BCOSS

Coordinated Cruiser Events

NOTICE OF EVENT

The Open Series - Including the Colne Event at Bradwell, Stone SC Event and the Mersea Clubs Event 

 

 

1.0 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The Blackwater Colne Open Series will comprise the following three events:

1. Sunday 10th May 2015 Colne Event at Bradwell

2. Sunday 28th June 2015 Stone SC Event

3. Saturday 25th July 2015 Mersea Clubs Event

2.0 RULES

2.1 General The series will be governed by the rules as defined by The racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016, the RYA prescriptions thereto, this Notice of Event and Sailing Instructions and the individual Notice of Event and Sailing Instructions issued by the organisers of the three qualifying races. The 2014 IRC Rules, Parts A, B and C shall apply to all boats competing in the IRC class of the Series, except that IRC Rule 22.4.2 will not apply. There will be no limitations on crew number or weight except as required for boats rated as one designs, which shall comply with IRC Rule 22.4.1.

2.2 Advertising Advertising shall be as permitted by the Organising Authorities for each of the individual events.

3.0 ELIGIBILITY

3.1. The Series is open to any mono-hull boats owned or chartered by a member of any RYA affiliated yacht or sailing club. Competitors must, BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN THE SERIES, register online and agree to comply with the Safety Requirements Failure to comply with this requirement will result in boats being scored DNC.

3.2. Entering Boats must be entered in the series by completing the online entry form There is no entry fee for the Series.

4.0 CLASSES

The Series will be competed for in the following classes:

  • White Sail
  • IRC
  • Local Handicap (comprising of all boats except White Sail)

5.0 SCORING

5.1 Scoring System Points for each event of the series will be awarded in accordance with the Low Points System as defined in RRS Appendix A.4. Each event in the Series shall score equally, and a tie shall be broken in accordance with RRS A.8.

5.2. Races to Count. All three events in the Series shall count for the Series result.

5.3 Non Placed Scoring Boats not starting or finishing in an event or being disqualified will be scored for the Series as follows:

RDG. Score as placing given by Protest Committee

Did Not Enter. Series entry plus one

Entered but DNC. Race entry plus one

DNF & RAF. Race starters plus one

DSQ. Race entry plus two

6.0 TROPHIES & PRIZES

Trophies will be awarded to the owners of the boats with the best (lowest) score in the three classes:

  • White Sail: name of trophy here
  • IRC: The Marconi Log
  • Local Handicap: name of trophy here

Engraved glassware will also be awarded each year to class winners and the leading yachts in each class.

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

 Note: These instructions should be read in conjunction with the amendments for the individual events which can be found on the BCOSS website.

1.RULES

1.1 Events will be sailed under the Rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-16 (RRS), the RYA prescriptions thereto, the Notice of Event, these Sailing Instructions, together with any subsequent amendments to these Sailing Instructions. For all events sailed under IRC, the IRC Rules 2014, Parts A, B and C shall apply, except that IRC Rule 22.4.2 will not apply. There will be no limitations on crew number or weight except as required for boats rated as one-designs, which shall comply with IRC Rule 22.4.1.

1.2 RRS52 Manual Power shall not apply. The use of stored power is permissible for hoisting and trimming sails and adjusting backstays, but not for the use of autohelms at any time whilst participating.

1.3 Participating yachts may display sail numbers. In the absence of displaying sail numbers a yacht must display either a number or its name on both port and starboard quarters permanently attached to the yacht for the duration of the event. Numerals to be a minimum height of 300 mm. This changes RRS rule 77. 1.3 Separate Appendices accompany these instructions relating to the White Sail class. 

2 NOTICES TO PARTICIPANTS

2.1 Notices to participants will be posted on the BCOSS website. www.bcoss.org

3 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

3.1 Written changes will be posted on the BCOSS website. When changes are issued within the 48 hour period immediately prior to the start of the event, they will be signalled by displaying Code Flag L over Flag O on the Committee Boat and will be communicated by VHF radio using the Channel designated by the event. See Event SI amendments.

