Sailing Instructions

Updated: 08/12/2021
  1. RULES
    1. The race will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).
    2. The following rule will be changed:
    3. The Race Committee (RC) will use VHF channel 72 to communicate to competitors. Failure to make any broadcast or failure to hear any broadcast will not be grounds for redress. This changes RRS 62.1.
    4. If there is a conflict between the Notice Of Race (NOR) and the Sailing Instructions (SIs), the Sailing Instructions shall take precedence.
  2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
    1. Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board at the Waukegan Yacht Club (WYC) and The Milwaukee Yacht (MYC) Club. Notices will also be posted on Regatta Networks. (www.regattanetworks.com)
  3. CHANGES TO THE SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 1200 on the day before the race at both clubs and on Regatta Networks.
  4. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
    1. Signals made ashore will also be noted on the Regatta Networks Website.
    2. When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 60 minutes’ in the race signal AP.
  5. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
    1. Date Event Time
      Thurs., 8/12/21 Online Registration Ends 2359 (CDT)
      Fri., 8/13/21 Dockside Grill (Burgers, Brats, Hotdogs) 1300-1600 (CDT)
      Fri., 8/13/21 Club Opens/Check In (WYC) 1630 to 2200 (CDT)
      Fri., 8/13/21 Welcome Dinner (WYC) 1830-1930 (CDT)
      Fri., 8/13/21 Live DJ (WYC- Bar) 1900-2200 (CDT)
      Fri., 8/13/21 Skippers/New Racers Meeting (WYC Restaurant-west) 2000 (CDT)
      Sat., 8/14/21 Coffee available (WYC-Restaurant) 0600 (CDT)
      Sat., 8/14/21 Grab-N-Go Breakfast (WYC-Restaurant) 0630-0730 (CDT)
      Sat., 8/14/21 Late Check in (WYC) 0630 to 0730 (CDT)
      Sat., 8/14/21 1st Warning, Short-Hand Fleet 0755 (CDT)
      Sat., 08/14/21 1st Warning, Cruising Fleet 0800 (CDT)
      Sat., 08/14/21 1st Warning PHRF 2 0805 (CDT)
      Sat., 08/14/21 1st Warning PHRF 1 0810 (CDT)
      Sun 08/15/21 Awards at Milwaukee Yacht Club 0830 to 1000 (CDT)
  6. CLASS FLAGS
    1. The Class flag used in accordance with RRS 26.
      1. Short Handed Fleet shall be numeral pennant “4”.
      2. Cruising Fleet shall be numeral pennant “3”.
      3. PHRF 2 shall be numeral pennant “2”.
      4. PHRF 1 shall be numeral pennant “1”.
  7. RACING AREA
    1. The racing area will be in the waters of Lake Michigan between Waukegan, and Milwaukee, WI.
  8. THE COURSE
    1. The course will be a port-to-port configuration. The course diagram is included on the last page of this document.
    2. The course will be from the Waukegan Start Line, R18, R16, R 14 and G1 to Port to the Milwaukee finish line.
  9. MARKS
    1. The starting marks will be the staff displaying an orange flag on the RC signal vessel and the Green Shoal buoy.
    2. The coordinates of the WYC RC signal boat and that buoy will be approximately N42º 27’ W86º 40’. The RC signal boat will be to the starboard side of the buoy.

      Milwaukegan Starting line

      Milwaukegan Starting line

    3. The finish line will be marked by a staff displaying a blue flag on the RC finish vessel and the North Gap of the Milwaukee Harbor. The coordinates of the RC Finish Boat will be N43º 02.68, W87º 52.64”. The RC signal boat will be to Starboard and the North Gap will be to Port.

      Milwaukegan Finish line

      Milwaukegan Finish line

  10. THE START
    1. Races will be started by using RRS 26 with the warning signal made 5 minutes before the starting signal.
    2. A boat that does not start within ten (10) minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start (DNS) without a hearing. This changes RRS A4 and A5.
    3. Recalls will be signaled in accordance to RRS 29.1 and 29.2. If a boat is identified, the Race Committee will attempt to broadcast her sail number on VHF channel 72. Any errors or omissions of these broadcasts or failure to hear them shall not constitute grounds for granting redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
  11. THE FINISH
    1. The finish line will be located immediately east of the North Gap to Milwaukee Harbor. The line itself will be between an anchored boat, which will have a flashing white light and a large blue finish flag, and a point on the north leg of the US Government pier which forms the northern most point of the “North Gap” into Milwaukee harbor. The coordinates are as described above (9.2).
    2. Competitors shall call in to RC on Channel 72 when approximately one half (0.5) mile from Finish. RC may or may not acknowledge the call.
    3. Competitors shall note finish time on finish report along with name of boat in front and behind (if known) and deliver the finish report in at the Race Committee at The Milwaukee Yacht Club when checking in. Failure to deliver the finish report to Race Committee may result in disqualification.
    4. If the finish boat IS NOT on station, each boat shall take its own time, as instructed above and report that time to Race Committee when submitting the finish report.
  12. PENALTY SYSTEM
    1. If a boat acknowledges that they have broken a rule of Part 2 or RRS 31 while racing, that boat will have an additional 15 minutes added to her actual elapsed time. Taking this scoring penalty must be recorded on the official finish log (attached).
  13. TIME LIMIT
    1. The time limit for the race will be 20-hours after the designated start time of PHRF 1.
    2. Boats failing to finish within time limit will be scored Did Not Finish (DNF) without a hearing. This changes RRS 35 and 63.1.
  14. PROTEST AND REQUEST FOR REDRESS
    1. Protest forms are available at The Milwaukee Yacht Club and shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.
    2. The protest time limit is one hour after the finish of the protesting boat. No protest will be accepted more than one after the last boat has finished.