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3. The safety of a yacht and her entire management including insurance shall, at all times, be the sole and inescapable responsibility of the owner or his representative who is in charge of the yacht. The establishment of these sailing instructions in no way limits or reduces the complete and unlimited responsibility of the owner or his representative for the yacht, her crew and her management.
4. All entrants must sign in at race briefings to indicate their intention to compete, confirm their handicap and declare they have adequate insurance cover.
5. Only yachts registered with the River Cruiser Class are eligible to race. All such yachts are eligible to win Open trophies, provided they have a ratified handicap. Only yachts owned or raced by a fully paid up club member are eligible for Club trophies.
6. Races will be scored using the low points system, i.e. 1 point for 1st place, 2 points for 2nd place, 3 points for 3rd place, etc. Yachts which start but do not finish a race will be awarded points equivalent to the number of starters plus one. Yachts which are disqualified will be awarded points equivalent to the number of starters plus two. Non-starters and boats disqualified before the start will not be scored.
7. Unless otherwise notified, there will be a 10 minute warning signal for each start, followed by a 5 minute preparatory signal. Yachts should be off their mooring and not under engine power by their 5 minute signal.
8. For safety reasons, split starts will often be the norm; divisions to be determined by handicap. When it is thought appropriate, e.g. in light wind conditions, slower yachts may be started first. All yachts should endeavour to stay clear of the starting area until after their 5 minute signal.
9. Late entries will only be accepted at the discretion of the Officer of the Day and such yachts may be placed in any start, not necessarily the one appropriate for their handicap.
10. In the interests of safety, RRS rule 44.1 on taking one or two turn penalties is replaced by time penalties of one or two minutes respectively added to the yacht’s elapsed time, to be acknowledged by the said yacht flying a green rectangular flag. It is the responsibility of the helm to declare to the Race Officer, within the prescribed time limit for protests, which penalty or penalties the yacht is taking. A yacht that fails to make a declaration will be assumed to have retired. It is the responsibility of other competitors to ensure that these provisions are enforced.
11. Every effort will be made to avoid any yacht being timed out of a race, but a cut-off time may be set at the discretion of the Officer of the Day. Any such time will be announced at the briefing.
12. Skippers are reminded that when so called “honesty marks” are used, such as Rockland Dyke, normal port and starboard rules apply, rather than mark-rounding rules.