2014 Spring/Summer Sailing Series Sponsored by the Chatham Sailing Club (CSC) This spring and summer, CSC is going to continue the format for the now famous BRS fun series racing. The BRS began this series as an attempt to provide racing that is mostly FUN, a way to find friendly competition, a way to improve sailing skills for those new to the sport and, a way to share good times with fellow sailors. Although this is meant to be an informal series, racing rules must apply in order to promote safety on the water. The races will start on Saturday afternoons (dates below) at 2:00 pm sharp (unless otherwise noted) in the vicinity of government marker 25. Please monitor VHF Ch 72 for sailing instructions and courses prior to the race start. A small donation of $20.00 (per boat) is being requested to offset the cost of the entire series. Please mail check to: CSC, 1403 Trafford Lane, Savannah GA 31410.
Note: Feel free to check out our website containing race results, photo gallery, NOR, etc... Website: www.Chathamsailing.org
Race RulesThe series will consist of 8 races. See dates below. There will be 3 throw out races allowed. You must complete 5 of 8 (one of which must be a long race) races to qualify for the series. Races will be cancelled at the discretion of the race committee prior to the start due to varied weather conditions (ex. Winds greater than 25 knots sustained, steady rain one half hour before race time, tornado watch, etc...) A race shall consist of a minimum of 3 boats. PHRF ratings will be used for time on time. (The national average per USAA High Low website will be the starting basis for these numbers)
The starting sequence shall consist of 3 short blasts on a horn at 6 minutes before start (2:00 pm) followed by a single horn blast at 5 min., at 4 min., at 1 min., and for the start. Honor all government marks not labeled as course marks and obey all Sailing Federation Rules of Racing. If any boat uses its engine to clear a grounding situation it must complete one penalty turn once under sail again.
All boats must carry a VHF radio and a stopwatch. All boats must turn in their own ELAPSED time from their own stopwatch. We do not have the ability to record a finish time for each boat. If you are unable to give us an elapsed time at the end of the race (from you own vessel's stopwatch) that you know to be accurate;YOU WILL NOT BE SCORED FOR THAT RACE. If you are not going to give an elapsed time please do not participate. (Please send your times to 912-401-4626 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be a 3-hour time limit on short races and 4-hour time limit for longer races, for the 1st boat to cross the finish line. All other boats must finish within an hour of that time to qualify for the race. If by chance you violate a basic rule of racing, please take your penalty turns and get back in the race, all protests to be handled “On The Water” between skippers. Please remember these races are for supposed to be fun for all! Please save any cut-throat tactics for sanctioned regattas.
Race dates; April 12th, May 10th (2 Races), May 24th, June 14th (long race, Start Time 1:00 pm) & 28nd (Long Race, Start Time 1:00 pm), July 12th & finishing on July 26. Following the final race we will have an end of series cook at the Chatham Sailing Club located at Young’s Marina.
New for this series we will have two classes of races, once you choose you class you are locked into that class for the series. We will have Class A spinnaker and Class B Non- Spinnaker. Both class will start in the same sequence and race the same course. Each class will be scored separately for 1st through 3rd place finished in each class.