Holmes Hole Sailing Association
Current Racing Circular
Appendix A — The Low-Point Scoring System
A1:A2 Number of Races and Series Scores
The number of races scheduled and the number required to constitute a series shall be stated in the mailing instructions. Each boat's series score will be the total of her race scores, discarding 40% of her worst scores except when prohibited in rule 88.3b. The lowest series score wins.

A:4 Races Scores
Each boat starting and finishing in a race, and not thereafter retiring or being disqualified, will be scored points as follows:

Finishing place Low Point System
First 1
Second 2
Third 3
Fourth 4
Each place thereafter Add 1 point

Boats that came to the starting area but did not start (DNS), did not finish (DNF), retired (RET) or disqualified (DSQ) will be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of all boats that came to the starting area.

Boats that did not come to the starting area (DNC) will be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats having raced in each division over the entire season.

Committee Duty
A boat that does not race, because the skipper or crew volunteers for Race Committee duty may discard that race as one of her worst scores. A boat in contention for the season’s series must serve on the Race Committee once each summer.


Season's Championship

Click on the HTML link below to see a sample calculation used to determine the
recipient of the Annually awarded Frank Jewett trophy.
The trophy goes to either the A or B division winner based on the calculations as shown.
Holmes Hole Sailing Association
P.O. Box 2263
Oak Bluff, Mass   02557
508 878 9061


2017 Season Race Circular


Entries:  All entries are made by returning $60.00 dues for the season plus an entry form if you
are a new member. You will not be scored unless dues are paid.  Please remit by June 1st so the
scratch sheet can be finalized for the first race.  Alternatively,  You may pay your 2017 HHSA dues and enter the 2017 Moffett race with one payment of $90 for a savings of $10. 
       Crew and friends are encouraged to join as Associate Members with a dues of $15.00.  (A guest need not pay dues and may race for one day).  You can now pay your dues online and update your address, email and boat information by going to the link on the Holmeshole.org website or go directly to http://www.regattanetwork.com/membermgmt/HHSA/membership_registration_start.php

Race Dates:   Please note race dates are not every weekend but are all on Sunday except for the
Thursday evening races. 

2017 RACE  SCHEDULE   (Times shown are for Division B Warning signal). 

2017-06-18 Sun   12:00 (Noon)  Tune-up Course #4, 5, or 6
2017-06-22 Thu     6:00 PM  Thursday Evening
2017-06-25 Sun   10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Harbor AM & PM
2017-06-29 Thu     6:00 PM Thursday Evening
2017-07-2 Sun    10:00 AM Robinson's Hole

2017-07-6 Thu             NO RACE  Sail MV Dinner
2017-07-9 Sun       http://www.sailmv.org/vineyard-cup/ Vineyard Cup - No HHSA Race
2017-07-13 Thu     6:00 PM Thursday Evening
2017-07-16 Sun    10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Harbor AM & PM
2017-07-20 Thu     6:00 PM Thursday Evening

2017-07-23 Sun     1:00 PM        Sound
2017-07-27 Thu      6:00 PM Thursday Evening

2017-07-30 Sun     10:00 AM     Tarpauline Cove
2017-08-03 Thu       6:00 PM Thursday Evening
2017-08-06 Sun    10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Harbor AM & PM
2017-08-10 Thu     6:00 PM Thursday Evening
2017-08-13 Sun     1:00 PM Sound
2017-08-17 Thu      6:00 PM Thursday Evening

2017-08-20 Sun     10:00 AM      Chappy
2017-08-24 Thu      6:00 PM Thursday Evening

2017-08-27 Sun     1:00 PM        Sound
2017-08-31 Thu      6:00 PM Thursday Evening
2017-09-03  Sun    10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Harbor AM & PM
2017-09-9  Sat      Separate entry required See Moffett Sailing instructions

Sailing Instructions

   
Starting line: When the wind is southerly allowing a beat into the Harbor toward Nun 6, the starting area may be moved 0.5 nautical miles downwind from Nun 6.  When the committee is so stationed, the starting line will be between a staff displaying a flag in the committee boat and a brightly colored drop buoy. Otherwise the starting line will be between a staff displaying a flag in the committee boat and NUN 6 (or other mark designated by the committee when code flag L is displayed.  When the wind is southerly allow sufficient time to find the committee boat.

