2015 Mardi Gras Race Week
February 28 - March 1, 2015
NEW ORLEANS YACHT CLUB
Performance Handicap Racing Fleet
New Orleans Yacht Club
403 N Roadway St., New Orleans, LA 70124-1639
mardigrasraceweek.org & noyc.org
This regatta will be governed by the 2013-2016 Racing Rules of
Sailing (RRS), prescriptions of US Sailing, and GYA PHRF Rules. These
sailing Instructions (SI’s) shall govern in the event of conflict. US
Sailing prescriptions T1, T2, and T4.2 also apply.
A valid registration shall be a completed and signed registration form
and payment of the fee for the Class in which you are registering. You
may register on-line, by phone, by mail or in person. No registration
will be accepted after 10:00am on Saturday, March 1, 2015.
4 Notices to Competitors
Notices to competitors will be posted on the official regatta notice
board located in the NOYC, by the North Entrance, on the 2nd floor.
5 Changes In Sailing Instructions
- Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted on the
regatta notice board no later than one hour before the scheduled warning
signal for the first race on the day it will take effect, except that
any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 2000 hrs on the
day before it will take effect.
- At the discretion of the race committee, oral instructions may be given on the water via VHF Channel 69.
6 Signals Made Ashore
- Signals made ashore will be displayed from the flagpole at the dock of the NOYC.
- Code flag ‘AP’ with two sound signals (one when lowered)
indicates that the race is postponed. The Warning signal will be made
approximately one hour after the ‘AP’ is lowered.
8 Schedule of Races
||Registration for all Classes|
||Skippers Meeting at NOYC |
||First Warning Signal, 3 races attempted|
||No warning signals after 1500|
||Presentation by Doris Colgate|
||Live music and reception |
||First Warning Signal, 2 races attempted|
||No Warning Signal after 2:00pm|
||NOYC Grill with awards to follow.|
9 Number of Races
Minimum 1 race constitute a series.
10 Class Flags
Class flags shall be announced at the Skippers Meeting. The order of start will be at the discretion of each race committee.
11 Racing Area
The racing area will be the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, in the vicinity of the NOYC and SYC fixed marks.
12 The Course
- The attached diagram illustrates and describes the standard courses and
options, including the relative positions of marks, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side
on which each mark is to be left.
- If “rolling starts" are signaled (the warning signal for a
succeeding class is made with the starting signal for the preceding
class), and if a different course designation is intended for the
succeeding class, then the change will be displayed as soon as
practicable after that class’s warning signal, and before its
preparatory signal. This alters RRS 27.1.
- No later than the preparatory signal, the race committee boat will
display the approximate compass bearing and distance from the starting
line to Mark 1.
The race course marks will be temporary inflatable orange marks.
Offset marks, if used, will be small orange ball buoys. New marks, when
used in accordance with instruction 15, will be yellow marks. In a
subsequent change a new mark will be replaced with an original mark.
14 The Start
- The starting line will be between a mast or staff displaying an orange flag on the race committee boat and the nearby mark.
- Before the warning signal for the first race of the day, each
boat shall sail past the stern of the race committee boat and hail her
class and sail number, which will be acknowledged by the race committee.
This activity is to assist the race committee in accounting for
participating boats on the water, and for safety reasons; this does not
relieve each boat from requirements of article 2 of these instructions. A
boat failing to check in with the race committee as described above
will be notified of infringement and for any subsequent infringement may
be scored "Did Not Start" (DNS).
- Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area.
- A boat starting later than five minutes after its starting signal will be scored Did Not Start. This changes RRS A4.1.
RRS Rule 29.2 (Individual), is changed to include that the race
committee may also attempt to hail the sail numbers of recalled boats,
and may further attempt to hail each boat after it has returned to the
pre-start side of the starting line. Failure to hear a hail is not
grounds for protest.
16 Shortening or Abandoning after the Start
RRS Rule 32 is altered to provide that the course shall not be shortened to fewer than two legs.
If a class flag(s) is displayed from the race committee boat along
with abandoning or shortening signal, the action applies only to the
class(es) displayed. If there is no class flag(s) displayed, the action
applies to all classes.
17 Change of the Position of the Next Mark
To change the position of the next mark, the race committee will lay a
new mark (or move the finishing line) and remove the original mark as
soon as practicable. The change will be signaled before the leading boat
has begun the leg, although the new mark may not yet be in position.
Any mark to be rounded after rounding the new mark may be relocated
without further signaling to maintain the course configuration. When in a
subsequent change a new mark is replaced, it will be replaced by an
18 The Finish
The finishing line will be between a mast or staff displaying an orange flag on a race committee boat and the nearby mark.
19 Time Limit
For each class, boats failing to finish within 30 minutes after the
first boat sails the course and finishes, will be scored Time Limit
Expred (TLE), and will be given points equal to the number of boats
which finished within the time limit, plus two. This changes RRS Rule 35 and A4.1.
20 Penalties While Racing
The first two sentences of rule 44.1 are changed to: ‘A boat may take a
One-Turn Penalty when she may have broken a rule of Part 2 or rule 31
while racing. However, when she may have broken a rule of Part 2 while
in the zone around a mark other than a starting mark, her penalty shall
be a Two-Turns Penalty.’
21 Protests and Requests for Redress
- For each class, the protest time limit is 60 minutes after the race
committee boat docks following the last race of the day. Docking time
will be posted on the official regatta notice board, as soon as
practicable after docking. This changes RRS Rule 61.3 and 62.2.
- Protest forms are available at the NOYC office. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.
- This regatta will be sailed using the US Sailing Prescriptions
APPENDIX T - ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURES FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION. Sections A,
B, and C shall apply.
For all classes – The RRS Low Point System (RRS A4) shall be used,
with no throw-outs. The regatta ends on the last scheduled day of
racing, regardless of the number of races completed. This changes RRS A2.
- Each competitor is responsible for his/her own safety.
Moreover, each skipper is responsible for the safety of the crew and for
the seaworthiness of his boat.
- USCG approved life jackets shall be properly worn by persons on all
single-handed boats from the time they leave the dock until return to
the dock. On all other boats, it is the responsibility of the skipper
and crew to determine when life jackets will be worn. New Orleans Yacht
Club doesnot assume this responsibility and no signals governing the
wearing of life jackets or other such devices will be made.
- A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee
before leaving the course area, or, if that is impossible, the office
of the club having jurisdiction and/or the race committee immediately
after arriving ashore. Failure to comply with this safety rule may
result in disqualification from Mardi Gras Regatta races for current and
- Capsized boats may be ordered rescued by a race committee and
scored DNF in the interest of safety or avoiding unreasonable delay.
Trophies will be awarded at the New Orleans Yacht Club after the last race and protest hearings, if any.
Daily and Overall Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd for all classes.
The use of profanity or vulgarity on the race course will not be
tolerated and will be reason for suspension or expulsion from future
Mardi Gras Regatta racing.
26 Disclaimer of Liability
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The
organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained
in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.