British Moth and Lightning Open Meeting
Oxford Sailing Club
Sailing Instructions 2021
1 General Information, Covid (September 2021) and Thames Water site rules
• We look forward to welcoming the British Moth and Lightning Classes to Oxford SC
• Arriving at the Club:
• Biosecurity: TW has installed two washing stations on the left side of the car park and ask that you wash your
boat on entry and on leaving if your base is fresh water.
• Please obey any instructions from the marshals and Thames Water Rangers.
• The Clubhouse Toilets and changing rooms are open. Both changing rooms have fans which should be on to
maximise ventilation. The Waterside Café in the main club room will be open. OSC would prefer you to wear a
mask in this area if not eating/drinking, but recognises that this may be impractical for competitors. Doors will be
kept open for ventilation.
• Cars must be left in the car park. If you are not able to move your boats to the upper level by hand you may
use your car and road trailer but cars must but be immediately returned to the car park
• On the Beach & Launching. Buoyancy aids needed if you are helping on the beach.
• Dogs are permitted only at car park level – do not bring them up the ramp to the reservoir. There is a long
countryside walk around the reservoir perimeter starting in the SE corner.
2.1 Racing will take place under the current Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the Class Rules, The Notice of Race and
these Sailing Instructions (SIs). In the event of a conflict, these SIs shall apply. Where there is no mention of any
particular subject in these SI’s, you will revert to the current racing rules of sailing.
3 Changes to Sailing Instructions
3.1 Any change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted before the briefing. It will be signalled by displaying flag L
ashore (SI 4). The amended SI, and any other notices, will be displayed on the external wall of the club house on
the wall facing the water.
4.1 A briefing will be held at 11am.
5 Signals Made Ashore
5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on the club mast. Signals displayed over a class flag apply to that class
5.2 If Flag L is displayed (A notice to competitors has been posted).
5.3 Flag AP may be displayed ashore to signify racing is postponed. Should AP be displayed with a Class Flag the
postponement will apply only to the fleets whose Class Flags are displayed.
6 Schedule of Races
6.1 The 1st Warning Signal shall be at 11.55am
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6.2 There will be 3 races with a break for lunch after the first race.
7 Class Flag
7.1 These will be identified at the competitor briefing.
8 Racing Area
8.1 The racing area will be on Farmoor 2 which is in front of the clubhouse
9 The Start
Races will be started in accordance with rule 26.
Title Minutes Before Starting Signal Flag & Sound
Warning 5 minutes Class Flag; Displayed 1 sound
Preparatory 4 minutes Either Flag P, I, U or Black Flag;
1 sound signal
1 minute period 1 minute Either Flag P, I, U, or Black;
Removed and 1 long sound
Starting 0 minute Class Flag; Removed 1 sound
9.1 The start for one class may be at the same time as the warning signal for the subsequent class. If there is a
General Recall, then the subsequent classes’ start will be delayed in order to maintain the start sequence.
9.2 The starting line will be between the forward mast on the committee boat and a large inflatable buoy which has a
black band around its circumference.
10 Race Course
10.1 The course shall be a trapezoid course with the start/finish line on the beat to windward. You must pass through
the start/finish line each lap, The number of laps shall be displayed on the committee boat before the start of each
race. The committee boat will display the number of laps for the British Moth fleet using a red board or number.
The laps for the Lightning fleet will a green board or number. If no course boards are displayed there will be 10
10.2 The course is detailed at the end of this document
10.3 The Finishing line will be the start line.
11 Racing Marks
11.1 Racing Marks will be either orange or yellow large inflatable marks.
11.2 The Outer Distance Mark for the start line shall be a large inflatable mark which has a black band around its
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12 Time limit
The time limit will be 20mins after the lead boat in each fleet.
13 Committee Boat Identification
13.1 The main Committee boat will display an orange flag at the start and a blue flag at the finish.
14 Safety Regulations
14.1 Competitors shall wear adequate personal buoyancy at all times whilst afloat.
14.2 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the Committee boat or a Safety boat.
15.1 Prizes shall be awarded at the discretion of the Race Committee.
16 Rubbish Disposal
16.1 Boats shall not put rubbish into the water.
17.1 Protests shall be carried out in accordance with the current racing rules of sailing. It should be noted however
that protests which affect podium results we will be heard before prize giving, all other protests shall be conducted
once formal proceedings have been carried out. This is in effect so that other competitors and families are not
being held at the club for a protracted period of time.
18 Disclaimer of Liability and Insurance
18.1 Competitors participating in this event do so entirely at their own risk. Oxford Sailing Club will not accept any
liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after
18.2 The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in
the sum of at least £3,000,000. Nothing done by the organizers can reduce the responsibility of the boat; the
organizers will not be responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have been
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.