Nun 6 as a windward mark: When the starting line is approximately 0.5 nautical miles north of Nun 6 the committee will display the course number with either a “P” or an “S”.  When a “P” is displayed, racers shall proceed from the start to Nun 6 leaving it PORT before proceeding with the designated course.  When an “S” is displayed, racers shall proceed from the start to Nun 6 leaving it to STARBOARD before sailing the designated course.  Once a yacht has started and rounded Nun 6 in the designated direction the starting line may be ignored.  However, the right of way rules always apply and all skippers are warned to act accordingly when encountering other boats that may or may not have started.

Courses:  The committee boat will display which number course is selected.  When the starting line is set to use Nun 6 as the first mark, the length of the course will be adjusted by the scorer to reflect the increase in distance sailed.

Course 0: The following triangular course goes around the harbor once. Start at Red Nun 6 (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6) and then sail, to Red Nun 4 off West Chop, to Can 23a off East chop, Back to Red Nun 6 to finish between Nun 6 and Committee Boat.  Distance 3.25 miles.  Leave all marks to starboard unless Reverse Flag is flying.                                       
       
Course 1: The following triangular course goes around the harbor twice. Start at Red Nun 6 (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6) and then sail, to Red Nun 4 off West Chop, to Can 23a off East chop, Back to Red Nun 6 and then back to Red Nun 4 off West Chop, and Can 23a off East chop. Finish between Nun 6 and Committee Boat.  Distance 6.5 miles.  Leave all marks to starboard unless Reverse Flag is flying. 

Course 2: Start at Red Nun 6 at Harbor entrance (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6 and leave it to port if a “P” is show with the course and to starboard if a “S” is shown with the course), and then sail to RG Nun at Hedge Fence (leave to port), to Red Nun 4 off West Chop (leave to port), to Can 23a off East Chop (leave to starboard), to finish between committee boat and Red Nun 6. Distance 6 miles. (Nun 4 is to be honored on its proper hand as a navigation mark unless designated as a course turning mark).  Watch for Reverse Flag!

Course 3: Start at Red Nun 6 (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6 and leave it to port if a “P” is show with the course and to starboard if a “S” is shown with the course), and then sail to Red Nun 4 (Leave to port), to Red Bell 2 (Leave to Starboard), to RG Nun (Leave to Starboard), to Green Bell 23 (leave to starboard), to Green Can 23A (leave to port). Finish between Red Nun 6 and the committee boat. Distance 6.55 miles.  Watch for Reverse Flag!

Course 4: Start between Committee Boat and Red Nun 6 (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6 and leave it to port if a “P” is show with the course and to starboard if a “S” is shown with the course)  and then leave Red Nun 4 to port. Leave RG buoy west end of Hedge Fence to port. Leave Can 15 west of L'Homme Dieu to starboard.  Round R2 bell off  Waquoit Bay to port. Leave Can 15 west of L’Homme Dieu to port. Leave RG buoy west end of Hedge Fence to starboard. Regard Red Nun 4. Finish between Vineyard Haven Red Nun 6 and the committee boat. Distance 11.5 miles.

Course 5: Start between Committee Boat and Red Nun 6 (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6 and leave it to port if a “P” is show with the course and to starboard if a “S” is shown with the course). Leave Red Nun 4 to port. Round Red Nun “14” off Great Pond to port. Leave Falmouth R “16” Bell to port. Regard Red Nun 4. Finish between Vineyard Haven Red Nun 6 and the committee boat. Distance 10.2 miles. Watch for Reverse Flag!

Course 6: Start between Committee Boat and Red Nun 6 (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6 and leave it to port if a “P” is show with the course and to starboard if a “S” is shown with the course).  Leave Red Nun 4 to Port.  Leave G Bell "27" at the west end of middle ground to port.  Regard Red Nun 4 and finish between Vineyard Haven Red Nun 6 and the Committee Boat.  Distance 11.1 miles.

Reverse: Each of the preceding courses, except numbers 4 and 6, may be sailed in reverse. Watch for red flag with yellow cross (Code Flag R).  When the starting line is set to use Nun 6 as the first mark the reversal of direction only applies to the order of marks after getting to Nun 6 the first time.

