RACE OFFICER PLATFORM INFO

The following are the Race Officer duties listed in sequence of actions

Before the Race

  1. Get Yellow R/C bag, Flag Bag, Radio, Horn, Binoculars from R/C locker. DO NOT PLACE BINOCULARS IN BAG, BANGING THEM AROUND WILL BREAK THEM.
  2. Triangle with Red and White Vertical StripesDisplay the YELLOW RC Flag (yellow with RC on it) from atop and POSTPONEMENT Flag before leaving marina.
  3. For PHRF Events: Leave dock in time to get to JB no later than 1630 to observe wind, pick course and starting line location.
    For Centerboard Events: Leave dock in time to check wind and set marks of course, and anchor at starting line before 1700 start. Typically leave 1630.
  4. Go to the mouth of the creek and using the Wind Speed Meter, determine the wind speed and direction. Pick a suitable course length for the wind speed and to get a windward leg using the course selection guide. Courses are defined in Race Instructions Appendix D and the Course Selection Guide.
  5. Anchor such that the start line is approximately perpendicular to the course to the next mark. A long starting line is better than a short one. Do not anchor in the channel.
  6. Orange FlagDisplay the pure ORANGE flag for Starting Line on Race Officer platform. Sight the start and finish line from this flag. Ensure that the start line is at least 1 boat length (approximately 25 feet) long for the total number of starters in the largest fleet for the race; longer is better. For PHRF Events, display the course designation for the racers.
  7. Get all required flags from the flag bag, White, Blue, Red, P, Over Early, General Recall. Provide instructions and info to hailing competitors, log each as they check in. For PHRF events, announce course and approximate starting time of race on VHF 68. For Centerboard Events, announce course and approximate starting time of race to each competitor.
  8. Triangle with Red and White Vertical StripesSelect a time that will be 1 minute prior to the desired begin of the starting sequence and call this time BEGIN. Lower the Postponement Flag and sound the horn once at BEGIN. For PHRF events, announce "Start of sequence in one minute" on VHF 68. For Centerboard Events, announce "Start of sequence in one minute".
  9. Do the starting sequence shown at the end of this section. It is suggested to use the count-up timer to minimize the math and potential for errors. However, record the time of day of the start of the sequence in case the count up timer fails or is accidentally reset.
  10. Monitor the starting line for boats that are over the line before the starting signal. If any boats are over the line:
    All Boats Identified
    White Flag with Blue CrossIf any part of any boat(s) is over the start line when the start signal is made a second horn will be sounded and flag "X" will be displayed. The Race Officer may hail the premature starter(s). When all premature starter(s) have returned to behind the start line or after 4 minutes flag "X" will be lowered. Competitors returning to restart have no rights over competitors that have started. Announce competitors name(s)/sail number(s) on VHF 68.
    Some Boats not Identified
    Blue Triangle Flag with Yellow Triangle InsideIn the event that the Race Officer cannot determine who is over early or there is an error in the starting procedure, display the General Recall Flag (First Substitute Flag - yellow triangle in blue triangle) and sound the horn twice. The prep signal for a new start for the recalled fleet shall be made one minute after General Recall Flag is lowered, and starts for any succeeding classes shall follow the new start.

During the Race

  1. Once all competitors have started:
    • Record wind velocity on score sheet
    • Record PHRF-B and PHRF-C courses on score sheet
    • For start/finish lines that are at a mark of the course, move to the finish mark to set a proper finish line as indicated on the course diagram. The finish line is a line between the finish mark and the ORANGE flag on the RO platform. The finish line should be perpendicular to the course from the prior mark.
  2. Record any lap times and finish times. The boat completes the lap or finishes when any part of boat or crew in normal position crosses the finish line.
  3. Continuously monitor the conditions and if they deteriorate, consider the following options in order presented. The intent is to have a fair and safe race.
    Shorten Course
    If the lead competitors has not reached a mark, the race can be shortened to that mark as follows:
    White Flag with Blue Rectangle InsideWhen appropriate, the Race Officer may shorten the course by flying flag "S" (a white flag with a blue square in the center). In this event, the Race Officer shall make every effort to inform all competitors by using VHF CH68, a two sound signals and hailing. The finish line shall be a line from the finishing mark perpendicular to the course from the prior mark. The Race Officer platform shall be placed so that finishing competitors will pass the mark on the original course side of the mark. The Race Officer can shorten the course to one of the designated marks for the course while the competitors are on that leg.
    Change of Course
    If the lead competitor has not reached a mark, the next mark or finish line can be changed as follows:
    White Flag with Blue Stripes Top and Bottom and Red Strip in CenterThe Race Officer may change a leg of the course that begins at a rounding mark by changing the position of the next mark (or the finishing line) and notifying all competitors on VHF CH68, a single sound signal and hailing before any competitor begins the leg. The next mark need not be in position at that time.
    Reduce Number of Laps in Multi-Lap Course
    If the lead competitor has rounded the lap finish mark, the number of laps for a multi-lap course can be reduced as follows:
    Green FlagWhen appropriate and prior to two competitors completing the original course, the Race Officer may reduce the number of laps in a multi-lap course to the last lap completed by the lead competitor by flying the pure GREEN flag. In this event, the Race Officer shall make every effort to inform all competitors by using VHF CH68, two sound signal and hailing. The finish line shall be a line from the finishing mark perpendicular to the course from the prior mark. The latest lap times will be used as the official finish times. Competitors that have not completed the lap within time limit will be scored "DNF".
    Abandon Race
    If the conditions create a safety hazard or if two competitors have not finished prior to 19:00 during April, May, September, October or 19:30 during June, July, August, abandon the race as indicated below:
    White Flag with Blue Checker-boardWhen appropriate, the Race Officer may abandon the race by flying flag "N" (a blue and white checkerboard flag). In this event, the Race Officer shall make every effort to inform all competitors by using VHF CH68, three sound signal and hailing. When the race is abandoned, there will be no score for any competitor regardless of finish.
  4. Remain on station at the finish until all competitors have finished or have withdrawn from the race and released the race committee to return to shore. This is for competitor safety, Race Officer does not leave course until all boats return or boat indicates it is not returning and Race Officer is no longer responsible for safety.

