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British Finn Association Northern Championships 2023

West Riding Social Club will be hosting the British Finn Association Northern Championships: Saturday 13th May, Sunday 14th May 2023

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British Finn Association Northern Championships 2023
British Finn Association Northern Championships 2023

Time & Location

13 May 2023, 08:00 – 14 May 2023, 16:30

Wakefield, Haw Park Ln, Wakefield WF4 2EE, UK

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About the event

British Finn Association Northern Championships: Saturday 13th  May, Sunday 14th May 2023

West Riding Sailing Club are proud to be hosting the British Finn Association Northern Championships on Saturday 13th  May, and Sunday 14th May 2023. 

There will be a competitors briefing at 10:30 on Saturday and 09:30 on Sunday. Lunch will be provided and so will food afterwards with drinks in the clubhouse. 

Your main port of call for this event is Guy Cokill: 

Email: g.cokill@sky.com

Telephone: 07368 940954

Please ensure you have read the Notice To Race and Sailing Instructions below: 

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Notice To Race

1. Organising Authority: West Riding Sailing Club.

2. Rules: Racing will be governed by the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-20224, the Prescriptions of the RYA, this Notice of Race, the Sailing Instructions issued for this event and the class rules. In the event of a conflict, the sailing instructions shall take precedence.

3. The RRS will be changed as follows:

(a) RRS35 changed to score boats finishing outside the time limit in their observed position on the course.

(b) RRS 40 changed so that RRS 40 applies at all times when afloat. RRS 41  Boats that infringe RRS 41 (Outside Assistance) by accepting assistance in righting their boat after a capsize in a “Club” race shall not be penalised so long as they resume racing in the vicinity of the capsize without gaining any other advantage. Whilst on this topic are we all agreed that if sailor becomes detached from their Finn “is in danger” and can be returned to their Finn within RRS 41 (a).

(c) RRS 63.7 changed so that in the event of a conflict between the NoR and the sailing instructions, the sailing instructions shall prevail.

4. RYA Racing Charter: Competitors should note that West Riding Sailing Club as the organising authority implements the RYA Racing Charter and that all competitors are required to sail in compliance with the Charter, which can be found in the RYA rule book or at www.rya.org.uk/racing/charter

5. Advertising: Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organising authority.

6. Eligibility: The event is open to all paid-up members of the British Finn Association and other  Finn national associations of the IFA. All boats and personal equipment may be subject to checks to confirm adherence to class rules.

7. Racing Areas: The race area will be Wintersett reservoir

8. Entry fees: The entry fee for the event is £35. Entries may be completed at registration on Saturday.

9. Registration: Registration will be from 09:00 on Saturday 31st  in the clubhouse. It would be appreciated if all sailors intending to enter the event would pre-enter on www.WRSC.org in advance to assist with catering.

10. Races: There will be a maximum of 7 races. A maximum of 1 discard will be allowed. The first race will not start before 11:00 on Saturday. The last race will not start after 15:00 on Sunday. The target duration of each race will be 45 minutes.

Racing Itinerary 

Race 1 - Saturday 13th May - 11.00 AM.

Race 2 - Saturday 13th May (after race 1).

Lunch - Saturday 13th May

Race 3 - Saturday 13th May - 2.00 PM.

Race 4 - Saturday 13th May (after race 3).

Food and drinks in the clubhouse.

Race 5 - Sunday 14th May - 10.00 AM 

Race 6 - Sunday 14th May (after race 5).

Race 7 - Sunday 14th May (after race 6).

11. Briefing: There will be a competitors briefing at 10:30 on Saturday and 09:30 on Sunday.

12. Sailing Instructions: The sailing instructions will be published when available on the Club and BFA websites and issued at registration.

13. Race area: The race area will be Wintersett Reservoir.

14. Risk Statement: Rule 3 of the RRS states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or continue to race is hers alone” and that sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

(a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

(b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

(c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

(d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

(e) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats if any and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

(f) The provision of patrol boat cover if any is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can practically be provided in the circumstances;

(g) Personal buoyancy shall be worn by all competitors whilst afloat;

(h) Their boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular, to hold insurance against third-party claims in the sum of at least £3,000,000.

15. Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the first three boats overall and to the first classic boat. Other prizes may also be awarded.

16. Social: The entry fee includes lunch on Saturday and sandwiches after racing on Sunday.

16. Camping: Free camping is available on the club grounds from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, access will be provided to the toilets and showers throughout the weekend. Anyone intending to arrive on Friday should contact Guy Cokill to organise access. 

