10 hour Race

Saturday 3rd July 2021

Sailing Instructions

This event is subject to the Covid 19 guidelines as laid out by the UK Government. All people associated with this event must comply with these conditions.

Competitors must familiarise themselves with The Clubs' Covid 19 guidelines.


1.      RULES.

1.1   Racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing  2021-24, and these sailing instructions.

1.2  Racing Rules 27.1 and 40 will be changed as follows;

   Adequate personal buoyancy must be worn by all competitors when afloat. Neither a wet-suit nor a dry-suit constitutes adequate personal buoyancy. Flag Y will not be displayed. 


2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the Official Notice Board located in the WHSC Clubhouse

2.2 A race briefing will be held at 9 15.am outside the WHSC clubhouse.


3.1 Any change to the sailing instructions will be displayed on the official notice board before 0800 on race day.

4.      ENTRIES

4.1  The race is open to all Welsh Harp classes.

4.2 Registration will be open until 9.00 a.m on the day.


5.1 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the race is 9.55 a.m.


6.1     The race will be started using Rule 26 with the warning signal made 5 minutes before the starting signal.

6.2     The starting line will be between the mast of the Committee Boat and a white bouy .



7.1     Competitors will be informed of the course at the briefing which will be displayed on the committee boat at the start.       

8.     MARKS

8.1 The course marks will be spherical orange buoys.

9.    The FINISH 

9.1 After 10 hours a hooter will be sounded.  Boats must complete the last lap by sailing to the finish.

9.2  The finish will be between mark no 1 and the Eastern end of the L shaped pontoon.


10.1 Will take place before boats round mark I by deviating to the L shaped pontoon or laser launching beach.

10.2  Single handers race as a tag team sailing their own or club boats, the tag should be exchanged once every two laps.

10.3 The tag will be exchanged as boats sail in and out of the launching area.

10.4 Double handers will sail 2 laps between changing helm and crew.

10.4 Changeovers will take place on the Southern side of the L pontoon.

10.5 The race officer may change the frequency of changeovers, depending on the conditions on the day.

11     TEAMS

11.1 Single handers minimum of 4.

11.2 Double handers Minimum of 8.

11.3 Each double hander team must include at least one safety boat driver and man the safety boat for a designated period depending on the number of entries. 

11.4  Laser sailors will also be expected to assist with safety duties.


12.1 The winner of the 10 hour race will be the team which completes the longest distance in the 10-hour period, in the smallest corrected time as modified by the Portsmouth Yardstick of the boat which they are sailing

12.2  Each team will be expected to assist with scoring duties.

13.  PRIZES Prizes will be awarded for the overall winners, second and third.  Fastest lap and other spot prizes at the discretion of the organisers.


The following areas are designated as obstructions:

14.1 The two Blue Buoys mark the end of two separate underwater hazards protruding from the shore and an imaginary line from each blue buoy directly to the adjacent bank is deemed an obstruction to sea room.

14.2 Boats shall not pass between the Yellow Boom and the Dam. This ranks as an obstruction to sea room, and boats entering without good cause may be disqualified.



The scoring penalty , Rule 44.3 will not apply. 



16.1       The RYA Arbitration system may be available.

16.2     Protest forms are available in the clubhouse. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered there within the appropriate time limit.              

16.3          The protest time limit is 30 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day.

16.4     Notices will be posted no later than 30 minutes after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held in the Protest Room, located in the WHSC clubhouse. Times will be displayed on the Official Notice Board

16.5          Notices of protests by the race committee or protest committee will be   posted to inform boats under RRS 61.1(b).

16.6     A breach of RRS 55 Trash Disposal may result in a penalty less than disqualification at the discretion of the Protest Committe             



A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.

17.1 A capsized boat, whose mast is stuck in the mud, may receive assistance from the safety boat only to bring her mast up to the surface of the water, without having to retire. This alters rule 4


18.1 Official boats will be identified at briefing and on a notice on the Notice Board



19.1 Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.


20.   PRIZES Prizes will be awarded for the overall winners, second and third.  Fastest lap and other spot prizes at the discretion of the organisers.   



Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat's decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone”

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

a)         They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

b)         They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and other property whether afloat or ashore.

c)         They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

d)         Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

e)         The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

f)          The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;



Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3 million per event or the equivalent and competitors shall sign a declaration to that effect when registering.