Sailing Instruction Guide
This document lists some items
to consider for major Contender Championships including suggestions for sailing
instructions. It has no particular order and is intended as a list of hints
and ideas which we hope will be helpful for organising Contender Championships.
Throughout this document, where
Yacht racing rules are mentioned, they are written like IYRR 54.1 [42.1]. This
means: rule 54.1 of the 1993-1996 International Yacht Racing Rules respectively
rule 42.1 of rules for 1997-2000 (this document is based on the September 1996
draft version as the new rules are not released yet). In some cases, no old
rule is given.
The International Contender Association
intends to promote the competition of junior participants in World and Continental
Championships by sponsoring part or all of the entry fees for participants under
21 year of age. Details are not yet available, but we will keep the organizing
clubs up to date.
Size of Championship Fleets
The contender championship rules
specify an entry limitation for World Championships. However, this is currently
not needed and the ICA Committee allows unlimited entries unless other arrangements
with the organizing club are made. This can result in a fleet of 100-120 boats
in popular venues.
For Continental and National Championships,
the Contender Championship rules allow unlimited entries if not otherwise determined
by the ICA committee. For Europeans, this can attract a fleet size of 70-100
boats in popular venues.
The Contender Championship rule B.8.a
states that the "Olympic Scoring System" shall be used. This rule is probably
due for rewording as the IYRR now use the terms "bonus point" and "low point"
scoring system. Both of these are acceptable for Contender Championships.
Number of Races in Championships
The Contender Championship rule
B.7.a say that only one race per day should be scheduled for World and Continental
Championships. However, we are currently experimenting with other formats -
the 1997 Worlds in Sydney will be 10 races over 5 days with 2 discards. We will
evaluate this afterwards and may soften this rule in the future.
Length of Course
Contender Championship rule B.8.b states
that the length of a championship race shall be 9-12 nautical miles. This applies
to a unshortened race, therefore a race shortened according to Championship rule
B.8.c may be shorter than 9 nautical miles. Also in the experimental race format
used in Sydney the length will probably be less than 9 nautical miles to allow
two races a day.
The IYRR 54  has shown to be critical
for the success of a championship in that is often enforced much more than any
other of the rules and this sometimes gets out of proportion. Generally the feeling
of our class is that an infringement against this rule should bear a less severe
penalty than a violation of the right of way rules. Therefore the following is
proposed to be included in the sailing instructions:
Alternative Penalty and Propulsion
- The alternative penalty (720
turns as described in IYRR B.1 [44.2]) shall apply for infringements of IYRR
54  and of rules of part 2 of the IYRR as described in IYRR [44.1].
- Yachts observed by two or more
members of the International Jury infringing IYRR 54  may be protested
on the water. As soon as practical, a jury member will inform the protested
yacht by making a sound signal, displaying a yellow flag and hailing the sail
number of the protested yacht. The protested yacht may either:
- acknowledge the infringement
by doing the 720 turn as described in IYRR B.1 [44.2],
- or continue to race in which
case she will be protested by the members of the International Jury and
a protest hearing will be held. (Optional: It is advised that the protesting
Jury Members should provide video evidence). If the International Jury
confirms the violation of IYRR 54  the yacht shall receive a scoring
penalty as described in IYRR [44.3.c] (20% of the boats entered).
- A yacht acknowledgeing an infringement
of IYRR 54 , when protested by members of the Jury, cannot be protested
by another yacht for the same incident.
- A yacht protested by another
yacht for infringement of IYRR 54  and found guilty by the Jury, shall
receive a scoring penalty as described in IYRR [44.3.c] (20% of the boats
- Action or lack of action by
the International Jury under this sailing instruction shall not be grounds
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