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1. Rules. Races organised by Hunts Sailing Club will be sailed under the current Racing Rules of Sailing unless amended in these sailing instructions or by posting any changes in the clubhouse at least 15 minutes before the start of any race/series and by the Rules and by-laws of Hunts SC.

2. Starting Times. As shown in the programme or as posted in the club house (latter takes precedence). The start sequence interval (rule 26) will be 3 minutes. For class racing the fleets will be started in the following order: Phantom, Laser, Enterprise, Handicap,Cadet/Novice. Fleet starts may be amalgamated at the discretion of the Race Officer.

3. Courses. The course to be sailed, the number of laps and Start and Finishing lines will be indicated on the course board at least 15 minutes before the start of the race. When the outer limit marked '0' is included in the course, boats shall pass between the outer limit and inner limit on each lap and when finishing. The course will also be displayed when possible on the race box.

4. The Starting Line. Will be a virtual line drawn from either the Race Box flag pole or Committee Boat to an outer limit buoy, or as specified on the course board. When an inner distance mark is used, boats approaching the line to start, shall pass between this mark and the outer distance mark. Failure to do so will mean the boat has not started.

5. Recalls.

a) If one or more identifiable boats are over the line at the start, a second sound signal will be made and the 'X' flag will be flown until all offenders have returned and restarted correctly or for two minutes, whichever is the shorter.

b) If a number of boats are over the line at the start and cannot be identified, the General Recall flag will be hoisted with two sound signals. The start recalled will start after the last programmed start. Any additional recalls will start in sequence. The timing of such starts will be in accordance with Instruction 2.

6. Shortening Course. The signal will be made when the leading boat of the class to be shortened is about to round the last mark (which may be any mark of the course). The finishing line will then be designated by the virtual line between the Committee Boat mast and the next mark of the course, the race box mast and mark, or as detailed by the Race Officer. The signal will be the raising of the flag ‘S’ together with the flags of the classes to be shortened. The race will be deemed to have finished when the leading boat of the class to finished crosses the finishing line. If all the classes are to be shortened at the same time, flag 'S' alone will be hoisted. Two sound signals will draw attention to the flag. In this context, the handicap fleet is a class and 'leading boat' means leading on the water.

7. Finishing. A sound signal will indicate that a boat has finished. In handicap races, average lap times may be used at the discretion of the Race Officer.

8. Time limit. In the event of no boat completing one lap of the course in one hour, the race will be abandoned. Any boat not finishing within 30 minutes of the leading boat will, except in handicap racing, be deemed to have retired, or at the discretion of the Race Officer, be given the race position held at the end of the thirty minute period.

9. Declaration. Helmsmen will enter their names prior to the start on the form provided. All finishers will be assumed to have complied with the rules unless they inform the Race Officer that they wish to retire or protest. Any such notification should be as soon as possible after finishing.

10. Scoring System will be in accordance with Appendix A of the racing rules - low point system. The number of races counted in the overall score for the series is shown in the sailing programme. Where races in a club series are cancelled, the number of races to count will be varied according to the formula “half the number of races sailed (rounded down if not even number) + 1”. Where a competitor has not sailed sufficient races t count, DNCs will be scored to make up the required number of races. Unless notified before the first race, race series comprising less than 6 scheduled races shall be scored as a Regatta, 6 or more scheduled races will be scored as a Series (Appendix A, Clause 9).

At least two entries are needed to run a race. In the event of only one entry in a race, the race will be abandoned. The boat concerned will be invited to sail in a different fleet but will not score in it.

If, in any Club Series, a series competitor is requested to do additional duties (additional to allocated duties, or to voluntary duties required for qualification) the additional duties will be scored with the average position of races the competitor has sailed in that series (excluding from the average any discardable sailed races). Additional duties will be allocated to those who have completed the greatest number of races unless a member of the Sailing committee or the Race Officer gives authorisation. Any person performing additional duties must note this on the results sheet or average points may not be given.

The scoring system will be applied to combinations of helmsmen or boat. Changes of boat or increase in rig power mid series must be discussed with the Fleet Captain or Sailing Secretary. Approval may be granted if no advantage is gained by the change. In the Twilight Series, a competitor's best result will count.

11. Flags. Code flag 'E'-Enterprise, '*'-Laser, 'H'-Handicap, 'NP8'-Fast Handicap, 'NP9'-Slow Handicap, "NPl'-Solo, 'G'-All Comers, 'Z'-Sailboard, 'ghost'-Phantom, 'Skull and Crossbones'-Cadet/Novice, 'N'-Abandon, 'AP'-Postponement, '1st Sub'-General Recall, 'P'-Preparatory, 'S'-Shorten Course, 'I'-I Flag Rule, and 'X'- premature starters. (Note: '*' = Laser logo on red square flag; 'ghost' = Phantom logo on white square flag).

12. Protests. Must be made to the Race Officer within 30 minutes of the last boat finishing the race. The protest meeting will be held in the Clubhouse as soon as possible after the race or as specified by the Race Officer.

13. A Personal Floatation Device must be worn at all times when on the water. The byelaws provide detailed guidance.

14. Cruising. Is permitted at all times. Boats cruising should keep clear of all boats racing. 

15. Propulsion. A protest or race committee, including designated Race Officers and Rescue Officers, may, in accordance with rule 67, disqualify a boat for infringement of rule 42 without a hearing.

16. Continuing Obstructions. The area within 10m of the shore may be occupied by fishermen and may be considered a continuing obstruction at all times.