September League 2011 – Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions

Sunday 4th  to25th September

FG: 11:00 hrs

(Note: Two race’s will be held on the 18th September)



 Cruisers All Classes and White Sail 

Start Area: Eastern Bank/Refinery / Committee Boat

VHF Channel 69


1              The Organising Authority [OA] is COVE SAILING CLUB (CSC)



1              The series will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the Prescriptions of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA), IRC and ECHO handicapping system Rules, the Rules of SCORA, Class Association Rules where applicable, this Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.

2              ECHO handicaps will be taken from the current SCORA handicap lists.

3              The White Sail classes will be scored under ECHO ONLY.

4              IRC certificates shall be ENDORSED.

5              This is a CATEGORY C event [ISAF REG 20].  Competitors may be required to carry advertising for Event Sponsors.



1              The race is an OPEN event.

2              Race 2 results for the CSC September League will be taken from the Cobh to Blackrock Race


A4            SAFETY

The safety of a boat and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the person in charge who must do his best to ensure that the yacht is fully found, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by an experienced crew who have undergone appropriate training and are physically fit and properly clothed to face bad weather. The person in charge must be satisfied as to the soundness of hull, steering equipment, spars, rigging, sails and all gear. He must ensure that all safety equipment is properly maintained and stowed and that the crew knows where it is kept and how it is to be used.  The person in charge accepts that the responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is his alone.  Neither these regulations nor any action of the organizing authority in any way limits or reduces the complete and unlimited responsibility of the owner or the person in charge.

No anchor shall be carried forward of the stem or with any part outboard whilst racing.



Boats not in their starting sequence shall avoid the area of the start line and shall not hinder boats preparing to start.  The Protest Committee may penalise a boat for failing to comply with this Sailing Instruction with a score of its discretion, including DNC.


A6            Classes and CLASS FLAGS

A boat shall prominently display its correct class flag from its backstay at all times while racing. A boat not doing so may be scored DNF, this changes RRS A5.


     Class                                   Parameters                             Class Flag

1          IRC/ ECHO          TCF 0.980 and above                             Numeral Pennant 1

2          IRC/ECHO           TCC 0.920 to 0.979.                               Numeral Pennant 2

3          IRC/ECHO           TCC 0.919 to 0.865                                 Numeral Pennant 3

4          IRC/ECHO           TCC 0.864 and below                             Numeral Pennant 4

White Sail    Echo                   No Spinnikar                                                          White with W

The OA reserves the right to place any boat in any class it deems appropriate. The OA also reserves the right to combine classes if numbers of entries does not justify separate classes.


1              Changes in Sailing Instructions and/or Notices to Competitors will be posted on the Cove SC website <

2              Changes to these Sailing Instructions will be posted not later than 1130 on the day of the race.


A9            MARKS AND COURSES.

1              Courses will be” around the cans” and  may  be taken from the Harbour Course Card.

2              Courses will be given on CH 69.



1              The START line shall be formed by the committee boat and a navigation buoy or a yellow mark.

2              The committee boat is a mark of the course at the start and finish of the race.

3              A buoy may be laid off the committee boat; no boat shall pass between this buoy and the committee boat at any time


A11          ORDER OF STARTS

1              Starts will be in accordance with RRS 26.

2              The order of starts will be:

CLASS Order First Gun
Cruisers Class1 and 2 1st 11.00
Cruisers Class 3 and 4 2nd asap
White Sail 3rd asap

3              In the event of a general recall the class/es recalled will be the last class to start.

4              Depending on numbers   classes may be started separately or in any combination up to  all-in. This will be announced on VHF CH 69


A12          LATE STARTING

A boat starting later than 10 minutes after her starting signal shall be scored DNS; this changes RRS A4.1


A13          TIME LIMITS

The time limit shall be 14.00 hrs. Any boat that finishes after the time limit will be scored DNF. This amends RRS 35.



The scoring system shall be the Low Point System in accordance with RRS Appendix A with the following modifications for SCORA Cruiser classes:

1.1           OCS, RNF, DNF, DSQ, = 1 point plus number of finishers for the race.

1.2           DNS & DNC = 2 points plus number of finishers for the race.

1.3           There will be one discard if 5 or more races are run.



1              Competitors are reminded of the requirement under RRS 44.3 to notify the committee boat of having taken an alternative penalty before leaving the finish area.

2              In addition to the requirements under RRS 61 yachts must draw the attention of the Committee Boat to an intention to protest before leaving the finish area.


A16          PROTESTS

1              All protests shall be lodged only on official Protest Forms, which will be available  Cove SC at the Marlogue Inn.

2              Protests shall be lodged to the od as soon as possible and in any case not later than 30 minutes after the last yacht in the class finishes its race unless the Protest Committee has reason to extend this time.  This changes RRS 61.3

3              It is the responsibility of the PROTESTOR to inform the PROTESTEE of the lodging of the protest, the likely time and place of the hearing and to supply him with a copy thereof.  It is the responsibility of all parties thereafter to attend at the time and place of any                 hearing with their witnesses.



1              Competitors are advised to keep a listening watch on VHF Channel 69 where information relevant to racing may be broadcast. Should this information be broadcast, it shall not constitute outside assistance and shall not be the subject of any protest. Failure to broadcast this information shall not be the basis for any claim for redress.

2              Competitors who retire from a race shall inform the Race Committee promptly by radio on VHF Channel 69.



No responsibility will be accepted by COVE SAILING CLUB, its members, servants or agents, nor those officials or members connected with the event for any loss, damage, injury or other claim of whatever nature howsoever arising or caused in connection with participation in, or intended participation in, this event. Owner’s shall acknowledge their responsibility on the official Entry Form and draw attention of their crew and associates to this disclaimer.


A19          INSURANCE

Boat owners and crew shall ensure that they are adequately insured against loss, damage or injury to persons, boats or equipment at all times and however occurring and shall maintain adequate third party insurance cover and shall produce a valid certificate of insurance upon request.

A20          PRIZEGIVING

There will be a prizegiving in Malogue Inn after the last race of the series on Sunday 25thSeptember.