Event Sailing Instructions
Organized by the Nahant Dory Club
- Introduction: The Nahant Dory Club (NDC) PHRF Fleet is publishing the Sailing Instructions for the By George Race, which will be handicapped using PHRF-NE handicaps. It is a pursuit race with each boat starting on her own time in accordance with the Schedule of Starts, which is part of these Sailing Instructions. Spinnakers and or other free flying sails will be allowed if declared by 1800 on the Wednesday preceding the race. Boats using these sails will be assigned their racing handicap with an additional 10% penalty to the handicap. All cruiser/racers are eligible to enter the Race if the class of boat has a valid PHRF-NE base handicap. The date of the race will be posted on the NDC web site and e- mailed to interested sailors.
- Eligibility and Entry:
- Eligible boats may be entered for each Event by notifying, via email, Bob Cusack: firstname.lastname@example.org. This notification must be receive by 1800 on the Wednesday prior to the day of the race. Notification must include, the owner’s name, name of boat and contact information such as e-mail and phone number. The owner must also indicate if the boat has a current Performance Handicap Racing Fleet New England (PHRF-NE) certificate. If requested, owners must provide the OA with a copy of their current and valid handicap certificate(s).
- Boat owners without a current PHRF-NE certificate should indicate in their e-mail the type of boat they will be sailing, i. e. Catalina 27, C&C 25, etc. Boats without current PHRF-NE certificates will be assigned a handicap rating.
- The NDC handicapper may request additional information before assigning a handicap. All decisions on handicaps assigned to boats without a valid PHRF-NE handicap are final, and my not be appealed.
- Check-in Before the Start: All boats must check in with the RC prior to the start.
- Racing Area: Broad Sound and Boston Harbor Islands Area.
- Course: The starting line and finish line will be located in the vicinity of (A) Joe Beach Buoy between the Race Committee boat “RC“ and a portable mark. The course will start in the direction of George’s Island. Boats may round George’s Island in either a counter clock or clockwise direction and finish at the starting line in the direction from George’s Island. Each boat may choose how to get to George’s Island and which direction to round it. If a RC boat is not available, the starting line will be between “The Pilot Buoy” and the flag pole on the NDC patio. If this line is used, all boats will start leaving the “Pilot Buoy” to starboard and also finishing leaving the “Pilot Buoy” to starboard
- The Start: The race will be a pursuit race with each boat starting on her own time in accordance with the Schedule of Starts, which is an addendum to these Sailing Instructions. The official time is GPS time as read from the Race Committee signal boat’s GPS. At 1200, the warning signal (a yellow flag) will be displayed and a five-minute RRS 26 starting sequence will be conducted. At 1205, the start signal will be given for the first boat(s). After 1205, The Race Committee will sound a horn every 5 minutes using GPS time until all boats have started. The RC may use VHF 69 to communicate with starters. Start sequence modifies RRS Rule 26. A Scratch Sheet with start times for each boat will be sent to each entrant and will be posted in the Dory Club, and handed out to skipper if the RC holds a Captain's Meeting.
- Time Limit: Four (4) hours after the start of the last boat unless extended by the Race Committee. All announcements during the race will be made on VHF channel 69.
- Scoring: The By George Race is a one-race regatta using a pursuit race format. PHRF handicaps are built into each boat’s starting time. Scoring will be the order of finish within each class.
- Trophies / Prizes and Presentation: Trophies / prizes will be presented for first, second and third places. The trophy / prize presentation will be made at a date and location to be announced.
By George Race Sailing Instructions.doc