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2016 IOM EC SIs PG1 mod GD5

Sailing Instructions

International One Metre European Championships


June 25th to July 1st, 2016


The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the 2013-2016 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). RRS Appendix E will apply.

The following documents will govern the event:

– Heat Management System (HMS 2016);

– International One Metre Class Rules;

– IOMICA Class Championship Rules;

– IRSA Addendum Q (Umpired Fleet Racing for Radio Sailing);

– Equipment Rules of Sailing.

1.3 No national prescriptions of a national authority will apply.

1.4 RRS E6.6 (Redress) is changed by deleting the words “…and as a result retiring….”

Add to RRS E4.2 (Outside Help):

(d) when a boat’s hull rig or appendages are entangled, or she is aground or in danger help from a race committee vessel;

(e) unsolicited information from a disinterested source. A competitor is not a disinterested source unless acting as an observer.

However, a boat that gains a significant advantage in the heat or race from help received under rule 41 may be protested and penalized; any penalty may be less than disqualification.

1.5 Other rule changes are identified in the relevant Sailing Instruction



2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the Official Notice Board situated near the scoring tent.



3.1 The International Jury and the IOMICA event delegate shall approve changes in the Sailing Instructions.

3.2 Any change of the Sailing Instructions shall be posted on the Official Notice Board and shall take effect from the first heat of a new race. However, changes to the Control Area, Launching Area and Practice Area will take effect from the next heat. When a notice is posted the race committee will make two sound signals followed by a hail announcing that a change has been posted.

3.3 Any change to the scheduled first warning signal of the day will be posted by 19:00 or earlier on the day before it will take effect.




4.1 Schedule

June 25th                  Registration, Practice and Equipment Inspection

June 26th                  Registration, Practice and Equipment Inspection until 12:00.

June 26th                 Racing (First warning signal not before 13.00).

June 27th – July 1st            Racing (see SI 4.4)

July 1st                                 Closing Party & Awards Ceremony (18:00)



4.2 The scheduled time for the first warning signal on June 26th is 13.00. The scheduled time for the first warning signal on June 27th – July 1st is 10.00. The racing area will be available for practice from 9.00 to 9.45.


4.3 The first warning signal of a heat shall not be given after 19.30.


4.4 On 1th July, final day, the first warning signal of a heat will not be given after 16.00.



  1. Competitors as Observers


5.1 The race committee will appoint observers. All competitors will serve as observers as required by the race committee.

5.2 A competitor unable to serve as an observer for a heat shall obtain prior written approval from the race committee, or notify the race committee in writing of the name and sail number of a substitute observer, who shall also be a competitor. Approval will normally only be granted if a competitor’s boat requires immediate repairs or on medical or safety grounds.

5.3 An observer appointed for a heat who is not present in the control area from the Warning Signal until released by the race committee, or who fails to act diligently as an observer, may be protested by the race committee under rule 60.2(a).




6.1 The sailing area will be located at Club Nautico Vitoria.

6.2 Boats may be launched and sailed at any time in a practice area to be defined in an Annexe.

6.3 A boat not racing in the heat being sailed shall not sail within 16 metres (50 feet) of either a boat racing or any mark of the racing course.

6.4 Changes to the practice area will be posted on the Official Notice Board according to SI 3.2.

6.5 A boat infringing SI 6.2 or 6.3 may be penalised by the Race Committee without a hearing. The penalty will be a One-Turn penalty to be taken according to rule E7(b). This changes rules 63.1, 64.1 and A5.



7.1 The Control Area will be defined in an Annexe. Competitors shall be in this area when controlling boats that are racing, except briefly to handle and then release or relaunch the boat

7.2 The Launch Area will be defined in an Annexe.

7.3 Boats may not enter the Launch Area until authorized by the Race Committee.

7.4 A boat infringing SI 7.3 may be penalised by the Race Committee without a hearing. The penalty will be a One-Turn penalty to be taken according to rule E7(b). This changes rules 63.1, 64.1 and A5.

Launching and re-launching

(a)        A boat scheduled to race in a heat may be launched, held in the launching area, taken ashore or re-launched at any time during the heat. However, she shall not be released for the first time during a heat after the first boat in that heat has finished.

(b)        Boats shall be launched or recovered only from within the launching area.

(c)        While ashore or within the launching area, boats may be adjusted, drained of water or

repaired; have their sails/rigs changed; have entangled objects removed; or have

equipment repaired or changed.

7.5 Changes to the Control Area and the Launching Area will be notified as required by SI 3.2





8.1 The course, including a description of the marks, starting and finishing line, the order in which marks are to rounded, and the side on which each mark is to be left, will be displayed on the course board as provided in RRS E3.3 before the warning signal of each heat.



