Offshore Duluth Triangle Race - Sailing Instructions
Friday, August 10, 2018

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Duluth Yacht Club
Duluth, Minnesota • Saint Louis County

 

The Duluth Yacht Club (DYC) will sponsor Offshore Races as listed in the 2018 Race Schedule as published in the Leading Edge, and online at the DYC website at: www.duluthyachtclub.com  Sailing Instructions are published in the Leading Edge and on the DYC website.

1. RULES

1.1 Racing will be governed by the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing and these Sailing Instructions except as altered by these Sailing Instructions or as announced on VHF 72 and/or posted on the DYC website. The race committee is not obligated to post changes to notices on the website.

1.2 Rule 40, Personal floatation devices (PFD) is changed to include: Each crew member on board is required to wear a PFD for the start and finish of each race. When announced by the race coordinator, each crew member on board is required to wear a PFD for the duration of the race. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the yacht scoring a DSQ for that race.

1.4 For all Offshore Series races, Rule 52 of the Racing Rules is modified to provide as follows:

52 - Manual Power
A boat’s standing rigging, running rigging, spars and movable hull appendages shall be adjusted and operated only by manual power; provided, boats may use electronic auto-helms or auto-pilots.

2. NOTICE TO COMPETITORS

2.1 Notice to competitors will be posted on the Official Notice Board at the DYC website at www.duluthyachtclub.com  or announced on VHF Channel 72.

3. SCHEDULE AND TIME OF RACE

3.1 At 5:00pm on Friday, August 10, 2018, yachts should contact the race coordinator on VHF 72 with their yacht name and await verification of their intent to participate in the race.

3.2 See accompanying document for Bermuda start times.

4. CLASSES

4.1 The Race Committee will determine classes for DYC Offshore Series races.

4.2 Bermuda Starts will be used for all DYC Offshore Series Races and are listed on the Bermuda Start Listing, except for the DYC Spring Offshore Series Race from Duluth to Bayfield on June 28, 2018 which will be a line start.

5. RACING AREA

5.1 The race area is the western end of Lake Superior.

5.2 The starting area will be outside the Duluth channel entry.

6. COURSES

  Course Length Total: 64.61nm  
  Start Coordinates: 46 46.747 N
092 05.270 W
The starting line is between the end of the South Pier of the Duluth Harbor entry, and the DYC positioned “G” mark heading in an easterly direction.
  Distance To Port Wing: 87°T, 28.27nm  
  Port Wing Mark Coordinates:

46 48.266 N
091.24.045 W 

A DYC Fiberglass Bouy may be in place at the coordinates.  If bouy is present take the bouy to port.
  Distance to Two Harbors: 313°T, 15.79nm  
  Two Harbor Mark Coordinates: 46 58.942 N
091 41.062 W 
A DYC Fiberglass Bouy may be in place at the coordinates.  If bouy is present take the bouy to port.
  Distance To Duluth: 234°T, 20.55nm  
  Finish Coordinates:  46 46.747 N 
092 05.270 W 
The finish line is between the end of the South Pier of the Duluth Harbor entry, and the DYC positioned “G” mark heading in a westerly direction.

 7. RATINGS

7.1 The class will use PHRF as adopted by the Duluth Yacht Club Rating Committee.

7.2 Provisional Ratings - Provisional ratings will be assigned to yachts racing that have not been previously assigned a rating by the Duluth Yacht Club Rating Committee.

7.3 Boats choosing to race with the Jib and Main class only, will be assigned an adjusted PHRF by the race committee.

7.4 Boats may appeal their rating by writing to the Chairperson of the Rating Committee outlining the basis for the appeal.

8. EQUIPMENT

8.1 While racing all yachts shall carry life-saving equipment conforming to government regulations that apply in the racing area. Failure to do so will result in the yacht scoring a DSQ. DYC strongly recommends compliance with US Sailing requirements as listed in the US Safety Equipment Requirements (USSER) document under the “US Coastal Category”.

9. STARTING

9.1 Bermuda Starts will be used for the Duluth Triangle.  Start times listed on the Bermuda Start Listing.

9.2 As Bermuda starts will be used, all boats that are not starting are required to be aware of boats that are, and should keep clear.

10. POSTPONEMENT OR ABANDONMENT

10.1 Race postponement or abandonment will be communicated by the race coordinator on VHF 72.

10.2 Schedule permitting, a postponed race may be re-sailed at a later time and/or date.

11. THE FINISH

11.1 All competitors should record their finish place and the boats around them.

12. TIME LIMIT

12.1 There is no time limit for these races.

13. RETIREMENT

13.1 A yacht that retires from a race is asked to notify the race coordinator before leaving the race area by VHF 72 or hailing. If that is impossible or impracticable, then immediately after arriving ashore, the competitor shall notify a Race Committee representative.

14. PROTESTS

14.1 The protesting boat is required to notify the race committee after finishing that a protest will be filed. 

14.2 Protests shall be written on RRS protest forms available in the DYC Leading Edge or on the DYC Website. Lacking a proper protest form, a protesting boat shall provide in writing the information required under RRS 61.2.

14.3 Time Limit - The time limit for filing protests shall be 24 hours after the finish time of the protesting boat. Protest must be submitted directly to the Race Committee Chairman, the Protest Committee Chairman, or electronically via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

14.4 Any protest found to be valid or not withdrawn shall have a protest hearing by the protest committee.  The protest hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible, at time acceptable to the parties involved.

 

15. SCORING

15.1 The scoring system will follow Appendix A of the RRS with the exception of: Boats that do not start or do not finish will be scored one (1) plus the number of finishers.

15.2 All competitors are required to have paid their series race fees prior to start of the series in order to be scored in that series.

16. PRIZES

16.1 Prizes will be awarded which shall not violate the amateur standards of the US Sailing Association or the US Olympic Committee.


IMPORTANT NOTICE OF LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

The Duluth Yacht Club and/or DYC Race Committee, its members or any other committee shall not be liable for any injury or damage whatsoever to persons or property whether caused by or resulting from their act, omission or alleged negligence, or from weather or sea conditions, hazards of any kind, defects or failure of yachts to be seaworthy in hull, rigging or gear, or any acts, omissions or alleged negligence of other participants which may occur during or arising out of or in connection with any race, regatta, event, cruise, spectacle or any activity sponsored or aided in whole or in part by the Duluth Yacht Club.

Notice is hereby given to all participants (including crew, spectators, officials and others) that they participate in any activity solely at their own risk. Skippers of participating yachts are required to apprise all crew members of this Limitation of Liability as a Condition of Entry.

 

FOUL LANGUAGE IS PROHIBITED DURING DYC RACES

Any boat emitting foul language loud enough to be heard by another person, regardless at whom the foul language was directed, shall be subject to protest, and possible penalties. Any boat may protest another boat from which it heard foul language. On the first offense the penalty is a warning except when the incident is considered by the protest committee to be egregious.

Egregious incidence will be heard under RRS #2 or #69 with all penalties available. Upon a second offense the committee may rule a 20% penalty (minimum of 2 places). If the second incident is deemed serious, the committee may rule a DSQ. Repeated incidents may be judged to be a gross breach of good manners and sportsmanship under RRS 69. When a boat declines to attend the hearing, the incident shall be considered to infringe RRS #2.