Detroit Regional Yacht-Racing Association Lake Saint Clair
The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020. These include the 2017 DRYA Sailing Instructions (available at www.drya.org/race2017/SIs/SailingInstructions.pdf) as modified by the GPSC Sailing Instructions (available at www.gpsc.org)
DRYA SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR “A” AND “C” COURSES will be changed as follows: Paragraph 2, ENTRIES, add: sail yachts owned or skippered by members of the Grosse Pointe Sail Club may register and compete in the GPSC Club JAM Class. Registration forms may be obtained from and submitted to email@example.com. Registrations for this CLUB Class must be received no later than Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
Paragraph 6, CLASS FLAGS is changed to add the GPSC Club Class on “C” Course.
Paragraph 8, COURSES & MARKS: The course description for “A” Course and “C” Course will be a Modified Olympic Course as described in the GPSC Sailing Instructions.
Paragraph 9, STARTING: Starts and courses sailed by each class for “A” and “C” Course will be as described in the GPSC Sailing Instructions, including the WARNING SIGNAL FOR THE FIRST CLASS WILL BE AT 1030 HOURS FOR BOTH COURSES.
Paragraph 15, TIME LIMITS: The time limit for each class in the Grosse Pointe Sail Club Regatta, an Olympic Style Course Regatta is four (4) hours after its starting signal as modified by the Sponsoring Club’s sailing instructions. Any boat finishing within its time limit shall qualify all classes within its division for any overall results, even if a class within the respective division did not qualify individually for the race.
SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR “A” COURSE ONLY: **** LOCATION CHANGE FOR COURSE “A” **** Approximate course location: 42° 21.75′ N, 82° 49.05′ W. The starting area bears approximately 91° magnetic, 4.44 nm from Peche Island Range Rear light. The modifications will appear in full in the GPSC Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions may also change other racing rules.
FURTHER INFORMATION For further information please contact GPSC Regatta Race Chair, Holly Kerslake Burns at 313-523-7546 or firstname.lastname@example.org or GPSC Regatta Chairman, Mark Minor at 248-761-9651 or email@example.com.
AGREEMENT TO ASSUME RISK In consideration of being permitted to enter this regatta and being fully knowledgeable of the risks of sailing as a competitive sport, all competitors, crew members and guests aboard voluntarily assume all risks associated with participating in this regatta. Competing boats shall in all respects be ready for sea and sailed by an adequate and capable crew. It shall be the sole and inescapable responsibility of the skipper and crew of the boat to decide whether to start or continue a race.
We have read RRS 4, Decision to Race and hereby acknowledge and agree that we are participating in this event entirely at our own risk.
We acknowledge and agree that neither the organizing authority nor the race committee, nor their members, will be responsible for (a) any damage to the entered boat or my other property, or (b) any injury to myself or my crew, including death, sustained as a result of the participation of myself, my crew and the boat in this event.
We hereby waive any rights we may have to sue the race organizers (organizing authority, race committee, protest committee, host club, sponsors, or any other organization or official) as well as the City of Grosse Pointe Park as owner and operator of the Windmill Pointe Park and marina with respect to personal injury or property damage suffered by the skipper or crew as a result of our participation in this event and hereby release the race organizers and other personnel from any liability for such injury or damage to the fullest extent permitted by law.
We have taken all necessary steps to ensure that the skipper and crew and the entered boat are adequately prepared for all possible contingencies, including appropriate safety equipment as may be required by the United States Coast Guard or that a prudent seaman would consider advisable.
We understand this document has important legal consequences and have consulted such legal and other advisors as we deem appropriate before racing.
All Competitors shall not interfere with commercial shipping transiting the entire racing area at any time.
When code flag “F” is displayed by the race committee, on shore or boat, the shipping channel downstream of the channel mark “G1”
shall become a restricted area. Sec 1.3 then applies.
Any boat inside the restricted area when code flag “F” is displayed shall exit the restricted area while staying in conformance with the requirements of Sec 1.1. Boats shall not enter the restricted area except to expeditiously cross the channel while staying in conformance with the requirements of Sec 1.1.
Any boat not complying with Secs 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 may be subject to protest by the race committee and may be reported to the Coast Guard.
Infraction of Secs. 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 is not subject to protest by another boat (this changes RRS 60.1)
The races will be governed by rules as defined in the current “Racing Rules of Sailing” (RRS) or as modified by the Sailing Instructions (SI).
When there is conflict, the “Sailing Instructions” (SI) shall prevail over the Notice Of Race (this changes RRS 63.7)
SIGNALS MADE ASHORE BY RACE COMMITTEE
Signals made ashore will be displayed at the race committee end of the starting line located at the East Corner of Grosse Pointe Park Windmill Pointe Marina
Shipping Channel Off Limits
“F” flag (red diamond on white Field). SI section #1 is in effect while flag is up.
SIREN (Both when hoisted and Lowered).
“S” flag (blue rectangle on white field) will be displayed before the Preparatory signal of any class that it applies. (this changes RRS 32).
2 long sounds.
“X” flag (blue cross on white field). For individual recall.
“AP” Pennant (3 Red, 2 White Vertical Bars on Triangle Pennant) Races not started are postponed. The warning will be made 1 minute after removal of “AP”
“N” Flag (Blue and White Checkerboard Pattern) All races are abandoned, return to the starting area. The warning signal will be made 1 minute after removal of “N”
“N over A” flags (vertical blue and white swallowtail) All races are abandoned, no more racing today.
Format of Racing
The Sundown Series is comprised of TWO series of SIX races each. Races are run on Tuesday evenings.
