Race Committee Suggestions

General Suggestions

These Suggestions are designed to assist Race Committees conducting Y-Flyer Class races and regattas by removing elements of uncertainty and outlining standard procedures that the class has determined to be the most preferred. For all events these Suggestions should be followed as closely as possible, although it may be necessary that certain parts of the Suggestions will need to be modified. Deviations from the Suggestions should be made because of specific geographic limitations and not because of personal opinion or lack of equipment.

These Suggestions are guidelines only. Nothing contained herein may be used as the basis of a protest, except as provided in AYFYRA rules.

1) The conduct and management of any regatta should be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing as set forth by the United States Sailing Association and as modified from time to time.
2) Appendix A to the AYFYRA by-laws will be obeyed at all times.
3) The PRO should make sure that all Race Committee equipment is adequate for the expected conditions. For example, there should be adequate ground tackle so that the committee boat and marks don’t drift.
4) The PRO should budget the total time allotted for the regatta with the purpose of sailing the scheduled number of races under the best weather conditions possible. This includes sailing extra races early if the potential for deteriorating conditions exists.
5) The regatta invitation and the Sailing Suggestions should state that the published starting times and number of races on a given day can be changed as specified in the Racing Rules of Sailing.
6) The PRO should not be reluctant to wait for favorable winds, particularly on the first day of a major championship.
7) One of the Race Committee boats should be in the intended racing area thirty to forty minutes before the scheduled start in order to determine the median wind enabling the setting of a proper course and starting line.
8) If, on the first leg, a substantial wind shift occurs such that the first leg is no longer a beat to windward, or if in the opinion of the PRO is no longer a contest of skill, it is recommended that the race be abandoned and re-sailed.
9) The preferred time length for the lead boat to finish a race is between sixty (60) and seventy five (75) minutes. Shorter races may be necessary in order to get the desired number of races, or when there are extremely light or heavy winds or very heavy seas.
10) The preferred course is an Olympic course with a 60-60-60 degree triangle.
11) It is strongly recommended that the Race Committee chairman and PRO hold a skippers‘ meeting prior to the first race for the purpose of answering questions and imparting local knowledge (identifying marks etc, as an example). Planned crew changes should be announced at that time.
12) Boats ruled OCS (on course side) at the start will be hailed. Non-compliance by a competitor is not a race committee issue.
13) The PRO shall attempt to set the starting lines eighty five degrees to the median wind so that the pin end is favored by five degrees.
14) Don’t delay starts for boats that don’t get to the starting area on time because they failed to leave the harbor at or before the harbor gun.

Weather Related Suggestions

The following items address the weather related concerns of the Y-Flyer Class.

1) Typically, races should not be sailed in sustained winds measuring 25 mph or more. This rule should be considered more venue specific. On some more open and accessible bodies of water, a higher sustained wind strength would be acceptable and within reasonable safety standards. Consultation with the competitors is essential.
2) Races should not be sailed in winds gusting in excess of 30mph. As with the previous rule, this rule should also be considered more venue specific.
3) Water temperature resulting in a significant risk for Hypothermia and wind strength resulting in a significant risk for multiple boat capsizes. This rule would be a non-issue for boats sailing in a frostbite or winter situation when all competitors are prepared for such conditions.
4) The fleet should remain at the dock if the sustained wind measures less than 2 mph or there is not enough wind to generate sustained independent forward motion of a Y-Flyer. This rule indicates a minimum wind speed to allow for competitive racing.
5) Any threatening thunderstorms, dark skies, lightning, or information regarding the same that would appear to threaten the race course or the competitors should be considered a reason to postpone or abandon. If the fleet is on the water, a reasonable time must be given to allow competitors to reach safety.