PHRF Anniversary Race Sailing Instructions 8/2/15

Anniversary Regatta
Shelter Island Yacht Club
Sunday August 2, 2015
Sailing Instructions


The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing, (RRS) 2013-2016, the prescriptions of the US Sailing Association, except as changed by these sailing instructions and the ELIYA General Conditions. The Anniversary Race is henceforth to be called the Anniversary Regatta. This modifies the Notice of Race.


2.1 Any notices, amendments to the Sailing Instructions, signals made ashore and all results will be posted on the Yacht Scoring website for the race, on the SIYC website, made available in the SIYC Sailing Center and emailed to the competitors. The results will also be posted on the South Deck of the SIYC Clubhouse during the competitor party.

2.2 Any changes to the Sailing Instructions must be made before 0900 hours on the day of the regatta. Changes made prior to the day of the regatta will be communicated as per 2.1. Changes made on the day of the regatta will be communicated per 2.1 and Code flag “L” will be hoisted on the flagpole at the Shelter Island Yacht Club. Sailing instructions and any amendments will not be available from the Race Committee Signal boat.

2.3 When “AP” is displayed ashore, “one minute” is replaced with “not less than one hour” in Race Signal AP.

2.4 The Race Committee will monitor VHF Channel 72 throughout the race and will announce any other information over VHF Channel 72 starting at 0900 hours.

2.5 Failure to hear or see any notices, signals made ashore, changes or amendments will not be cause for redress. This modifies RRS 62.1 (a).


CLASS                                  FLAG                                 PHRF

1                                           Pennant 1                        Spinnaker 105 and below

2                                           Pennant 2                         Spinnaker 106 and above

3                                           Pennant 3                         Non Spinnaker 160 and below

4                                            Pennant 4                        Non Spinnaker 161 and above


To facilitate identification by other entrants and the Race Committee, entrants are required to display the class flag for their division from the backstay or from another prominent location, if no backstay is available. Yachts not flying a class flag will not be scored and will be disqualified without a hearing. This changes RRS 62.1 (a).


4.1 There will be Drop Mark Races for each of four classes in Gardiners Bay.

4.2 The scheduled time for the warning signal for the first class(es) to start a race will be 1100 hours.

4.3 The warning signal for subsequent classes shall be made with or after the starting signal for the preceding class.

4.4 Each class may race individually or in combination with another class.

4.5 After the Drop Mark Races, each class may have a Homeward Bound Race back to SIYC using government marks with a finish in Dering Harbor. (See course descriptions in Appendix A.)

4.6 No warning signal shall be made after 1630 hours.


Between an Orange Flag on the Race Committee Boat and a red ball set in Gardiners Bay in the vicinity of RW “N” Mo(A) WHIS. The location of the start will be broadcast by VHF Channel 72 at 0900 hours.


6.1 Prior to the warning signal for the first race, all yachts shall check in with the Race Committee Signal Boat by passing astern on starboard tack and announcing their sail number. The Race Committee will acknowledge by responding with the number heard.

6.2 A yacht that retires from any race shall notify the Race Committee as soon as possible.


7.1 Drop Mark Race courses and marks are described in Appendix A.

7.2 The Homeward Bound Race course is described in Appendix A.


8.1 Races will be started in accordance with Rule 26


8.2 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the Race Committee Signal Boat and the course side of the port-end red ball.

8.3 Yachts whose warning signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting area.


9.1 The Race Committee will attempt to hail each premature starter over VHF Channel 72. However, failure to make such an announcement, nor the timing or order of such an announcement, shall not be grounds or redress. This changes Rule 62.1(a).

9.2 In the event of a general recall for any class(es), the start sequence will restart with the recalled class(es).


10.1 The finish for Drop Mark Races is described in Appendix A.

10.2 The finish for the Homeward Bound Race is described in Appendix A.


Government buoys have no required side except when specified as marks of the course. Caution should be exercised for safe navigation.


