2021 SCL:AP-Q1 – SI Attachment 5 – Umpired Fleet Racings

Sailing Instructions Attachment 5: WS Addendum Q Umpired Fleet Racing


This addendum applies to all races & all pre-race or post-race activities related to them.

Version: January 13, 2021 as amended for Sailing Champions League Asia Pacific 2020 events.

These sailing instructions change the definition Proper Course, & rules 14, 20, 28.2, 44, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 70, B5 & F5.


Additional changes to rules are made in instructions Q2, Q3, Q4, & Q5.

Q1.1     Changes to the Definitions & the Rules of Part 2

(a)  Add to the definition Proper Course: ‘A boat taking a penalty or manoeuvring to take a penalty is not sailing a proper course.’

(b)  When rule 20 applies, the following arm signals are required in addition to the hails:

(1)   for ‘Room to tack’, repeatedly & clearly pointing to windward; and

(2)   for ‘You tack’, repeatedly & clearly pointing at the other boat & waving the arm to windward.

Q1.2     Changes to Rules Involving Protests, Requests for Redress, Penalties & Exoneration

  1. The first sentence of rule 44.1 is replaced with: ‘A boat may take a One-Turn Penalty in accordance with rule 44.2 when, in an incident while racing, she may have broken one or more of the rules of Part 2 (except rule 14 when she has caused damage or injury), rule 31 or rule 42.’
    1. Rule 60.1 is replaced with ‘A boat may protest another boat or request redress provided she complies with instructions Q2.1 & Q2.4.’
    1. The third sentence of rule 61.1(a) & all of rule 61.1(a)(2) are deleted.
    1. Rules 62.1(a), (b) & (d) are deleted. In a race where this addendum applies, there shall be no scoring adjustments for redress given under any of these rules for a previous race.
    1. The three sentences of rule 64.1 are replaced with: ‘When the protest committee decides that a boat that is a party to a protest hearing has broken a rule, it may impose penalties other than disqualification, & may make any other scoring arrangement it decides is equitable. If a boat has broken a rule when not racing, the protest committee shall decide whether to apply any penalty to the race sailed nearest in time to that of the incident or make some other arrangement.’
    1. Rule 64.1(a) is changed so that the provision for exonerating a boat may be applied by the umpires without a hearing, & it takes precedence over any conflicting instruction of this addendum.
    1. Rule 64.4(b) is replaced with: ‘The protest committee may also penalize a boat that is a party to a hearing under rule 60.3(d) or rule 69 for a breach of a rule by a support person by changing the boat’s score in a single race, up to & including DSQ.’
    1. Rules P1 to P4 shall not apply.


Q2.1     While racing, a boat may protest another boat under a rule of Part 2 (except rule 14) or under rule 31 or 42; however, a boat may only protest under a rule of Part 2 for an incident in which she was involved. To do so she shall hail ‘Protest’ & conspicuously display a red flag at the first reasonable opportunity for each. She shall remove the flag before, or at the first reasonable opportunity after a boat involved in the incident has taken a penalty voluntarily or after an umpire’s decision.

Q2.2     A boat that protests as provided in instruction Q2.1 is not entitled to a hearing. Instead, a boat involved in the incident may acknowledge breaking a rule by taking a One-Turn Penalty in accordance with rule 44.2. An umpire may penalize any boat that broke a rule & was not exonerated, unless the boat took a voluntary penalty.


Q3.1     An umpire will signal a decision as follows:

  1. A green & white flag with one long sound means ‘No penalty.’
  2. A red flag with one long sound means ‘A penalty is imposed or remains outstanding.’ The umpire will hail or signal to identify each such boat.
  3. A black flag with one long sound means ‘A boat is disqualified.’ The umpire will hail or signal to identify the boat disqualified.

Q3.2     (a) A boat penalized under instruction Q3.1(b) shall take a One-Turn Penalty in accordance with rule 44.2.

(b) A boat disqualified under instruction Q3.1(c) shall promptly leave the course area.


Q4.1     When a boat

  1. breaks rule 31 & does not take a penalty; or,
  2. breaks rule 42; or,
  3. breaks rule 14; or,
  4. gains an advantage despite taking a penalty; or,
  5. deliberately breaks a rule; or,
  6. commits a breach of sportsmanship; or,
  7. fails to comply with instruction Q3.2 or to take a penalty when required to do so by an umpire;

an umpire may penalize her without a protest by another boat. The umpire may impose one or more One-Turn Penalties to be taken in accordance with rule 44.2, each signalled in accordance with instruction Q3.1(b), or disqualify her under instruction Q3.1(c), or report the incident to the protest committee for further action. If a boat is penalized under instruction Q4.1(f) for not taking a penalty or taking a penalty incorrectly, the original penalty is cancelled.

Q4.2     The last sentence of rule 28.2 is changed to ‘She may correct any errors to comply with this rule, provided she has not rounded the next mark or finished.’ A boat that does not correct any such error shall be disqualified under instruction Q3.1(c).

Q4.3     An umpire who decides, based on his own observation or a report received from any source, that a boat may have broken a rule, other than instruction Q3.2 or rule 28 or a rule listed in instruction Q2.1, may inform the protest committee for its action under rule 60.3. However, he will not inform the protest committee of an alleged breach of rule 14 unless there is damage or injury.


Q5.1     No proceedings of any kind may be taken in relation to any action or non-action by an umpire.

Q5.2     A boat may not base an appeal on an alleged improper action, omission or decision of the umpires. A party to a hearing may not base an appeal on the decision of the protest committee. In rule 66 the third sentence is changed to ‘A party to the hearing may not ask for a reopening.’

Q5.3     The race committee will not protest a boat.

Q5.4     RRS 60.1 is deleted & replaced with

Except as provided in this Attachment, a boat shall not protest another boat or request redress.