4 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

4.1 The event warning signal will be 5 minutes before the first start .....See Event SI amendments for start times.

4.2 Unless an amendment notice to these Sailing Instructions applies, there will be two starts. The White Sail class will start 5 minutes before the joint IRC / Local handicap class starts. However, where the event entry warrants multiple starts the schedule of events will be: White Sail Class Start – 5 minutes later the Slow IRC and Local Handicap Class Starts – followed 5 minutes later by the Fast IRC and Local Handicap Class – All classes will sail the same course

4.3 In any class, the minimum number of yachts required for an event to be started is two.

4.4 Results will be published separately for all yachts that have an IRC handicap.

4.5 All yachts will be given a LH handicap by the Blackwater & Colne handicapping committee and results published.

4.6 Blackwater and Colne Open Series points will be awarded to all participating boats.

4.7 Individual clubs and associations may use the times recorded by the BCOSS event, to generate their own results and series points.

4.8 When the OOD has abandoned or postponed a race and it cannot be sailed on its original day the BCOSS organising team may convene to determine the most suitable alternative date on which to hold the event. Consultation with the clubs entering boats for the original event date will occur.

5 CLASS FLAGS

5.1 The following Class Flags will be used :

IRC Fleet - Numeral Pennant 1

White Sail Fleet - Numeral Pennant 4

LH Fleet - Numeral Pennant 5

5.2 Class flags should be flown from the backstay.

6 RADIO COMMUNICATION

6.1 For reasons of clarification, the transmission or receiving of information at any time before, during or after the event concerning Sailing Instructions, matters affecting the management of the event, or all or part of the course to be sailed shall not be grounds for protest under RRS Rule 41 (Outside Help) nor grounds for redress under RRS Rule 62.

6.2 Since information regarding the event may be broadcast on a designated VHF channel, competitors are strongly advised to monitor that channel before and during the race. .....See Event SI amendments for channel.

7 COURSES

7.1 Unless amendments or alternative sailing instructions are given, courses will be set within a boundary drawn between the following navigational marks:

Marconi Buoy

Wallet Spitway Buoy

North Eagle Buoy

Batemans Tower  

7.2 The courses will comprise of long legs between marks and will pass through the starting line at some stage in the course so that the course can easily be shortened should the OOD decide that the prevailing conditions require this.

7.3 In extreme conditions the OOD may choose to set a short course that keeps the fleet within sheltered waters.

7.4 The OOD will broadcast the course to be sailed on the designated VHF channel (See Event SI amendments for channel) Approximately 15 minutes before the start of the first event of the day.  

8 MARKS

8.1 The course sailed will use Mersea racing marks (yellow can shaped buoys that may additionally have a black flag) and channel navigation marks (NE North Eagle, IB Inner Bench Head, K Knoll, BAR Colne Bar, BH Bench Head, WS Wallet Spitway, C8 Colne No 8, NWK North West Knoll, T Thirslet, M Marconi) Their approximate positions are shown on the BCOSS Chartlet.

8.2 The Mersea racing marks are laid and maintained by the Joint Mersea Yacht Clubs and the BCOSS fleet are pleased to be permitted to use them.

8.3 If a mark is damaged or missing it may be replaced temporarily by a mark of a different appearance.

9 THE START

9.1 The starting sequence will be in accordance with Rule 26 of the 2013-16 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). The following starting sequence will therefore be used.

Signal
Flag and Sound
Minutes before starting signal
Warning  Class Flag hoist & one sound signal   5
Preparatory Code Flag “P”
(or other appropriate signal detailed in Rule 26)
hoist & one sound signal 4
1 Minute Preparatory flag down & one long sound signal 1
Start   Start Class Flag down & one sound signal 0

 

9.2 The countdown sequence may be broadcast on the designated VHF channel (See Event SI amendments for channel) This broadcast will be advisory only; competitors should refer to the start signals.

