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Charles River Open Team Race

Sat 24-Jun-201708:30-18:00
Sun 25-Jun-201709:30-16:30
Registration Start: 24-April-2017 at 00:00
Registration End:23-June-2017 at midnight

Sailing Instructions

Charles River Open Team Race 2017


  1. RULES


1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) of World Sailing and their Appendix D, the US Sailing Prescriptions, and the class rules of the intercollegiate dinghy class as described in the ICSA Procedural Rules for Intercollegiate Competition.


1.2 If there is a conflict between the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions, the Sailing Instructions shall take precedence.


1.3 USCG-approved Type III PFDs shall be worn at all times while on the water except while actively adding or removing clothing. Competitors shall supply their own PFDs. PFDs shall be worn outside of all clothing except for team identification bibs.


1.4 Helmets with a chinstrap shall be worn at all times while on the water except while actively adding or removing clothing. Competitors shall supply their own helmets.


1.5 Boats are prohibited from protesting under Sailing Instruction 1.3 or 1.4. This changes RRS 60.1(a).


1.6 It is not the intention of the organizers to umpire any races.


1.7   After the initial round robin, the first tiebreak and overall regatta placement will be points as described in SI Addendum 1. This changes RRS D4.




Notices to competitors will be posted on the Official Notice Board located to the west of the lobby of the MIT Sailing Pavilion.




3.1 Changes to the Sailing Instructions may be made orally.


3.2 Changes to the Sailing Instructions made ashore will be posted before they will take effect. 


3.3 Changes to the Sailing Instructions made on the water will be announced by the Race Committee


3.4 A change in the time for the first warning on Sunday will be announced and posted no later than 1 hour after the finish of the final race on Saturday.




4.1 FJs and Fireflies will be provided by MIT. Standing rigging may be adjusted. Claims regarding the performance of the boats will not be grounds for granting redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).


4.2 Redress will not be granted for knots becoming untied or the loss of pins or rings. The exceptions to this are a halyard knot at the top of a sail if neither the competitor nor the competitor’s team rigged the boat or, a pin, knot or fitting supplied taped by the OA This changes RRS 62.1(a).


4.3 The following limitations shall apply:


4.3(a) Boats shall be sailed with the rigging and fittings as supplied, though tension may be adjusted on halyards and sidestays. Replacement of broken or damaged gear may only be made with gear sanctioned by the OA. Only electrical or rigging tape may be used to help prevent gear from snagging. Duct tape shall not be used for this purpose.


4.3(b) Every effort shall be made to avoid damage to hulls, rigging and sails. All boats shall be required to provide a $50 damage deposit paid through the MIT sailing website prior to the start of the regatta. This deposit does not limit the liability of a competitor. In addition to damage to the provided boats, the damage deposit(s) may be used to pay for the repair of damage to boats or equipment caused by competitors.


4.3(c) In the event that the damage deposit is partially or wholly used, the team will be required to replenish the deposit in order to continue racing.




5.1 A competitors’ briefing will be held on Saturday at 09:00.


5.2 First warning each day will be at 09:30.


5.3 No first warning on Sunday after 17:00.




6.1 The regatta format and number of races will be determined by the race committee, based on the number of teams and the expected weather conditions. The regatta format may be changed on the water; see SI 3.


6.2. The regatta will be scored according to the attached Addendum.


6.3. The planned format is multiple group round robins, with the groups reconstituted after each round robin based on the results of completed races. The regrouping may take into account the won/lost record (weighted by the group), race scores and the current grouping of the team, as tiebreaks.  An elimination ladder may be used. The goal of this event is to provide as many races as possible between evenly matched teams.


6.4. Time permitting there may be a Final Round or Final 4.


6.45.Scores from partially completed rounds may count to determine placement in the finals or final order of finish in the regatta. This changes RRS D4.2 (b).


6.6. There shall be no requests for redress arising from the regatta format, a team’s rotation or seeding. This changes RRS 62.1.




The racing area will be the lower basin of the Charles River.




8.1 The course will be a digital N, or as announced at the RC Signal Boat.


8.2 The Race Committee may change a leg of the course that begins at a rounding mark by changing the position of the next mark or the finishing line, but no mark shall be moved when any boat is on the leg, which it terminates. Subsequent legs may be changed to maintain the course configuration.


8.3 There will be no visual or audible signals for a course change; this changes RRS 33.


8.4 Courses shall not be shortened, this changes RRS 32 and Race Signals ‘S’.


8.5 Digital N Course: See figure on notice board




The rounding, starting and finishing marks will be orange, white, yellow red, green or pink spheres.




10.1 The start and finish lines will be between the staff from which a flag is displayed on a Race Committee boat and the course side of the nearby mark.


10.2 The start shall be a 2 minute rolling start with the first warning approximately 1 minute before the 2 minute signal and warnings for subsequent races being the 30 second signal of the previous start, unless there is a postponement, abandonment or a general recall. This changes RRS Q3.


10.3 The race number may be hailed from the RC signal boat.


10.4 A boat starting more than two minutes after her starting signal will be scored “DNS” without a hearing. This changes RRS 63.1 and D3.1.




11.1 Races may be abandoned at any time. This changes RRS 32.1. Abandonment will be signaled by oral instruction and multiple whistle blasts.  Abandoned races may be re-sailed, if so, a new warning signal for the abandoned race will be made as soon as practical.


11.2 Races shall not be shortened. This changes RRS 32.1.




If flag X is displayed, it will remain displayed until all OCS boats are completely on the pre-course side of the starting line or its extensions, or for one minute, whichever occurs first.




