2017 Mid-Continent Lightning
1. ORGANIZING AUTHORITY
Fleet #266 of Carlyle Sailing Association organizes this regatta
regatta will be governed by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Rules.
official Race Committee Bulletin Board located at the pavilion. Posting of such
notices shall be deemed notification to all contestants. Posting will be
accompanied by display of the Code Flag “L” and one sound signal.
SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
a. Signals made ashore
will be displayed at the dock on Race Committee boat.
Display of code flag “L” with one signal means, “a change to the
sailing instructions has been posted”.
c. Display of code flag
"B" with one horn means, "the one hour time limit for filing
protests has begun." When
lowered it means, "The time for filing protests has ended."
SCHEDULE OF RACES
Six races are scheduled as follows:
Start Race 1
Start next race.
Start last race no later than 10:00
WL - (Windward/Leeward). Twice around a windward/leeward course with
a downwind finish. There will be an
offset weather mark and a leeward gate.
Extra Windward Leg - If there is a “+” added before the course
heading, the course will include an extra windward leg with an upwind finish.
c. Courses will always
be sailed counter-clockwise, leaving marks to port.
d. The approximate
compass course from the starting line to the weather mark will be displayed from
the Race Committee boat.
e. The start or finish line maybe to windward or leeward of the marks
bounding the weather leg.
a. Races will be started
in accordance with ISAF Rule 26.
b. The starting line
will be between the mast of the Race Committee boat at the starboard end and a
spar mark at the port end.
c. A yacht shall not
start later than 10 minutes after her starting signal.
addition to the Individual Recall Rule 29.1: the Race Committee will try to
notify premature starters by hailing their sail numbers by broadcasting on VHF
Channel 72. Failure of a yacht to hear her hail will not relieve the yacht of
her obligation to start properly.
of the course will be displayed at the RC dock prior to racing.
10. SHORTENING COURSE
Race Committee may shorten the course. A boat stationed at the mark beginning
the new finish leg shall make the shortening signal. This boat will be flying
Flag “S” and making intermittent sound signals.
11. FINISHING LINE
finishing line will be between the mast with the blue finishing flag on the Race
Committee boat and a spar mark. A Mark Set boat may substitute for the race
Use of hand held
VHF radios will be permitted for communication from the Race Committee to
competitors on channel 72. The Race Committee intends to use VHF radio to
identify OCS (On Course Side of the line) boats after starts and otherwise
communicate with the fleet on the water. Failure to receive a hail, for a hail
to be made, the order of hails made, or receive other communications to the
fleet shall not be cause for redress. Other use of any communication device is
prohibited. Competitors shall not transmit on this frequency except in case of
emergency. Regardless of radio
communications, all visual fleet signals will be made as prescribed in the RRS.
yacht must complete the first weather leg in 30 minutes and the race in 90
minutes. Yachts not finishing within 20 minutes of the winner shall be scored
one position worse that the last yacht finishing within this 20 min. limit.
All regularly scheduled, abandoned or postponed races not started by
10:00 on Sunday shall be canceled, the regatta terminated, and scored on the
basis of the race or races sailed.
b. A race will be deemed
to have started by the deadline if the original start is within 10:00
deadline, regardless of subsequent recalls or postponements.
14. OTHER SIGNALS
Flag - when displayed prior to the race indicates a harbor warning signal. The
orange flag shall be raised as the Committee Boat leaves the harbor. One minute
before the start of the sequence, the flag will be dipped and accompanied with
one horn. When displayed at the finish line indicates that another race will be
sailed back to back.
ISAF Rule 44.2 is amended as follows: when an infringing yacht has its
spinnaker drawing at the time of the infringement, the infringing boat may
optionally do a one-turn penalty by promptly taking 1 turn in each direction
including one tack and one jibe if the infringing yacht drops its spinnaker
completely while taking her penalty and resets it and has it drawing after the
A yacht that retires from a race shall notify a Race Committee boat
before leaving the race area. If this is impossible, she shall report her
retirement to the registration desk at the Observation Building immediately upon
16. PROTESTS AND APPEALS
a. Protests shall be
written on forms available at the Race Committee dock and lodged at the Race
Committee boat within the one hour (1 hr.) Protest Time that will begin when the
Race Committee boat docks.
b. The jury will hear
protests in approximately the order of receipt as soon as possible. Watch the
Bulletin Board for the time and place of hearings.
a. Scoring will be in
accordance with ISAF Appendix A Low Point System except as modified in this
b. There will be one
throw-out race unless less than six races are completed whereas all five races
will be counted. Throw-out races will be considered for the purpose of breaking
a. Each yacht must carry
an anchor with 50' of line, a compass, a minimum one gallon bucket, a paddle, a
Coast Guard approved wearable life preserver for each person on board, a
throwable preserver (cushion), centerboard preventer and a whistle.
b. It is the
responsibility of the skippers and crews to wear life jackets when conditions