Rule 44.1 is changed so that a yacht has the choice between penalty systems, and the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty. A yacht may choose to:

  1. take a One-Turn Penalty in accordance with Rule 44.2 or
  2. take a Scoring Penalty in accordance with Rule 44.3


13.1 The time limit for each Drop Mark race will be two (2) hours after the start time for each class.

13.2 In the event a Drop Mark Race is abandoned, the Race Committee will attempt to start another race as soon as possible thereafter.

13.3 There is no time limit for the Homeward Bound Race.

13.4 A yacht starting later than 15 minutes after her starting signal will be scored DNS.


14.1 A yacht intending to protest is requested to report both their intention to protest and the yacht(s) being protested to the Race Committee over VHF Channel 72 at the finish of the race.

14.2 Protests shall be submitted as soon as practicable but not later than one (1) hour after the Race Committee Finish Boat has docked or ½ hour after the last yacht in each fleet has reached the mooring area by SIYC, whichever is later. The time limit for filing a protest will be posted on the SIYC Notice Board in the SIYC clubhouse.

14.3 All protest hearings will take place at the SIYC as soon as possible after notices are posted. The Protest Committee will attempt to hear protests in the order of receipt. Representatives of yachts who are parties to a hearing shall remain on call in the vicinity of the protest rooms (SIYC Sailing Center).

14.4 When a yacht has been involved in an incident that may be subject to protest, it is her responsibility to check the protest notices at the end of the protest filing time to see if she is cited in a protest. Failure of any yacht to appear when called for a hearing will be considered by the Protest Committee as grounds for proceeding under Rule 63.3(b).

14.5 Rule 63.5 is changed by adding “A protest involving contact may be heard by the Protest Committee even though the requirements of 61.1(a) and 61.3 have not been fulfilled”.

14.6 Breaches of Sls 6 and 8.3 will not be grounds for protest by a yacht. This changes Rule 60.1(a).


15.1 Yachts sailing the Drop Mark Races will be scored using the ELI-PHRF time on time scoring system for each race.

15.2 A yacht’s regatta score for the SIYC Anniversary Regatta will be the total of her race scores using the low point scoring system per Appendix A in the US Sailing RRS 2013-2016. One race is required to be completed to constitute a regatta. There will be no throw outs. This modifies Rule A.2.

15.3 Yachts sailing the Homeward Bound Race will be scored using the PHRF-ELIYA time on time scoring system. The Homeward Bound Race will be scored as a separate event and will not be included in a yachts score for the SIYC Anniversary Regatta.


16.1        It is recommended that all boats be compliant with the US Safety Requirements (USSER) US Near Shore category. These regulations are available on the US Sailing website. Competitors participate in this regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The safety of a boat and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the person in charge of that boat.

16.2         RRS Rule 52 of the US Sailing RRS 2013-2016 will not be enforced.


Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes in each division will be awarded for the SIYC Anniversary Regatta and for the Homeward Bound Race at the SIYC during the celebratory party.


Official boats will be marked as follows:

Signal/Finish Boat(s) Blue race committee flag

Mark and pin boats Yellow auxiliary committee flag


Entries to the Anniversary Regatta must be made on Yacht Scoring ( by 6pm on August 1, 2015.
This modifies the Notice of Race. Valid 2015 ELI-PHTF certificates must be on file with the SIYC Race Committee, either
electronically or on paper.

Please join us for a celebratory party immediately after racing at the Shelter Island Yacht Club! Prizes to be awarded with complimentary food, music, wine and beer! Please call 749-0888 or hail on VHF Channel 74 to arrange complimentary mooring/dockage. The Chairperson for this event is Peter Dinkel. Please direct any questions to or call the SIYC Sailing Center on 749-1829.





A1.2 Course “W” is a Windward/Leeward course with a windward offset mark. A number flag indicating the number of LEGS to be raced will be flown beneath Flag “W”. The distance between the windward mark and the offset mark shall not count as a leg for the purposes of indicating the number of legs.

A1.3 Course “0” is a Triangle/Windward/Leeward/Windward course.

A1.4 Course “K” is a Triangle/Windward/Leeward course.

A1.5 Course “T” is a Modified Triangle course.

