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Sailing Instructions

Maylands Yacht Club




1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the current The Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2 All competitors shall wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) conforming to the applicable Australian or International Standard at all times while afloat.

1.3 The rules of the competing classes will apply.

1.4 All eligible boat skippers shall be entered by signing on for that race on the correct form before the start of their race. If there is more than one race being sailed for a class without a specified break, the skipper only has to sign on once.
Sign on sheets are located on or near the Boat-shed main doors.

Racing rule 44.1 will be changed as follows: For all races designated in section 5 Schedule of Races as ”Short course” or ”All day regatta”, the penalty for breaking a rule in Part 2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing is 1 turn.

1.5 All races are designated category “C”.


2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located on or near the boat-shed main doors.


3.1 Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted at least 30 minutes before the start of that race.


4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed above the Starting Tower.

5 SCHEDULE OF RACES See the Race Program published on this website.


6.1 Class flags - will be the class flag of the association, or be displayed on the Official Notice Board.

6.2 The mixed Fleet will use a class flag as designated on the Official Notice Board.


7.1 The diagram shows the location of racing areas.


8.1 Course cards for all fleets are located on the official notice board. They are also available from the canteen.

8.2 The Course to be sailed shall be indicated by the flying of a numeral pennant under or with each Class flag from the start box or boat. The numeral pennant will indicate which course number on the course sheet is to be sailed.

8.3 Shortening Course. Code Flag "S", when displayed alone attached to a mark or on a MYC support boat near a MARK shall signify,”All classes sailing around that mark shall pass the mark on the side dictated by the course, and then round St Annes Mark to Starboard before sailing directly to the finish line”. When displayed with one or more Class Flags attached to a mark or on a MYC support boat near a MARK shall signify, ”Only those Classes shall be subject to the shortened course procedure”. If a race is shortened at St Annes mark, then that class, or classes, shall round St Annes to Starboard and sail directly to the finish line. This changes rule 32.2.


9.1 All marks, except the Start and Finish marks, will be either white, yellow, orange or red PVC cylinders approximately 1 metre in height above the water line, or buoys with flags (with or without numbers). PVC marks may have a coloured band to indicate port (red) or starboard (green) rounding. St Anne's buoy may be coloured differently to distinguish it as a special marker.

9.2 When using course 6 on the club course sheets, buoys may be white round buoys with a white flag. A number or letter may be printed on the flag and buoys as an identifying mark.

9.3 The starting and finishing marks will be orange buoys with orange flags.

9.4 All yachts are required to pass on the deep-water side of ALL channel markers.


The full Sailing Instructions can be downloaded here.

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