Sailing Instructions

2016 Okanagan Women’s Regatta
July 15th – 17th, 2016


  1. Rules

The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

  1. Entries

Competitors may enter by delivering a completed entry form (and paying the $30.00 entry fee) to Okanagan Women’s Regatta at West Kelowna Yacht Club 5 – 7:30 pm on Fri. July 15th or late registration 7 – 8 am Sat. July 16th.


  1. Eligibility

The Okanagan Women’s Regatta is limited to keelboats. Boats should have a current PHRF certificate. Any boat not holding a valid B.C. Sailing PHRF Certificate will be issued a rating by the Okanagan Women’s Regatta Race Committee.


  1. Sponsorship

Any advertising on boats will be allowed as long as it meets ISAF Regulation 20, as stated in The Racing Rules of Sailing.


  1. Notices to Competitors

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located at the West Kelowna Yacht Club. Each skipper must show proof of liability insurance. An onboard cell phone contact number is also required.


  1. Signals Made Ashore

Signals made ashore will be displayed from the flag pole located at the West Kelowna Yacht Club. When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with not less than 30 minutes after flag AP is lowered.


  1. Schedule and Class Flags

Skippers’ meeting at the West Kelowna Yacht Club 900hrs Sat. July 16th with assignment of the fleets and class flags. Sat. the 16th and Sun. the 17th the warning signal (class flag) for the first race will be at 1000hrs. Subsequent races will be held as soon as possible after the end of the previous race. No races will be started after 1300hrs Sun. The class flags are distinctively shaped flags, black, blue, red and white in colour.


  1. Courses and Marks

The courses will be show on an attached diagram showing the courses. Course designations, the marks in order and the rounding direction of each mark. The course will be designated by a black number on a white board.


  1. Racing Area

The racing area will be on Lake Okanagan.


  1. Starting and Finishing Lines

Races will be started using Rule 26 as stated in the Racing Rules of Sailing. The starting line will be between the race committee boat committee boat flag and a green start mark. The finishing line will be between the race committee boat flag and a red finish mark.

Boats that are racing are not to cross the start or finish lines unless they are starting or finishing. The start line shall rank as an obstruction unless starting. The finish line shall rank as an obstruction unless finishing.


  1. Time Limit

The time limit will be 120 minutes from the start. Any yacht not finishing within the time limit will be scored DNF. The Race Committee may abandon a race at its discretion in accordance with Racing Rules of Sailing Rule 32.


  1. Protests

Protests shall be delivered to the Race Committee at the West Kelowna Yacht Club following the last race of the day within 60 minutes after the Race Committee boat docks.

A pre-hearing may be held prior to the protest hearing. Conducted by a racer knowledgeable in the rules and appointed by the Race Committee. The pre-hearing provides the opportunity to check the interpretation of a rule and will last no longer than 10 minutes. At the end of this time, one of the following three actions will occur:

1) Protesting boat will withdraw the protest (this amends Rule 63.1)

2) Protested boat will withdraw from the race.

3) Protest hearing will be scheduled.

Hearings will be held as soon as possible after racing each day at the West Kelowna Yacht Club


  1. Scoring

Point Scoring System will be used, with one throw out for every 4 races completed.

One race constitutes a series. Handicapping will use B.C. Sailing PHRF ratings.


  1. Safety Regulations

A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.


  1. Disclaimer of Liability

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


  1. Insurance

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance.