Black Duck Regatta
Newport - Rhode Island
NOTICE OF RACE & SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Black Duck Race Organization
The sailing instructions for this series are included in this
document except as modified by specific class rules (S boats, 12
Meter, etc..) and will be conducted in accordance with the RRS
2001-2004, including the US Sailing prescriptions.
Boats shall conform to the Black Duck Classic Yacht Entry
Racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing
2001 2004, and the prescriptions of US Sailing, except as any of
these are changed by the Notice of Race, these sailing instructions and
any amendments thereto.
Races will be conducted for Classic Yachts -- defined as
those vessels traditionally constructed, single hull wooden auxiliary
sailing yachts, designed and built before 1965, with a minimum hull
length of 28 feet. A
penalty will be assessed for boats without an operable auxiliary engine.
Boats not eligible may be included on a case-by-case basis.
HANDICAPS / RATINGS:
CHANGES TO THE SAILING INSTRUCTIONS:
SAIL / EQUIPMENT LIMITATIONS -- General Fleet:
Only poles equal to or less than the length of the J
measurement are permitted -- those longer than the J are not.
All spars / poles to be made of wood or aluminum -- carbon fiber
spars or standing rigging are not permitted.
STARTING SIGNALS -- BOTH SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Anticipated -- 13:05 Hours - A / Small Boat -- 5 min /
Warning Gun - White shape or flag
Anticipated -- 13:06 Hours - A / Small Boat -- 4 min / Prep
Gun -- Blue shape or flag
Anticipated -- 13:09 Hours - A / Small Boat -- 1 min horn /
Anticipated -- 13:10 Hours - A / Small Boat Start --
Red shape or flag
(Also serves as 10 Min. Gun for Class B)
Anticipated -- 13:15 Hours - B / Big Boat -- 5 min / Warning
Gun - White shape or flag
Anticipated -- 13:16 Hours - B / Big Boat -- 4 min / Prep Gun
-- Blue shape or flag
Anticipated -- 13:19 Hours - B / Big Boat -- 1 min horn /
Anticipated -- 13:20 Hours - B / Big Boat Start -- Red
shape or flag
Starts shall be 5 minute warning / 4 minute prep / 1 min.
horn / START.
There will be a 5-minute break between the start of Class A
and the Warning for class B
Should there be more than one class, subsequent starts will
follow the same sequence
Fleets with a general recall will start at the end of the
sequence - following the last class.
STARTING AREA / LINE:
Due East of Jamestown town dock. The starting line will be between the committee boat and the
nearby inflatable race mark. Committee
boat to be left to stbd / mark to port.
RECALL / HAILING:
A blast from a horn for each yacht
recalled. Failure to return
will be Ό hour added to elapsed time.
The race committee will attempt to notify early starters on VHF
channel 72. Failure to do
so will not count as grounds for seeking redress.
The finish line will be between the committee boat and the
inflatable race mark or the nearby race mark should the committee decide
to shorten course. The race
committee will attempt to announce shortened courses on channel 72. Failure to do
so will not count as grounds for seeking redress.
The committee boat at the finish may not be the same boat
as the one at the start.
WITHDRAW OR ABANDONMENT:
Any yacht that withdraws from the race must notify the race
committee as soon as possible. Cancellation
/ abandonment will be signaled by hoisting code flag O and firing
(3) three guns.
Two (2) guns plus answering pennant:
Starting sequence indicated by answering pennant being lowered
and firing one gun. 60
seconds later, 10 minute warning gun will be fired and sequence resumes.
The time limit for each yacht will be 18:00 hours.
This alters RRS 35. Yachts
finishing after that time will be scored DNF.
Protests must be reported, in writing, to the race committee
within one hour after the committees arrival on shore.
Protests will be heard dockside by an arbitration committee
selected by the race committee to include members from those yachts not
involved in the incident as soon as practical after the race. Failure of
competitors to provide representation at the hearing or to contact the
committee will not delay this hearing.
Decision of the committee is final and there will be no appeals
Course signals will be displayed from the committee boat as
letters indicating the marks to be round.
Marks will be from the Narragansett South Bay Race Chart. Unless otherwise indicated, all marks round to port.
Fleet and B Fleet may NOT have the same course - Check Fleet
designations for your course.
The following shall be observed (unless that mark / aid is
used as a turning mark on that leg of the course):
- Green Buoys 11 & 9 East of the Dumplings
- Red Buoys R12 and R12A off of Rose Island
- Green Can 1 South of Rose Island
- Gong 7 -- Kettle Bottom Rock off of Southwest Point /
- Bell 6 -- Butter Ball Rock -- off of Castle Hill
Passage beneath all bridges shall be made under the center
Passage of Dutch Island (in West bay) shall be made on the
west side only.
Competitors are reminded that Narragansett Bay is a
Restricted Channel and sailing vessels do not have right of way over any
vessel that may be restricted in its ability to maneuver.
Scoring shall be combined scores of the two (planned)
races (one each day).
A fleet -- Smaller Boats
/ B fleet --
Larger Boats. Additional
fleets / starts may be added if interest / entries warrant.