Sailing Instructions






1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing including Appendix B, Windsurfing Competition Rules.

1.2 The following prescriptions of [INSERT NMA/national racing authority] will apply, will be posted on the official notice board and are stated in full in Sailing Instruction 27: [list rules and Appendix references here].

1.3 Rule 42 will apply.  This changes rule B4.

1.4 If there is a conflict between languages, the English text will take precedence.


Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located [INSERT specific location of official notice board].


Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 0900 on the day it will take affect, except to the extent that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 1800 on the day before it will take effect.


4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the flag pole located [INSERT specific location of flag pole].

4.2 When flag AP is displayed ashore, '1 minute' is replaced with 'not less than 30 minutes' in the race signal AP.


5.1 Dates and times of racing:

[INSERT GRAPH columns titled Date, Time and Event.  Under Event column use "Warning Signal - Practice Race" or "Warning Signal -1st race" or description of any other competition format even if not scored as part of regatta]

5.2 No more than 4 races per day shall be scheduled or raced.
5.3 A maximum of 12 course races are scheduled to be sailed.

5.4 To alert boards that a race or sequence of races will begin soon, the orange starting line flag will be displayed with one sound at least one minute before a warning signal is made.
5.5 On the last day of the regatta no warning signal will be made after 1330.

6. Pumping

6.1. Repeated rig movements (pumping) to increase or maintain speed are prohibited (RR 42).
6.2. RR 42 will apply from the 1-minute signal.
6.3. Penalties; A competitor performing repeated rig movements shall be warned by the on-water umpires by means of a flag and a sound signal, and penalized with a 360 turn with immediate effect. If the offense is repeated within the same race the competitor shall be notified with a second flag and disqualified. If repeated in any subsequent races within the same event, the competitor shall be notified by the means of a flag and a sound signal and disqualified.
6.4. The Race Committee may permit propulsion (pumping) at wind speeds above planning threshold, - or approximately 11 knots - by hoisting the Kona Class flag at the warning signal. Appropriate planning conditions may vary due to wave configurations and currents, and shall be up to the discretion of the RC.

7. The Finish

The finishing line shall be between a committee boat flying a blue flag and a buoy of orange or yellow color.  The finish line buoy may not be indicated by a flag.

8. Scoring

8.1. The winner of each division (Light weight/light medium weight, medium weight, light-heavy weight, heavy weight, ladies [7.4 and below, medium weight, light-heavy weight and heavy weight] and cadets) will be awarded winners of his/her division.
8.2. All divisions except the cadets will be started simultaneously, and the overall winner of the race will be awarded "Overall -World/Continental/National- Champion according to the overall winner scoring.

9. Maximum number of races; time limits

9.1. The time limit for the first finisher is 40 minutes. The time limit for the first board to reach the first mark is 15 minutes.
9.2. A race shall be abandoned if either of the time limits above are exceeded, and shall not count and anyway shall not count towards the official results.
9.3. Competitors finishing more than 20 minutes after the winner shall be scored DNF.
9.4. The target elapsed time for a course race in planing conditions is 40-45 minutes for the winner. In non -planing conditions when the elapsed time for a race is likely to be longer than the race time limit, the course shall be shortened appropriately.
9.5. No more than 4 races per day shall be scheduled or raced.
9.6. The maximum of 12 races can be sailed.
9.7. A minimum of 4 races shall be completed to validate a championship.

10. Rest periods

10.1. Reserved.
10.2. After two or three back to back races there shall be a rest period, lasting a minimum of 60 minutes ashore for the final finisher in the last race.

11. Charter equipment

11.1. Competitors with charter equipment shall ensure that a complete equipment registration form is returned to the race office before the start of the first race.

12. Equipment Inspections

12.1. The equipment inspectors may conduct checks and/or inspections of equipment at any time during the regatta. Identified competitors, at sea, shall sail their boards to the 'equipment inspector's boat,' which will be flying a white flag with the word 'M', immediately after finishing the race. All competitors, notified of the requirement to be inspected shall follow the instructions of the equipment inspector's and proceed directly to the equipment inspection area ashore. Until permission is given by the equipment inspector, a selected competitor shall have no contact with a coach or support personnel. A competitor, so notified, shall not leave the equipment inspection area, without the permission of the equipment inspectors. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.

13. Notice to competitors

13.1. Notice to competitors will be posted on the official notice board, located outside the race office. All such messages shall constitute official notice to each competitor who shall consult the official notice board regularly.
13.2. Changes of these Sailing Instructions will be posted before 8:00 on the day when it will take effect.

14. Changes to the sailing instructions

14.1. Any change in the sailing instructions will be posted, after approval by the class race supervisor - on the official notice board one hour before the scheduled starting time on the day that it takes effect except if any change to schedule of races will be posted before 21:00 hours, before the day it will take effect.

15. Signal made ashore

15.1. Signals made ashore will be displayed on the official flag pole located near the race office between 08:30 hrs. and 21:00hrs.
15.2. Code Flag "AP" displayed means: All races not started are postponed. Don't leave the harbor without further information.
15.3. Code Flag "AP" displayed ashore means: its replaced with not less than 30 minutes in the race signal AP.
15.4. Code flag "AP" over "H" displayed ashore means: boards shall not leave the harbor. Wait for further information.
15.5. Code flag "Y" is displayed ashore, rule 40.1. applies at all times while afloat. This changes the part 4 introduction.

16. Racing schedule

16.1. A skippers meeting will be held on ………….. at…………hrs.
16.2. The racing schedule is as specified in the notice of race and notices to competitors.
16.3. The first start signal for each day shall not be before 11:00hrs.
16.4. The warning signal for the subsequent race on the same day will be made as soon as practical. It will be preceded by a signaled postponement (AP) of not less than 5 minutes.
16.5. The warning signal for the last race of each day shall not be made within 90 minutes of the official local sunset time. On the last day, no warning signal shall be made later than 16:00hrs.

17. Racing area

17.1. The racing are shall be as close to the club or convenient resort facilities as practical.

18. Courses

18.1. The course to be sailed will be as described in these sailing instructions - and as illustrated in the course diagrams published on the official notice board.
18.2. When there is a gate, boards shall sail between the gate marks from the direction of the previous mark and round either gate mark.
18.3. If a mark is shown as gate, the gate may be replaced by single marks. If a gate is replaced by a single mark it is to be left to port.
18.4. The starting vessel will signal the change to designate the course latest with the warning signal for the start.