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Sailing Instructions


(Open meetings and externally organised regattas taking place at Bartley S.C. shall be covered

by separate sailing instructions)


1.1 Bartley Sailing Club implements the RYA Racing Charter and sailors are required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter, details of which can be found at the front of the RYA Rule Book (Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024) and on the RYA Website: (

1.2 All racing will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024

1.3 If there is a conflict between the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions then these sailing instructions shall prevail.


2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the designated official notice board in the clubhouse or on the blackboard located at the OOD hut. Supporting verbal announcements may be made in the clubhouse.


3.1 Any changes to sailing instructions will be posted on the notice board or the blackboard located at the OOD hut not less than 15 minutes before the start of the race.

3.2 Changes to the schedule of races are made at the discretion of the OOD and should only be made as a consequence of the prevailing weather conditions with agreement with participants. Race timings should be honoured where possible so participants who attend at certain times for certain races still have the opportunity to race. No race should start before the published start time.These changes should be clearly marked on the sign on sheet to enable accurate recording of placings. Where possible the schedule in the Calendar should be honoured.


4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the flag mast in front of the OOD hut

4.2 When flag AP is displayed ashore, '1 minute' is replaced with 'not less than 6 minutes' in the race signal AP.

4.3 Signals made afloat will be made from a committee boat.


5.1 The schedule of racing will be published in the club calendar on the Bartley Sailing Club website Bartley S.C. The Sailing Committee is the organising authority for races taking place at weekends only.

5.3 Races and series organised by participants with authorisation from the Bartley S.C. sailing committee shall be published in the club calendar on the Bartley Sailing Club website series shall be scheduled but not organised by Bartley S.C. (e.g. Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday evenings).


6.1 The Class flag for single start Handicap and Pursuit races shall be Numeral Pennant 8

6.2 When there are 12 or more boats starting a handicap race the start may be split into a fast and a slow fleet.Any fleet of boats in excess of 4 boats may have a separate fleet start at the discretion of the OOD. The Class flag for the fast fleet shall Numeral Pennant 8 , and the class flag for the slow fleet shall be Numeral Pennant 1

6.2 For Handicap races with a separate Junior / Novice start the Class Flag for Junior / Novice shall be Numeral Pennant 2


7.1 The racing area will be Bartley Reservoir, Bartley Sailing Club, 101 Genners Lane, Birmingham B32 3NU.


8.1 The course, the start and finish line (for handicap races only) and the number of laps for handicap races and the race duration for pursuit races will be shown on the course board outside the OOD hut.

8.2 Alternatively, the course and number of laps may be shown on the committee boat using numerals with background colours indicating the side on which mark is to be rounded (red for port, green for starboard) and displayed in the order in which marks are to be passed. In this case, for handicap races, the number of laps will be shown by a numeral on a white background.

8.3 In the event of a conflict between diagrammatic indication of the course and the alphanumeric list of marks to be rounded shown on the course-board, the diagrammatic indication will take precedence.

8.4 Courses will be displayed at least 10 minutes before the start.


9.1 Marks are numbered numerically anticlockwise around the reservoir perimeter from 0 to 8, and down the centre of the reservoir from A to C as indicated on Fig 1 below.

9.2 The location of marks is shown on the course board. The even numbered buoys are orange, uneven are blue, A B and C are black, 0 is green.


10.1 Areas identified by a hazard sign (!) in Fig 1 below are designated as obstructions.

10.2 Areas close to the south west and south east shore line that may from time to time be roped and buoyed to facilitate a process of barley straw treatment by Severn Trent will be considered obstructions.

Fig 1: Identified Hazards and Indicative Racing Mark locations


11.1 A minimum of 3 craft with recognised class start time must start a race to constitute a start. The craft must cross the start line following their start signal and within 3 minute.

11.2 Races will be started by using RRS rule 26 to designate the starting time of the first fleet.

11.3 The cut off between fast and slow fleets for handicap racing is posted in the OOD hut.

11.4 All Races shall be started per RRS 26 using Flag P for the preparatory visual signal.

11.5 For handicap races with 2 or more fleet starts the class flag for the second and subsequent fleet shall be raised at the start for the previous fleet to denote 2 minute warning of that fleet's start.

11.6 For Pursuit race starts a sequence of sound signals for major classes start times will provide guidance for individual competitors.

11.7 The start times for classes in Pursuit races are as indicated on the class starting time list in the OOD hut. The list will be amended from time to time.

11.6 Sound signals will be per RRS rule 26 for the start. Subsequent sound signals will denote class starts for both pursuit and handicap fleets.

11.7 The number of fleet starts for a handicap race shall be posted on the noticeboard by the OOD hut 15 minutes before the start. The start shall be a 'single' start if there is no information indicating otherwise.

