CHANGES TO THE RACING RULES OF SAILING AND HSC SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 2021-24
The new RRS for 2021 - 2024 came into force on the 1st January 2021. Most of the changes are to consolidate and clarify the previous rules but there are two that may have more impact on racing at Haversham and they are:
Definitions – It is clarified that a boat crosses the start and finish line when any part of her hull crosses rather than hull crew or equipment as was the case previously.
Rule 41 Outside Help – The right to protest if it is felt that a boat gains advantage from being helped is removed on safety grounds. Here is a link to a useful uTube video explaining the changes https://youtu.be/rY_PCJBsztk or for more detail of the changes see the RYA website.
HSC Sailing Instructions have also been updated to take into account rule changes and to clarify and assist competitors and race officials at Haversham in particular:
11.6 – The start sequence for the new short races on Bank Holiday Mondays is explained.
11.13 – The starting area for the purposes of scoring Did Not Start (DNS) as opposed to Did Not Compete (DNC) - DNS attracts less points than DNC (see 16.3) – has been defined as well as the requirement on the competitor to mark on the signing on sheet that this has happened.
13.3 – The Race Officer has discretion to finish slower boats without displaying the shortened course flag so that faster boats can continue for another lap. The Q (yellow) flag will be displayed but there will be no sound signal.
17.6 – In certain conditions Lasers can sail with their rudders half way up i.e. when the wind is less than 10 knots and there is floating weed.