A1.6 The leeward mark for Courses “W”, “0”, “K” and will be an inflatable mark set approximately 0.10 NM to the windward of the starting line. A gate mark may be used for Course “W”. The leeward mark for Course “T” will be below the RC Signal boat approximately the same distance as the distance to the weather mark.

A1.7 The course designation will be signaled using flags displayed on the poles/halyards of the Race Committee Signal Boat. The distance and bearing to the windward mark will be displayed on a white board and announced on VHF Channel 72.

A1.8 Marks, including the windward offset mark, shall be rounded in order and always left to port, except that a gate, when used shall be rounded as described in Rule 28.2(c).


  1. For all courses the Race Committee may set a long windward mark and a short windward mark.
  2. The distance displayed will be to the SHORT windward mark. The long windward mark will be on the same bearing at a distance of 0.5 NM beyond the short windward mark.
  3. If flag “U” is displayed with the warning signal for a class, that class will use the LONG windward mark for each windward leg in that race.
  4. If flag “U” is not displayed at the warning signal for a class that class will use the SHORT windward mark for each windward leg in that race.


Marks will be as follows: The Race Committee will make every attempt to use the marks that are listed below.Fleet  Original Marks Starting Finishing Change Mark

Div I and II Orange tetrahedron Orange ball      white tetra Green tetra

Div III and IV  Yellow tetrahedron Orange ball  white tetra Yellow w/band tetra.


A3.1 In addition to the requirements in Rule 33, the Race Committee will attempt to announce any course changes on VHF Channel 72. Failure to make such an announcement shall not be grounds for redress. This changes Rule 62.1(a).

A3.2 The new mark will be a different color (green or yellow with a band) from the original mark as described in SI Appendix A2. For a subsequent change, the new mark will be the same as the original mark.


A4.1 The finishing line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on a Race Committee Boat and the finishing mark.

  1. For Course W”, with an odd number of legs, and Course “0”, the finish line will be located  approximately 0.1 NM to windward of the windward mark.
  2. For Course “W”, with an even number of legs, and “Course “K”, the finish line will be separate from the starting line and located approximately 0.1 NM leeward of the start line. See diagram in SI Appendix A1.1.
  3. For Course “T”, the finish line will be separate from the start line and located approximately 0.1 NM leeward of the start line. See diagram in SI Appendix 1.1.

A4.2 If a subsequent race is to be sailed, the finish line Race Committee Boat intends to fly code flag “R”. If a class flag is displayed below the “R” flag the subsequent race is for that class(es) only. In addition, the Race Committee will attempt to announce a subsequent race on VHF Channel 72.


No more than five Drop Mark Races will be run.


A6.1 Will be for each division a race back to the SIYC. The Race Committee will announce its intention to run the Homeward Bound Race over VHF Channel 72 prior to the start of the last Drop Mark Course of the day for each division.


A6.2.1 The start will be as described in SI 8.1.

A6.2.2 Or, alternatively, the start will be a continuation of the last Drop Mark Race of the day with each yacht’s finishing time for its last Drop Mark Race constituting its starting time for the Homeward Bound Race.

A6.2.3 If the Race Committee elects to start as described in A6.2.1, it will signal this to competitors over VHF Channel 72 with each class flag flown under the code flag “Z” following the last Drop Mark Race for each class.

A6.2.4 If the Race Committee elects to use the alternative start in A6.2.2, it will signal this to competitors over VHF Channel 72 and by stationing a mark boat at the rounding mark prior to the last leg of the last Drop Mark Race displaying the code flag “Z” with repetitive sounds.


A6.3.1 The Marks for the Homeward Bound Race are as follows:


The course may be shortened by the Race Committee at any rounding mark above (denoted by *).

A6.3.2 Windward Start

In order to achieve a proper start, the Race Committee may set a windward mark (either an orange or yellow tetrahedron) at a distance from the starting line. The bearing and distance to the windward mark will be displayed on the Race Committee Boat with a white board and a flag “W” (weather mark) will be displayed over a red flag (leave to port) or a green flag (leave to starboard)


The finish for the Homeward Bound Race will be between an orange flag on the Race Committee finish boat and a white tetrahedron located in Dering Harbor.