11.8 Boats whose start signal is not next shall keep clear of the starting area

11.9 Start lines will be described on the course board for shore based starts and will be defined and communicated by the OOD for water based starts.

11.10 Start and finish lines will be the same point on the course if average lap Handicap races are to be run.


12.1 For Pursuit races: moving line passing through the committee boat at right angles to the leg of the course, which the committee boat is traversing. There will be a sound signal at the end of the race and code flag "F" will be flown . All boats must maintain their position relative to the boats in front and behind when the finish signal is made. A second sound signal will be made and the code flag "F" dropped when the Race Officer has recorded the finish position of every boat. If boats peel away before the second sound signal they will be recorded as Did Not Finish

12.2 For Handicap races: A shore-based finish line will be between the flagstaff or an orange post-mounted triangle outside the race office and a nearby buoy or a transit thereof. The finish line will be described on the course board. A water-based finish line will be between a point (Flag or crew member) on the committee boat determined by the OOD and a mark of the course, or a mark laid for that purpose.


13.1 A boat that may have broken a rule of Part 2 (Fair Sailing) or rule 31 (Touching a Mark) and not taken a penalty per rule 44.1 or 44.2 may, after finishing the race concerned and before the start of a related protest hearing, notify the race committee that she accepts a 20% scoring penalty as stated in rule 44.3(c), (the minimum penalty is two places if that does not result in a score worse than DNF). This penalty does not reverse an OCS score, a disqualification under rule 30.3 or a penalty under Appendix P. It is not available for a breach of rule 2 or of class rules or for gross misconduct under rule 69. Nor is it available to a boat that caused injury or serious damage, or gained a significant advantage by her breach: in these circumstances, her penalty is to retire.

13.2 When an Exoneration Penalty is accepted: (a) Neither the boat nor a protest committee may then revoke or remove the penalty.


14.1 Protests must be made in writing in sufficient detail or the appropriate form obtainable from the Race Officer and must be handed to the Race Officer within 40 minutes of the time the last boat finishes the relevant race. This changes RRS rule 61.3

14.2 Protests may be conducted with the additional step of arbitration following the arbitration process outlined in Appendix T of the RRS. The arbitration shall be chaired by such nominated individuals from the list published on the club notice board.

14.3 It is the responsibility of the Protestor to inform the Protestee of their intent to protest at the earliest reasonable opportunity, including after the Protestee has finished the race (i.e. as soon as both parties have returned to shore). All parties involved in the protest are expected to remain on site until the Officer of the Day (Race Officer) has confirmed they are free to depart.

14.4 Where possible the arbitration should take place at the end of the day's racing, and subject to the approval of all parties, on club property. This is to ensure facts are not forgotten and to provide a learning experience to others in the club on rules and how they are applied. This requirement is in addition to section 61.1 of the RRS.


15.1 The series scoring used will be the RRS Appendix A4 Low Point System

15.2 There will be 3 separate series run on Saturday: Handicap 1, Pursuit, Handicap 2. Handicap 1 will include the Junior / Novice fleet. There will be a single Sunday Series. The number of races to be count for a series is 50% of the races sailed in each series (rounded down)

15.3 There will be 4 'End of Series Regattas'. Each club regatta will be a standalone event comprising two Pursuit races. Both races will count for the regatta with no discard.

15.4 A boat that did not start or was disqualified shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats entered in the series.

15.5 A boat that did not finish or retired after starting, shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats entered in the race. Any boat that abuses this scoring by taking to the water with no intention to complete the race and only to benefit from the preferential scoring shall be classified as having gained significant advantage by this breach. The penalty shall be disqualification from the race and an award of the scoring outlined in 16.4. This changes RRS A4.2.

15.6 Club races, regattas, and series organised by participants with authorisation from the Bartley S.C. sailing committee (including but not limited to Wednesday afternoon and Tuesday evening) shall be scored by the nominated series, race, or regatta organiser (nominated by participants).


16.1 Prize giving for the race series will be at the corresponding 'End of Series Regatta' per the club calendar on the Bartley Sailing Club website

16.2 Prizes will be awarded for the Saturday Handicap 1 Series, Saturday Pursuit Series, Saturday Handicap 2 Series, Sunday Series, and End of Series Regatta at a minimum for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Fleet prizes will be organised by fleet captains as appropriate.

16.3 Prizes for Series organised by participants (Wednesday afternoon and Tuesday evening series per Club calendar) shall be managed by the respective fleets and participants.


17.1 Competitors participate in the series or event entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The organising authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the race or regatta.


18.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third party insurance with a minimum cover of £3,000,000 against third party claims.


Last updated 08:16 on 2 May 2024

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