JHYC Valentine's Regatta

February 9th to 10th 2019

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS for CSA and Multihull Classes


The Regatta Headquarters will be located at the JHYC Office in the Commercial Centre of Jolly Harbour.


Times are Antigua Standard Time (UTC minus 4 hours).


Organising Authority is the Jolly Harbour Yacht Club under the auspices of the Antigua Barbuda Sailing Association in association with the Caribbean Sailing Association.  


1.1. The Regatta will be governed by the Rules as defined in the World Sailing (ISAF) Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2. The Regatta will also be governed by:

a) The CSA Rating Rule

b) the CSA local Multihull Handicap System

c) The JHYC safety requirements which are published on the website

1.3. The Rules will be changed as follows:

a) Rule 44.1 is changed in that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.

b) Rule 52, Manual Power, will not apply.

c) Rule 77, Identification on Sails, will not apply.



Notices to competitors will be posted on the Official Notice Board at the JHYC Office in the commercial centre located at Jolly Harbour.



Any change to these Sailing Instructions will be posted before 0800 on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 2000 on the day before it will take effect.



There will be no signals made ashore.



5.1. The Committee Boat will stand by on VHF Channel 12.

5.2. The Race Committee may broadcast the following information:

a) time checks at thirty and fifteen minutes before the first start of each day;

b) the courses to be sailed;

c) notification of amendments to the Sailing Instructions and, if brief, the text;

d) any abandonment or postponement will be signalled in accordance with the race signals.

5.3. Failure of a boat to hear any notification on the VHF radio will not be grounds for redress.

This changes rule 60.1(b) and 62.1(a).



6.1. Racing will take place for all classes on Saturday, 9th February and Sunday, 10th February. There will be a practice race on Friday 10th February that will not count towards the overall series.

6.2. The first Warning Signal of each day will not be before 10:00.

6.3. Subsequent races on each day will be started as soon as possible after all boats have finished the previous race.

6.4. Races for all classes will be scheduled as follows:

a) Friday 9 February one practice race starting around 3pm for whose interested, but not counting towards the series.

b) Saturday 9th February, – no more than four races.

c) Sunday 10th February, – no more than three races



7.1. Classes may be divided or combined at the sole discretion of the Race Committee.

7.2. Boats in a CSA Monohull Class must declare their chosen sail configuration to the Race Committee before the scheduled close of registration. All vessels in class 1 will race to their spinnaker handicap whether or not they intend to fly a spinnaker.



All marks of the course will be orange buoys, white buoys or inflatable buoys labelled "Budget Marine". A mark and/or dinghy attached to the committee boat is part of the start mark.



9.1. The location of the starting line each day for all classes will be west of Five Islands Harbour in the approximate position 17:05:20 North; 61:55:20 West. There will be a separate start line for the practice race on Friday 9th February, details of which will be communicated via email.

9.2. The start line will be between an Orange Flag on the Committee Boat and a nearby orange mark. An inner mark may be laid from the committee boat.

9.3 Any yacht passing through the start/finish line when not starting or finishing shall be disqualified without a hearing from the current race – this changes rule A5.
9.4. Start times and the order of starts will be announced on VHF.
9.5. Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area during the starting sequence for other boats. Alleged violation of this Sailing Instruction will only be grounds for protest by the Race Committee. This changes Rule 60.1 and Rule 62.1.
9.6. A boat that does not start before ten minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start (DNS) without a hearing. This changes Rule A5.



10.1. The location of the finish for each course will be the same as the start line, unless changed by VHF announcement.

10.2. The finish line will be between an Orange flag on the Committee Boat and a nearby orange mark.



11.1. Except for breaches of Parts 1 and 2 of the Rules, the Protest Committee may apply any penalty that it deems equitable. This changes rule 64.1.

11.2. A boat that does not take a penalty in accordance with rules 44.1 and 44.2 may accept a thirty per cent (30%) scoring penalty calculated as stated in rule 44.3(c), except that the minimum penalty is three places and she shall not be scored worse than the number of boats that came to the starting area. However, if the boat caused injury or serious damage or, despite taking a penalty, gained a significant advantage in the race or series by her breach her penalty shall be to retire before the protest hearing at the discretion of the Protest Committee.



12.1. The course to be sailed will be announced on VHF prior to each race.

12.2. A diagram showing the approximate locations of the marks will be supplied at registration.

12.3. After completing the first leg of the course, a boat shall not cross the start/finish line unless finishing.

12.4. While racing, no boat shall pass between the Five Islands west of Pearn's Point.



13.1. The time limit for each race for all classes on Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th will be 100 minutes after the start or 30 minutes after the first boat finishes in each class.

13.2. Boats failing to finish within the time limit will be scored Did Not Finish (DNF) without a hearing. This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.



14.1. A boat that intends to protest is requested to notify the Committee Boat by VHF, after finishing the race in which the incident occurred.

A boat intending to protest shall inform the other boat at the first reasonable opportunity. When her protest concerns an incident in the racing area that she was involved in or saw, she shall hail ‘Protest’ and conspicuously display a red flag at the first reasonable opportunity. She shall display the flag until she is no longer racing.

14.2. Protest forms will be available at the Protest Desk located at the Committee Desk in JHYC Office. The protest time limit will be 30 minutes after the Committee Boat docks each day.

14.3. On the last day of racing a request for redress based on a Protest Committee’s decision shall be filed no later than thirty minutes after the decision is posted. This changes rule 62.2.

14.4. Notices will be posted at the protest time limit of each day to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses and hearings will commence as soon as possible after those notices have been displayed.

14.5. Except as allowed in CSA Rating Rule 2.3, no measurement or rating protest will be accepted after 6:00 pm on Friday, February 10th 2017, this changes Rule 60.



15.1. Results will be available at Al Porto’s Bar/Restaurant.

15.2. A boat’s series score will be:

a) when fewer than six races have been completed, the total of her race scores;

b) when seven races have been completed, the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

15.3. For all classes, one race shall constitute a series.



All skippers are responsible for ensuring that their vessel carries appropriate safety equipment.

A boat that retires shall attempt to notify the Race Committee as soon as possible by calling on VHF channel 12 and shall use its best efforts to receive an acknowledgement.


17.1. Prizes will be awarded to First, Second and Third place in each class.

17.2. Regatta prize-giving will take place at not before 1700 on Sunday, February 10th 2019, at Al Portos Restaurant in Jolly Harbour.

NOTE: Careful navigation is required and is the responsibility of the skipper of each boat. Reefs and shallow areas are within the boundaries of some of the racecourses.