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Advice for Competitors


Racing Rules of Sailing (Rule 3) explains that it is the responsibility of the person-in-charge (of the boat) to decide whether, or not, to put to sea.

BMYC Safety Regulations requires that, in arriving at such a decision, the person-in-charge must assess:

prevailing weather conditions, and

experience of the crew.

It is stressed that competing owners and crews are expected to observe and embrace the provisions of BMYC Safety Regulations.

Postponed or Abandoned Races

Circumstances whereby a race may be postponed or abandoned:

The Series Officer, or the Race Officer, may postpone a race (on the day of the race) when less than two boats are signed-on.

Races of the series not run before the the series is finalised will be deemed abandoned.

RaceComm (Race Committee) may abandon a race before the start, or postpone a race, at any time.

Racing Information

Information published in the Race Calendar may change without notice and without change to the downloadable Year-to-View Race Calendar.

Information published in the Race Calendar and the Notice of Race may be subject to change without notice. Competitors are advised to confirm race information, via the Race Calendar and/or the Notice of Race, before entering a race:

(1) The Notice of Race for each Series states: (i) the Sign-On period, and (ii) Start Time aligned to each race of the series. Competitors are urged to confirm times, and to ensure the boat is berthed in sufficient water to afford passage to the start area.

(2) The revision status of any racing document is stated in the lower right corner of each page.

(3) A major revision to a racing information document will be marked (in the title of the document): 'AMENDMENT' plus the amendment ID; e.g. "AMENDMENT A".

(4) The Race Officer must be afforded clear opportunity to maintain impartiality at all times. Competitors are reminded not to lobby the Race Officer, albeit to postpone the start of a race or for any other purpose which may be deemed to challenge impartiality of race management.

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