Sailing instructions

42nd International New Year's Regatta

JK Zvir


EurILCA: European Region of ILCA email:


1.1.  The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2.  No national authority prescriptions will apply.

1.3.  The ILCA  class rule 7(a) is restricted as follows: Only one person shall be on board whilst racing. The person shall be named on the entry form.

1.4.  If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take preference.

1.5.  Races will be started with no less than 5 knots of wind 

1.6.  RRS Appendix P, Special Procedures for Rule 42, will apply. See SI 15.1



2.1.         Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located near the race office and on the online notice board at

2.2.         Coach meeting will be held the first day of racing at 0930 near the Race Office


3.1.         Any changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted before 0900 on the day it will take effect. 

3.2.         The scheduled time of the races for each day shall be specified in a notice posted by 2000 on the day before it will take effect.

3.3.         Any reassignment of events or fleets to course areas will be posted before 0900 hrs. on the day it will take effect, or if flag AP is displayed ashore, 30 minutes before flag AP for that class or fleet is removed.


4.1.         Signals made ashore will be displayed on the signal mast on the RC boat in harbour.

4.2.         When flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 60 minutes’ in the race signal AP, This changes Race Signals AP.

4.3.         [NP][DP]  Flag G displayed with two sounds (one when removed) means “No boat shall go afloat until this signal is removed. The first warning signal will be made not less than 60 minutes after flag G is removed. 

4.4.         When a signal ashore is displayed over a racing area flag and fleet flag(s) it shall apply to that racing area/fleet(s) only.


5.1.         In the event of damage, boats, and equipment may only be substituted with the written permission of the technical committee, international jury, or race committee. 

5.2.         If the damage occurs later than 90 minutes before the first scheduled start on a racing day and before the start of the last race of the day, provisional verbal permission shall be obtained from the technical committee, international jury, or race committee. The written permission of the technical committee, international jury, or race committee shall be applied for before the end of Protest Time at the end of the day in which the substitution takes place.


The ILCA Class is divided in Standard/ ILCA 7, Radial / ILCA 6, and 4.7 / ILCA 4 fleets and each fleet will have separate starts. 


7.1.         The scheduled time for the first warning signal for the first race of the first day is 1100 hrs. 

7.2.         On the last day, no more than 2 races may be scheduled and no warning signal for any fleet will be made after 1500 hrs.


Standard / ILCA 7: Fleet Class flag (white flag with ILCA logo)
Radial / ILCA 6: Fleet Class flag (green flag with ILCA logo)
4.7 / ILCA 4: Fleet Class flag (yellow flag with red ILCA logo)


9.1.         The approximate Racing  area will be displayed on the official notice board / Appendix 1

Alpha area: all fleets

Bravo area: all fleets


10.1.      The SI Addendum A shows the courses, including the approximate angles between legs, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left.

10.2.      Before the warning signal for each fleet, the race committee will display course signals.

10.3.      No later than the warning signal, the race committee signal boat will display the approximate compass bearing of the first leg.

10.4.      The course may be shortened to finish at any mark provided that 3 or more legs will have been sailed 

10.5.      When one gate mark is missing, the remaining mark shall be rounded to port

10.6.      Marks will be described in the SI Addendum A.

11.   THE START 

11.1.      The starting line will be between two staffs displaying a large orange flag on two race committee vessels

11.2.      [DP] A buoy may be attached to the race committee starting vessel ground tackle. Boats shall not pass between this buoy and the race committee starting vessel at any time.

11.3.      [DP] Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall sail at least 50 meters away from and to leeward of the starting line during the starting sequence for other races.

11.4.      A boat starting later than 4 minutes after her starting signal will be scored DNS without a hearing. This change rules A.4 and A.5.

11.5.      To alert boats that a race or sequence of races will begin soon, the orange starting line flag will be displayed with one sound at least five minutes before any other procedure.

11.6.      Races will be started as follows, according to RRS 26 

Time before start                                       Signal                                                Sound signal 
5 minutes                                                  Warning                                             1 sound
4 minutes                                                  Preparatory(P, U or Black flag)         1 sound
1 minute                                                    Last minute                                        1 sound
0 minutes                                                  Start                                                   1 sound


11.7.      Starting under Black Flag Rule Penalty

Rule 30.4 is altered by adding the following: sail numbers will be displayed for at least 3 minutes. A long sound signal will be made when the numbers are initially displayed.


12.1.    When it is not possible to change the position of the original marks, the course may be reset using one or more new marks. When new marks are already in use, the course may be reset using original marks.

12.2.    Except at a gate, boats shall pass between the race committee boat signaling the change of the next leg and the nearby mark, leaving the mark to port and the race committee vessel to starboard. These changes rule 28.1.


The finishing line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on a race committee vessel and the finishing mark described in the SI Addendum A.


14.1.    The length of the course will be set for a target time of 50 minutes. Failure to meet the target time will not be grounds for redress. This changes rule 62.1(a).

14.2.    Boats failing to finish within 20 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing. This change rules 35, A.4, and A.5.


15.1.  Appendix P will apply with the following changes:

15.1.1.      If a first penalty is signaled after she has finished, a boat may take the penalty or accept a scoring penalty of 10 % without a hearing [SP].

