5 hour Race Sunday 12th June


The Steve Robertson Memorial Race has been shortened this year to five hours following feedback last year so that people can return home a little earlier on Sunday. The format is still the same with each boat having two crews that swap every 50 minutes or so.  Standard teams are two or four, depending on whether the boat is single or double handed, however we are happy to accept larger teams, especially where there are junior crews involved.  Entry is £10 per adult and £5 for under 18s.  You will be given a number to put on your hull which will help the race team identify you and record the results.


Sunday 12th June

09:00     Registration – Please pre-register if possible on Friday/Saturday or by e-mail to kate.tustin@talk21.com

10:00     Briefing

10:45     Race Starts

15:45     Race Ends

17:00     Prize Giving


Notice of the 5 Hour Race

for the Steve Robertson Memorial Trophy

Sun 12th June 2016

The organising authority is Bowmoor Sailing Club.

  1. Rules

1.1 Racing will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing and in accordance with the principles of the RYA Racing Charter

1.2 The Race Committee consists of the Officer-of-the Day (OOD), the duty team, and any additional people that they may co-opt.

1.3  Each team is to have at least two crews and there must be at least three complete changeovers between crews during the race. It will be the team’s responsibility to record the changeovers/crews on the chart provided in the Clubhouse for each lap. Do not go to the Race Hut with this information. This chart will be used to identify the crew with the fastest lap.

1.4  Changeovers must happen in the buoyed-off area in front of the Clubhouse.

1.5 HANDICAPS. The PYS system(2016) will be used.

1.6 Overall positions will be determined by calculating an average corrected lap time for the total period between the boat crossing the starting and finishing line.

1.7 Each team must sail through the starting/finishing line each lap.

1.8 Each team will display identification stickers as provided on the day of the race.

  1. Entries to be made to Kate Tustin: kate.tustin@talk21.com £10 per head for adults and £5 / head for under 18s
  2. Schedule of Racing

3.1 Briefing :                          10.00am  Sunday 12th July

3.2 Race Starts:                     Warning signal 10.35 Flag Numeral 1

Preparatory signal 10.40 Flag P,

Starting window open 10.45 -10.55 (time of crossing the start lineof each boat will be recorded)

3.3 Finishing signal:                15.45 Flag S – all boats to complete the lap they are on.


  1. Prizes

Prizes to include 1st 2nd & 3rd, 1st all junior team.

  1. Conditions of Sailing and Racing

5.1 A boat is entirely responsible for its own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else reduces this responsibility. It is for the boat to decide whether it is fit to sail in the conditions in which it will find itself. By launching or sailing, the boat confirms that it is fit for those conditions and that its crew is competent to sail and compete in them.

5.2 The provision of safety boats does not relieve the sailing boat of its responsibilities.

5.3 Nothing done or not done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will it make the organizers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The term “organisers” encompasses everyone helping to run the race and the event, and includes the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, safety boat crews and beachmasters.

5.4 When the race committee considers that a competitor is in difficulty, it may instruct the competitor to accept help. Receiving outside assistance that does not reduce the potential lap time will not require further penalty; the team may continue to race.

5.5 The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third-party claims in the sum of at least £2,000,000.

5.6 Competitors are eligible to race only after completing an entry form and having their entry accepted by the Race Committee.

5.7 Buoyancy. An adequate personal floatation device, correctly fastened, shall be worn at all times when afloat or on jetties (changes rules 1.2 and 40). Wet/dry suits do not constitute adequate personal buoyancy.

6 Notices to Competitors; Signals made ashore

6.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located under the race control hut.

6.2 Any change in the Sailing Instructions will be posted on the official notice board and flag L will be displayed at the race control hut 20 minutes before the starting window of the race.

6.3 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the flagstaff at the race control hut.

7 Courses and Marks

7.1 The course to be sailed will be posted on the race control hut course board not later than 10 minutes before the first warning signal which will be 10 minutes before the start window opens.

7.2 Marks are to be rounded in the sequence displayed on the course board. The required side for each mark is

denoted by the course board text colour: red (port) or green (starboard).

7.3 Marks of the course will be selected from fixed club marks (numbered “1” to “12” with odd – yellow and even – orange, approximately cylindrical except for 5 which is approximately conical) and/or moveable marks (labeled “V”, “W”, “X”, “Y” and “Z”).

7.4 The starting/finishing mark will be a spherical orange buoy marked “S”. When an IDM is laid near the start or finish line, boats shall start or finish by passing between the IDM and mark “S”. The starting/finishing line will be between the gold mast on the race control hut and mark “S”,

7.5 An inner distance mark (if used) will be a small dan buoy.