Sailing Instruction 

Weekly Series 

Maine Model Yacht Club (MMYC) 

1. Rules: 

The series will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of  Sailing for 2017-2020. 

2. Entries: 

Competitors may enter by: 

  • Contacting Commodore Huck: huck@mainemodelyachtclub.com

  • Show up to Camden Harbor and declare your entry verbally to Scorekeeper 15 mins prior to the race start.

  • You do not need to be a member of MMYC to race.

 

3. Notice to Competitors: 

  • 3.1 The Race Committee will attempt to contact competitors by email in case of race cancellation. 

 

4. Schedule of Classes 

  • 4.1 First gun will be at 1300 on Sunday. (Summer series day/time may change)

  • 4.2 DF95/1Meter Class will start promptly at 1300. 

  • 4.3 DF65 Class will begin at 1400. 

  • 4.4 Number of races will be determined by the number of races that can be completed in the classes determined hour. 

- Winter Series (Dec/Jan/Feb) 

- Spring Series (Mar/April/May) 

- Summer Series (June/July/Aug) *Summer Series race day/time may change

- Fall Series (Sept/Oct/Nov) 

5. Permitted Rigs: 

  • 5.1 All standard rig sizes are permitted. A+(DF65), A, B, C 

  • 5.2 Rigs are selected at the sailor’s discretion. 

  • 5.3 Once a sailor starts a race day he/she is required to sail with that rig for the remainder of the day unless there is a rig failure that is not reparable. 

 

6. Racing Area: 

  • 6.1 The racing area is generally located in Camden’s inner harbor at the public landing. 

 

7. Check-in before start: 

  • 7.1 All boats shall check-in before the first race of each day. This can be done by checking in with Huck to have your name added to the score sheet.

  • 7.2 Boats that are not starting subsequent races shall notify the scorer before leaving the racing area. 

 

8. Courses and Marks: 

  • 8.1 The course layout will be set by Tim or Huck. 

  • 8.2 Unless otherwise instructed by Tim or Huck the course will be a windward-leeward course twice around. 

  • 8.3 All marks will be rounded to port unless otherwise directed by Tim or Huck. 

 

9. Starting: 

  • 9.1 Starts will be a 2-min count down. 

  • 9.2 Starting sequence will be audibly called out. 

  • 9.3 Start countdown will be broadcasted over a Bluetooth speaker or be verbally counted down. 

 

10. Penalty System: 

  • 10.1 If an infraction occurs it is the OFFENDING boat's responsibility if no judge is present to call out the penalty. The offending boat MUST complete a 360-degree turn penalty to exonerate itself. (If the affected boat disagrees that a penalty turn was not taken a protest can be filed)

  • 10.2 When a boat hits a mark the penalty shall be one turn. SELF-OFFICIATED!!!!

 

11. Protests and requests for redress: 

  • 11.1 A boat intending to protest shall inform the race committee at the first reasonable opportunity. 

  • 11.2 Race committee has the final decision on protests 

12. Scoring:  *** These become effective for Spring Series. Graham's stand for Winter

  • 12.1 All races during the day will be counted to determine a sailor’s rank for the day. Unless more than 5 races are sailed. If 6 or more races are sailed you will drop your lowest finish score. 

  • 12.2 The club uses an inverted scoring system based on a single race's boat count. This is done to weight races with a larger boat count higher. 

Examples

If 5 boats start a race:                                                         

First place = 5 points

Second place = 4 points

Third place = 3 points

Fourth place = 2 Points

Fifth place = 1 point

 

 If 8 boats start a race:                                                             

First = 8 points

Second = 7 points

Third = 6 Points

Fourth = 5 points

Fifth = 4 points

Sixth = 3 points

Seventh = 2 points

Eighth = 1 point

  • 12.3 At the end of the day your race scores will be added together to determine the day's ranking. 

  • 12.4 The day's rank will be weighted the same way a race is ranked. A day's position value will be determined by how many boats are entered on race day

  • 12.5 Four boats are required to score a race. 

  • 12.6 Boats that do not show for a day of racing will receive a zero for that day.

  • 12.7 At end of a series you will drop the points from your three lowest-scoring days. This means in a typical 12-week series your best 8 weeks count toward THE CUP!!

Important Rules:

 

RIGHT OF WAY:

 

ON OPPOSITE TACKS

When boats are on opposite tacks, a port-tack boat shall keep clear of a starboard-tack boat.

ON THE SAME TACK, OVERLAPPED

When boats are on the same tack and overlapped, a windward boat shall keep clear of a leeward boat.

ON THE SAME TACK, NOT OVERLAPPED

When boats are on the same tack and not overlapped, a boat clear astern shall keep clear of a boat clear ahead.

WHILE TACKING

After a boat passes head to wind, she shall keep clear of other boats until she is on a close-hauled course. During that time rules 10, 11, and 12 do not apply. If two boats are subject to this rule at the same time, the one on the other’s port side or the one astern shall keep clear.

 

13.1 Giving Mark-Room

Rule 13 applies between boats when they are required to leave a mark on the same side and at least one of them is in the zone. However, it does not apply

  • (a) between boats on opposite tacks on a beat to windward,

  • (b) between boats on opposite tacks when the proper course at the mark for one but not both of them is to tack,

  • (c) between a boat approaching a mark and one leaving it, or

  • (d) if the mark is a continuing obstruction, in which case rule 19 applies.

 

13.2

  • (a) When boats are overlapped the outside boat shall give the inside boat mark-room, unless rule 18.2(b) applies.

  • (b) If boats are overlapped when the first of them reaches the zone, the outside boat at that moment shall thereafter give the inside boat mark-room. If a boat is clear ahead when she reaches the zone, the boat clear astern at that moment shall thereafter give her mark-room.

  • (c) When a boat is required to give mark-room by rule 18.2(b),

  • (1) she shall continue to do so even if later an overlap is broken or a new overlap begins;

  • (2) if she becomes overlapped inside the boat entitled to mark-room, she shall also give that boat room to sail her proper course while they remain overlapped.

  • (d) Rules 18.2(b) and (c) cease to apply when the boat entitled to mark-room has been given that mark-room, or if she passes head to wind or leaves the zone.

  • (e) If there is reasonable doubt that a boat obtained or broke an overlap in time, it shall be presumed that she did not.

  • (f) If a boat obtained an inside overlap from clear astern or by tacking to windward of the other boat and, from the time the overlap began, the outside boat has been unable to give mark- room, she is not required to give it.

 

Zone: The area around a mark within a distance of FOUR hull lengths of the boat nearer to it. A boat is in the zone when any part of her hull is in the zone.

 

 

Revised 2/23/21

Thank You Joshua Bickford for drafting and updating The Rules for our MMYC!