Formula Racing Information
Bay Area Equipment Guidelines
Boards - Use
any board ("production" or "custom") under 100.5 cm in width,
no centerboard(s), and over 8.5 kg wet with straps and fin.
Sails - Use
any three sails. No size restriction, no requirement that it be on the ISAF
Fins - Use
any fin up to 70cm in length. If you use a longer fin and someone protests...
Measuring or weighing
will only occur if equipment is protested by another competitor. Likewise, only
protests will lead to any enforcement action. Protests will follow the
procedures governing all protests (i.e., hearing, witnesses, bring a case of
beer as a protest fee...) A contestant will be selected at random to preside
over any protest. It could be anyone that was not directly involved in
the alleged infraction or witness to to the alleged infraction. Think
of dealing with an "enforcement" issue as being similar to dealing
with a freshly deputized, drunken posse out of a Mel Brooks movie. --
It's fun to watch, but has unpredictable results. So it's best to avoid
getting into an equipment dispute.
Scoring & Racing
0. The regatta shall be governed by the 2013-2016 Racing
Rules of Sailing (RRS).
1. Changes to the sailing instructions shall be in writing and posted on the
official notice board one hour before the race they are to take effect or, on
the water, communicated to each board before her warning signal (Ref RRS 90.2(c)).
2. All competitors must have a sail number to race.
3. Course and marks will be reviewed at the skippers' meeting.
4. Races will be started in accordance with RRS 26. When the race committee
is in place the postponement flag (AP) will be raised (AP flag is a red and
white striped flag).
after the AP flag is lowered the first 5-minute sequence of the day shall begin.
TIME SIGNAL FLAG - SOUND
5 Minutes- WARNING SIGNAL Class Flag - One Horn
4 Minutes- PREPARATORY SIGNAL Code Flag P - One Horn
1 Minute- P Lowered - One Whistle
0 Minute- START Class Flag Removed
1st. finisher 'Z' FLAG UP
'Z' flag will remain up after the 1st. finisher. The next sequence will begin
5 min. after the 'Z' flag is lowered. (Z flag is four colored squares, red,
yellow, purple, blue (P flag is a rectangular blue flag w/ a white rectangle
Each flag will be accompanied by a sound signal. However, times will be taken
from the flags and a failure or mistiming of a sound signal must be ignored.
5. Recalls: 1; Individual recall will be displayed by an 'X' flag (a white square-
shaped flag with a blue cross on it) and one sound (RRS 29.1), 2; General recall
will cause the committee to display the 'First Substitute' flag (a blue and
yellow pennant flag) and two sound signals (RRS 29.2). One minute after the
'First Substitute' is lowered, a 5 min. starting sequence will begin.
6. The committee may postpone, abandon, or cancel a race before the starting
signal for any reason. The committee may abandon or cancel a race after the
start for any reason affecting the fairness of the competition. The 'Answering
Pennant' (AP) flag will be displayed when the start of a race is POSTPONED.
The 'N' flag (black and white squares) will be displayed if a race is ABANDONED.
FIVE min. after the 'Answering Pennant' or 'N' flag is lowered, a 5 min. starting
sequence will begin.
7. Each racer will sail the course so as to round or pass each mark on the required
side in the correct sequence. The time limit will normally be 30 min. after
the first finish. The 'Z' flag will be displayed until the time limit is over.
The race committee may decide to lengthen the 30 min. time limit for reasons
such as light wind conditions or length of course. When all racers have finished
or the time limit has been reached, the 'Z' flag will be lowered. Five min.
after the 'Z' flag is lowered the next 5 min. sequence will begin or the Postponement
flag (Answering Pennant, red and white stripes) will be raised.
8. The courses will be discussed at the skippers' meeting. The course that is
sailed in the FIRST race shall be used for all races UNLESS the race committee
displays the 'L' flag (yellow and black squares). This flag means "come within
hail" and the new course will be indicated on the official notice board on the
beach. Information at the race boat is not reliable.
9. Scoring will be per ISAF low point 2009-2012 (RRS Appendix A): first place = 1 point, second place = 2
points, third = 3 points, etc. Penalties are handled per RRS A9:
"For a series that is held over a period of time longer than a regatta, a
board that came to the starting area but did not start, did not finish,
retired after finishing or was disqualified shall be scored points for
the finishing place one more than the number of boards that came to
the starting area. A board that did not come to the starting area shall
be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of
boards entered in the series."
10. Each race will be scored separately. One race will be thrown out per 4 completed (this changes RRS Appendix A2 "Series Scores").
Regarding Ties (as per RRS A8.1):
(a) If there is a series-score tie between two or more boards, it shall be broken in favour of the board(s) with the best single excluded race score(s).
(b) If a tie remains between two or more boards, each board’s race scores shall be listed in order of best to worst, and at the first point(s) where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favour of the board(s) with the best score(s). These scores shall be used even if some of them are excluded scores.
(c) If a tie still remains between two or more boards, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race. Any remaining ties shall be broken by using the tied boards’ scores in the next- to-last race and so on until all ties are broken. These scores shall be used even if some of them are excluded scores.
11. All racers will sail together and be scored together, and will be separated
for awards at the end of the series: 1st, 2nd. 3rd, C, B, A, W, etc.
12. If you wish to protest you must follow this procedure:
1) Notify the racer being protested by hail at the first opportunity after the
2) Notify the committee as soon as possible after the finish of the race.
3) Remind the person you are protesting to meet with you and the committee following
the days' races, and set a time.
360 degree turn penalty is in effect. A racer who acknowledges infringing a
rule may exonerate himself by following Rule B2.1(c): Rule 44.2 is changed so
that two turns are replaced by one 360° turn with no requirement for tacks
14. If racing is canceled for any reason on the scheduled Saturday date, the racing will be re-run the very next day (Sunday) that same weekend. If the whole weekend (Saturday and Sunday) ends up as a DNR (Did Not Race), that event will NOT be re-scheduled at a later date. There are no make up dates.