Lunenburg Yacht Club
i) These Sailing Instructions are issued by the Race Committee of the Lunenburg Yacht Club (LYC) in accordance with the rule 25 of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Racing Rules of Sailing and the Bylaws of LYC.
ii) The Racing Schedule is issued under the authority of the Race Committee and is subject to change at the discretion of the Race Committee. Any changes will be posted on the official LYC Notice Board.
All races conducted by LYC will be governed by the latest edition of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008, the prescriptions of the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), and these LYC Sailing Instructions.
Courses will be indicted either by numbered white or red/green coloured square(s) displayed on the course board adjacent to the yellow signal mast/start platform (SW corner of the LYC property). The mark legend for these numbers and courses are described on the current LYC Race Course Card.
i) Pre-set courses are indicated by numbered white square(s). The number displayed indicates the course to be sailed. If the course number is preceded by a solid coloured red square, the course shall be sailed in the reverse order.
ii) Non pre-set courses are indicated by numbered green and/or red squares. The course is to be read from left to right.
iii) If LYC Special Courses # 51 - # 53 are preceded by a solid coloured red square, the course mark list will be sailed in reverse order leaving all marks to port. If they are preceded by a solid coloured green square, all marks will be left to starboard.
4. Notices and “Officer of the Day” Responsibilities
i) Notices to competitors will be posted on the official LYC Notice Board.
ii) LYC yachts which regularly race and/or members of the LYC Race Committee may be scheduled as the “Race Officer of the Day” (OD). This designation will be listed on the racing schedule and posted on the official LYC Notice Board. It is the responsibility of the skipper or regular crew member of the yacht listed to select the race course and inform the LYC Starting Officer 30 minutes prior to the scheduled race start. The LYC Sailing Director or Race Committee will select a course in the absence of the indicated OD.
i) All yachts must register in the LYC Racing Program. If a yacht has not completed registration (including submitting the required racing fee and providing proof of insurance), they may not be scored.
ii) The skipper of any LYC yacht participating in club racing must be a member in good standing of LYC. Individuals who are not members of LYC may only skipper a LYC yacht once per season.
iii) All crew members of any LYC yacht participating in club racing must be a member in good standing of LYC. Individuals who are not members of LYC may only participate as a guest in 3 races per season.
iv) The LYC Keelboat Racing Program is only open to mono-hull keelboats.
6. Liability Insurance
All entrants are required to file proof of $1,000,000 Public Liability Insurance Coverage to the Race Committee prior to participating in any LYC racing. A photo copy of the insurance policy indicating the company’s name, expiry date and policy number shall be considered proof of insurance.
Start times are listed on the Racing Schedule posted on the official LYC Notice Board. Times may be changed at the discretion of the Race Committee with one week prior notice. Start signals will be made from the yellow signal mast adjacent to the SW corner of the LYC property.
i) Starts will be conducted as per Rule 26.
ii) Rule 30.1 is in effect.
iii) The LYC burgee is the class flag for regular fleet starts.
iv) For any races where a staggered start is used, the class flags will be flown 10 minutes prior to the first warning signal. The first class’s start will precede the posted start time by 5 minutes. Class flags are based on the following handicaps: yellow shape (up to 107.5), blue shape (108 – 116) and red shape (116.5 and up).
v) A minimum of two yachts are required in order to start a race.
8. Safety Requirements
All yachts competing must comply with the Canadian Safe Boating Guide.
9. Start and Finish
The starting and finishing line shall be the extension of a line through the yellow LYC signal mast adjacent to the SW corner of the LYC property and the inner of the two yellow buoys marking the start/finish line. The outer yellow buoy marks the outer limit of the start/finish only and may or may not lie on this extended line.
10. Shorten Course Signals
Code Flag “S“ may be displayed on the yellow LYC signal mast with two sound signals as the lead boat in the fleet approaches indicating to sail through the LYC start/finish line to finish. This modifies rule 32.
11. Special Instructions
i) Any time yachts are proceeding from east to west past the start/finish line as part of the course, they shall pass between the two yellow buoys marking the limits of the start/finish line. This restriction does not apply when proceeding west to east.
ii) While racing, no yachts shall pass between Seal Ledge Stake (MJ51) and Herman’s Island or Covey Ledge Buoy (M61) and Coveys Island except to round them when they are marks of the course. While racing, no yachts shall pass between Little Herman’s Island and Herman’s Island. The red stakes off Little Herman’s Island (ME66 and ME64) shall be respected at all times.
12. Time Limits
i) For Thursday evening races (except for the Thursday Night Fall Series) the lead yacht must finish by 2100 hours. Remaining yachts shall have until 2145 hours to finish.
ii) For Thursday Night Fall Series races the lead yacht must finish by 2015 hours. Remaining yachts shall have until 2045 hours to finish.
iii) For weekend club races the time limit for the lead yacht shall be four hours. The time limit for remaining yachts shall be five hours thirty minutes.
iv) There will be no time limit for special courses.
The low-point scoring system, rule A2 will apply with the following modifications
i) Yachts which do not start (DNC or DNS) a race will be scored points for a finishing place two more than the number of yachts in the series.
ii) Yachts starting but not finishing a race, or those who retire or are disqualified (OCS, DNF, RET, or DSQ) will be scored points for a finishing position one more than the number of yachts in the series.
To be scored in a series, a yacht must have sailed 50% or more of the races in that series.
Each yacht's monthly Thursday Night Series score will be the total of her 3 best race scores in that series. Each yacht's overall Thursday Night Series score will be the total of her 12 best race scores.
14. Alternative Penalties
Rule 44.2 is in effect. In addition, a yacht who realizes after finishing, but before protests are heard, that she has broken a rule of Part 2 while racing, may choose to accept a 20% scoring penalty as outlined in rule 44.3(c). Such penalty shall not be less than 1 place. Acceptance of this penalty must be communicated to the OD, prior to any protests being heard. Rule 44.4 shall apply to this penalty.
i) The time limit for lodging a protest is 30 minutes after the last yacht to finish has docked or moored.
ii) Protests will be heard within one week.
16. Withdrawal or Disablement
In the interest of safety and to prevent needless emergency response, yachts must report withdrawal or disablement to the OD or Race Committee either in person, by telephone or radio as soon as possible. Yachts not so reporting may be penalized at the discretion of the Race Committee.
LYC Yacht Handicaps will be assigned and governed by a system prescribed by the LYC Race Committee. Ratings and changes will be posted on the official LYC Notice Board. -end-