9.3 The Start Line will be a line between the main mast of the Committee Vessel and a designated  buoy. (See Event SI amendments for buoy). Cross the line in the direction indicated by the Committee Vessel through their broadcast of the course to be sailed.

9.4 The Committee Vessel may lay an inner distance mark and if laid, boats may not pass between this mark and the Committee Vessel at any time before, during or after racing.

9.5 When the Committee Vessel is on station and is ready to commence her pre start preparations she will transmit on the designated VHF channel (See Event SI amendments for channel), approximately 30 minutes before the start of the race.

9.6 When the Committee Vessel is on station competitors will pass close to the vessels transom travelling in a direction from South to North. On doing so the competitor boats, displaying their class flag and sail number or name, will hail to the committee vessel, the yachts name and number of persons on board. The committee vessel will repeat the information which must be acknowledge as being correct, by the participating yacht.

9.7 The Committee Vessel will display an orange flag ten minutes before the first start, accompanied by a single sound signal. This is to show that she is ready to begin the start sequence for the next race. The Committee Vessel may transmit on VHF, a countdown to the displaying of the orange flag.

9.8 Competitors shall start in the direction of the first mark of the designated course.

10. LATE TO THE START (This changes rules 41, Outside Help and 42, Propulsion and BJRC rule 8l).

10.1 A yacht starting late shall inform the race committee of the intention to race but any yacht coming to the start area later than 60 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start (DNS). (Additional criteria with regard to RRS 4)

10.2. If a yacht is late starting, she may use her engine or be towed after her preparatory signal to reach the starting area provided that she:

10.2.1.stops her engine or drops her tow as appropriate, and then makes a 360 degree turn before crossing the start line and;

10.2.2. does not start until at least 5 minutes after her starting signal and;

10.2.3. reports this to the Committee Vessel on the designated VHF channel  (See Event SI amendments for channel).

11. kEDGED AT THE START AND UNABLE TO SAIL ACROSS THE LINE TO START (This changes rules 41, Outside Help and 42, Propulsion).

11.1 If a yacht is kedged at the start and finds itself unable to sail across the line to start, she may use her engine, or be towed, after her starting signal to any position on the pre start side of the line provided that she complies with sailing instructions 10.1 through 10.2.3

12 CHANGE OF COURSE AFTER THE START

12.1 The Principal Event Officer may shorten a course or abandon a race.

12.2 When shortening a course the Committee Vessel will move station to take up a position at a rounding mark and will display flag S. The new finishing line will be the line between the mark and the main mast of the Committee Vessel.  

13 CHANGING THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE RRS rule 33 is changed to:

13.1 The Principal Event Officer may change the next leg of the course.

13.2 When changing the next leg of the course the Committee Vessel will communicate the course change to the fleet by transmitting on the designated VHF channel using the call sign ‘BCOSS Line’. The Committee Vessel will request competing yachts to acknowledge receipt of the information.

13.3 When the Committee Vessel fails to receive acknowledgement of a changed leg, from any of the boats, the Committee Vessel will ask one of the participating boats (Relay Vessel) to relay the message to those racing boats out of range of the Committee Vessel.

13.4 A Relay Vessel requested by the Committee Vessel to relay the changed leg message, will immediately and without delay, communicate the changed leg message on the designated VHF channel using call sign 'BCOSS Line Relay' to those boats that have not yet acknowledge.

13.5 Participating boats that have already acknowledged and received confirmation from the Committee Vessel will maintain silence throughout the relay. Only those participating boats that failed to acknowledge the Committee Vessel should acknowledge the Relay Vessel.

13.6 The Relay Vessel will make at least 2 attempts to receive acknowledgements from those participating boats where 'nothing heard'

13.7 The Relay Vessel will report to the Committee Vessel on the designated VHF channel, those participating boats that have acknowledge the Relay Vessel and those participating vessels where 'nothing heard'.

