2019 Registration for WBYC Racing is now open. If you are a current (previous year) member your information should be in the system.
Racing Rules NORs and SIs
The WBYC Sailing Committee has updated the Sailing Instructions for 2018. Please download them and take a look. There are only minor changes, but you need to be aware of them.
Below is a summary of the changes made to this years Sailing Instructions, as compared to the 2017 Sailing Instructions.
Section – Topic
1 – Update Catamaran class language with SCHRS.
3 – Restated roles of the Board, Fleet Manager and Fleet Reps for establishing the racing calendar.
9 – Simplified RC wind limit decisions focusing on peak gusts.
13 – Protest and penalties, allowing e-mail submission.
14 – Catamaran handicapping definitions. Redefined Average Points. Updated Catamaran language to include SCHRS.
The first races of the 2018 season are coming up this weekend.
Saturday May 19 2:30pm Warning
Sunday May 20 2:30pm Earning
To get the Race Committee announcements 1-hour before each race, call the WBYC Sailing Hotline at 612-564-9292. And as usual, the Race Officer will keep the fleets informed immediately before each race on VHF Chanel 72.
Please read through the Sailing Instructions, as a refresher on our Club policies and rules, as well as the Racing Rules of Sailing (2017-2020) to brush up on the rules of the race course.
Please note that with the recent changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, our “Letter Designations” posted on the Race Committee course board will change. The new course diagrams and designations have been posted online for your review.
If you are looking for a good summary of the changes in the RRS, North U has posted a nice article by Dave Perry that is worth reading.
WBYC will be hosting a rules seminar with Bruce Martinson and Kevin Kenny from Minnetonka and Wayzata Yacht Clubs (both US Sailing certified judges and umpires). All WBYC, BBYRA and Bald Eagle racers welcome. Must RSVP to your respective club rep. Our space is limited to 80 people.
The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) govern the sport of sailing on the water. They are revised and published every four years by World Sailing. The current edition is The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 – 2020.
The seminar will be in the Commodore’s Room (upstairs) at the White Bear Yacht Club. The bar will be open for this event, but not the kitchen.
Schedule – Friday May 12, 2017:
6:30pm – Social
7:00pm – Seminar
Topics covered –
- Rule changes in new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS)
- Course descriptions, regatta/race management changes.
- Clinic/explanation of rules at the start, buoy rounding, and the finish.
- Common misconceptions about or in the RRS.
Please RSVP to Patty Newell, at – firstname.lastname@example.org
Its time to register for the 2017 racing season! Your WBYC Sailing Committee Board has been hard at work over the winter updating the Sailing Instructions, which can be viewed / downloaded from the WBYC sailing website at https://wbycsail.org/wp/sailing-instructions/.
The major changes to the Sailing Instructions for this year are the following:
A) Registrations MUST be mailed to the registrar or completed in person at the specified credit card registration date. NO REGISTRATIONS SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF AT THE REGISTRARS HOUSE.
B) No boat will be scored any sooner than 7 days after the postmark on the boats registration. NO EXCEPTIONS
C) The Catamarans have the same wind limit as the MCs (postponed or cancelled prior to the start when sustained wind speeds are at or exceed 20 mph or peak gusts are at or exceed 23 mph. Once a race has started, the wind limits for abandonment are the usual club limits.
D) Time limit for first boat to finish has been shortened from 120 minutes to 90 minutes.
Please take a few minutes to read through the 2017 SIs and remember that the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 – 2020 are also in effect now.
To complete your registration this year, you will follow the same procedure as recent years by editing your boat and crew information online, then print your form and MAIL it in along with your check, to our registrar. Please DO NOT drop the form off at the registrars house, put it in the mail.
To begin the registration process, point your web browser to:
(Your “username” is your email address. Your Password is shown at the end of the email announcement message you should have gotten.)
Once you are logged in, use the navigation links on the left side of the screen to:
1) “Edit Your Info” if you have changes in your address or other preferences.
2) Next “Edit Your Boats” if you have any changes from last year,
3) “Registration Form” to print your form. and finally
4) Mail your form along with your payment to the address provided on the form, or deliver the form and your credit card at the on-site registration event at the WBYC Waterfront Pavilion on Lift-In Day – April 29 from 8am to 11am.
The discounted registration deadline for this season is Saturday May 6, 2017. Have your registration postmarked by this date and save $50 ($20 for Lasers)!
Please remember, no races are scored until you register and you MUST REGISTER AT LEAST 7 DAYS PRIOR TO A RACE in order to be scored; this applies to ALL members including Proprietary & SMII, no exceptions. There is no option to buy out of this requirement.
Our 2016 racing season kicks off this coming Saturday, May 21 with Pre-Season series races at 2:30pm. The 2016 WBYC Sailing Instructions are posted here on the web site (there are no changes but you should re-read them and be familiar with them).
A couple of notes for 2016:
Please pay attention to a change in our starting sequence – When racing on the same day, E scows will start BEFORE the Catamarans in 2016.
We have some new course marks that are green – like the alternate mark we have used in the past. The green color is more visible against the horizon and should make it easier to see the course.
Make sure your registration is paid seven days in advance of any races you want to be scored in.
Become a US Sailing Certified Judge! OR just learn what you need to know to help out!
Bruce Martinson will be leading a Judges course at Wayzata Yacht Club on March 12, 2016. Judges are responsible for conducting protest and redress hearings when competitors believe there has been a breach of the rules. Judges also conduct arbitration hearings, enforce Rule 42 (Propulsion) on the water at fleet racing events and consult with organizers and race officers ahead of events to review race documents and procedures.
Judges improve the quality, consistency, and fairness of racing through proper administration of the Racing Rules of Sailing.
What is the Club Judge Seminar?
The US Sailing Club Judge Seminar is a one-day educational course intended to provide sailors and racers an opportunity to obtain practical knowledge and skills required to serve on a Protest Committee at their local sailing club or local regatta venue.
The Club Judge Seminar is NOT intended to serve as a rules seminar or symposium. Rather, a person would attend the seminar with a goal to:
Enroll Now There are 24 available slots left.
Instructors: Bruce Martinson
$40 seminar fee includes seminar materials and lunch. Seminar will be held at the Wayzata Yacht Club and run from 0830 – 1700. Registration closes on Monday, March 7th. Please contact the instructor for information regarding walk-in registration.