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Chris Bedford Bio

Chris Bedford has been predicting the weather for over 30 years. Growing up sailing on and immersed in the active weather of the Great Lakes, Chris graduated from the University of Michigan College of Engineering, receiving his degree with honors from the Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department in 1986. He founded Sailing Weather Service in 1998 after 10 years as an environmental consultant and 2 years as Operations Manager at a large commercial weather forecasting operation.

Chris Bedford’s sailing weather experience is extensive and successful.

  • A veteran of 9 America’s Cup cycles (1987 through 2013), Chris has been with more winning America’s Cup campaigns than any other meteorologist.
  • Team meteorologist for  6 Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread teams, including  the winning teams in 2001/02 (illbruck), 2008/09 (Ericsson) and 2014/15 (Abu Dhabi) – again, more winning efforts than any other meteorologist .
  • He was team meteorologist with 4 US Sailing Olympic campaigns – Barcelona, Savannah, Sydney and Athens – teams that accumulated a total of 17 medals.
  • Chris has consulted on numerous adventure records, including the all time trans-Atlantic sailing speed record set by the French trimaran, Banque Populaire (3 days 15 hours 25 minutes).
  • Over the years, Chris has provided thousands of hours of weather instruction to a wide range of audiences from beginning sailors to world champions.

Chris has been recognized for his outstanding work and dedication to sailing and his profession:

  • In 2004, Chris received the US Sailing President’s Award specifically for his work with the US Sailing Team at the Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
  • In 2009, he was awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award.
  • Chris was awarded status as a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) by the American Meteorological Society in 1994. At that time, he was the youngest person to ever receive the CCM designation.  Currently, there are approximately 400 active CCMs nationwide.

He has served as President of the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists and on a number of professional boards and committees with the American Meteorological Society, Air and Waste Management Association, and the former Commercial Weather Services Association. Over the years, Bedford has written and presented numerous technical papers at conferences and for refereed scientific journals, and has been an invited speaker and instructor.

Aside from forecasting the weather, Bedford remains active in and out of sailing:

He is a member of the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, MI;

Has been a licensed airplane pilot since 1994;


Lecture on Wind and Weather 7/24/15 at 6pm

Chris Bedford, CCM on Wind and Weather

How to improve your race results using weather to your competitive advantage

Friday, July 24 at SIYC, 6 -7 pm

Q & A following

Tips on:

Ø  Clouds and wind

Ø  How to predict wind on race day

Ø  How to forecast winds with weather models

Chris Bedford, founder of Sailing Weather Service, is known worldwide for his expertise in marine and coastal meteorology.  His company provides customized weather solutions to some of the world’s leading competitive sailing teams and events. A veteran of 9 America’s Cup cycles, Chris has also worked with 5 Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread teams, 4 US Sailing Team campaigns and numerous adventure sailors.  Chris is acclaimed for his straightforward and practical approach to using weather knowledge as a competitive advantage.

Ladies Regatta a success!

Ladies who Launch
Ladies who Launch

Twenty two women (Gaff-Rigged Gals) participated in the club’s July 2015 Ladies Race, competing in Herreshoff 12.5’s. Light wind & a strong current made for challenging conditions. Two races were sailed and two boats tied for 1st place. Kudos to the winning skipper Siobhan O’Connor who sailed with her very capable daughter Niamh Hodkinson. Second place was captured by Whitney McCarthy assisted by Janet Maurillo & novice racer Bonnie Grunwaldt.

From the Brooklyn Eagle 1894…

I) The Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, Long Island, New York) (excerpts from pages: 91-93)
The genuine yachting spirit of the Shelter Island Yacht Club may be said to have had its real birth in 1890. By 1892, the Club had its own clubhouse and the membership limit was raised to 200 and annual dues to $10. In August, 1894, a revolutionary event occurred, featured in headlines from New York to Montauk Point. A race took place in which women were at the helm. Let the Brooklyn Eagle tell the story, beginning with a few headlines.

