Solent Branch Racing Rules

Dixon Series 2018

The established “Dixon Race Series” for 2018 will again be a number of short and simple passage races linked to the venues for MOA Solent Branch events and there will be the option of completion en route to, or from the related event.

The course will be published together with the event arrangements and programme.

Boats may race in either a “cruising” “or racing” category. If sailing in the “racing” category “non-white” sails may be used e.g. spinnaker or cruising chute. Boats sailing in the “cruising” category may only use “white sails.”

Each participating boat will be responsible for recording start, finish, elapsed times and sailing category i.e. “racing” or “cruising,” sending these by email to Ian Bevington, Race Officer.

Ian will obtain the TCF (time correction factors) and arrange for the results to be uploaded onto the website.

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Guidelines for the races are as follows:

Note [NT] Denotes Nab Tower only

Both Classes

  • [NT] Owners will have to choose which class (Cruiser or Racer) they wish to enter and notify the OMO (officiating Moody Owner) not later than 10 minutes prior to starting each race.
  • Entrants are to fly the MOA flag from the crosstrees throughout the event.  Sail numbers do not have to be displayed.  It is the responsibility of individual skippers to decide whether they wish to remove their ensigns and fly a racing pennant whilst competing.  Entrants shall extend courtesy to all other yachts who are racing or cruising.
  • [NT] VHF communications on Channel 77 should be on low power and brief.
  • [NT] There will be one start time for both classes unless the OMO decides otherwise.

Starting

  • [NT] During the 30 minutes prior to the first start the OMO will give, on Channel 77, two time checks and confirm the course and start times. No other starting procedure notifications will necessarily be given and it will be the responsibility of individual skippers to make their starts based on these time checks.
  • [NT] The starting line will be identified by the OMO when he confirms the course.
  • [NT] The starting sequence will consist of at least a 5 minute signal, a 1 minute signal and a start signal, all by VHF Ch77.  The OMO’s callsign will be the officiating yacht’s name, and the collective callsign for entrants will be “Moody Yachts”.

Finishing

  • The start and finish lines are the transit lines defined in the course instructions.
  • At the finish entrants are to note their elapsed time in hours, minutes and seconds, and if possible, the name of the boat ahead & astern.  [NT] These details should be passed to the OMO by radio on VHF Ch 77 after all boats have finished.
  • At the finish entrants are to note their elapsed time in hours, minutes and seconds, and if possible, the name of the boat ahead & astern.  These details should be passed to the OMO by radio on VHF Ch 77 after all boats have finished.

Results

  • A Worst Result Points Discard System will operate. Points will be awarded based on the RYA low point scoring system for a short series – 1st 1point, 2nd 2points, 3rd 3points etc.
  • For ‘non sailed’ races (including the ‘other’ class), DNC points awarded = No. of entrants in the Dixon Series plus 1
  • For retirement, RET points awarded = No. of entrants plus 1
  • For disqualification, DSQ points awarded = No. of entrants plus 1
  • For Failure to complete the course (crossed the finish line, but marks missed or wrongly rounded), RET points awarded = No. of entrants plus 1
  • The winner will be the yacht scoring the lowest number of points from four Dixon races.  There will be a separate award for the Cherbourg and Round the Island Race.
  • The Committee may decide to reduce the series in which case the races to count will be one less than those finally agreed as ‘planned’. i.e. there will still be a one race discard.
  • Points will be awarded and tallied for both classes.
  • Class placings based on lowest score after discard.
  • There will be a prize based on the aggregate of total points across the 2 classes, but this will only be awarded where all yachts sail the same courses.
  • [NT] OMO’s are entitled to take part in those races at which they are officiating. They will start 5 minutes after the last start from the fixed part of the start line. During those 5 minutes they will be able to use their motor but not to gain advantage crossing the line. Their elapsed time will commence from their start time i.e. 5 minutes after the last start.
  • Handicaps will be based on the RYA National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC) base number. This is calculated from a rating formula using boat show data such as sail area, hull length, beam, weight etc. and is a “white sails” handicap. (cruisers) The “base number” will be used as a time correction factor in all races for the Solent MOA Group. Boats using chutes or spinnakers (racers) will attract a 5% penalty on their respective base number.

Racing Class Only

  • Except where altered by these guidelines the racing will be run in the spirit of the MOA and the current Racing Rules of Sailing (ISAF).
  • [NT] Engines must be switched off at the 5 minute start signal.
  • [NT] Where there is a disagreement between yachts and/or the OMO, this initially should be resolved between the parties involved. If this is not possible full details in writing should be submitted by the aggrieved party(ies) to the Solent Branch Secretaries within 72hrs of the incident. The Solent Branch Committee will then investigate the matter and make a ruling. Their decision is final.

Cruising Class Only

It is anticipated that a crew of two will be the norm for the Cruising Class. However the  OMO may give dispensation for crews of greater numbers as long as they are in the “Spirit of the Cruising Class” e.g. young children, non-sailing friends etc.

  • Spinnakers, cruising chutes etc. are not be used in the Cruising Class.
  • Current UK racing rules do not apply (except in respect of collision avoidance).
  • The Cruising Class may have a less demanding course than the racing class.
  • Autopilots can be used, but not in close quarter situations.
  • Engines can be used (Max 4 Knots) up to within 200m of the start line or until the 5 minute start signal has been made and may not be restated until after the finish line has been crossed.

Round the Island Race

  • This race is for the fastest circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight. The following instructions need to be adhered to.
    • The race can be completed either clockwise or anticlockwise.
    • No engines can be used
    • Autopilots can be used, but not in close quarter situations.
    • Boats using chutes or spinnakers (racers) will attract a 5% penalty on their respective base number.
    • Timings to be submitted by the end of October
    • The Skipper is to record the Longitude at his selected start point and the race circuit will be deemed complete when that Longitude has been passed after the circumnavigation.
    • Each participating boat will be responsible for recording start, finish, elapsed times and sailing category i.e. “racing” or “cruising,” sending these by email to Ian Bevington, Race Officer.

Cherbourg Race

  • This will be the fastest crossing either to or from Cherbourg between two Latitudes provided.
    • No engines can be used
    • Autopilots can be used, but not in close quarter situations.
    • Boats using chutes or spinnakers (racers) will attract a 5% penalty on their respective base number.
    • Each participating boat will be responsible for recording start, finish, elapsed times and sailing category i.e. “racing” or “cruising,” sending these by email to Ian Bevington, Race Officer.

Skippers’ Responsibilities

  • All skippers are reminded that they are ultimately responsible for the conduct of their vessel, including the decision to put to sea and to participate in the races, and in particular to ensure that their vessel is seaworthy and prepared for the passages involved and that they carry insurance valid for Association Class Racing.
  • If in doubt as whether your insurance policy covers Dixon racing you should consult with your broker or insurance underwriter.
  • If you would like advice on any technical or safety aspects of racing, or on the Dixon Racing rules then contact Ian Bevington, Race Officer,  who will be happy to assist you.