Sailing Instructions – Dayboats and Cruiser Class 3

Issue 0


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

1.2 The Racing will be in accordance with the 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).

1.4 RRS52 will be amended to the extent that powered winches or other sail or rig handling equipment may be used by all boats.

1.5 IRC Rule 22.4.2 shall not apply.

1.6 RRS 27.1 and 40 are changed. Competitors shall wear personal flotation devices at all times on the dayboats.

1.7 These sailing instructions make reference to procedures required by the COVID-19 pandemic, competitors are required to comply with these special procedures.
a) The organisers will comply with the “RYA Cymru-Wales Guidance on Restarting racing and COVID-19”.
b) Competitors shall comply with the COVID-19 guidelines published by the operators at Conwy and Deganwy Marinas on land and on the mooring pontoons.
c) Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions the crew of each Cruiser is restricted to six people. Each skipper shall keep contact details for all crew for up to 21 days after the event for track and trace and is responsible for reporting to the organisers if within that period any of the crew contract Covid 19 . Competitors are recommended to take a lateral flow Covid 19 test prior to the event. The Email address for reporting a case of Covid 19 is:


2.1 Notices to competitors will be given at a briefing to be held at 1900 hrs. on Friday 9th July 2021 via a ZOOM video meeting. Additional notices may be issued via short briefings on each day at given at 0930hrs by VHF radio on channel 69 for the Cruiser classes 1& 2 and at 1000 on Channel M2(P4) for the dayboats and Cruiser class 3

2.2 Display of notices
Notices (including results) will be displayed at the Race Office (The Harbour Office, Conwy Quay).

2.3 Communications by VHF
Information regarding race courses, times, starting sequences and other matters will normally be broadcast to competitors on VHF Ch M2 (P4). The VHF channel 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 during the start sequence of each class.


3.1 Changes in these SIs (including changes to the Schedule of Races) will, if possible, be made in accordance with Rule 88.2 (displaying 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 CRF Starting Point, Deganwy Marina, or alternatively on Conwy Quay Day, at Conwy quay.


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 separate starts by reason of the number of entries received and/or the handicap spread.

5.3 Racing classes

Cruiser Class 3Yacht having a handicap of 0.835 or lessR
DayboatOpen day racing boats, e.g. CODsE


6.1 Race results will be calculated using a handicap system based on performance in previous
Conwy River Festivals and local club handicaps, with a base handicap derived from the HALS race results system.

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

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

6.4 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 Schedule of races is shown in Appendix A to these SIs.


8.1 The general course area will be the Conwy River Estuary.


9.1 The course will be chosen from those described in the course card and signalled by means of a letter board displayed at the CRF Starting Point prior to the warning signal, or alternatively, at the Race Officer’s discretion, be communicated to competitors by VHF or any other reasonable method.

9.2 All marks are to be rounded to PORT unless otherwise indicated on the Course Card.

10. THE START (amending RRS 26)

10.1 The starting area will be in the Conwy estuary. The start line will be either:

(1) CRF line, which is the continuation of a line delineated by two white poles with orange triangles mounted on them adjacent to the entrance to Deganwy Marina. There will be an inner limit marker which will be confirmed at the briefing.

Or (2) the line between a Committee Boat and a nearby limit mark.

Or (3) The CYC Club line

Note that when racing is started from lines marked by poles on land, flag signals are given using flag boards (displayed at the Start Point), rather than actual flags.

10.2 If a Committee Boat start is used, this may be in the vicinity of CRF Start line or elsewhere as communicated by VHF radio.  The Committee Boat will normally be CYC Guard Boat (Sior).  When racing is started from a Committee Boat, alternative signals may be used from those prescribed by RRS 26.  These alternative signals will be explained at the briefing.


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 The Classes will start together unless it is decided to offer separate starts, in which case the classes will start at 5 minute intervals, or as directed by the race officer by radio on the day.

11.3 The Sequence of starts will be as shown in the Schedule of Races (See Appendix A).

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 will be either the CRF Line, as defined in the course card, or a line between the flag mast on a Committee Boat and a nearby limit mark or the CYC Club line

14.2 Shortened Course (amending RRS 32.2)
If a shortened course is signalled (Flag S accompanied by 2 sound signals), the signal means either:
(a) the finishing line is the line between the flag mast on a Committee Boat or RIB and a nearby rounding mark; or
(b) the race will finish when the leading boat next crosses the CRF line from either direction.

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 One-Turn penalty if she may have broken a rule of RRS Part 2 (infringing a sailing rule)

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

16.3 RRS 44.3 (Scoring penalty) shall not apply.


17.1 The time limit for lodging a protest or request for redress shall (unless extended by the Race Committee) be 1 hour from the time of the last boat to finish on that day and 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 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.


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 may also be awarded.


19.1 All boats must comply with the 2020-2021 World Sailing Offshore Special regulations, Appendix C, Special Regulations for Dinghy Racing. All boats must in addition carry safety equipment as stipulated in the Conway One Design Class Rules.

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

19.3 All persons on board a dayboat must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) to ISO 12402-5 -Level 50 or equivalent. Cruiser class 3 boats should carry sufficient Lifejackets, compliant to ISO12402-3 (Level 150), for all persons on board.

19.4 All safety equipment shall be checked by the person in charge of the vessel 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 may be stationed on the Start or Finish Line and will fly the CYC burgee.


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.



DateHW (HT)ClassCode FlagWarning SignalStart Time
10th July

Cruiser Class 3



11th July

Cruiser Class 3




APPENDIX B – scoring system

  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. Victor Ludorum (Overall trophy)
    This trophy will be awarded to the best performing boat.
  4. There are no discards in 3 races.


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


ClassDayboatCruiser Class 3
IC FlagE


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

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


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) 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