Rendezvous at West Beach,  Robinson’s Hole: Start between Committee Boat and Red Nun 6 (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6 and leave it to port if a “P” is show with the course and to starboard if a “S” is shown with the course). Leave Red Nun 4 to port.  Finish between Can 1 on the Sound side of Robinson’s Hole and the committee boat in Robinson’s Hole. Nominal distance 12.5 miles. Pass through the hole, anchor and raft off West Beach on Naushon Island for lunch, race results and prizes.

Rendezvous at Tarpaulin Cove: Start between Committee Boat and Red Nun 6 (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6 and leave it to port if a “P” is show with the course and to starboard if a “S” is shown with the course). Leave Red Nun 4 to port. Finish between the Coast Guard mooring or a nearby drop buoy and the committee boat. Distance 8.6 miles. Raft together in a circle for lunch, race results and prizes.

Rendezvous at Edgartown/Chappy Beach: Start between Committee Boat and Red Nun 6 (or at a drop buoy and then sail to Nun 6 and leave it to port if a “P” is show with the course and to starboard if a “S” is shown with the course). Leave Can 23A to starboard. Leave Edgartown Red Nun 4 to PORT.  Leave Can 3 to Starboard.  Finish at Edgartown Red Nun 8. Raft up for lunch in cove to the east. Distance 8.8 miles.

Alternate Courses: The Race Committee may signal Courses 1 - 6 as an alternate course for any out of harbor races as weather conditions dictate.


Finish Line: The finish line will between will between a staff displaying a flag in the committee boat and the finishing mark.

Starting Signals: Watch the Flags - Do not depend on the sound signals. Start may be delayed to let ferries pass. Division A and Division B start together.

Signal  Time to goVisual signalSound
Warning  5 Minutes to startHHSA flag Displayed1 Sound
Preparatory  4 Minutes to start,Preparatory flag (code flag P)1 sound
1 Minute  1 minute to start           Preparatory flag (P) lowered1 sound
Start    StartHHSA flag lowered1 sound   
 
Scheduled Warning Signal times

B divisionA division
Thursday nights               6:00 PM  6:10 PM

Harbor Races AM10:00 AM10:10 AM

Harbor Races PM  2:00 PM  2:10 PM

Sound Races1:00 PM1:10 PM

Rendezvous Races10:00 AM10:10 AM

If the start of the B division is delayed for any reason, the 10 minute separation between starting sequences will be maintained.   With 10 minutes between starts, Division A boats should stay clear of the starting area during the Division B starting sequence and keep clear of Division B boats until their own warning signal. 

Recall: Individual recalls will be signaled in accordance with Racing Rule 29 (Code Flag X, blue cross on white field). The race committee will also attempt to hail the boat’s sail number or name. The Penalty for failing to start properly is 15 minutes.  In, addition, the Race Committee may hail the sail number(s) of recalled boat(s) on VHF channel 72 and/or by loudhailer.

General recall:   When the committee is unable to identify the boats that are on the course side of the starting line, or there has been an error in the starting procedure, the committee may signal a general recall (display the First Substitute with two sounds. The warning signal for the new start shall be made one minute after the First Substitute is removed.

Postponements:  Before the starting signal the committee may postpone by displaying the"AP" flag  (red with two vertical, white stripes) with two sounds.  The next warning signal may take place 1 minute after “AP” is removed.

Shortened Course: The race committee at its discretion, may shorten the course by finishing the race at any prescribed turning mark by anchoring, displaying code flag “S” and firing two guns.  The turning mark will on same hand as in the course description, the committee boat on the other.

Abandonment: To abandon the race the committee will display code flag “N” ( blue and white check) with three sounds.

Time Limit: If no boat has finished after three hours (Harbor Race) or four hours (Sound or Rendezvous Race) then the race in that class is canceled. In the event the committee boat has left station, boats are then to take their own finish time and report to the race committee as soon as possible.
                                                                          
Rules:   Holmes Hole races are be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 and these Sailing Instructions.

Autopilot use:

Autopilots may be used by short-handed boats to facilitate sail handling, navigation and good seamanship.  This changes rule 52.  They may not be used when a crew member or skipper is otherwise available and capable of steering the boat. 

Powered sail trimming:

Battery or other power may be used for sail trim, rig adjustment and autopilot use.  This changes rule 52.


Penalties: Rule 44 shall apply. A boat that has touched a mark shall take a one turn (one tack and one gybe) penalty or a two turn (two tacks and tow gybes) penalty for other rule violations.  Penalty turns must be completed out of the way of other boats as soon as possible after the infraction.

