FRIDAY, 26 August
SATURDAY, 27 August
SUNDAY, 28 August
The Organizing Authority and Race Committee reserve the right to modify the above schedule depending on weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstance.
SAILING INSTRUCTIONS PART 2
Due to the size, lack of manoeuvrability and other constraints with superyachts, ISAF has allowed changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) that will enhance safe racing at the Newport Bucket Regatta. They come in the form of changes to four definitions and one rule. One of the important safety initiatives presented is maintaining a minimum of 40 meters separation between boats. This 40 meter separation includes all mark roundings as well as meeting, passing, and crossing situations. Due to the dynamics of boats under sail, a precise measurement of 40 meters can be difficult. If questions arise, they should be resolved via VHF bridge to bridge communication. The event organizer expects best efforts with compliance and good sportsmanship in maintaining minimum separation.
1 THE RULES
1.2 In accordance with RRS 86.2, ISAF has approved the changes to the RRS definitions Keep Clear, Mark-Room, Room, and Zone, and RRS 17 as shown herein.
1.3 Changes to the Definitions of the Racing Rules of Sailing
1.4 Change to RRS rule 17
1.5 The prescriptions of US SAILING will not apply except its prescriptions to rules 68 (Damages), 76.1 (Exclusion of Boats or Competitors), and Appendix F (Procedures for Appeals and Requests), and its prescription at rule 76.3 (Exclusion of Boats or Competitors).
1.6 The responsibility for a boat's decision to participate in a race or continue racing is hers alone. Boats must give way to commercial shipping using the port and its approaches.
1.7 In the event of a discrepancy between the Announcement of Regatta and the Sailing Instructions, the Sailing Instructions take precedence. This changes rule 63.7.
2 EVENT CLASSIFICATION AND ADVERTISING
2.1. Boats may display advertising in accordance with ISAF Regulation 20, Advertising Code. Boats shall display Event Advertising in compliance with ISAF Regulation 20 and as detailed in these Sailing Instructions.
2.2 Boats are responsible to inform advertisers that no activities advertising any brand will be permitted ashore within the Newport Shipyard Marina without the consent in writing of the Organizing Authority obtained before the start of the regatta.
3 AMENDMENTS AND NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
3.2 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board.
3.3 Oral changes to the sailing instructions may be given on the water by hail on the race committee VHF Channel in accordance with rule 90.2 (c).
4 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
4.2 The race committee will broadcast its intent on the race committee VHF channel at 1000.
4.3 Race Signal flag “AP” (Answering Pennant) means “race not started is postponed”. The warning signal will be made 60 minutes after removal unless at that time the race is postponed again or abandoned. This changes RRS Race Signals.
5 SCHEDULE OF RACES / PROGRAM
5.2 The scheduled time for the warning signal each day is 1200.
5.3 The event program can be found in Part 1 of these Sailing Instructions.
6.2 Class flags shall be displayed on the backstay at least six feet above deck at all times while the boat is racing. If such display is not feasible, class flags shall be displayed from the stern pulpit. The Les Gazelles des Mers class will use Pennant #1, the Les Grandes Dames des Mers class will use Pennant #2 and the Les Elegantes des Mers will use Pennant #3.
7 SAFETY OFFICER
7.2 The Safety Officer must be a member of the afterguard whose primary responsibility will be collision avoidance and have no other responsibility above and beyond safety related matters (collision avoidance, safety communication and navigation).
7.3 The Safety Officer will be responsible for communications on the Bridge to Bridge Safety Channel (refer to SI 22.2) and any other communications which enhance the safety of the boat.
7.4 The Safety Officer must attend all pre race briefings and will be responsible for ensuring the Course Log, Safe Racing and Declaration Forms are properly filled out and returned to the Race Office as soon as practical following racing.
8.2 There will also be daily, pre-race briefings each morning at 0930 at the Newport Shipyard Marquee. The race course, weather and any safety issues will be addressed. Starting time options, Course Log, Safe Racing & Penalty Declaration Forms and Kattack GPS units will be distributed.
9 COURSE LOG AND DECLARATION FORM AND KATTACK GPS
9.2 The Kattack portable GPS unit is to be attached to each boat prior to arriving in the starting area (separate instructions in Exhibit 5). It is the race committee’s intent to distribute the units on the day prior to racing to allow the boat to mount correctly and test. The Kattack GPS unit and completed, signed Declaration Form are to be submitted to the Race Office as soon as practical after racing, but no later than 2 hours after each boat finishes racing.
9.3 The portable GPS unit will track the boat’s course each day. After racing, each boat’s track will be uploaded, providing an accurate record of course sailed and proximity to other boats. The Race Committee will thus, have a comprehensive record of every crossing, rounding or passing situation and be able to monitor the 40 meter minimum separation. Any boat not returning their GPS unit by the deadline each day will not be scored.
10 USE OF ENGINES AND THRUSTERS
10.2 A boat that puts her engine in gear or uses her thruster at any time after four minutes prior to her individual start, must submit a written declaration of “engine use” to the Race Office as soon as practical after racing, stating the time the engine was in gear or thruster used, the reason for using it, and any potential competitive gain.
10.3 The race committee will review all declarations on engine and thruster use to determine whether use was appropriate and if there was competitive gain. The use of engine or thruster at any time shall not be ground for protest by another boat. This changes RRS 60.1.
11 RACING AREA / START LOCATION
12 TURNING MARKS, BUOYS AND COURSES
13 THE START
13.2 The starting area will extend 200 meters on either side of the starting line and 400 meters on the pre-start side of the line. Boats which are not within 5 minutes of their start shall stay clear of the starting area.
