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Sailing Instructions 2018

1. PRE-START BRIEFING
The Pre-start briefing will be held in English at the Meeting Point on Thursday 20st of September at 17.00 hours.

2. RULES
The course is governed by the statutesand safety regulations for Silverrudder Challenge as well as the International Regulations to Prevent Collision at Sea (COLREGS) including the special regulations for navigation in certain Danish waters.All traffic separation systems must be respected in accordance with Rule 10 of COLREGS.
Contravention of the above mentioned rules and regulations will result in disqualification.
Participants are requested to pay attention to commercial traffic as well as to other participants in the race.
Extra attention should be paid during starts and during night time.
These Sailing Instructions and the Statutes for Silverrudder Challenge of the Sea will be available in German, Danish and English. If there is a conflict between languages the English text shall prevail.

2.1 USE OF ENGINE
Engines and generators etc. that can be mistaken with the use of engines must be stopped no later than 4 minutes before the actual start signal and until the finishing line has been passed.
Engines may be used in order to assist a person or another boat in distress or in danger. Immediately after the assistance, such an incident must be reported by telephone to the Safety Committee on +45/30690951 or +45/30894783.
No later than 1 hour after passing the finishing line, the incident must also be reported on a form available at the bureau at the Meeting Point. Forms completed and delivered in accordance with these rules will be displayed on the official information board as information to the other participants.

2.2 NAVIGATION LIGHTS
Participating boats must be equipped with fixed statutory navigation lights in accordance with the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). Boats of less than 7 meters in length shall however have fixed navigation lights as required for boats of 7 meters or more in length as per COLREGS.
Vessels failing to display navigations lights in accordance with COLREGS will be disqualified.
Participants whose lights fail during the race must immediately withdraw from the race notifying the Safety Committee on +45/30690951 or +45/30894783.

3. REJECTION
Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub has the right to reject any boat deemed unfit for the race.

4. INFORMATION
Changes to Notice of Race and information to participants will be displayed on the official Information Board at the Meeting Point no later than Friday 21nd September at 07.00.
Any critical information regarding starts will be announced on VHF channel 72

5. THE COURSE
The course is around the island of Funen. The sailing direction will be announced at the pre-start briefing on Thursday 20st September and subsequently posted on the Information Board at the Meeting Point.
Except for starting and finishing buoys, no other marks must be respected as part of the Silverrudder course.

5.1 STARTING LINE
The starting line is between a yellow buoy fixed immediately in front of the signal tower on Svendborg Marina – (Svendborg Lystbådehavn) - and a yellow buoy on the breakwater at Vindeby Harbour.

5.2 FINISHING LINE
The finishing line is the same as the starting line.

5.3 COURSE SIGNAL
When a red flag is displayed, Funen must be kept on the port side; when a green flag is displayed, Funen must be kept  on the starboard side.

5.4 SHORTENING
The course will not be shortened.

6. SIGNAL STATION
The signal station is located on the outer pier of Svendborg Marina – (Svendborg Lystbådehavn).

7. START PROCEURE
Start date Friday 21.nd. September. All times are local time. 
Countdowns for all starts will be transmitted on VHF channel 72. In case of discrepancy between the VHF information and the starting flags, the flags shall apply.

1. start: Keelboats Mini  
09.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 1 + 1 sound
09.56 – Preparatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
09.59 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
10.00 – Start: Pennant 1 is lowered + 1 sound

2. start: Keelboats Small
10.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 2 + 1 sound
10.26 – Preparatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
10.29 – One minute signal : Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
10.30 – Start: Pennant 2 is lowered + 1 sound

3. start: Keelboats Medium
10.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 3 + 1 sound
10.56 – Preparatory signal: Display of signa flag P + 1 sound
10.59 – One minute signal : Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long signal
11.00 – Start: Pennant 3 is lowered + 1 sound

4. start: Keelboats Large
11.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 4 + 1 sound
11.26 – Preparatory signal: Display of Signal flag P + 1 sound
11.29 - One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
11.30 – Start: Pennant  4 is lowered + 1 sound.

5. start : Keelboats Extra Large
11.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 5 + 1 sound
11.56 – Preparatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
11.59 – One minute signal : Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
12.00 – Start: Pennant 5 is lowered + 1 sound

6. start: Multihull Small
12.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 6 + 1 sound
12.26 – Preparatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
12.29 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
12.30 – Start: Pennant 6 is lowered + 1 sound

7. start: Keelboats Multihull Large
12.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 7 + 1 sound
12.56 – Preparatory signal: Display of Signal flag P + 1 sound
12.59 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 long sound
13.00 – Start: Pennant 7 is lowered + 1 sound.