13.8 Failure to receive the 'course change' information is no reason for protest or redress.

13.9 All participating vessels will maintain a listening watch on the designated VHF channel and channel 16.

14 A MISSING MARK RRS rule 34 is changed to:

14.1 When a mark is found to be missing by the participating boat leading the fleet the boat will report this to the Committee Vessel on the designated VHF channel. (See Event SI amendments for channel).

14.2 On confirmation that a mark is missing, the Committee Vessel may abandon the event or if possible instruct the leading boat to substitute it with an object.

14.3 Where substitution with an object is possible the sailing instruction 13.2 through 13.7 will apply to communicate the substitution.

14.4 When instruction 13.2 through 13.7 is being actioned as a result of a missing mark and a participating boat fails to acknowledge that a substitution mark is being used, the Principal Event Officer may abandon the race.

15 THE FINISH

15.1 The Finishing Line

15.1.1 When 12.2 is not actioned, the Finish line will be a line as detailed in the Sailing Instruction amendments for the individual event (See Event SI amendments for finish line).

15.1.2 On finishing boats will keep clear of the line at all times.

15.1.3 On finishing those boats returning to home ports shall remain clear of boats still participating.

15.2 Committee Boat Off Station

15.2.1 When finishing, in the event of the Committee Boat not being on station, boats shall pass through the designated line of the event and record their own time. The timepiece used shall be synchronised with GPS or Radio Clock time and reported to the Principal Race Officer as soon as possible and at the latest by 9am on the Monday immediately following the event, using e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

16 TIME LIMITS RRS 35 is changed to:

16.1 The time limit is eight hours. Any boat finishing within this time limit shall make the race valid. All boats completing the course after the eight hour time limit will be scored.

16.2 The Committee Vessel may move off station from the finishing line at any time. In this situation sailing instruction 15.2.1 will apply.

16.3 Any participating boat retiring must notify the Committee Vessel by VHF radio on the designated Channel for the event and receive acknowledgement from the Committee Vessel. Where the Committee Vessel is out of range, the retiring boat must notify another participating boat who will relay the message to the Committee Vessel.  (See Event SI amendments for channel).

16.4 Participating boats retiring, or completing the course after the Committee Vessel has left station will report to the Principal Race Officer as soon as possible and at the latest by 9am on the Monday immediately following the event, using e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

17 PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

17.1 A boat that wishes to lodge a protest shall verbally inform the Principal Race Officer aboard the Committee Vessel as soon as possible after finishing or retiring and no later than the time detailed in the Sailing Instruction amendments for the individual event (See Event SI amendments for 'Protests'.)

18 SERIES POINTS

18.1 Scoring System Points for each event of the series will be awarded in accordance with the Low Points System as defined in RRS Appendix A.4. Each event in the Series shall score equally, and a tie shall be broken in accordance with RRS A.8.

18.2. Events to Count. All three events in the Series shall count for the Series result.

18.3 Non Placed Scoring Boats not starting or finishing in an event, or being disqualified will be scored for the Series as follows:

RDG. Score as placing given by Protest Committee

Did Not Enter. Series entry plus one

Entered but DNC. Race entry plus one

DNF & RAF. Race starters plus one

DSQ. Race entry plus two

19 PRIZES

19.1 Series Trophies will be awarded to the owners of the boats with the best (lowest) score in the three classes:

  • White Sail: name of trophy here
  • IRC: The Marconi Log
  • Local Handicap: name of trophy here

19.2 Engraved keeper prizes will be awarded to series class winners and the leading yachts in each class listed at 19.1.

19.3 Prizes for individual events will be awarded as detailed in the Sailing Instruction amendments for the individual event (See Event SI amendments for 'Prizes'.)

19.4 The series class prizes will be presented at the prize giving social event held at the West Mersea Yacht Club immediately after the final event of the Blackwater & Colne Open Sailing Series on July 25th 2015

19.5 The individual events prizes will be presented at the time detailed in the Sailing Instruction amendments for the individual event (See Event SI amendments for 'Prizes'.)

