The following instructions do not supersede the full Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club Sailing Instructions. To obtain the complete instructions click the link below:
The Summer Series Races are scheduled on Wednesdays to start promptly at 1840 (6:40 pm). As of this writing, the Summer Series sails a windward/leeward race course. The race course will be set within 1 hour prior to the first section starting time. The first leg of the course will be to windward but racers are advised that wind shift may occur after the course has been established and marks set. The marks will not be moved once set and the course will be sailed as established.
Typically, two marks will be set. The mark farther from the Committee boat is intended for Section 1. The mark nearest to Committee boat is intended for Sections 2 and 3. In some instances, depending on conditions, only one mark may be set for all three sections.
The number of legs will be announced prior to the start of the race. If no announcement is made, the race will automatically default to two legs: 1 windward, 1 downwind. If multiple legs are announced, racers must round the Committee boat passing first over the finish line and then pass over the starting line a second time. The Committee boat will be left to starboard.
Races are started by sections. The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club sails three sections:
- Section 1 Spinaker – Large Boats
- Section 2 Spinaker
- Section 3 Jib and Main only
Your boat should be registered to one of these sections. The race sections are started one after the other in sequence. Section 3 will always be the first section to be started, followed by Section 2 and finally Section 1. Depending on conditions and the number of participants, sections may be combined prior to the start of the race.
VHF Race Channel
The Waukegan | Joseph Conrad Yacht Club monitors VHF channel 69 on race days. Radio traffic should be kept to a minimum and restricted to race communications.
Prior to start all racers are required to check in with the committee boat. Check-in should be done by hail passing close to the Committee boat when possible or by radio (VHF 69). To check in the racer should display or provide the following information:
- Sail number
- Boat name, and
- Assigned section
All boats are required to stay clear of the starting area prior to the starting sequence of their section when other sections are starting. Normal rules of the road are in effect at all times. Racing rules are in effect at the moment that a racer’s section starting sequence has commenced. Remember, starboard tack and leeward boats have the right-of-way. The primary rule in all instances is to AVOID COLLISIONS. Boats in the right that have to change course to avoid a collision may protest the burdened boat.
The starting sequence starts 5 minutes prior to the first section starting time by the hoisting of the section flag.
1835 Section 3: 5-minute warning
One minute later the Prep flag is hoisted.
One minute before the start of Section 3 the Prep flag is struck.
At the starting time, Section 3 flag is struck. Section 2 flag is hoisted
1840 Section 3 Starts / Section 2: 5-minute warning
1845 Section 2: Starts / Section 1: 5-minute warning
1850 Section 1: Starts
At any time the Race Committee may postpone the start of any race or any section. Reasons for postponement may be due to weather, conditions on the course, mechanical failure or request of racers. The Race Committee is not required to postpone the race start and may not announce the reason other than by hoisting the postponement flag.
Once the reason for postponement has been resolved, the AP flag will be struck. The race starting sequence will begin as outlined above in 5 minute increments by section.
At any time the Race Committee may abandon a race. Reasons for abandonment may be due to weather, conditions on the course, mechanical failure or request of racers. The Race Committee is not required to abandon a race and may not announce the reason other than hoisting the “N” flag.
At any time the Race Committee may recall a racer or an entire section. Reasons for abandonment may be due to weather, conditions on the course, mechanical failure or request of racers. The Race Committee is not required to recall a racer or section and may not announce the reason other than hoisting the “1st Sub” flag.
When hoisted the entire racing fleet or an entire section is recalled.
Individual racers may be recalled for various reasons.
Racers who must withdraw from a race for whatever reason, must advise the Race Committee as soon as possible.