RACING AND FEDERATION CLUB EVENTS IN CHICHESTER HARBOUR (AS DEFINED BY THE PORT MARINE SAFETY CODE)
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR RACING
- When scheduling races and laying courses within the Harbour, all Club Officials, Race Officers and competitors shall comply with this Code of Conduct. This code forms part of the Harbour’s Port Marine Safety Code.
- The Harbour is primarily a recreational harbour, within which the racing of sailing craft is limited to dinghies, day keel-boats and sailboards. Race Officers shall always be mindful of non-racing craft using the harbour as shall competitors who shall navigate “with care and caution and in such manner as shall not cause annoyance to the occupants of any other vessel or cause damage or danger to any other vessel or to any moorings or other property.” [Harbour Byelaw 4]
- Cruiser racing shall normally take place outside the Harbour limits. However, between 1st October and 31st March, when the weather is inclement and there will be no conflict with dinghy, day keel-boat or sailboard racing such racing may take place in the Harbour. The onus of responsibility shall lie with the Race Officer to ensure that any such cruiser racing does not conflict with dinghy/keel-boat/sailboard racing from any club, or other harbour traffic.
- Sports boats and large ‘skiff type’ yachts (as currently defined in RORC rules) are treated similarly to cruisers. [see Clause 3]
- The racing of multi-hulls is not deemed appropriate within the Harbour and no Club shall promote, sponsor or encourage this type of racing within the Harbour. The Challenger trimaran is permitted as a concession to allow sailors with disabilities to enjoy racing.
- All sailors are reminded that when a boat sailing under the Racing Rules of Sailing meets a vessel that is not she shall comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCAS but often referred to as Col Regs).
Competitors should be aware that under these regulations they are obliged:
- to keep clear of any vessel restricted in her ability to manoeuvre or a vessel engaged in fishing, and not to impede the passage of any vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway at all times to maintain a proper look-out and, if overtaking another vessel, to keep clear and they should have due regard for slower moving vessels which may be constrained by their draught, slow response time or limited manoeuvrability, (particularly relevant to helmsmen of high speed dinghies)
- avoid passing too close to a non-racing vessel, failing to make their intention clear and leaving it too Garrettlate for avoiding action to be taken normally pass astern of a non racing vessel, not ahead, in a close quarters situation always be courteous, acknowledging boats that have kept clear even when they are obliged to do so
- Race Officers should avoid setting any course where:
- the starting line crosses a main fairway, especially at times of peak harbour traffic, but in any event shall always ensure that any start or finish line does not prevent non-racing traffic being able to pass safely
- competitors will obstruct a main fairway channel during the pre-start sequence
- competitors will pass through the East Head anchorage (defined by the area to the south of a line from Snowhill and East Head Spit Buoys) at those times when this venue is likely to be congested, particularly on public holiday weekends and in July and August.
Race Officers shall also take account of the increased risks to other harbour users which may arise when competitors are racing in conditions of fresh breezes and/or at either low or neap tides, where navigable water is limited, and clubs should avoid programming races for any fleet which because of its size would significantly hamper navigation in the fairways.
Incidents between vessels racing shall be dealt with by normal procedure under the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). Any significant incident or accident with a wider interest for harbour safety (particularly involving a third party) should be reported to the Harbour Master.
- Race Officers:
(a) should consult the Federation Fixture List and, if necessary, consult with other Clubs to avoid clashes between racing fleets
(b) shall lay start lines clear of navigation or racing marks.
(c) shall not use navigation or Federation racing marks as one end of any start line
(d) shall not use navigation marks (except MILL RYTHE and ROOKWOOD) as turning marks.
- Federation racing marks with a designated rounding direction must be rounded in the direction specified in the schedule published in the Federation Yearbook, (Federation Regatta Week excepted).
- The use of outside marks at CHI, HARD, W-E, RIZZI and SPARKES is not formally covered by the jurisdiction of this Code. Clubs proposing to use these marks are, however, requested to forewarn HISC and CCRC with the intended date, approximate time of use and rounding direction.
- During winter racing, courses should be set to minimise the disturbance to wildfowl. The upper reaches of the Harbour and shorelines where wildfowl are resting should be avoided.
Approved by The Federation Council, 22nd March 2014.
NON-PAYMENT OF HARBOUR DUES
The Federation recommends Clubs to withhold all prizes from yachts who have not paid Harbour Dues.