17. For Further Information please contact Guy Cokill: 

Email: g.cokill@sky.com

Telephone: 07368 940954

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Please ensure you have read the below: 

Sailing Instructions

1. RULES

1.1 Racing will take place under The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024  (RRS), the Class Rules, The Notice of Race and these Sailing Instructions (SIs). In the event of a conflict, these SIs shall apply.

1.2 . Competitors should note that West Riding Sailing Club implements the RYA Racing Charter and that they will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter which can be found at the front of the RYA rule book.

1.3 Competitors should be aware that RRS 35, 40, 41, 63.7 have been changed in the NoR.

2. NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located in the clubhouse.

2.2 There will be a competitors briefing at 10:30 on Saturday, and 09:30 on Sunday in the clubhouse.

3. CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

3.1 Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before the briefing on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 20:00 on the day before it will take effect.

4. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the main Club flagstaff.

5. SCHEDULE OF RACES

5.1 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race on Saturday is 10:55 and on Sunday is 09:55.

5.2 There will be a maximum of 7 races. A maximum of 1 discard will be allowed. All races will be back-to-back. At the discretion of the race committee, up to 4 races per day may be sailed on any day in order to complete the series.

5.3 No start sequence will commence after 15:00 on Sunday, except following a general recall of that race.

6. CLASS FLAGS

6.1 The class flags will be a flag with the Finn insignia or as advised at the briefing.

7. THE COURSE

7.1 The Course will be Windward / Leeward if the wind direction allows or a course making use of the standard club buoys.   The course will be displayed outside the clubhouse and/or on the committee boat.

8. MARKS

8.1 The marks will be explained in the competitor briefing.

9. THE START

9.1 Races will be started by using Rule 26 (5, 4, 1 Go).

9.2 The starting line will be between the flagstaff on the committee boat and the port-end start mark.

9.3 A boat starting later than 4 minutes after her starting signal will be scored did not start (DNS). This changes RRS A4 & A5.

10. CHANGE OF THE NEXT LEG OF THE COURSE

10.1 To change the next leg of the course, the race committee will move the original mark (or the finishing line) to a new position.

10.2 Changes of length of the leg or of less than 10 degrees will not be signalled. This changes RRS 33.

11. RULE 42

11.1 RRS APP P5 and Finn Class Rule C1.1, including the recommended 10 knots, shall apply except that the wind speed will be measured on the main committee boat.

12. THE FINISH

12. 1 The finishing line will be between the flagstaff on the committee boat and the port end finish mark or between the shore-based race hut and a transit mark, to be confirmed at the competitor briefing.

13. TIME LIMITS

13.1 The intended duration of each race is 45 minutes.

13. 2 To expedite the series, and at the race committee’s discretion, boats failing to finish within 10 minutes of the first boat may be finished on the course and given the position equivalent to their place on the water.

14. COMMITTEE BOAT IDENTIFICATION

14.1 The committee boat will be identified during the initial briefing.

15. PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

15.1 A boat that intends to protest shall inform the committee boat immediately after finishing the race in which the incident occurred.

15.2  Protest forms are available at the clubhouse. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.

15.3 The protest time limit is 30 minutes after the last boat returns ashore.

15.4 Notices will be posted within 30 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held at the earliest opportunity.

15. 5 The exoneration penalty and RYA Arbitration Procedure as described in the ‘RYA Guidance – Rules Disputes’ shall apply. The exoneration penalty shall be 30% with a minimum of 4 places.

16. SCORING

16.1 When 5 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score. When 4 or fewer races have been completed all races shall count.

17. EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS

17. 1 Each boat shall be in possession of a valid measurement certificate and may be asked to produce it at any stage. There will be no formal measurement, but the race committee reserves the right to measure/inspect any boat or equipment at any time for compliance with the Finn class rules.

18. SUPPORT BOATS AND INSTRUCTION

18.1 Support Boats will not be permitted

19. PRIZES

19.1 The event prize giving will be held as soon as possible after racing on the final day.

20. RISK STATEMENT

21.1 Rule 3 of the RRS states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or continue to race is hers alone” and that sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

(a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

(b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

(c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

(d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

(e). The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

(f). The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can practically be provided in the circumstances;

(g) Personal buoyancy shall be worn by all competitors whilst afloat;

(h) Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3,000,000.

21. FISHERMEN   21.1 All competitors are requested to keep clear of fishermen on the shore.

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