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Simple Sailing Instructions

US Sailing Guide to Writing Simple Sailing Instructions
[Revised 12/05/08]

The US Sailing Racing Rules Committee provides this guide for events such as club or local regattas. To use the guide replace each set of brackets { } with the material called for within the brackets, and select options in square brackets as appropriate. Review rule J2 in Appendix J of your rulebook to determine whether additional instructions are needed. For wording of additional instructions, or for more complex events, consult Appendix L.

Sailing Instructions

1. Rules
The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

2. Entries
Competitors may enter by delivering a completed entry form [and paying the {amount} entry fee] to {place} before {time} on {date}.

3. Notices to Competitors
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located {describe where}.

4. Signals Made Ashore
Signals made ashore will be displayed from the flagpole located {describe where}. If a postponement is signaled ashore, the warning signal will be made not less than {time period} after flag AP is lowered.

5. Shedule and Class Flags
[A competitors’ meeting will be held at {time, date, place}. ]The warning signal for the first race will be [at {time}] [as follows: {date},{time}; {date},{time}; ... ]. Subsequent races [each day] will be held as soon as possible after the end of the previous race. The class flag(s) [is][are] {describe}.

6. Racing Area
The racing area will be {describe where}.

7. Courses and Marks
The course[s] will be {describe course[s]}. [{If more than one course}The course will be designated by {describe method, e.g. a black letter on a white board}]. All marks will be {describe}. [The attached diagram shows the courses, course designations, the marks in order and the rounding direction of each mark.]

8. Starting and Finishing Lines
The starting and finishing lines will be between {describe}. [The Sound Signal Starting System in Appendix S of the racing rules will be used.]

9. Time Limit
The time limit for each race will be {specify time limit} for the first boat to finish.

10. Protests
Protests shall be delivered to {place} within {time} after the race committee finish boat docks. The protest time limit and a list of protests received will be posted on the notice board. Hearings will be held as soon as possible after racing each day in {place}.

11. Scoring
{Number} races are scheduled. [All scores will count.] [If at least {number} races are completed, each boat's worst score will be excluded from her series score.] One race constitutes a series.