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August 13-15, 2012 Annisquam Yacht Club, Gloucester, MA National JO Sponsors: West Marine & Gill

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 1. RULES The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 (RRS), the rules of the Club 420, Laser, and Optimist classes, and these sailing instructions. 2 3 ELIGIBILITY Boats that have completed registration are eligible to race. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board(s) located inside the competitors tent. 4 CHANGES IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 8:30 on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 6:00 p.m. on the day before it will take effect. 5 5.1 5.2 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE Signals made ashore will be in accordance with Race Signals and will be displayed from the Annisquam Yacht Club flagpole. Flag AP with two horns (one horn when lowered) means, The race is postponed. The warning signal will be made not less than 60 minutes after AP is lowered.

SPECIAL SIGNALS For the 420 Green fleet the Race Committee has the option to display code flag V to indicate that no spinnaker may be flown. See laminated circular.

SCHEDULE OF RACES Races are scheduled as follows: Monday, 8/13 Areas A & C Area B Harbor Start First Warning Signal 11:30 12:30 approx.12:15 approx. 1:15 No Race Will Start After 4:30 4:30 No Race Will Start After 4:30 4:30

Tuesday, 8/14 Harbor Start First Warning Signal Areas A & C Area B 9:30 10:30

approx.10:15 approx. 11:15

Wed., 8/15 Areas A & C Area B 8 CLASS FLAGS

Harbor Start First Warning Signal 9:30 10:30

No Race Will Start After 1:30 1:30

approx.10:15 approx.11:15

Class flags will be: Optimist Championship Optimist Green Club 420 Championship Club 420 Green Laser Radial 9 RACING AREA The racing area will be as shown in the laminated circular provided at check-in and included as part of these Sailing Instructions. 10 THE COURSE 10.1 Diagrams showing the courses, the order of rounding, and the side on which each mark is to be rounded or passed are shown on the laminated circular provided at check-in and included as part of these sailing instructions. 10.2 The identifying letter of the course will be displayed on the Race Committee boat with or before the warning signal of the start. White flag with blue class insignia Green flag with white class insignia White flag with blue class insignia Numeral pennant 4 Green flag with red class insignia

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MARKS Area B, Optimist Green, will use orange tetrahedrons. Area C, Optimist Championship, will use yellow tetrahedrons. The finishing marks will be green tetrahedrons. Where the starting and finishing marks are the same, the starting mark will be a green tetrahedron. THE START Races will be started in accordance with rule 26. The starting line will be between the staff from which an orange flag is displayed on the Race Committee boat at the starboard end and the course side of the port-end starting mark. The Race Committee boats are as follows: Racing Area A Club 420s/Laser Radials. Blue-hulled committee boat Great Blue, with blue R/C flag. Racing Area B Optimist Green. 30 off-white Grady White with yellow R/C flag. Racing Area C Optimist Championship. 25 off-white lobster-style boat Emily L Wick with blue R/C flag

11.1 Area A, Club 420 and Laser Radials, will use red tetrahedrons.

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Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting area and of all boats whose warning signal has been made. For the Optimist Championship, 420 Championship, 420 Green, and Laser Radial fleets, a boat shall not start later than 10 minutes after her starting signal. RECALLS The Race Committee intends to hail the recall or sail numbers of OCS boats after the starting signal. The failure of any boat to hear the hail, an untimely hail of OCS boats, failure to hail any boats, and the order of the boats in the hail shall not be grounds for granting redress. This changes rules 41 and 62.1.


THE FINISH The finishing line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag or shape on the Race Committee boat and the nearby green finish mark.


TIME LIMIT The time limit for each race will be 60 minutes. Boats failing to finish within 30 minutes after the first boat finishes or within the time limit, whichever is later, will be scored Did Not Finish (DNF). This changes rule 35.



16.1 Protests shall be in writing, forms available at the Regatta Office in the AYC clubhouse, and delivered to the Regatta Office within 60 minutes after the time of the docking of the Race Committee boat for that competitors course. 16.2 Protests will be heard in approximately the order of receipt as soon as possible.

