All club series and the Frostbite open meeting

(excluding all other open meetings and joint DQSC/CYC races)

The Organising Authority is Dell Quay Sailing Club (DQSC)

Apuldram, Chichester, PO20 7EE


1            RULES

1.1         The races will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2         Racing rules 32.2 (shortened courses), 35 (time limits and scores), 63.1 (requirement for a hearing), A (scoring) will be changed. The changes will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions may also change other racing rules.

1.3         Competitors should note that the organising authority implements the RYA Racing Charter and that they will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the charter, which can be found in the RYA rule book and at 



2.1         The races are open to monohull centreboard boats of any class listed in the current RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Numbers available on Boats not so listed may be accepted and allocated a number at the Race Committee’s discretion.

2.2         Entries may be made at the DQSC clubhouse at any time up to the warning signal for each race unless otherwise specified.

2.3         Guests may helm but they will be scored DNC. All guest helms or crews under 18 and their parent or guardian must complete the parental consent form accepting the conditions of entry.

2.4         A change of boat or rig in a series other than the Early Helm or Late Helm series constitutes a separate entry, as does a change of helm in any series.

2.5         Changing from class approved sails to corresponding replica sails will be subject to a PYN decrease of two points.

2.6         Competitors must grant to the organising authority without payment the right in perpetuity to make, use and show any report, result, video or still pictures of or relating to the races.

3            FEES

3.1         Entry is free to club members and guests for club series and to all entrants for the Frostbite series.

3.2         All boats must display a current Chichester Harbour Plaque. Boats not displaying such a plaque will be scored DNC.

4            SCHEDULE

The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race on each day, the high water time and height are shown in the DQSC Yearbook and on the club website more than one race is scheduled the starting time of subsequent races will be advised by the Race Officer.


The Sailing Instructions are available on the official notice board in the DQSC clubhouse and on the club website

6            VENUE

6.1         The races are based at Dell Quay Sailing Club.

6.2         Racing will generally take place in Chichester Harbour. A chart of the racing area is available on the club board and on the DQSC website

7            THE COURSES

Course information will be shown on the course board in the clubhouse not later than 20 minutes before the warning signal.


The RYA Alternative Disputes Resolution (modified) will be implemented. Details are available on the DQSC website and also on the official notice board.

9            SCORING

9.1         Two entrants are required to constitute a race.

9.2         Two races are required to be completed to constitute a series.

9.3         The number of races to count in any series will be half the number of races started plus one, rounded down.

9.4         The Average Lap System may be used.

9.5         Races will be scored as per RRS A9 irrespective of the length or character of the series.

9.6         Entrants in a series may apply to the Sailing Committee for their average score in that series to apply to any races in which they have not competed while on duty or while supporting a class start on the same day at an open meeting within Chichester Harbour or while representing DQSC at a championship for their sailing class. Up to one day’s racing may be scored in this way for any one series.

10          PRIZES

10.1       Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the race committee.


When the race committee considers that a boat or competitor is in difficulty it may instruct the boat or competitor to accept outside help, retire or sail ashore. Competitors shall obey such instructions from boats acting as safety boats.

12          RISK STATEMENT

12.1       Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.”

12.2       Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, competitors agree and acknowledge that:

(a)     They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

(b)     They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

(c)     They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omission;

(d)     Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

(e)     The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organizer does not relieve competitors of their responsibilities;

(f)      The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.

13          INSURANCE

Each participating boat must have third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £5 million per claim.

DQSC  Club series & Frostbite NOR -  0.2                                                                                                                                           1/02/2016