovered only from within a launching area.

2.2.    While ashore or within a launching area, boats may be adjusted, drained of water or repaired; have their sails/rigs changed; have entangled objects removed; or have equipment repaired or changed.

2.3.    SSI 2 changes RRS E4.5



3.1.    Except as in SSI 3.2, the Time Out Limit for racing after the first boat finishes shall be 5 minutes.

3.2.    At the expiry of the Time Out Limit:

(a) if 4 or fewer boats are still racing on the water they shall be recorded according to SSI 3.3,    (b) if more than 4 boats are still racing on the water Time Out Limit shall be extended until only 4 boats remain racing on the water, at which point they shall be recorded according to SSI 3.3.    

3.3.    Boats failing to finish within the Time Out Limit shall be recorded as DNF, OCS, DNS or DNC in that order, as appropriate. DNF boats still racing on the water at the end of the Time Out Limit will be recorded with finishing places according to their order on the water. These boats will be scored according to their finishing places.

3.4.    SSI 3.2, 3.3 & 3.4 change RRS 35, A3 and A5.



4.1.    Racing will start as soon as possible after 10:30 or 13:15 unless competitors are briefed of alternative arrangements.

4.2.    No Series race shall start after 3pm.

4.3.    Except for breaks announced by the Race Officer, the starting sequence for the next heat shall commence as soon as practicable after all previous heats have been concluded.

4.4.    If boats are still racing at the time limits above, SSI 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 will apply.



5.1.    The race committee may use MYA SYRPH, a System for Reducing Protest Hearings. This will apply after the heat and before the related protest hearing that may result from this procedure.

5.2.    The protest committee will consist of three persons, which may include competitors, competent persons. If a party to a hearing objects to a competitor being a member of a protest committee, because he is an interested party, he may object under RRS 63.4.



6.1.    For any one day of a Points Series event the RRS A4 Low Point system, but with RRS A4.2 replaced by:

Boats recorded as DNF, RET, OCS, DNS, DNC, BFD, DSQ, DNE or DGM shall score one more point than the last boat in the race would have scored if all boats competing in the race had finished correctly, with the exception of boats given DNF but awarded a place under SSI 3.3.

6.2.    Breaking of ties in a single heat event, other than at the finishing line when RRS A7 will apply.

6.3.    When a tie between two or more boats is to be broken, it shall be decided in favour of the boat with the most first places, and when the tie remains, the most second places and so on.

6.4.    When the tie still remains it shall be decided in favour of the boat with the best score in the last race in which there is no tie and, should the tie still remain, by the toss of a coin or the drawing of lots. This changes RRS A8.

6.5.    For any one day of a Points Series a yacht shall discard the result of 1 race if 4 races have been sailed, 2 races if 6 races have been sailed and 3 races if 8 races have been sailed.



7.1.    The following races will be held if two or more boats present themselves in the vicinity of the starting line before the starting signal.

7.1.1. Points Series

7.1.2. A maximum of 8 races shall be counted on a day for each of the classes, normally 4 before a lunch break and 4 after lunch.

7.1.3. Normally each session of racing shall commence with a practice race, the results of which shall not count towards the Points Series.  The Race Officer may alter this at his discretion.



8.1.    Points Series Races

8.1.1. Boats over one metre long shall have their own Points Series.

8.1.2. Boats under one metre long shall have their own Points Series.

8.2.    Other races and Series

8.2.1. Other races and Series may be held as organised by the associated Class Captains.



9.1.    Boats may only score points in a series if they are sailed by members. If a member sails more than one boat in a series then they shall be scored separately for each boat sailed, the exception being if a member has replaced a boat or they have damaged a boat, in which case they must obtain permission from the MYG Chairman.

9.2.    Visitors may race after being signed in by a bona fide member, but their results will not be counted except during designated events, e.g. open meetings.


10.1. A recovery craft shall be available while organised racing is taking part.

10.2. Participants are responsible for their own safety and that of fellow members and visitors.



11.1. Courses will be displayed on the Club courseboard before each race. The sequence and direction of rounding of buoys together with the prescribed starting and finishing lines will be shown.

11.2. The Race Officer will announce any course change.



12.1. The Sailing Secretary reserves the right to organise another race for any race or series of races which have had to be abandoned. Otherwise an abandoned race or series of races will be considered to have been cancelled.



13.1. Competitors wishing to use sail numbers other than their own registered number must obtain the permission of the Race Officer before commencement of their starting sequence. Rule 77 shall not be held to prevent the Race Officer giving permission.



14.1. Definition

14.2. The starting line shall normally be between the poles on the inner and outer start buoys.

14.3. Alternatives

14.4. The Race Officer may choose to dispense with the inner start buoy, and substitute a shore based pole instead.



15.1. The starting machine will provide a verbal countdown sequence to the start.   Flags will not be used.

15.2. Racing rules shall apply from the start of the countdown sequence.

15.3. Race intervals

15.3.1.      The intervals between successive starts of a set of races will be at the discretion of the Race Officer.

15.4. Premature starters

15.4.1.      If a boat is over the line (but not its extensions) at the start the Race Officer shall announce the boat verbally.

15.5. General Recall

15.6. For a general recall shall be announced by the Race Officer.



16.1. Helms are required to advise the Race Officer of their intention to race before they start racing on the day.



17.1.     The Points Series shall be assessed on the overall position of each boat after each days sailing (after any discards have been taken into account, see SSI 6.6).

17.1.1.  The worst 3 results of an 8 day Series or races on any day shall be discounted.

17.1.2.  The worst 2 results of an 6 or 7 day Series or races on any day shall be discounted.

17.1.3.  The worst result of a 4 or 5 day Series or races on any day shall be discounted.

17.1.4.  Otherwise all results shall be counted. 

17.2.    The Low Point scoring system, Rule A2, will apply, and the modification of Rule A5 will also apply.

17.3.    Race Officer Redress

17.3.1. If acting as RO for the whole day a score will be applied for that day based on the average of all the other days he actually raced during the series after applying discards.

17.3.2. If acting as RO for part of a day, a score for each race ‘missed’ will be applied based on the average of the points for other races entered that day after applying discards.