After the Race

Cleanup as follows:

  • Put Clock and Wind Meter back in protective box
  • Roll up Course Board and put back in flag bag
  • Put Clock, Wind Meter and Notebook in Duffel Bag
  • Put Flags back in flag bag
  • Put Duffle Bag, Horn, Radio, Binoculars, Flags back in Race Committee Locker
  • Connect Horn and Radio to Battery Chargers
  • Put Score Sheet in Rack on Locker Door

Flags and Signals

The meanings of visual and sound signals are stated below. When a visual signal is displayed over a Fleet flag the signal applies only to that Fleet.

Signal Legend
Symbol Action Description
↑•• Hoist and sound horn 2 times
↑• Hoist and sound horn 1 time
• ___ • Make repetitive sound on horn
↓• Lower and sound horn 1 time
Triangle with Red and White Vertical Stripes
↑•• ↓•
Races not started are postponed. Warning or other signal will be made 1 minute after removal.
Red Flag
 
Protest Flag.
White Flag with Blue Stripes Top and Bottom and Red Strip in Center
• ___ •
The position of the next mark has changed.
Orange Flag
 
Start/Finish Line on RC Boat
White Flag with Blue Checker-board
↑•••
All races are abandoned.
Blue Flag with White Rectangle Inside
↑•
Preparatory Signal
White Flag with Blue Rectangle Inside
↑••
Race course shortened.
Blue Triangle Flag with Yellow Triangle Inside
↑••
General recall
Green Flag
↑••
No. of laps in a multi-lap racecourse are reduced.
White Flag with Blue Cross
↑•
Individual recall
Yellow Flag with Red Diagonal Stripes
↑•
Wear personal buoyancy
White Flag
↑•
Non-Spinaker Fleet Flag
Red Flag
↑•
PHRF rating 170 and greater Spinnaker Fleet Flag
Blue Flag
↑•
PHRF rating < 170 Spinnaker Fleet Flag

Time Limit -
Unless otherwise stated, the time limit for races during April, May, September, and October will be 1900. During June, July and August the time limit will be 1930. If two or more competitors finish within the time limit, then the race shall be valid for all competitors. If the time limit is exceeded abandon the race using the Abandon Flag. Competitors finishing more than one hour after the time limit will receive a DNF (did not finish). The Race Officer boat is required to remain on station unless released by competitors remaining on the race course.

Appendix A – Starting Sequence

Starting Sequence Information
PHRF (Thursday): Three starts Centerboard (Monday): One start
Non-Spinnaker – White Fleet flag All Centerboard – White Fleet Flag
PHRF 170 and greater – Red Fleet flag
PHRF < 170– Blue Fleet Flag
Starting Sequence Actions
Time
Minutes
Action Displayed Flags Flag Change
Postponement Flag Flying Red Triangle Flag with White Vertical Stripes
Start clock Lower Postponement Flag start the count-up clock record the current time of day and sound horn 1 time. Red Triangle Flag with White Vertical Stripes
1 Hoist pure White flag sound horn.
“White” Warning Signal
White Flag
2 Hoist “P” Flag sound horn
“White” Prep Signal
White Flag Blue Flag with White Rectangle Inside White Rectangle in Blue Rectangle
5 Lower “P” flag long sound horn
“White” One-Minute Signal
White Flag White Rectangle in Blue Rectangle
6 Lower “White” flag sound horn
“White” Start Signal
For PHRF second start:
Raise “Red” Flag
“Red” Warning Signal

Red Square
White Flag
Red Square



7 Hoist “P” Flag sound horn
“Red” Prep Signal
Red Square Blue Flag with White Rectangle Inside Blue Flag with White Rectangle Inside
10 Lower “P” flag long sound horn
“Red” One-Minute Signal
Red Square Blue Flag with White Rectangle Inside
11 Lower “Red” flag sound horn
“Red” Start Signal
For PHRF third start: Raise “Blue” Flag
“Blue” Warning Signal

Blue Square
Red Square
Blue Square



12 Hoist “P”Flag sound horn
“Blue” Prep Signal
Blue Square Blue Flag with White Rectangle Inside Blue Flag with White Rectangle Inside
15 Lower “P” flag long sound horn
“Blue” One-Minute Signal
Blue Square Blue Flag with White Rectangle Inside
16 Lower “Blue” Flag sound horn
“Blue” Start Signal
Blue Square
Over Early
White Flag with Blue Cross If any part of any boat(s) is over the start line when the start signal is made a second horn will be sounded and flag "X" will be displayed. The Race Officer may hail the premature starter(s). When all premature starter(s) have returned to behind the start line or after 4 minutes flag "X" will be lowered. Competitors returning to restart have no rights over competitors that have started. Announce competitors name(s)/sail number(s) on VHF 68.
General Recall
Blue Triangle Flag with Yellow Triangle Inside In the event that the Race Officer cannot determine who is over early or there is an error in the starting procedure, display the General Recall Flag (First Substitute Flag - yellow triangle in blue triangle) and sound the horn twice. The prep signal for a new start for the recalled fleet shall be made one minute after General Recall Flag is lowered, and starts for any succeeding classes shall follow the new start.