“Fair Women at the Helm___Shelter Island’s Season Closed with a Novel Boat Race___There was Plenty of Excitement, and the Gentle Sailors Proved Themselves Adepts on the Water___They Sailed the Catboats with Bewitching Skill.

“The last race of the season in these waters was given a spice of novelty by the condition which required that each boat entered should be steered by a woman. The yacht club determined on this, as it was well known that the women hereabouts are as brave and daring as they are beautiful.” The yacht club not only became a center of yachting activity at the eastern end of Long Island,
but like other yacht clubs it was a center of summer social activity as well.

Severe Weather Letter from Marc Wein

July 2015


The very active part of the Hurricane Season is upon us and continues until the middle of October.

Your attention is drawn to House Rule V Severe Weather Preparation on pages 122-123 of the Club Yearbook.  For your convenience Rule V is also stated on the attached pages.

Please review the House Rule thoroughly.  In the event NOAA announces a Hurricane Watch, commence completing your preparations accordingly.

Set up a game plan well ahead of a Hurricane Watch to properly prepare your craft for severe weather.  If you will not be available or cannot carry out a suitable game plan, we strongly urge you to designate someone to do it for you!

     The Club staff has been given detailed instructions and a game plan regarding the preparations of Club property for severe weather.  It is up to each individual owner to complete his or her own preparations.  The Club cannot assist its members except for launch service as long as safe operation permits.

Your cooperation is urged and required.  Please remember, Dering Harbor is NOT a “Hurricane Hole”!

The following web address is a very useful one to obtain the latest information:


Marc S. Wein

Chairman Marine Committee



A HURRICANE WATCH is issued by NOAA for a coastal area when there is a threat of hurricane condition within 24-36 hours.

A HURRICANE WARNING is issued by NOAA when hurricane conditions are expected in a specific coastal area in 24 hours or less.


1. Each boat owning member, and fleet should develop and maintain an Individual

Severe Weather Plan for his/her/its vessel(s).  This plan should be made ready to be

implemented every time the owner departs Shelter Island, even if a severe weather

situation does not exist at that time.

This plan should provide for the implementation of items #1 through #4 (as         applicable) of paragraph III-B of these rules.

It is strongly suggested that this plan include the designation of a local agent to act in the owner’s absence.

2. The Club assumes no responsibility for members’ boats or property.  In regard to members’ property, the Club reserves the right to take any steps necessary to protect Club Property.



1. To protect Club personnel and property to the greatest extent possible prior to, and under, storm conditions.

2. To provide normal Club services as long as it is safe to do so.



1. SIYC Staff will not provide any service or help to members in connection with their boats, in slips or on moorings, except for launch service as long as safe operations permits.

2. SIYC launches are not available for towing.

3. OFFICER IN CHARGE: The Senior Flag Officer present will be the officer in charge.  In the absence of any available Flag Officer, a Watch Officer will be appointed by the Commodore to take charge.  In the absence of an Appointed Watch Officer, the Club Manager will be in charge.


1. Remove all roller furling headsails and properly stow below deck or ashore.  Lashing head sails is insufficient.  Remove mainsails or double lash over mainsail cover.  Treat mizzensails in the same manner.

2. Remove all anchors stowed on deck.  This applies particularly to plow anchors since anchors can and do cut mooring lines.  The intent here is also to avoid airborne anchors.

3. Install chafe material at all points of chafe.

4. For yachts in slips: DOUBLE UP mooring lines, apply chafe material and consider relocating to a safer location.

Have someone perform these tasks before a Hurricane Warning if you cannot do it yourself.


1. Insure that all steps to be taken during the Hurricane Watch are completed.

2. Vacate all yachts!

3. All dinghies must be removed from Club premises.

4. All boats in the dry sail area must be removed from the premises.

5. Shutdown of launch service will occur as follows:

After a Hurricane Warning is established by NOAA, the point in time when the Club launch(es) will cease operating is at the sole discretion of the Officer in charge.  NO EXCEPTIONS will be made, so all preparations should be completed early!

6. All scheduled Club functions will be canceled at the discretion of the Officer in Charge.