Sailing Instructions – Cruiser Classes 1 and 2

Revision 1


1.1 Racing will be held under the current Racing Rules of Sailing, the prescriptions of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), together with these Sailing Instructions (SIs) and the appropriate class rules.

1.2 The Racing will World sailing Special regulations for offshore racing Appendix B Special Regulations for Inshore Racing

1.3 In the event of a conflict, these SIs shall prevail. The Organising Authority is the Conway Yacht Club and the Race Committee the River Festival (CRF) Committee. Racing is held under the burgee of Conway Yacht Club (CYC).


2.1 Notices to competitors will be given at a briefing to be held at 19.00 hrs. on Friday 19th July 2019 at the Conway Yacht Club, 67 Station Rd., Deganwy, LL31 9DF.

2.2 Display of notices
Notices (including results) will be displayed on the Conwy River Festival Website and may also be posted on the notice board outside Conwy Harbour Office (Race Office) and at Deganwy and Conwy Marinas.

2.3 Communications by VHF
Information regarding race courses, times, starting sequences and other matters will normally be broadcast to competitors in the Cruiser classes 1 & 2 on VHF Ch. 69 and to competitors in the Dayboat classes on VHF Ch. M2 (P4). The VHF channels may be changed if necessary.

2.4 Competitors are requested to keep a listening watch on the appropriate channel for information and instructions, and to maintain radio silence immediately prior to and during the start sequence of each class.


3.1 Changes in these SIs (including changes to the Schedule of Races) will, if possible be notified by displaying International Code (IC) flag L but may alternatively be communicated to each boat on the water before the warning signal by any reasonable method including broadcast on the appropriate VHF channel.


4.1 Signals made ashore will be made at CYC Starting Tower, Deganwy Promenade and/or at Conwy and Deganwy Marinas.


5.1 The classes to race, their description and class flags are shown in the table below.

5.2 Any class may be sub-divided into two separate starts by reason of the number of entries received and/or the handicap spread.

5.3 Display of Racing Numbers and Class Flag
Every boat competing shall, on arrival at the relevant start area, conspicuously display their Racing Number. Racing Numbers will be supplied to all competitors at the briefing or afterwards upon entry.

5.4 Whilst racing, boats of the Cruiser classes must fly the appropriate Class Flag.

5.5 Racing classes

Class numberNameDescriptionFlag
1Class 1Cruising yachts over 6m/20ft in length having an NHC number greater than 0.830 and/or a Spinlock IRC TCC numberNum 1
2Class 2Cruising yachts over 6m/20ft in length having an NHC number greater than 0.830.   In this class, foresails must be attached to the forestay meaning that spinnakers, cruising chutes, bloopers and gennakers will not be allowed.Num 2


6.1 Systems
Race results will be calculated using the method provided by the RYA National Handicap for Cruisers scheme (NHC) and where applicable the Spinlock IRC TCC system (Class 1 only).

6.2 The RYA NHC system will be applied according to the Rules and Guidance provided on the RYA website at

6.3 The Race Committee reserves the right to allocate a provisional Base Number (BN) to any boat for whom no BN is shown in the Base List, and to adjust the BN retrospectively if it appears manifestly incorrect.

6.4 Boats wishing to race under the Spinlock IRC TCC system must provide a valid IRC TCC certificate or LV TCC number.

6.5 The decision of the Race Committee with regard to the handicap of a boat shall be final.

6.6 Sails
Where a boat’s handicap is based on the use of a particular sail or sails, the boat is deemed to have elected to use those sails for the duration of the event and shall not use alternative sails.


7.1 The provisional schedule of races is shown in Appendix A to these SIs. Two races are planned each day for Class 1. This will depend on the wind conditions on each day.


8.1 The general course area will be the Conwy River Estuary, Conwy Bay and to seaward.

9. COURSES AND MARKS: Cruiser classes only

9.1 For the Cruiser classes, the course for each race and class will be chosen from those described in the Course Card and will be announced on VHF prior to the warning signal for the class. Whenever possible, the number or letter designating the course will also be displayed on the Committee Boat at the Start Line. The schedule for each day for one or two races for Class 1 will be confirmed as part of the VHF course announcement prior to the first race warning signal.