9.1 The heat composition will be posted on the Heat Board near the control area.

9.2 Heat selection for Race 1 shall be carried out as follows:

The boats will be ranked according to their finishing positions, if any, in the previous IOM European

Championships. Boats without a finishing position in the previous IOM European Championship shall be ranked according to their finishing positions, if any, in the previous corresponding IOM World Championships, after boats already ranked. Remaining boats shall be ranked after boats already ranked according to the alphabetical order of the competitor’s surname. From this list of ranked boats, boats will be sorted into heats in the order: A, B, C, D, E, E, D, C, B, A and so on.



10.1 The Race Committee will hail the heat and race number of the next heat. It is the competitor’s responsibility to hear this call and for the boat to compete in her assigned heat. Failure to hear and comply with the Race Committee’s hail will not be grounds for redress. This changes RRS 62.

10.2 Following a general recall the warning signal will be made as soon as possible. This changes rule 29.2 as modified by rule E3.6.



11.1 No boat shall start after the first boat in the heat has finished.


11.2 Boats starting more than one minute after the starting signal shall hail and receive acknowledgement from the Race Officer that they have started.


11.3 The time limit for the first boat to finish after having sailed the course in accordance with rule 28 shall be 30 minutes.


  1. Time out limit


12.1 Except as in SI 12.4, the Time Out Limit for racing after the first boat finishes shall be 5 minutes.

– If 6 or fewer boats are still racing they shall be recorded according to SI 12.3.

– If more than 6 boats are still racing the Time Out Limit shall be extended until only 6 boats remain racing, at which point they shall be recorded according to SI 12.3.

12.3 Boats failing to finish within the Time Out Limit shall be recorded as DNF, RET, OCS, DNS or DNC in that order, as appropriate. DNF boats still racing at the end of the Time Out Limit will be recorded with finishing places according to their order on the water. These boats will be scored according to their finishing places.

12.4 There will be no Time Out Limit in Race 1.




13.1 Protests and requests for redress need not be in writing. The protest committee may take evidence in any way it considers appropriate and may communicate its decision orally.

13.2Parties to a protest shall be informed orally by hailing that a protest hearing is opening. It is the responsibility of the parties to come to the hearing without delay accompanied by any witness. No other notice of the hearing will be given. This changes RRS 63.2.

13.3 The IRSA SYRPH (System for Reducing Protest Hearings) will be used, when applicable, before a formal protest hearing is opened.

13.4 Protests may be heard under rule N1.4(b). The time limit for requesting a hearing by a full International Jury is 5 minutes after the parties have been informed of the panel’s decision. However, after the warning signal of any heat to which a party to the hearing may be promoted, any decision or redress shall not change the race schedule for that race. This changes rules 64.1 and 64.2

13.5 For the purposes of rule 64.3(b) the ‘authority responsible’ is the IOMICA Technical Sub- Committee or its official delegate at the event.

13.6 Decisions of the International Jury will be final as provided in rule 70.5.



14.1 Heat Management System will apply.

14.2 Five races are required to be completed to constitute a series.

14.3 A boat finishing in a heat to which she has not been assigned will be scored DNS for the heat to which she was assigned. She will not sail in her assigned heat.




15.1 Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless authorized by the race committee. Requests for substitution shall be made to the committee at the first reasonable opportunity.




16.1 A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions. On the water, a boat can be instructed by a race committee, equipment inspector or measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.





17.1 Unless the Race Committee prohibits their use, competitors not racing may use their transmitters at any time for the purpose of tuning or practice sailing.



Prizes will be awarded to the first 10 positions in the final results.

First Master (55years), first Grand Master (65years) and first Great Grand Master (70years).



Competitors participate in the Championship entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organising authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


20.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of € 10.000 per incident or equivalent. For the purpose of this instruction the term ‘boat’ includes the competitor designated to control her.


21.1 Major regattas offer significant public exposure to our sport. Inappropriate competitor behaviour can reflect negatively that exposure. All participants are advised that their actions will be under scrutiny, not only by the public, but also by the race officials. Kindly behave with dignity and respect.

Any behaviour that breeches good manners or sportsmanship or that brings our sport into disrepute will result in a hearing under RRS 69 (Allegations of gross misconduct).

Penalties may include umpire-given penalty turns (under IRSA Addendum Q, penalty taken immediately to avoid a protest hearing), disqualifying a boat from the race in question or subsequent races, exclusion from the regatta, or other action within the International Jury’s   jurisdiction.