MGRW Burgee


February 20 - 21, 2016


Performance Handicap Racing Fleet

1   Jurisdiction

New Orleans Yacht Club
403 N Roadway St., New Orleans, LA 70124-1639
(504)283-2581 &

2   Rules

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.

3   Entries

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, February 20, 2016.

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

6   Signals Made Ashore

8   Schedule of Races

Friday, 2/19  1830 Registration for all Classes
Saturday 2/20
0845 Skippers Meeting at NOYC
1000 First Warning Signal, 2 races attempted
1500 No warning signals after 1500
After Racing Daily Trophies
1600 Live music and reception
Sunday 2/21 1000 First Warning Signal, 1 race attempted
1300 No Warning Signal after 1:00pm
After Racing 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

13   Marks

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

  1. The starting line will be between a mast or staff displaying an orange flag on the race committee boat and the nearby mark.
  2. 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).
  3. Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area.
  4. A boat starting later than five minutes after its starting signal will be scored Did Not Start. This changes RRS A4.1.

15   Recalls

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 original mark.

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

  1. 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.
  2. Protest forms are available at the NOYC office. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.
  3. This regatta will be sailed using the US Sailing Prescriptions APPENDIX T - ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURES FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION. Sections A, B, and C shall apply.

22   Scoring

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.

23   Safety

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 following year.
  4. Capsized boats may be ordered rescued by a race committee and scored DNF in the interest of safety or avoiding unreasonable delay.

24   Prizes

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.

25   Vulgarity

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.

Course Diagram