- 1.1. The rules of the championships are as defined in the Notice of Race (NOR) as well as in these Sailing Instructions, excluding the instructions of the National Authority.
1.2. In case of discrepancy with the NOR or the Championship Rules, the Sailing Instructions will take preference.
1.3. Pumping: RR 42 and RR 67 will apply, which means that repeated rig movements to increase or maintain speed are prohibited as specified in these Sailing Instructions.
1.4. If there is a conflict between languages, the English text will prevail
- 2.1. Eligible competitors may complete entry formalities at the race office.
2.2. The Official Equipment inspector shall mark the equipment a competitor intends to use during the regatta.
2.3. On completion of the entry procedure, all (male) competitions must submit their bodyweight, which at any time may be checked by the organizers.
- 3.1. All divisions will apply according to the Kona Class Rules.
3.2. Unless the total number of competitors exceeds 100 the divisions will be started in one fleet. If exceeding 100 competitors, the fleet may be split into two equal heats - followed by a final.
- 4.1. RR 26 shall apply with the warning signal made 5 minutes before the starting signal. (5/4/1minutes starting procedure).
4.2. Class flag(s) : Flag "K" (Half blue / half yellow) for all divisions except cadets, flag "F" (Red rhomb on white background) shall apply for cadets.
4.3. The starting line shall be between a fixed point on the race committee boat at the starboard end of the line and a spar buoy with a red flag at the port end.
5. Wind limits
- 5.1. if the windspeed in the starting area is below 4 knots, no starting sequences shall commence.
5.2. If the windspeed in the starting area is more than 25 knots, no starting sequences shall commence.
5.3. Protests on wind limits are not allowed.
- 6.1. Repeated rig movements (pumping) to increase or maintain speed are prohibited (RR 42).
6.2. RR 42 will apply from the 1-minute signal.
6.3. Penalties; A competitor performing repeated rig movements shall be warned by the on-water umpires by means of a flag and a sound signal, and penalized with a 360 turn with immediate effect. If the offense is repeated within the same race the competitor shall be notified with a second flag and disqualified. If repeated in any subsequent races within the same event, the competitor shall be notified by the means of a flag and a sound signal and disqualified.
6.4. The Race Committee may permit propulsion (pumping) at wind speeds above planning threshold, - or approximately 11 knots - by hoisting the Kona Class flag at the warning signal. Appropriate planning conditions may vary due to wave configurations and currents, and shall be up to the discretion of the RC.
7. The Finish
- The finishing line shall be between a committee boat flying a blue flag and a buoy with a orange or red flag.
- 8.1. The winner of each division (Light weight/light medium weight, medium weight, heavy weight, ladies, and cadets) will be awarded winners of his/her division.
8.2. All divisions except the cadets will be started simultaneously, and the overall winner of the race will be awarded "Overall -World/Continental/National- Champion according to the overall winner scoring.
9. Maximum number of races; time limits
- 9.1. The time limit for the first finisher is 40 minutes. The time limit for the first board to reach the first mark is 15 minutes.
9.2. A race shall be abandoned if either of the time limits above are exceeded, and shall not count and anyway shall not count towards the official results.
9.3. Competitors finishing more than 20 minutes after the winner shall be scored DNF.
9.4. The target elapsed time for a course race in planing conditions is 40-45 minutes for the winner. In non planing conditions when the elapsed time for a race is likely to be longer than the race time limit, the course shall be shortened appropriately.
9.5. No more than 4 races per day shall be scheduled or raced.
9.6. The maximum of 12 races can be sailed.
9.7. A minimum of 4 races shall be completed to validate a championship.
10. Rest periods
- 10.1. When racing back to back, the minimum interval between the closing of the finishing line and new warning signal shall be 15 minutes.
10.2. After two or three back to back races there shall be a rest period of a minimum of 60 minutes ashore for the last finisher in the last race.
11. Charter equipment
- 11.1. Competitors with charter equipment shall ensure that a complete equipment registration form is returned to the race office before the start of the first race.
12. Equipment Inspections
- 12.1. The equipment inspectors may conduct checks & inspections of equipment, at any time during the regatta. Identified competitors, at sea, shall sail their boards to the 'equipment inspector's boat,' which will be flying a white flag with the word 'M', immediately after finishing the race. All competitors, notified of the requirement to be inspected shall follow the instructions of the equipment inspector's and proceed directly to the equipment inspection area ashore. Until permission is given by the equipment inspector, a selected competitor shall have no contact with a coach or support personnel. A competitor, so notified, shall not leave the equipment inspection area, without the permission of the equipment inspectors. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
13. Notice to competitors
- 13.1. Notice to competitors will be posted on the official notice board, located outside the race office. All such messages shall constitute official notice to each competitor who shall consult the official notice board regularly.
13.2. Changes of these Sailing Instructions will be posted before 8:00 on the day when it will take effect.
14. Changes to the sailing instructions
- 14.1. Any change in the sailing instructions will be posted, after approval by the class race supervisor - on the official notice board one hour before the scheduled starting time on the day that it takes effect except if any change to schedule of races will be posted before 21:00 hours, before the day it will take effect.
15. Signal made ashore
- 15.1. Signals made ashore will be displayed on the official flag pole located near the race office between 08:30 hrs. and 21:00hrs.
15.2. Code Flag "AP" displayed means: All races not started are postponed. Don't leave the harbor without further information.
15.3. Code Flag "AP" displayed ashore means: its replaced with not less than 30 minutes in the race signal AP.
15.4. Code flag "AP" over "H" displayed ashore means: boards shall not leave the harbor. Wait for further information.
15.5. Code flag "Y" is displayed ashore, rule 40.1. applies at all times while afloat. This changes the part 4 introduction.
16. Racing schedule
- 16.1. A skippers meeting will be held on ………….. at…………hrs.
16.2. The racing schedule is as specified in the notice of race and notices to competitors.
16.3. The first start signal for each day shall not be before 11:00hrs.
16.4. The warning signal for the subsequent race on the same day will be made as soon as practical. It will be preceded by a signaled postponement (AP) of not less than 5 minutes.
16.5. The warning signal for the last race of each day shall not be made within 90 minutes of the official local sunset time. On the last day, no warning signal shall be made later than 16:00hrs.
17. Racing area
- 17.1. The racing are shall be close to the club facilities as practical.
- 18.1. The course to be sailed will be as described in these sailing instructions - and as illustrated in the course diagrams published on the official notice board.
18.2. When there is a gate, boats shall sail between the gate marks from the direction of the previous mark and round either gate mark.
18.3. If a mark is shown as gate, the gate may be replaced by single marks. If a gate is replaced by a single mark it is to be left to port.
18.4. The starting vessel will signal the change to designate the course latest with the warning signal for the start.