Dinghy Racing

Click here to download a PDF copy of Dinghy Racing Instructions or view them at the bottom of this page.

Entry Fee normally £3 – Visitors are very welcome.

Club dinghies (RS Visions and RS Fevas) are available for hire, on request.

Summer Racing is normally from Portrush harbour, with start gun at 14:30, reconvening at CYC Clubhouse (in Coleraine) for results ~16:30.

Autumn, Winter and Spring Racing is normally from Coleraine Yacht Club, with start gun at 14:30.

We operate an SMS message service to give updates on dinghy racing events. If you are not receiving these SMS messages (and would like to) please send a message to 0777 161 5334 reading “pls include me in CYC dinghy racing updates” followed by your full name.

Dinghy Racing Instructions:

1.Rules
The events will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing(RRS),the prescriptions of the ISA, the rules of each appropriate class,these sailing instructions and any amendments thereto.

2. Alteration to Sailing Instructions
In amendment to RRS 88.2(c)alterations may be made during the race.Any such alterations will be posted on the notice board in CYC Clubhouse and will take effect not earlier than 30 mins after they are posted.in alteration to RRS 25 and Race Signals International Code Flag L will not be displayed and no sound signal will be made.

3.Classes
All boats with a PY handicap number will be eligible to enter

4. Handicaps
Portsmouth Yardstick handicap numbers shall be used as specified in RYA Technical section. The Race Committee reserves the right to alter PY numbers for boats that do not comply with class rules.

5. Safety
Personal buoyancy will be worn at all times when afloat. Wet and dry suits are not acceptable as substitutes.
Dinghies shall carry at all times an adequate towing rope at least 3 meters long attached to a strong point.

6. Starting Times and Signals
Starting times will be advised by text for each race but if not then the starting time for each race will be:-
1425 hrs. 5 minute signal Flag F displayed
1426 hrs. 4 minute signal Flag P displayed
1429 hrs. 1 minute signal Flag P removed
1430 hrs. Starting signal Flag F removed

7.Starting Line – Any alteration to this instruction will be communicated verbally before the start of the race.

River – The starting line will between a red and white mark on the Club balcony and a white post on the West Bank of the river.

Sea Portrush – The starting line will between the red light structure on Portrush Harbour North pier and an orange buoy in the bay.

Sea Portstewart – The starting line will between the end of the North pier of Portstewart harbour and an orange buoy in the bay.

8.Finishing Line
Boats will finish by crossing the line in the same direction in which they started.
Any alteration to this instruction will be communicated verbally before the start of the race.

9.Course
The course will be communicated verbally before the start of each race.

10.Scoring
Scoring will be by RRS Appendix A
When 7 or more races are sailed in a series there will be 2 discards. If less than 7 races sailed there will be one discard.

11.Insurance
Each participating boat will be insured for Third Party risks for a minimum indemnity of £2 million.

12.Decision to race
Rule 4 of the RRS states that the decision to race is that of the boat and hers alone therefore CYC it’s officers and race committee accepts no responsibility for any such decision.

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