16.3 Protest notices will be posted within 30 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors where and when there is a hearing in which they are parties to a hearing or named as witnesses. This posting shall constitute the notification required by RRS 63.2 and RRS 61.1(b). 16.4 Rule 66 is changed by adding this sentence: On the last day of racing, a party to the hearing may ask for a reopening no later than 30 minutes after being informed of the decision. 16.5 A boat is not permitted to protest another boat for breaking sailing instructions 18, 19, and 20. This changes Rule 60.1 (a). The penalty for breaking these instructions may be less than disqualification at the discretion of the protest committee. 17 SCORING 17.1 The Low-Point Scoring System, Appendix A of the racing rules, will apply for all classes. A maximum of 12 races are scheduled. If 6 or more races are sailed, a boats worst score shall be discarded. If 12 races are sailed, a boats two worst scores shall be discarded. 17.2 The completion of one race shall constitute a regatta. 17.3 Overall fleet scoring will be used to determine white, blue, and red fleet positions for the Optimist Championship fleet. 18 SAFETY 18.1 A Coast Guard-approved PFD must be worn and fully secured at all times while afloat, except for brief periods while adding or removing clothing. Whistles attached to the PFDs are recommended. 18.2 All competitors must check out with the designated personnel at their launch sites before leaving the launch area to head out to the racing area. 18.3 Competitors must check in with the Race Committee boat before the warning signal of the first race each day. Boats failing to do so may be scored the same as a boat not starting. 18.4 A boat retiring from a race shall notify the Race Committee boat before leaving the course, or, when that is impossible, the Scoring Office at the AYC clubhouse immediately after arrival ashore. 18.5 Competitors must check in with the designated personnel at their launch sites after racing. Once checked in on land, they may not go back out on the water. Failure to abide by this instruction my result in disqualification from the event. 19 SUPPORT BOATS 19.1 Except as noted in 19.2, coaches and other support personnel shall not be in the racing area from the time of the preparatory signal for the first class to start until all boats have finished or the Race Committee signals a postponement, general recall or abandonment. No coach or spectator boat may interfere with any Race Committee boat, except as provided for in SI 18.4. The penalty for failing to comply with this requirement may result in disqualification of all boats associated with the support personnel who fail to comply.

19.2 Optimist Green Fleet: Coaching is encouraged during the race but is limited to competitors in the bottom half of the fleet for each race. Green Fleet support boats must identify themselves to the Race Committee and be careful not to interfere with any racing boats. The Race Committee reserves the right to revoke this privilege for any individual coach if it believes that the coachs presence is detrimental to the regatta. 19.3 Coaches must wear fully secured, USCG-approved PFDs while on the water. Other support people Race Committee, mark and safety boat operators, parents, etc. are strongly encouraged to wear fully secured PFDs while on the water. 19.4 19.5 19.6 All coach boats shall display a colored flag, available at check-in, indicating that they are available to serve as safety boats if the need arises. All coach boats and other support boats/support personnel must agree to aid any competitor in distress or requesting assistance of any sort. Coach boats and other support boats shall monitor the following channels for communication with the Race Committee: 420s/Laser Radials Optimist Championship Optimist Green 19.7 20 69 71 72

Race Committee mark boats shall display a Race Committee flag that is the same color as the flag used on their line. DISPOSAL OF TRASH 20.1 This event is designated as a CLEAN REGATTA by the Sailors for the Sea organization. By entering, all competitors agree to commit to the efforts of the organizing authority (AYC) to reduce, reuse, and recycle. 20.2 Boats observed purposefully discharging trash into the water will either be disqualified from all races the day the infraction is observed or be subject to other suitable disciplinary action, or both.


PRIZES USA Junior Olympic medals will be awarded to each member of the crew placing first, second, and third in each division. Mass Bay Junior Olympic awards will be made for 1st through 5th place for Club 420s, Club 420 Green, Laser Radial, and Optimist Red and Blue fleets; for 1st through 3rd place for Optimist White fleet; for 1st through 3rd place overall in the combined Optimist Championship fleet; and for 1st through 9th place in the Optimist Green fleet. All Optimist Green fleet sailors will receive participants medals. Sportsmanship and Green Regatta prizes will also be awarded.

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