It will appear from the list of participants to which start each boat has been allocated.
If the number of participants in any start exceeds a safe number of participants, the Race Committee has the right to split a start into two or more starts in the same category.

ATTENTION:
Boats that have not passed the starting line 60 minutes following the last start signal will be considered as NOT started.

8. POSTPONEMENT
Before the starting signal of a start, the race committee may, for any reason postpone all starts not yet startet. Flag AP will be displayed along with 2 sound signals. The postponement will be announced on VHF channel 72. Flag AP will be displayed ashore, and can be accompanied with a numeral pennant indicating the minimum duration of the postponement in hours.
End of postponement: When AP is lowered along with a sound signal, there will be 5 minutes to the warning signal indicating the next start. The end of postponement will be announced on VHF channel 72.
If a postponement is executed in the morning prior to commencement of the Silverrudder Challenge, AP over a numeral pennant will be displayed at the Svendborg Harbour Master’s office, indicating the minimum duration of the postponement in hours.
When postponement has ended, boats will be started in the same order as no. 7. START PROCEDURE.

9. RECALL
There will be no recalls and there will be no restarts. If any part of a boat’s hull, crew or equipment is on the course side of the starting line at her starting signal, she will be penalized by a minimum of 30 minutes. A boat may not attempt to restart by returning to the starting line.

10. TIME LIMIT
There is a time limit for completion of the race at Sunday 23th September at 12.00.

11. PROTESTS
Protests between boats and protests regarding breach of the statutes and of the Sailing Instructions for Silverrudder Challenge must be notified as prescribed in the World Sailing Racing Rules 2017-2020 rule no. 61.

The protest form for the Silverrudder Challenge is available from the bureau at the Meeting Point and must be returned no later than 1 hour after having completed the race. All protesting boats must display a red flag regardless of their size.
The protest hearing will take place at the Meeting Point no later than 1 hour before the prize giving ceremony.
Awards cannot be appealed to any other administrative authority.

12. REDRESS / ASSISTANCE
Participants in the Silverrudder Challenge are obliged to render all possible assistance to any person or vessel in danger or distress. If such assistance is rendered during the race, redress can be applied. Redress will only be given, if it can be proven that the final result in the Silverrudder Challenge has been affected, solely by the assistance rendered.

An application for redress must be made in writing describing the incident for which redress is being applied for. The application must be handed to the Meeting Point within the time frame for protests. A red flag is not required.

13. SAFETY
Upon receipt of a tracking system and start number, the participant declares that all statutory safety equipment on board fulfills the Statutes governing this race.
The Safety Committee will undertake random checks of participating boats from 09.00 on the day before the start and again after the race.
All participating boats must be available for random security inspection in Svendborg Harbour no later than 20st. September 16.00

14. WITHDRAWAL
A boat that withdraws from the race or in any other way suspends the race is obliged to report this to the Safety Committee on +45/30690951 or +45/30894783 as SOON as possible.
Participants may seek port in order to carry out unassisted repairs or rest.  A boat staying in port in excess of 6 hours is considered having withdrawn from the race.
No external assistance whatsoever is allowed during stay in port.

15. PRIZES
Seven trophies are awarded. Each trophy will be awarded to one of categories below. All measurements are in feet (1 feet = 0,3048m) length over all (LOA) as per World Sailing definition. 

Keelboat mini:                             From 18.00 to 25.00 feet incl.
Keelboat small:                            From 25.01 to 30.00 feet incl.
Keelboat medium:                        From 30.01 to 35.00 feet incl.
Keelboat large:                            From 35.01 to 40.00 feet incl.
Keelboat extra large:                    From 40.01 feet upwards
Multihull small:                            From 18.00 to 28.00 feet incl.
Multihull large:                            From 28.01 upwards

16. AWARD CEREMONY
The award ceremony will be held at the Meeting Point and take place Sunday 23th. September at 13.00 hours.

17. DISCLAIMER
The participant confirms by his/her signature at the registration, that participation in Silverrudder Challenge 2018 is entirely at their own risk. Svendborg Amatør Sejlklub can in no way, whatsoever be held liable for any personal injury, for any damage to material, nor for death arising as a consequence of any accidential event before, during or after the race.

18. INSURANCE
Each participating boat must have a valid third-party liability insurance.
NOTE: Proof of cover must be shown upon registry.