Hope Town Sailing Club, Abaco, Bahamas

Racing (Dinghies, Sunfish, 420's and Optimists) 

We are all hoping to have a good season of small boat racing despite the challenges of home repair and the absence of boats damaged by Hurricane Dorian. The schedule calls for five racing days but it can be amended if there are enough competitors to justify the scheduling of further races.

You do not have to be a Hopetown Sailing Club member and there is no entry fee to join us on Sundays at 1:00 p.m.  The location is just outside Hopetown Harbor to the north. If the number of racers is small, all classes will be started together with one series of signals.  In this case, the course for Optimists will normally be shorter than for the other classes.

Small Boat Race Schedule

Date Time High Tide Register                 
 Sunday, 01/31/2021 1:00 p.m. 9:53 Small Boat Racing
 Sunday, 02/14/2021 1:00 p.m. 9:57 Small Boat Racing
 Sunday, 02/21/2021 1:00 p.m. 3:17 Small Boat Racing
 Sunday, 03/14/2021 1:00 p.m. 9:51 Small Boat Racing
 Sunday, 03/21/2021 1:00 p.m. 2:36 Small Boat Racing


Post-Race Stand-Up

All racing skippers and their crew are invited to join club members at a Stand-Up Awards Gathering in the Clubhouse following the races (approximately at 4:00pm). This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow sailors to discuss the race, and cheer for the winners as the awards are presented.  Please bring your own refreshments.

Volunteers

To hold the races we need volunteers with outboards to assist the Race Committee as Mark Boats. Their duties shall be to place and move racing marks and act as needed to assist younger racers. To volunteer for this essential service, and enjoy a day on the water, please email the Race Committee Chairman at htsc.rc@gmail.com.

Get Ready to Race

This Winter’s Race Committee Boat, displaying an RC Flag when on station outside Hopetown Harbor will be “Turnbuckle,” a 22’ Rosborough power boat

1.0 Racing Rules

Races will be governed by the current ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing and the Prescriptions of the United States Racing Sailing Association, except where changed by the Hopetown Sailing Club's Race Committee and these specific Dinghy Sailing Instructions.

  • 2.0 Eligibility  
  • The Race Committee may declare any boat ineligible at its sole discretion.
  • 3.0 Handicaps  
  • Handicaps may be applied on the basis of waterline to boats racing in the Abaco Dinghy Fleet.
  • 4.0 Class Flags 
  • For all participating classes the class flag will be a red rectangle flag.
  • 5.0 Registration   
  • Skippers must register on the course, prior to the start of the first race, by sailing past the transom of the Committee Boat, and giving their name and sail number.
  • 6.0 Course 
  • The course will be announced by the Race Committee using a megaphone prior to the sounding and hoisting of the Warning Signal.  Sunfish and 420's will normally sail a six-leg course, of a triangle followed by windward, leeward, windward legs.  Abaco Dinghies and Optimists will normally sail a triangular course:  Windward, reach, reach, and windward to the finish.  All marks will be left to Port.
  • 6.1 Questions 
  • Questions may be asked and answered by the Race Committee at all times except during the start sequence during which time only general announcements will be made.
  • 7.0 Marks 
  • Turning marks of the course will normally be inflatable tetrahedrons.  The starting mark (outer limit buoy or Pin) normally is a round inflated ball. The "inner limit buoy" (barging buoy) is normally a round inflated ball.  Race participants shall not pass between the inner limit buoy and the Committee Boat.  If a boat fails to observe this instruction or is forced between this mark and the Committee Boat by a boat that did not break a rule, then said boat must retire.
  • 8.0 START  
  • The first race will start at 1;00pm.  The starting sequence will be conducted under Rule 26.  A Warning signal will be given five minutes before the start.  Flag and sound signals using the red flag and "I" (yellow with a black ball) flag are as follows:

SIGNAL                           FLAG                         SOUND             MINUTES TO START

 Alert                         No Flag 6 Blasts ~6 Mins.

 Warning                  Red Flag Hoisted 1 Blast 5 Mins.

Preparatory           "P" Flag Hoisted 1 Blast 4 Mins.

 One-Minute           "P" Flag Removed            1 Blast 1 Min.

