Racing Rules 2014
1 Racing will take place under the current International Yacht Racing Rrules (IYRR) the prescription of the RYA. A minimum of 2 boats will constitute a race. The points series shall be scored as per the RYA low points system.
2 Each boat may discard one race in every four completed races.
3 Both the Line Honours Cup and the Handicap Cups will be presented to the respective winning boats overall. This is to be judged on a minimum 4 races as per the wishes of the presenters, Alan Abbott and Chris Scanes (Overall Handicap Cup). Future club members are asked to take note of this particular request should the subject of presentation ever come up for discussion.
4 Each race should normally last between 1 and one and a half hours. One round of the course must be completed by the leading boat to constitute a race. A race may be finished at the completion of one round, or at any subsequent mark of the course. Once the leading boat has crossed the finishing line, the other boats still racing must cross the finishing line within 30 minutes, otherwise they will score points as the last boat to finish +1. For the purposes of the handicap series, positions will be worked out on a proportional basis of the last completed round for all boats still racing at the time limit.
5 Races will be held on Monday evenings: in normal circumstances the warning signal will be sounded at 18.25hrs. Any devision regarding prior abandonment due to adverse weather conditions shall not be taken before 17.00hrs. It is the responsibility of the Race Officer to decide whether conditions are suitable to race, and if so, to set the course. This decision must be taken by 18.00hrs, or at the discretion of the Race Officer, by 18.30hrs at the latest.
6 At the preparatory signal - stop auxiliary propulsion, boat is now under racing rules.
7 No tiller waggling except to assist in going about.
8 Minimum crew - skipper and for'd hand.
9 Liability. A boat is entirely responsible for its own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility. It is for the boat to decide whether it is fit to sail in the conditions in which it will find itself. By launching or going to sea, the boat confirms that it is fit for those conditions and that its crew is competent to sail and compete in them. The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £3M. And a declaration form supplied by the club must be signed to this effect by each owner and returned to the Hon. Sec. before the first race. Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, starters, patrol boats and beach masters. The provision of patrol boats does not relieve the boat of its responsibilities.
10 All helms must be signed on, declaring all crew members, and also sign off within 1 hour of finishing or retiring.
11 When the red & yellow flag is hoisted at the clubhouse, the patrol boat should be in attendance. The patrol boat should be launched before any competitors. Competitors shall wear life-jackets or other personal buoyancy at all times.
12 All helms and crew must be paid up members of the Beer Luggers Club and paid up members of Beer Sailing Club. Temporary membership is available at no charge for participation in a single race; subsequently full membership fees must be paid.
13 Handicap Series to run concurrently with the "First over the Line Series".
14 All boats racing must display a number at least 350mm in height and 250mm in width on the mizzen. The number must be clearly legible either in black or white, depending on the cloth used for the sail.
15 All boats must carry VHF radios and sufficient buoyancy to prevent sinking. Radio check contact must be made with the race office before racing commences on channel M.
16 All cup races sailed on Monday evenings count towards the points series. (Line, General Handicap and Silver series). Cups will be awarded using the handicap system.
17 Pursuit Races are based on a time of one and a half hours, and will count towards the points series .*
18 On Bank Holiday Mondays two races will be sailed back to back - each race counting separately towards the points series.
19 Fot the purposes of awarding a handicap number to a new or radically altered boat she must first compete in 3 club races.
20 In the event of a capsize:
a/ all boats shall cease racing, lower sails and render assistance as coordinated by thye patrol boat
b/ points/positions will be calculated on the basis of completed rounds of the course: i.e. if at least one round has been completed by all boats then a result should be taken on the last round completed as per rule 4.
21 Protest time limit
Any protest to be delivered to the race office within one hour of the last boat in the race finishing, but the protest committee may extend the time if there is good reason. Protest forms are available at the race office.
NB Where conflict may arise, these rules shall override all previous rules, and any disputes will be settled by the committee
* Amended re Skippers' meeting 28th April 2014