Scoring: First-place prizes will be awarded for each race, one for Division A, one for Division B. The Low-Point Scoring System, described in Appendix A of the Racing Rules of Sailing, will apply for the season’s awards.  28 races are scheduled, and 40% of a competitors scores can be discarded to determine series awards.  Season’s award winners must have served on the committee boat at least once during the season.  Contact the Commodore to schedule a date if you become a contender.  The Tune-up Race is not considered a season’s race.  Thursday Evening Races will be included with the Sunday races for season’s awards.  In addition to the season’s awards, first place awards will be made for the June/July race series and the August/September race series.

Divisions:  Each racer will be assigned to either division A or B based on their Holmes Hole rating.  Address the Race Committee Chair with any questions about division assignments.  

Restrictions: No spinnakers or loose-luffed sails. No use of engines after the preparatory signal for propulsion. No interference with passenger ferries which have the right of way!

Safety Requirements: Life-Saving Equipment and Personal Buoyancy: Rule 1.2 shall apply. The HHSA Life Jacket Policy requires that life jackets be worn at all times.  Please notify the Committee boat if leaving the race area with the intention of not completing the race.  (Channel 72).  Insofar as the Committee boat will not be patrolling the race course, all racers are encouraged to carry a VHF radio and to hail a fellow racer or the committee boat if a safety problem should arise.

Race Committee:  The race committee boat will normally be Vineyard Haven Yacht Club's Vigilant, or Guardian.  The committee normally monitors Channel 72 for emergency purposes. For rendezvous races we may use a member's boat. The committees are in complete command of the races at all times. Please do not disturb them by asking for information while they are anchored on the line! Theirs is a very demanding operation.

Protests: Protests are to be made in accordance with the Racing Rules of Sailing. If you believe your competitor has infringed any rule or instruction, a protest may be made by showing a protest signal (red flag or cloth) in the starboard rigging.  This is to be done at the earliest possible moment after the event, and is to be carried until finished racing, advising the race committee of the protest at the finish.  Note that the rules require you to hail “Protest” at the first reasonable opportunity, possibly allowing the Protestee to exonerate himself if he chooses.  The protest shall be presented, preferably written, at the get-together after the race.  You must try to inform the protested boat of your intent to protest at the time of the incident. Both protester and protestee must be represented at the hearing, with witnesses if possible. If this is not possible, then mail your protest to the race committee within 24 hours after the race. The protest will be heard and judged by the Protest Committee, consisting of officers of the association

VIOLATION OF “FERRY” CHANNEL  A racing boat that causes any Steamship Authority vessel, or other large commercial vessel, south of a line at the mouth of the harbor drawn from Mark RN 4 to Mark 23A to alter course, slow down, back down, or that passes in front of such vessels and does not yield them right of way, or which in the judgment of the Race Committee passes to close shall be disqualified without protest hearing. This changes RRS.

DISCLAIMER
Competitors participate in the Holmes Hole Races entirely at their own risk. See Racing Rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority, its members, agents, employees or representatives nor the Race Committee will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during or after the event, and will not provide emergency towing or rescue vessels or services in connection with the races. 


Association Officers for 2017

            
                    Mo Flam                  Commodore                            687-9479 Cell: 551-358- 1449
  Roger Becker          Vice Commodore &                                        
                                                           Race Committee Chairman  508-627 8720     Cell:  774-310-0023             
                       Phil Hale       Rear Commodore                   693 4296               Cell: 508-733-4890
                     Steve Besse                   Fleet Captain              693 0696   Cell: 203-215-6786
                     David Lott                       First Officer                        693 6204  Cell: 203-270-9357
                     Diane Hartmann                 Second Officer                                             693 4592
                     Lisa Stout               Third Officer                                693 3929 Cell: 860-930-5412
                     Jerry Goodale                Fourth Officer                                                    693 2565
                     Wendell Colson             Secretary, Treasurer                          Cell:  508 878 9061


KEEP THIS CIRCULAR FOR THE SEASON
HHSA wishes to thank the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club for its generous cooperation and assistance.

The current Racing Rules of Sailing is available online at www.USSailing.org or by contacting:
United States Sailing Association (USSA)
P.O. Box 1260,  15 Maritime Dr.
Portsmouth, RI.  02871.
1-800-877-2451