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2022 Hendricks Head Race - Sailing Instructions

Saturday July 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

1                RULES

  • 1.1            The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
  • 1.2            World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Appendix B – Special Regulations for inshore races shall apply
  • 1.3            All boats in all classes shall carry a functioning VHF radio. All boats shall comply with Federal and State safety requirements.


  • 2.1            Notices will be placed online as an addendum here.  Additionally, written notice will be posted on the kitchen door of SYC ("the notice board").


  • 3.1            Any change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted here before 1100 on the day of the race, and on the kitchen door of SYC.

4                SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

  • 4.1            Signals made ashore will be made at the SYC Flagpole.

5                SCHEDULE

  • 5.1            There will be no skippers’ meeting.
  • 5.2            The time of the first warning is scheduled for 1300.  The first start will be at 1305.  Starts will be indicated by sound signals only.  To alert boats that a race sequence will start soon, the Race Committee will blow a series of short blasts.  The Race Committee will blow a horn at the following intervals before the start:

5 minutes - Warning Signal - one horn

4 minutes - Preparatory Signal - one horn
1 minute - One Minute - one long horn

0 minutes - Starting Signal - one horn

  • 5.3 Subsequent races will be held as soon as practicable after the end of the previous race.    

6                COURSE and MARKS

  • 6.1            The marks will be orange drop marks or government marks and will be rounded to port, unless stated otherwise by the Race Committee.
  • 6.2 Competitors should sail by the Race Committee before the start for a verbal course description.

7                START and FINISH LINE

  • 7.1            The start and finish line shall be between the orange flag on the signal boat and a nearby orange drop mark.  
  • 7.2 Races will begin in the vicinity of Cedarbush Nun.  If the Race Committee decides to relocate the start of any race, they will notify competitors on VHF 72.

8                PENALTY SYSTEM

  • 8.1            The Two-Turns penalty as defined in RRS 44.2 will apply to infringements of Part II, Right of Way Rules.

9                TIME LIMIT

  • 9.1            If no boats finish the race within 60 minutes the Race Committee may abandon the race. Any boat not yet finished 30 minutes after the first boat has finished shall be scored DNF without a hearing. This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.

10              PROTESTS

  • 10.1         The intent to protest and request for a protest form shall be delivered to the Race Committee within 30 minutes after the signal boat docks. A list of protests received will be posted on the notice board on the SYC kitchen door. Hearings will be held as soon as practicable after the race in a location specified on the notice board.

11              SCORING and PRIZES

  • 11.1         3 races are scheduled for each race day. All scores will count. One race constitutes a series.
  • 11.2         Boats will be scored using the Portsmouth Yardstick.  
  • 11.3 Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes.


  • 12.1         The Race Committee will monitor VHF channel 72 for emergency transmissions.  The Race Committee may also be using VHF channel 72 for working communications, and may employ an “open mike” policy.  Boats may monitor VHF channel 72, but are advised that any Race Committee communications are unofficial, and made either for race management purposes or as a courtesy to the competitors.

13              SAFETY

  • 13.1         All yachts are required to check-in with the Race Committee before the start of the first race by sailing past the RC signal boat and hailing their name and sail number, and receiving confirmation from the Race Committee, or by calling on VHF channel 72.
  • 13.2         A yacht that retires must notify the RC as soon as possible.
  • 13.3     Participants shall comply with Maine’s 14-day quarantine rules (or subsequent modifications)  to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • 13.4.     All participants shall abide by SYC float rules and maintain 6’ distance on floats and ashore, or wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • 13.5 Violations of any COVID-19 protocol may be considered a violation of Rule 69 (Misconduct), but are not grounds for protest by competitors.


  • 14.1         Competitors participate in the regatta entire at their own risk.  See RRS Rule 4, Decision to Race.  The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

15              INSURANCE

  • 15.1         Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance.

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