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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 2.0 Eligibility
- The Race Committee may declare any boat ineligible at its sole
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
"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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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