9.2 The positions of the fixed racing marks are given on the Course Card. In addition a moveable mark may be positioned to windward or leeward of the start line. This will be designated either Windward or Leeward as appropriate and its bearing will be notified by VHF and may optionally be displayed on the Committee Boat at the Start Line.

9.3 All marks are to be rounded as indicated in the Course Card


10.1 The Starting Area
The Starting Area for racing will generally be in the vicinity of Channel buoy 2A but may be moved at the Race Committee’s discretion. In this case the location of the starting area will be broadcast on VHF as soon as possible after the decision has been made.

10.2 Heavy Weather
In the event that heavy weather prevents racing in or from normal starting area then at the discretion of the Race Committee, races may be started in the confines of the estuary. In this case a course will be broadcast on VHF and will comprise a number of circuits, using the permanently laid navigation buoys.

10.3 The Starting Line
The Starting line (designated “SL” in the Course Card) shall be a line between the flag mast on the Committee (Start) Boat and the outer distance mark, which may be a large orange/yellow inflatable buoy, or a fixed navigation mark.

10.4 An inner distance mark (if used) does not form part of the Start Line, but yachts should not pass between it and the Committee (Start) Boat. This mark will normally be a small orange/yellow buoy streamed from the stern of the Committee (Start) boat.


11.1 The Starting System prescribed by RRS Rule 26 will be used. See Appendix C of these Sailing Instructions for details of the RRS starting system.

11.2 Successive classes will start at 5-minute intervals unless any class has been sub-divided into separate starts (as mentioned in SI 5.2 above).

11.3 The Sequence of starts will be as shown in the Schedule of Races.

11.4 Keeping clear of other starts
Boats are requested to keep well clear of the Start Line when other classes are starting.

11.5 Every effort will be made to broadcast sound signals by VHF.


12.1 When at a boat’s starting signal any part of her hull, crew or equipment is on the course side of the starting line code flag X will be displayed and a second sound signal will be made. Flag X will be displayed until all such boats are completely on the pre start side of the Start Line or for a maximum of 4 minutes. Such boats must then start correctly. The Race Committee will endeavour, but not guarantee, to broadcast the identity of a boat that has been recalled.

12.2 Competitors are reminded that a boat which has started incorrectly and is returning to the correct side of the Start Line has no rights and must give way to boats which have started correctly.


13.1 The postponement signal may be used at any time before the Starting signal of a race.

13.2 Postponement is signalled using Code Flag AP (the Answering Pennant) accompanied by 2 sound signals. The postponement continues until AP is removed, accompanied by 1 sound signal. The warning signal for the next race is given 1 minute after AP is removed. All subsequent starts are postponed accordingly.


14.1 The Finishing Line
The Finishing Line (designated “FL” in the Course Card) shall be a line between the flag mast on the Committee (Finishing) Boat and an outer distance mark (which may be a marker buoy, Committee Boat or RIB). The finish line shall be crossed from the direction of the previous mark of the course.

14.2 Shortened Course (amending RRS 32.2)
If the Race Committee signals a shortened course (Flag S accompanied by 2 sound signals), the finishing line shall be either:

(a) at a rounding mark, the line between that mark and the flag mast on a Committee Boat or RIB; or

(b) at the end of a lap, the line which boats are required to cross at the end of a lap.  This will normally be the line between the flag mast on the Committee Boat and ODM.

14.3 An announcement will normally be broadcast on VHF if the course is shortened for a particular class or classes.

14.4 Retirement  – A boat which has retired from a race shall inform the Race Committee as soon as possible.

14.5 Abandoned Races  – A race which is abandoned for the day will not be re-sailed.

15. TIME LIMITS (amending RRS 35)

15.1 For all classes, racing will terminate at a time, each day, having regard to Deganwy Marina gate closing times (Conwy Marina gate closes approximately 20 minutes later). Gate closing times are published at the respective marinas.