13.3 The starting line will be between an orange flag on the race committee signal boat and a large orange inflatable tetrahedron approximately 0.5nm WNW of Castle Hill.
13.4 A yellow inflatable tetrahedron ‘keep off buoy’ may be anchored adjacent to, or tethered to the stern of, the race committee boat. This buoy is considered to be part of the committee boat and boats shall not pass between the keep off buoy and the committee boat.
13.5 The start time for the first boat in fleet is scheduled for 1205 each day. Starting time options for all boats will be distributed at the daily pre-race briefing. The start times will be staggered at not less than 1 minute intervals. A sound signal will be made for each start and the Race Committee will attempt to broadcast countdowns for each start. The absence of visual signals shall be disregarded.
13.6 Boats with more than 5 minutes to their start shall stay clear of the “starting area” (as defined in Sailing Instructions 13.2).
13.7 Rule 26 is changed to:
A boat’s preparatory signal is 4 minutes prior to its scheduled start. Apart from the first starter, there will be no visual or sound signals for the individual preparatory signals. Apart from the first starter, there will be no visual signal for individual starts. The Race Committee will attempt to broadcast countdowns for each start on the Race Committee VHF Channel.
15 CHANGING THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE
16 THE FINISH
16.2 A sound signal will be made for each finishing boat.
17 THE RACE COMMITTEE BOATS
18.2 A boat shall not take a Two-Turns Penalty. This modifies rules 44.1 and 44.2.
18.3 The Scoring Penalty as provided in Rule 44.3 shall apply except that Rule 44.3(c) is deleted and replaced with the following: “44.3 (c). The elapsed time for a boat that takes a Scoring Penalty shall be the elapsed time she would have been allocated without that penalty increased by 3%. If she takes more than one Scoring Penalty in a race, her elapsed time will be increased by 3% for each Scoring Penalty taken.”
18.5 The jury may impose a penalty less than disqualification (including no penalty) in the event of a breach of a rule other than a rule of Part 2. This changes Rule 64.1.
18.6 A boat shall declare any penalties on the Course Log, Safe Racing and Penalty Declaration Form.
18.7 If the Event Organizer receives corroborative or substantiated reports of a boat being handled in any unsafe or unsportsmanlike manner, they may excuse the boat from that race, the regatta or future Bucket Regattas. Alternatively, the Safety Officer and/or Racing Tactician may be excused from the regatta or future regattas.
18.8 In the event of a collision, the Event Organizer shall not be compelled by any authority to convene a hearing and/or render a third party opinion as to which boat is at fault. Nor shall they be required to give evidence or disclose any documentation for any civil hearing. Any claim for damages arising from an incident while a boat is bound by the Sailing Instructions shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts, according to applicable Civil and Admiralty laws.
19.2 The boats’ tacticians are expected to meet immediately following the racing to discuss and resolve any minor safety issues, sportsmanship, and issues pertaining to competitive advantage. If a competitor feels grievously wronged and insists on a protest hearing, this course of action may be pursued.
19.3 Protests shall be made in accordance with RRS 60 and 61.
19.4 Protest forms are available at the Race Office and the completed Protest Form shall be lodged there within 90 minutes after the last boat has finished.
19.5 Schedule of hearings will be posted on the official notice board as soon as possible. Protests shall be heard as soon as possible in approximately the order received. All persons involved in the hearings shall remain in the vicinity of the Jury Room.
19.6 It is the boat's representative’s sole responsibility to check the protest notices at the end of the protest filing time to see if she is cited in a protest.
20.2 The Low Point System RRS Appendix A will apply. There will be no discard.
20.3 Decisions concerning course distance, wind strength and direction are the responsibility of the race committee and are not grounds for request for redress. This amends RRS 62.
21 SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
21.2 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee boat by hailing or on the race committee VHF channel before leaving the race area, or the Race Office as soon as practical.
22 COMMUNICATION (VHF RADIO / MOBILE PHONES / AIS)
22.2 The Bridge to Bridge Safety Channel is VHF 17. All boats must maintain an active radio watch on VHF 17 from their approach to the starting area until departing the finish area following the race. This channel should be used in close quarters to determine other boat’s intentions, resolve confusion and assist with collision avoidance. If VHF 17 is congested, boats may also use race committee VHF channel 73 for collision avoidance. Boats hailed by another boat must respond.
22.3 Back up to the VHF Channels will be mobile phone communications. All competitors will be provided with a list of mobile phone numbers for each boat’s Boat Captain and Safety Tactician. Telephone communication is strongly encouraged when the VHF safety Channel is in use.
22.4 Boats equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) are required to operate their AIS system from the time they approach the starting area until departing the finishing area following the race. This can assist in maintaining safe separation between boats and collision avoidance.
23.3 Series awards for first, second and third place will be presented for the Les Gazelles des Mers, Les Grandes Dames des Mers, Les Elegantes des Mers classes, and the Les Demis des Mers sub-class.
23.4 Overall awards for the fleet for first, second and third place will be presented.
23.5 Martha’s Vineyard Feeder Race first, second and third place will be presented.
23.6 Combined Martha’s Vineyard Feeder Race and Newport Races first, second and third place will be presented.
23.7 There will be special trophies awarded as well, for meritorious acts, boat handling and other notable behaviour.
24 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
25 BOTTOM LINE
Exhibits (Copies of all exhibits are available as downloadable pdfs or at the race office)
Exhibit 2 • Courses - to be posted