There will be no time limit for any race.




14.1 The finish boat and the parties to the protest must be notified of intent to protest at the end of the race.


14.2 Protest forms will be available from the Scorer’s Office or the Front Desk.


14.3 Protests must be heard within 10 minutes after all parties have returned to the dock after the flight in which the protest occurred. This modifies RRS 61.2 and RRS 63.2. A flight defined is a round of races for a given seeded group of competitors.


14.4 The Race committee may require that protests be heard on the water after the parties involved have finished the race. The “three-minute justice” system may be used, which changes RRS 63.2 regarding time for preparation for the hearing, and RRS 63.6 regarding witnesses.


14.5 Failure of the parties to be present may not be reason to reopen the hearing.


14.6 Three minute justice with very expedited hearings will be explained verbally at the competitor’s briefing on Saturday.


14.7 All valid protests arising from hull contact shall result in disqualifications. This modifies RRS 64.


14.8 The Scorers shall be informed of protest results as soon as the decision is rendered.


15. Redress


15.1 Requests for redress arising from a race shall be reported to the finish boat. All other requests for redress shall be reported to the Scorer’s Office on the form provided.


15.2 Requests for redress shall be heard by a committee appointed by the Race Committee.


15.3 The time limit for requests for redress shall be 15 minutes after the finish of the last race in the set in which the incident occurred or 15 minutes after the incident whichever is later.


16. Minimum Crew Weight


16.1 It is the responsibility of each team to ensure that it is not sailing under- weight. To that end the official scale shall be available to competitors throughout the event.


16.2 Competitors shall weigh in wearing only light shirt and shorts, no shoes, socks, helmets or hats.


16.3 Combined weight of the entire six-person team shall not be less than 870 pounds. Teams shall carry corrector weight to bring the combined weight up to the minimum.  Corrector weight shall be one pound of corrector for each pound of weight less than their minimum.


16.4 Providing corrector weights shall be the sole responsibility of the competitors. Only water in sealed jugs shall be acceptable. Competitors shall carry the corrector weights in every race, from boat to boat, and shall secure them in the cockpit of each boat with tie-off lines they supply. Tie-off lines may be on sale from MIT at the price of $5 per foot. Jugs will be on sale from MIT at the price of $2.00 each.


16.5 Teams shall be subject to weigh-ins and reweighs at any time during the regatta. The weigh-ins shall be at the discretion of the OA and RC, Teams requested to weigh-in shall report immediately and directly to the weigh-in area, in the clothing used to sail their last race. Teams not reporting immediately to the weigh-in area, or teams attempting to circumvent the weigh-in procedure by ingesting food or drink, changing or adding clothing, or any other means of attempting to change their weight, shall forfeit any wins from the last flight of races which they competed.


16.6 Underweight teams shall be given losses in all races in their previous flight of races. In the event there are two teams who have been given losses under this SI in the same race there shall be no win given for that race for any reason.


16.7 Team weights shall not be subject to a competitor protest. This changes RRS 60.1.


17. Decorum


17.1 All competitors shall respect and acknowledge the other MIT sailing patrons, regatta volunteers, and fellow users of the river.


17.2 All competitors agree to follow the instructions and directions of the MIT Sailing Pavilion staff, the MITNA volunteers and other event organizers.


17.3 Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.


17.4 The MIT Sailing Pavilion is open to recreational sailing throughout this event; competitors should be aware of and respect recreational sailors.


18. Safety

In accordance with RRS 4, the responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone. The responsibility for the safety of the boat and each competitor lies solely with each individual and not with the MIT Sailing Pavilion or any of its staff or volunteers



               CRTR Scoring and Seeding Addendum 2017

It is the intent to seed the regatta by win-loss record and to score the regatta by race win points a description of which follows:


               Stage 1

1. All teams shall sail a round robin in their assigned boats against all the other teams in their assigned boat type.

2. Race wins from the first round shall be worth 1.25 points.


               Stage 2

1. Rounds 2-5.  Teams shall sail round robins in their assigned boats, in their assigned Groups.

       1.(a).  The number of Rounds in this stage may be adjusted up or down. The decision to change the number of rounds will take into consideration a variety of factors that may include weather, wind and time.

       1.(b).  Teams will be notified as to which Stage is currently being sailed by a note on the rotation sheet.

2. Groupings for boat assignments will be by win-loss records taking into consideration number of times that teams have met and  the prior Groups of boats sailed.

3. Race wins in Group A from these rounds shall be worth 1.5 points.

4. Race wins in Group B from these rounds shall be worth 1.0 points.


               Stage 3

1. Teams will be split into 4 different groups and sail a round robin within the groups.

2. Race wins from Group A shall be worth 1.7 points.

3. Race wins from Group B shall be worth 1.3 points.

4. Race wins from Group C shall be worth 1.0 points.

5. Race wins from Group D shall be worth 1.0 points.


               Stage 4

1. Round robin of the highest placed teams. 

2. Teams racing in this Stage shall be ranked 1-4 for the regatta.

3. Race win points from previous rounds will not be carried over.

4. In the event of a tie between 2 or more teams in this Stage the overall placement of each team before the start of this Stage shall be used as a tiebreak.

5. Any remaining ties shall not be broken.



Questions about this event should be directed to the organizer(s): JEFF DUSEK, STEWART CRAIG

Updated: 2014/05/04 19:06:46
Updated: 2014/05/04 19:06:46