The Combined Clubs Committee has agreed to a Sailing Programme for the 2015-16 season for Harbour and Long Race Pennant Series. In planning the programme, the Committee considered the feedback from the survey conducted by the Southern Keelboat Group and information provided by individual clubs.
The programme features:
Similar format to last year for both Harbour and Long Race Series
Mid-river Harbour Series races will be a mixture of Windward/Leeward, Triangle and longer Harbour races.
Harbour Series will be run over seven (7) race days.
Long race series will be run over seven (7) race days.
Long races will have a change of start time with first group starting at 10.00 am.
All boats must also lodge the relevant 2013-2016 YA Special Regulations Equipment Audit Form at one of the Combined Clubs before their entry becomes valid.
COMPETITORS ARE REMINDED OF YACHTING AUSTRALIA RRS RULE 56 CREW ELIGIBILITY
For many years now it has been a requirement for all crew sailing on a boat racing in events under the Yachting Australia Prescriptions to the Racing Rules of Sailing to be members of a Club. Exceptions to this requirement are those sailing no more than three races in a season and those taking part in Twilight races.
Compliance with this prescription in Tasmania is generally very high, however it seems some boat owners are not aware of the Rule. If boats do not comply then owners and skippers expose themselves to the possibility of being scored DSQ in races in which they carry crew who have done more than three races and who are not members of a Yachting Tasmania-affiliated Club.
As well as avoiding DSQ, there are good positive reasons why crew members should be members of a Club. Membership comes with automatic personal accident insurance associated with on and off water activities to do with sailing. Details are on the Yachting Australia website. Uninsured crew, or their family, may be required to take legal action against their skipper or boat owner to obtain access to insurance coverage in the event of injury or death.
Club membership supports our sport. Yacht and sailing clubs develop juniors, run training courses, conduct regattas, provide rescue boats, train and support volunteers and have input to the governance and rules of sailing, amongst a host of other activities.
Club members are the backbone of the sport and more members allow clubs to provide more activities and facilities.
It is unfair on those who do comply with the YA prescription that others are allowed to participate at no cost. Very few, if any other organised sporting activities are provided at no cost to the participant. All Clubs have affordable levels of Crew Membership and strongly encourage owners and skippers to introduce their crew as new members.
CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
During the last season a number of instances arose where boats sailed through the starting or finishing line of races other than the one in which those boats were sailing in. While this is a prohibited action under the previous Sailing Instructions, it was not clear what penalties that applied and which parties could lodge a protest.
The Combined Clubs have drafted new provisions setting out the penalties, ranging from a two-minute time penalty to disqualification. The changes make it clear that encroaching on a start or finish while boats are starting or finishing is not acceptable from a safety point of view, as well as a matter of good manners and sportsmanship. Lesser penalties apply for lower level infringements. These changes do not affect a boats right to request redress.
The new provisions make it clear that the parties who can protest or report such infringements include Race Committees of all clubs conducting events in the racing area covered by the Combined Clubs Sailing Instructions.
There has been some confusion around the requirement to notify the Race Officer or Race Committee on the day if your boat is involved in a serious incident while racing (eg man overboard, collision, grounding or crew injury). As per Sailing Instruction 1.19 the Race Officer is the Officer in Charge of Safety and is there to help you. However there have been a number of incidents in recent times that have not been reported.
The wording will be changed to clarify that in the case of a serious incident on the water the Race Officer/Race Committee must be advised as soon as practical so that if the incident is unable to be managed by the boat itself the Race officer can direct assistance as required.
Competitors please note that it will be mandatory for boats competing in Combined Clubs Harbour Series races to carry a fully operational VHF radio (this can be a hand held unit).
AGREED FINAL PROGRAMME
The race days have been allocated around the traditional regattas / races we have each year: Maria Island Race, Bruny Island Race and Crown Series Regatta.
Combined Clubs Opening Day - Saturday 10 October 2015
LONG RACE SERIES
11 October 2015 Long Race Series Race 1 (Channel) RYCT
24 October 2015 Long Race Series Race 2 BYC
28 November 2015 Long Race Series Race 3 RYCT
16 January 2016 Long Race Series Race 4 BYC
30 January 2016 Long Race Series Race 5 (Betsey Is) DSS
13 February 2016 Long Race Series Race 6 RYCT
27 February 2016 Long Race Series Race 7 DSS
17 October 2015 Harbour Series Race 1 DSS
7 November 2015 Harbour Series Race 2 BYC
21 November 2015 Harbour Series Race 3 DSS
5 December 2015 Harbour Series Race 4 BYC
23 January 2016 Harbour Series Race 5 RYCT
8 February 2016 Harbour Series Race 6 (RHRA) BYC
5 March 2016 Harbour Series Race 7 RYCT
Fri 18 - Sun 20 Sept 2015 Pipe Opener DSS/HYC
Fri 9 October 2015 Des Cooper Memorial Race RYCT
Wed 21 October 2015 Overnight Race BYC
Sat 31 October 2015 Showdown Regatta RYCT
Sun 8 November 2015 Nibbs Electrical Pursuit Race BYC
Fri 13 November 2015 Maria Is Race RYCT
Sat 14 November 2015 Galapagos Duck Race BYC
Sat 19 December 2015 Bridge Race DSS
Sat 2 January 2016 KOD DSS
Sat 6 February 2016 Bruny Is Race RYCT
Fri 19– Sun 21 February 2016 Crown Series BYC
Sat 12– Sun 13 March 2016 Cygnet Regatta PCSC
Fri 18– Sat 19 March 2016 IOR Cup BYC
Fri 25– Mon 28 March 2016 Dover Regatta (Easter) PESC
Sat 2 April 2016 Barnes Bay Regatta KBC
Sat 9 April 2016 Beneteau Regatta
Fri 29– Sat 30 April 2016 Navigation Trial RYCT
NOR, Entry Forms and Indicative Handicaps can now be found here