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Sign-On Process & Boat Identification



As we all know,  skippers have a large number of responsibilities when it comes to preparing for a day on the water.  This includes making sure both ourselves, our crew and our boats are in a condition suitable for sailing…and in particular, the conditions on the day.

As a pre-requisite to sailing, all members are required to comply with their respective class rules and club specific sailing instructions and safety requirements (as per the safety declaration at the commencement of sailing each year).

While all members are encouraged to read their respective class rules to ensure compliance, the committee note a couple of key areas that are currently causing problems to race organisers.

Race Sign On & Off:  As a key safety measure, the AYC race management require all competitors to Sign on prior to leaving the beach, and sign off again.  This sign off process is to be completed a maximum of 30min after the last boat comes ashore.   (Refer Section 17 of the Sailing Instructions).  Any boats who fail to sign on, or sign off will continue to be scored as a DSQ in the results.

Accurate Boat Registration Information:  For the Sign on/Off process to be effective, all skippers must ensure the information on the sheet is accurate.  This includes boat type, boat name, Skipper, Crew and Sail Numbers.  This is not only essential to the Race Committee to effectively administer racing on the day, but also critical to the Post Race Handicapping.   Skippers are reminded that sail numbers are required to match their hull numbers and overall boat registrations.  Replacement sail numbers can be sourced from any good sailmaker (ie, Irwin Sails – +61(3) 9555 7328) or your class association.

If skippers wish to temporarily race with a alternate number, special mention to the Handicapper and on the sign on sheet is required.  This will only be accepted for a limited number of races, while skippers source replacement numbers.

Hull Identification:  As a requirement of racing, all boats are required to have all appropriate boat identification details affixed to their boats.  This includes,
1. Club
2. Boat Name
3. Class
4. Sail Number

Full details can be found on the Yachting Australia Website at:

Hull ID Extract

Signage can easily be procured from local signwriters or online at sites similar to this…(

As per usual, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to grab a committee member or myself to provide a little guidance and/or assistance.


The Commodore



Protest – 23 Nov 13: Barging

As many will be aware, we have had our fair share of protests this year, with everyone dusting off the rules book and reviewing what is happening out on the race course.

During Aggregate 7 we had rather bad example of a number of boats attempting to “Barge” the start line.  This resulted in a number of boats getting themselves into trouble…and one even raming the side of the start boat.


This also resulted in a protest being lodged with the Protest Committee after a number of barging boats failed to appropriately give way to others who were to leeward and had rights.

After much debate, the Protest Committee upheld the protest with  the protested “barging” boat Disqualified from the race.  Another boat who was involved was forced to run over the starting boat “barging bouy” then failed to correctly exonerate themselves. (The boat undertook a 360 degree turn further up the course,..however actually needed to re-round the starting line and start again.)

Accordingly, this boat was also Disqualified from the race.

It is clear that Barging is something that needs to be avoided by all boats, given the serious implications of getting it wrong.  For those interested, a good summary is available on the Yachting Victoria website,…… the following Link.

New Training Fleet

Over the winter months the Club Committee have been working hard to secure some new upgrades to the AYC Training Fleet.  A special thanks to Craig and Gail who head up our Grants Committee, for securing a sizable grant for the purchase of some new training boats.

This has enabled the recent purchase of another new Pacer for the Adult training, as well as a new Open BIC for the Juniors.  Soon, we will also get our hands on a few Tackers for the smaller Juniors too.

OpenBICThe Photo is of Tyson giving the new OpenBIC a test run.  Think we will all agree, it looks pretty flash!


Photo of the Week – 29 Sept 13

Once again the Grand Final is over and the club faithful braved the chilly water of Port Philip for the annual Ice Breaker.

Although quite a few boats arrived at the club, only a small group of die-hards braved the gusty conditions to try to squeeze in 2 races.  Although the wind looked promising when the boats left the beach, the pressure soon built, with gusts to 25kts by race start…and 27kts as the boats labored through race 1.

One positive was a new PB for the club Commodore, almost cracking the elusive 24kt barrier on his Foiling Moth.  Despite the full race briefing, the bulk of the fleet decided to ignore these instructions and failed to sail a correct course.  Accordingly, pretty much everyone was disqualified.

Moth Speed


Looking forward to some slightly more moderate conditions next week for Aggregate 1!

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