Change to SBSC and RYCT Sailing Instructions – Flag Uniform


SBSC and RYCT agreed to include a new preparatory signal Flag U in our combined Sailing Instructions under Clause 12 The Start. This is in line with national and international championships so it’s important that our sailors are familiar with this rule.

The change will come into effect on Saturday 7 November. We encourage all Classes to include a discussion of the U Flag in their pre-race briefing for competitors.

Flag Uniform is displayed above.

The wording in the Sailing Instructions is as follows:

12      The Start

If Flag U has been displayed as the preparatory signal, no part of a boat’s hull, crew or equipment shall be in the triangle formed by the ends of the Starting line and the first mark during the last minute before her starting signal. If a boat breaks this rule and is identified she shall be disqualified without a hearing but not if the race is restarted or resailed or postponed or abandoned before the starting signal. This changes rule 26.


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