  START                      Red Flag Removed        1 Blast 0 Mins.

  • Races will not be held or will be cancelled at the discretion of the Race Committee or when wind conditions average 18 mph or higher over a one-minute interval.
  • 8.1 Separate Class Starts
  • When more than one Class is participating, the warning signal for each subsequent class will be one minute after the previous start.  The order of starts for each race will be Sunfish, followed by Abaco Dinghies, then Optimists and finally the 420's.  Skippers should stay out of the starting area except during their class start sequence.
  • 8.2 Number of Races 
  • If possible, three races will be conducted for each class.  The starting sequence for Races 2 and 3 will begin with a Warning signal approximately five minutes after the last place finishes in the previous race.
  • 8.3 Starting Line   
  • The starting line will be set approximately half way up the windward leg.  The line will be between the Flagstaff from which the signals are flown, and a round mark for the pin end of the line.
  • 8.4 One Minute Rule
  • Any boat over the starting line during the one minute before its start must go around one or the other end of the starting line in order to start correctly.
  • 8.5 Penalties
  • Any boat which has broken any of the racing rules shall do a One Turn Penalty (360 degrees) as soon as possible after the infringement, to exonerate themselves from a protest or disqualification.  If the Race Committee observes an infringement of the rules, and the offending boat does not execute the One Turn Penalty, the Race Committee may disqualify the offending boat (changes Rule 44.1).
  • 9.0 Individual Recalls
  • Individual recalls will be signaled by the signal flag "X" (blue cross on white) with one sound signal.  The Race Committee will attempt to notify premature starters verbally.
  • 9.1 General Recall
  • A general recall will be signaled by the "First Substitute Pennant" (blue triangle with a yellow center), and two sound signals.  The Warning Signal for a fresh start will be made one minute after the "First Substitute Pennant" is removed, with one sound signal.
  • 10.0 The Finish
  • Boats will finish between the Flag Staff on the Race Committee Boat and the finish mark, normally an inflated round ball (usually the same mark as used as the starting mark).
  • 11.0 Postponement
  • A Postponement is signaled by the "Answering Pennant"(vertical red and white stripes) with two sound signals.  The Answering Pennant will be removed one minute before a new Warning Signal, together with one sound signal.
  • 11.1 Abandonment
  • A cancellation or abandonment is signaled by the Code Flag "N" (checkered blue and white) plus three sound signals.
  • 12.0 Safety
  • Life Jackets (personal flotation devices) shall be worn by all competitor in any dinghy race.  Failure to follow this rule will lead to the automatic disqualification of the offending skipper by the Race Committee.
  • 13.0 Disclaimer of Liability
  • Competitors participate in these races entirely at their own risk.  The Race Organizers will not accept any liability for damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the race(s).  By participating in this event, each competitor agrees to release the Race Organizers (Race Committee, Protest Committee, Host Club, Sponsors, or any other organization or official) from any and all liability associated with the competitor's participation in this event.  Rule 82 shall not apply to this event.

Sunfish Sailing Guidelines

The Club has purchased eight new Sunfish and hopes to have them available for members to sail and race.  When using a Sunfish the following rules will be followed:

  •  The Sunfish Fleet Captain will check out the prospective sailor, who is then required to sign a "Hold Harmless Agreement."

  • At least two people must go out, either one or two Sunfish, or one Sunfish and a chase boat.
  • Each Sunfish must be skippered by a Club member or other person who has been checked out by the Sunfish Fleet Captain for competence in sailing a Sunfish, and approved by an HTSC Board Member.
  • Life Jackets must be worn.
  • Boats and sails must be put away clean, and sails rinsed with fresh water.
  • Sailors are responsible for the costs and repairs for any damage to Sunfish, Club equipment and/or another boat.  Any damage must be reported at the end of each usage to the Sunfish Fleet Captain.

2020-2021 HTSC RACE COMMITTEE

Jay Evans, Chairman

Claire Estep, Dinghies

Ted Estep, Dinghies

Hasty Evans, Cruising Class

David Hanafourde, Cruising Class

Al Hefner, Cruising Class

Di Hunter, Cruising Class

Per Save, Cruising Class

Josh Whetzel, Cruising Class


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