WPSA Sunfish Racing Rules
Wet Pants Association Sunfish Fleet
2013 Spring Sunfish Series
2013 July, August, and Ma Huus Series
a. This series will be governed by the rules as defined in the current Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), US Sunfish Class Association and these sailing Instructions.
b. Boats shall be able to be identified by numbers, letters or unique markings on its sail.
c. A non-class legal sail may be used. Protests will not be allowed for this rule alteration. This changes the Class rules of having class legal equipment.
a. Competitors: May be Non Members or guests, trophies will be awarded only to Wet Pants Members in good standing, with dues paid according to membership application.
b. Non-members and guests will be scored together with members, but not be eligible for trophies.
c. There will be the following divisions: Black, Gold Fleet, Women and Wet Pants Student Fleet. Sailors will be assigned their fleet by the fleet captain. A minimum of Three QUALIFIED boats are needed form a fleet.
3. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS- will be posted on outside bulletin board on South facing side of WP Building.
4. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS- Any changes in Sailing Instructions will be posted before 5pm on the day it will take effect.
5. SCHEDULE OF RACES: (tuesdays) NOTE: there may be some extra sailing on other days, please refer to Notice board or email
Spring Series: May 28, June 4,11,18, 25, 2013
JULY SERIES: July 2, 9,16, 23, 2013
Ma Huus: July 30, 2013
August Series: August 6,13,20,27, 2013
b. The number of races will be determined by the Race Committee, start of first race is 6:00pm. Subsequent races will be held as soon as possible after the end of the previous race.
6. RACING AREA- will be south of Wet Pants Club House on Great South Bay.
7. CHECK IN- Sailors must check in to race committee by passing committee boat and hailing prior to their first race.
8. COURSES- To be determined by Race Committee and hailed before each race. Any Questions regarding course please ask them before sequence is started.
9. MARKS- To be determined by Race Committee.
10. THE START- Starting line will be between Race Committee Person (May be on Boat or on Dock) and designated Mark or pin to be determined by Race Committee.
b. Boats may not start more than five (5) minutes after the starting signal.
c. Sequence will be the “Dinghy Start “3-minutes” Audible” Sequence or determined by RC.
d. All fleets will start at the same time and on the same starting line.
11. RECALLS- The race Committee intends to hail the recall or sail numbers of On Course Side (OCS) boats after the starting signal. The failure of any boat to hear the hail, an untimely hail of OCS boats, failure to hail boats and the order of the boats in the hail shall not be grounds for granting redress. This changes rules 41 and 62.1.
12- THE FINISH- will be between the race committee and a mark/pin designated by the race committee.
13- PENALTY SYSTEM- A boat that may have broken a rule of PART 2 of the RRS while racing may take a penalty at the time of incident. Her penalty shall be a “One Turn” penalty that includes- getting clear of other boats as soon as possible, promptly making your penalty turn by making one turn which includes one tack and one jibe in the same direction. However, if she caused injury or serious damage, or gained a significant advantage, her penalty shall be to retire. This changes rules 44.1 and 44.2.
14- TIME LIMIT/COURES CHANGES- to be determined by Race Committee.
b. If boats in or near last place in a race are unduly delaying the start of another race, the race committee may terminate the race and score those boats in the place they would have finished based on their position at the time the race is terminated. RC may shorten/change course by hail (no flags/sound signals needed) if necessary.
15 PROTESTS AND REDRESS- A boat that is intending to protest about an incident in the racing area shall notify the race committee of their intention, including the sail number of the boat(s) being protested. This changes RRS 61.1(a).
b. Protests shall be in writing, and delivered to the race committee within thirty minutes after the race committee boat docks, or 9pm that evening which ever is sooner.
c. Protests may be heard after the next General Meeting.
16- SCORING- The Low Point Scoring System, Appendix A will apply, modified so that each sailor’s score will be the total of his/her race scores with his/her worst score(s) for every five (5) races are completed. SPRING: A Minimum of Five Boats sailing the day in order to score the day. Other Activities may be determined for Spring Series, ie Team Racing, Training, etc these will not count towards series.
b. A Sailor that DNS every race for one day will be scored as the most # of Boats that came to the racing area in one day of the series + 1. (Note: this is not the same as boats finishing or boats starting) However, if a sailor started in a race but missed a race that day, a DNS will be # of boats started that race + 1. A DNF will be scored as number of starters + 1.
c. If identifiable, the sailor shall be scored, even if different sail numbers are used. It will be the responsibility of the sailor to let race committee and chair know this may be the case. A substitute skipper may not be used.
d. To QUALIFY for prizes you must sail 50% of the DAYS raced and be a WP member in good standing. A fleet (Black, Gold, Woman, WP Student) must have three different qualified sailors to be scored as a fleet.
e. Sunfish Tune up or other special race days (team racing etc), if designated by fleet captain, will not count towards any series scoring.
f. Race Committee- Duty- In order to get scored for season trophies, all racers (or their representative) will volunteer for at least one RC Duty on Tuesday, Thursday, Tea Cup Race or other race day approved by the fleet captain. The RC duty day will get scored the average of their scores for that series. There will be a maximum of five RC scores counted towards the series, after five RC raced they then will be scored as a DNS. RACE COMMITTEE CHAIR may assign RC duty to sailors.
g. MA HUUS- A separate series of THREE Races, held on July 30, 2013. Each sailor will sail in one fleet. Only the first three races will be scored towards the Perpetual Ma Huus Trophy. There are no throw outs. The Ma Huus trophy will be awarded to the top finishing Wet Pants member. Any races sailed after the first three will count towards the august series. One race will constitute the series.
17- SAFETY- All competitors shall wear, while on the water, other than brief periods while adding or removing clothing, a US Coast Guard approved PFD.
b. A boat retiring from a race shall notify a race committee vessel before leaving the course, or if impossible, some race committee representative after arrival on shore.
18- PRIZES-AWARDS will be awarded to the top finishers in each fleet at the Annual Mess for each series. The number of awards will be determined by the Race Committee Chair or Executive Committee. Season Perpetual trophies also to be awarded at Mess.