20 SAFETY REGULATIONS

20.1 A boat that retires from an event shall notify the Committee Vessel as soon as possible and comply with sailing instruction 16.3

20.2 Before participating in the event, the boat owners shall complete the online registration form and declare that they agree to comply with the safety equipment requirements for the event. WITHOUT EXCEPTION, FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS REQUIREMENT WILL RESULT IN BOATS BEING SCORED D.N.C.

20.3 Safety Equipment

20.3.1 A paricipating boat will be so designed, equipped and laid out that it provides adequate protection, stability and self righting moment to safely sail in the waters in which the BCOSS events take place. If you are unsure of your vessels safety capability in the BCOSS sailing areas owners and skippers will check the recommended requirements on the ISAF website.  

20.3.2  A participating vessel will be identifiable by exhibiting sail numbers and /or will display a number or its name on its quarters

20.3.3 All boats shall carry all the following safety equipment:

  • One cockpit mounted manual bilge pump (with secured handle)
  • Marine Compass
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Ability to drop sails (if sailing vessel) and motor to port unassisted in strong winds
  • Two red flares & 2 orange smoke
  • First Aid kit
  • Charts and navigation equipment
  • Tools and spare parts
  • VHF radio capable of receiving and transmitting on UK marine channels
  • Heaving line 15 - 25m (50–75ft)
  • Lead line or Echo sounder
  • Accessible life buoy or life sling, with reflective tape & marked with vessels name
  • Foghorn
  • A stout bucket with lanyard Min 9 litre (2 gals)
  • Anchor 2m chain and min 10m warp
  • Lifejackets with whistles & reflective tape for all crew, marked with vessels or wearers name.
  • Equipment suitable for cutting the vessels standing rigging
  • All equipment and fittings securely fastened, accessible, serviced, in date and suitable. 

The following items are recommended items:

  • Safety harnesses and tethers (one for each crew member)
  • Drouge fitted to life buoy
  • Storm jib
  • Dan buoy
  • Cockpit knife

20.3.4 The safety equipment list represents a minimum, and is not the basis of any definitive safety at sea recommendation of the BCOSS event organising Sailing Club.

20.4 The organising Sailing Club of a BCOSS event reserve the right to board any boat before or after the event to check safety equipment. A boat found not to comply may be disqualified from the event.

21. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

21.1 Individual persons participate in BCOSS events entirely at their own risk. See ISAF Racing Rule 4, Decision to Race. The organising authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the event. 

21.2 The Event Organisers shall not be liable for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner/competitor, his skipper or crew as a result of their taking part in the event or events. Moreover every participant in the event warrants the suitability of his boat for the event or events. A boat is entirely responsible for its own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility. It is for boats to decide whether it is fit to sail in the conditions in which it will find itself. By launching or going to sea, the boat confirms that it is fit for those conditions and that its crew is competent to sail and compete in them.

21.3 Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the event. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the event and the series, and include but is not restricted to the Organising Authority, the Event Committee, the Event Officers, Trot boats, Support Boats, Beach-masters

21.4 The provision of support boats does not relieve the competing boat or its skipper of their responsibilities.

21.5 The owner or owner’s representative of all boats is responsible to ensure that the vessel competing is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and that the crew know how to use it.

21.6 IT IS ALSO STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT THE OWNER, SKIPPER OR OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL BOATS SHALL REQUIRE EVERY PERSON ON BOARD TO WEAR A LIFEJACKET IN APPROPRIATE CONDITIONS.

22. INSURANCE

22.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 per event or the equivalent. 

23. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.

23.1 The BCOSS event organising sailing clubs thank:

  • The West Mersea Joint sailing clubs for laying the racing marks used within the Blackwater estuary.
  • The ISAF and the RYA for providing examplar event management documents.
  • Club members acting as Race Officers, Scorers, Social Event Organisers e.t.c.
  • The participating crews and boat owners.
  • Our Sponsors.

 

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