Sailors are reminded that it is a requirement of the racing rules of sailing (RRS) that boats display a sail number. Several boats have been racing at SYC with either no sail number, or with a different sail number to the one they have signed on with for that race. This causes confusion for OODs and makes their task more stressful on busy days. It is also difficult to support within our RaceManager software.
The Sailing Committee has reviewed the situation and has decided to introduce the following amendment to section 7 of the SYC Sailing Instructions –
“Race Officers shall score boats racing without a distinguishing number, or with a different number to the reported number, as DNC with no requirement for a protest hearing. This changes RRS Appendix G, 4”
This amendment comes into effect from the start of the Spring series. It is the responsibility of each sailor to ensure that their boat complies with section 7 of the SYC Sailing Instructions, but this amendment does not preclude a request for redress if there are exceptional circumstances e.g. sail numbers blown off on the way to the start line.
Please note that it is possible to change your sail number when signing on to the Race Manager system. If you are unsure how to do this, you must report the number you are sailing with to the OOD who can then amend this within RaceManager (please bear in mind the OOD may be busy).
The full SYC Sailing Instructions can be found here.