15.2 Subject to SI 15.3, any boat which has not finished at the time limit will be scored DNF.

15.3 The fixed time limit may be extended at the Race Committee’s reasonable discretion.

16. PENALTY SYSTEM (amending RRS 44)

16.1 A boat may take a One-Turn penalty if she may have broken RRS 31 (touching a mark of the course) or a Two-Turns penalty if she may have broken a rule of RRS Part 2 (infringing a sailing rule)

16.2 A One- or Two-Turn penalty must be taken as soon as possible after getting well clear of other boats. Each turn must include one tack and one gybe.


17.1 The time limit for lodging a protest, or request for redress, shall (unless extended by the Race Committee) be 2 hours from the time of the last boat to finish on that day and should be lodged at the Race Office.

17.2 The protest or request for redress shall if possible be on the form provided by the RYA but in default thereof shall not be invalid provided that it complies in all other respects with the provisions of RRS 61 and 62 as amended by these Sis.

17.3 The protest or request shall be accompanied by a fee of £10, which may be refunded at the discretion of the Protest Committee.

17.4 Only the Race Committee may protest under rule 75.


18.1 The scoring system will be as stated in Appendix B to these Sailing Instructions.

18.2 Trophies / prizes will be awarded for 1st place overall in each class in each series. Daily and other special prizes will also be awarded.


19.1 All boats in all classes shall have a suitable working engine, inboard or outboard, irrespective of class rules.

19.2 All boats in all classes shall have a working VHF radio with access to all necessary channels.

19.3 Lifejackets, compliant to ISO12402-3 (Level 150); harnesses and strops, must be available for all persons on board.

19.4 All safety equipment shall be checked by the person in charge, at least once a year.

19.5 A boat that retires from a race shall notify Race Control as soon as possible.

20. COMMITTEE BOATS (Amending RRS Race Signals)

20.1 A Committee Boat stationed on the Start Line will fly a large ORANGE flag, and a Committee Boat stationed on the finishing line will fly a large BLUE flag.


21.1 The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone. The Race Committee reserves the right to refuse entry to any boat which they consider to be unseaworthy or unsuitable to participate.

21.2 All competitors are deemed to have read, understood and accepted the statement of risk contained in Appendix D to these Sailing Instructions.


22.1 Every boat shall carry third party insurance (including racing risks) in the sum of at least £3,000,000.



Date July 2019HW (HT)EventClassCode FlagWarning SignalStart Time
Sat 20th1354
First raceClass 1111551200
   Class 2212001205
Sun 21st1431
First raceClass 1112351240
   Class 2212401245


1. A race in which no boat starts or scores finishing points shall be deemed to have been abandoned, and no points shall be awarded.

2. Scoring
Scoring shall be in accordance with RRS Appendix A Low Point system as amended below. All races sailed shall count. Ties shall be broken in accordance with RRS Appendix A8 but a finishing place shall always have preference.

Points for boats that do not score points for a finishing place:

DNF, OCS, RAF: Same points as total number of boats competing in the race

DSQ, BFD and disqualification for any other reason: 1 point more than number of boats competing in the race

DNS, DNC (did not start, whether or not the boat came to start area): one more point than the total number of boats competing in the Series

3. Overall Trophies
Points are calculated from the Handicap Series. There are no discards in 3 races.

(a) The Top Yacht trophy will be presented to the best performing yacht in the Cruiser Classes 1 &2 under the NHC system

(b) The Avanti FastPal Trophy will be presented to the best performing yacht in the Cruiser Class 1 under the Spinlock IRC TCC system


Minutes before StartSignalFlagSound
5WarningClass Flag raised1 sound
4PreparatoryCode Flag P raised1 sound
1One MinuteCode Flag P lowered1 long sound
0StartClass Flag lowered1 sound


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 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 their 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, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the 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

(g) It is their responsibility to familiarize themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event;

(h) They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew


IC FlagNumeral 1
Numeral 2


IC FlagS
MeaningShortened CoursePostponementChange in SIsIndividual recall
Sound Signal2 sounds2 soundsNo sound1 sound

(See RRS ‘Race Signals’ for detailed meanings of flag signals).