Sailing Rules Page
Welcome to Joe's Pond Vermont
2020 Sunfish Sailboat Race
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All participants must have a life preserver on board and the Commodore mandates any one less than 16 years of age wear the life preserver at all times.
Basic right of way rules to avoid protests, disqualifications or collisions:
Port – Starboard Port tack boat keeps clear;
Windward – Leeward Windward boat keeps clear;
Tacking Tacking boat keeps clear;
Luffing Windward boat before the start is OK;
Barging Don’t force your way between the Committee boat and another boat at start;
Over easy Return and start over, keep clear of all boats;
Buoy room Give room to all boats that have inside overlap;
Luffing after start You may luff an overtaking boat to protect your position;
Hitting a mark Circle the mark once and continue racing;
"360" rule Infractions above will be on the honor system and require a complete circle.
Starting rules: The Commodore will position the Committee boat perpendicular to the first leg and all boats will pass between the first buoy and the Committee boat at the start of the race. The first leg will be into the wind. The Commodore will sound a series of horn blasts as follows:
Three long blasts: 3 minutes to start;
Two long blasts: 2 minutes to start;
One long blast: 1 minute to start;
Three short blasts: 30 seconds to start;
Two short blasts: 20 seconds to start;
One short blast: 10 seconds to start;
One long blast: START.
The race will go four legs and the finish will be at the second buoy. The Committee boat will be positioned perpendicular to the line between the first and second buoy, at the 2 nd buoy. Boats must pass between the 2 nd buoy and the Committee boat.
Scoring: Tally the best finish during the regular season with the points accumulated during the final (championship) race day. Highest point total wins. If tied then the one with the most wins is the first tiebreaker. If still tied, best finish in the last race is the second tiebreaker.
1st place: 10 points
2nd place: 9 points
3rd place: 8 point
4th place: 7 points
5th place: 6 points
6th place: 5 points
7th place: 4 points
8th place: 3 points
9th place: 2 points
10th place or higher: 1 point
Award ceremony will follow the final race at Smith’s place on North Shore Road. Trophies will be awarded for the winners in the Single Division and the Double Division.