Spring Series: May 23rd to June 27th and Summer Series: July 11th to August 29th.
PHRF A (<=117)
PHRF B (120-179)
PHRF C (>=180)
PHRF Handicapping is applied in scoring using ‘Time on Distance’ calculations.
Addendum A ‘2017 GPSC Sundown Series’, chart shows the general location, approximate range, approximate bearings in one direction and the approximate Latitude and Longitude of each mark of the course. The area is in the South Western portion
of Lake St. Clair.
Race Course Descriptions
Marks to Starboard (Green flag or shape)
Marks to Port (Red flag or shape)
Distance = 6.7nm Start – B – C – A – B – C – Finish
Distance = 6.7nm Start – C – B – A – C – B – Finish
Distance = 4.6nm Start – B – C – Finish
Distance = 4.6nm Start – C – B – Finish
Distance = 3.8nm Start – B – A – Finish
Distance = 3.8nm Start – A – B – Finish
Buoy Descriptions and Approximate Locations
Lake St. Clair Navigation Buoy 2
Lake St. Clair Navigation Buoy 3
GPSC Orange Floating Buoy
082°52.799’W Note: Latitude and Longitude are in degrees and decimal minutes not degrees, minutes and seconds.
The course will not be shortened for any individual class after that class has started. This changes rule 32.1.
Legs of the courses will not be changed from the Course Tables. This changes rule 33.
When it is 1 minute to 1st class: Warning (or a subsequent warning if a class starting sequence was stopped by the Race Committee), No flag raised. A few short horn sounds.
5 minutes to Start
Class flag raised,
4 minutes to Start
“P” flag raised,
1 minute to Start
“P” flag lowered,
1 long sound
Starting class flag lowered & next remaining class flag raised.
The first warning signal will be at or about 1855 hours unless committee delays start.
NUMERAL PENNANTS corresponding to the start number will be used as CLASS FLAGS.
Races will be started with the warning signal made 5 minutes before the starting signal.
Start times shall be taken from the visual signals; the absence or error of a sound signal shall be disregarded.
The starting line will be between the flagpole displaying the RC flag near the upstream corner of the Grosse Pointe Park marina seawall and a floating orange inflatable or ridged buoy near the channel.
A restricted area lies between the Starting Line and a line from a GREEN flag on the Dock and a GREEN floating flag or shape in the water. Any boat entering this area between the first warning signal of the day and their class warning signal shall be subject to protest by the race committee. Infraction of this rule is not subject to protest by another boat. (This changes rule RRS 60.1)
The finish line will be between the flagpole on the upstream corner of the Grosse Pointe Park marina seawall and an inflatable or rigid orange buoy near the channel.
The time limit for all classes to complete their course, as required by rule 28.1, is 2 hours.
Boats failing to finish within 1 hour after the first boat in their class finishes, as required by rule 28.1, shall be scored ‘Did Not Finish'(DNF). This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.
Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered to the dockside Race Committee staff or the Grosse Pointe Park Windmill Pointe guardhouse within the appropriate time limit.
For each class the time limit for delivery of the written protest to either collection location is 2 hours after finishing or the time limit has expired (reference RRS 61.3).
The time and place of protest hearings, if any, will be posted on gpsc.org. The intention is to get them up within 48 hours of the completion of each race.
Each series standing will be determined by the “QuickScore” Race Scoring Program utilizing its high point scoring method and calculations for race results and tie breaking. Awarded for each race:
STARTING and FINISHING:
EACH BOAT DEFEATED:
DSQ, DNF, OCS, BFD, DNE:
0 Points: but count as boats defeated for the purpose of scoring other boats in the race.
Points will be totaled separately for Spring and Summer Race Series.
There will be one throw-out race per race series. Races canceled by the race committee do not count as a throw-out unless there are 2 or more canceled in a series in which case all races not canceled will be scored.
DSQ’s cannot be thrown out.
The race with the lowest point score for the individual racer will be used as the throw out.
Races canceled for any reason will reduce the total number of series races by one for each cancellation.
Ties for awards will be resolved using “QuickScore” Race Scoring Program, high point system. This changes RRS A8.
For each class in a series; First, Second, and Third place flags will be awarded.
Retiring from the race
A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible. The race committee operates on Channel 68 and can be contacted on this channel when able to do so, pending performance of other tasks.
The Race Committee communicates with the Mark Set and Patrol Boats on Channel 68. The start sequence countdown may be broadcast on this channel. GPSC Sundown Series SI 6.4 still applies in all cases.
Changes, Errors, Omissions
Monitor GPSC.org Sundown Series race page in the race section of the website for changes to the Sailing Instructions (SI) to correct errors or omissions in the original SI document. Changes to class splits may occur up until the week of the first race but not thereafter due to late registrations. Report errors and omissions, or direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waiver of Liability
Refer to RRS Appendix K, paragraph 20 and Appendix L, instruction 29. Sailing is an activity that has an inherent risk of damage and injury. Competitors in this event are participating entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race.
This is our understanding of Canadian border rules effective May 2012. When entering Canadian waters, even if only tacking in and out of Canadian waters, the Skipper of the boat must report in to Canadian authorities (cell phone is OK). However, if the boat entering Canadian waters intends to land on Canadian soil, the Skipper would contact Canadian authorities upon landing.
U.S. authorities do not seem unduly interested in boats sailing around in Canadian waters unless you meet another boat, anchor in Canadian waters, sail into Canadian canals or approach closely to the Canadian shore. A prudent sailor will check with authorities. Boarder policies and interpretations seem to be in flux.