15.1.2.     A boat that has either retired from or been disqualified in a race for a breach of rule 42 shall not compete in that race if it is restarted or resailed. For the purposes of this instruction, a race is ‘restarted or resailed’ when it has the same race number as a previously abandoned or recalled race, even if the race is resailed on a later date, or is resailed as part of a final series instead of a qualifying series. If she competes in that race, she shall be disqualified without a hearing and that score shall not be excluded (DNE) and the jury will consider calling a hearing penalty and she was not informed of the disqualification prior to the restart or resail. These changes rule 36. This means:

Yellow Flag

Immediate penalty
action by boat

After a general recall  or a postponement  or  an abandonment

No action
by boat

After a general recall  or a postponement  or  an abandonment


Two turns / 10%
(SI 15.1(a))

Can restart


Shall not restart if notified of the DSQ.


Retire (RET)

Shall not restart


Shall not restart


Retire (DNE)

Shall not restart

DNE Regatta

Shall not restart


15.2.    Measurement Penalties [NP]

15.2.1.     [NP] Measurement protests will only be accepted from the technical committee, race committee or jury.

15.2.2.     If a boat is sailed without a centreboard stopper, or with no mast retention line attached (class rule 3(b) xi), a scoring penalty of 20 points will, without a hearing, be added to the boats score in the last completed race in which she was racing without a centreboard stopper or the retention line. However, she shall not be scored worse than DSQ. These changes rule 63.1. [SP]

15.2.3.     If a sail, top mast, or bottom mast has been changed prior to a race without the permission required by SI 5.2 the sailor will be disqualified without a hearing from the last completed race when the change was used. These changes rule 63.1.

15.2.4.     For any other measurement protest, the jury may apply an alternative penalty to disqualification [DP].

15.3.    Scoring and arbitration penalties

15.3.1.     Scoring penalties will be applied according to RRS 44.3c

15.3.2.     The scoring abbreviation for an arbitration penalty is [ARB].

15.3.3.     A scoring penalty in a split fleet will be based on the number of competitors in the largest group.

15.4.    Whistle system
In order to encourage boats to take penalties afloat, jury members may blow a whistle when they see what they believe to be a breach of a rule. If no boat takes a penalty, the international jury may lodge a protest.


16.1.    The Jury Office is located at the first floor of the Race Office The official jury notice board is located on

16.2.    Protest forms are available at the race office and or Jury Office. Protests shall be delivered at the Jury Office within the protest time which will begin as soon as practicable after the finish of the last boat in each fleet. The protest time limit will daily be decided and posted on the official notice board and may be different for each fleet.
Protest hearings will be held in the Jury office.

16.3.    Notices will be posted on the official jury notice board no later than 30 minutes after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. 

16.4.    Notices of protests by the international jury or race committee or technical committee will be posted on the official jury notice board to inform boats under rule 61.1(b).

16.5.    A list of boats that have been penalized under Appendix P will be posted on the official notice board.

16.6.    Breaches of instructions 5.2, 19, 21, 22, and 24 shall not be grounds for a protest by a boat. This changes rule 60.1(a). For these breaches, the international jury may apply a penalty less than disqualification. [DP]

16.7.    On the last scheduled day of racing or of the qualifying series, (if applied) RRS 66.2 (a) will apply (30 minutes)

16.8.    Decisions of the international jury will be final as provided in rule 70.5 

16.9.    [DP] the notation ‘[DP]’ in a rule in the si means that the penalty for a breach of that rule may, at the discretion of the protest committee, be less than disqualification. (Penalties for breaches of class rules, or rules in the NOR or Sis)

16.10. [NP] denotes a rule that shall not be grounds for protests by a boat. This changes RRS 60.1(a)

16.11.  [SP] denotes a rule for which a standard penalty may be applied by the race committee technical committee without a hearing or a discretionary penalty applied by the international jury with a hearing; 

16.12. A list of these breaches and the associated standard penalties will be posted on the Official Notice Board. However, the race committee / technical committee may protest a boat when they consider the standard penalty to be inappropriate. This changes RRS 63.1 and Appendix A5.



Appendix T RRS 2021-24 will apply


A boat and equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules, as wet clothing rules at the discretion of the technical committee, race committee or international jury.



19.1.    The race committee will protest a boat for a breach of these safety regulations.

19.2.    Competitors shall wear personal flotation devices at all times when afloat, except briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment. 

19.3.    Competitors who require assistance from rescue boats should wave one arm with hand open. If no assistance is required, the arm should be waved with fist closed.

19.4.    If considered necessary, a competitor may be ordered by a race organisation boat to abandon his or her boat and board a rescue vessel.

19.5.    A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible. The boat shall complete a retirement declaration form at the regatta office on return ashore.

19.6.    Flag V, when race committee boats displayed flag V, all team and support boats shall coincide with safety leader of the racing area

19.7.    Boats shall avoid commercial traffic and shall cross shipping channels at right angles only. 



20.1.    When less than 4 races have been completed, a boat’s regatta score will be the total of her race scores. 

20.2.    When 4 or more races have been completed, a boat’s regatta score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score. 



21.1.    Accredited vessels are the vessels having filled the accreditation form at the race office. They are the only vessels authorized to go afloat and approach sailing area and sailors. Team and support vessels shall, at all times when afloat, be clearly identified by the country name, national letters or national flag of the team they represent.

21.2.    [NP] Excluded area

During the period between the first warning signal of the first fleet in a race and the finish of the last boat in the last fleet in that race:

-     do not cross the racing area defined by the course diagram

-     do not stay closer than 50 m to any sailing boat and from any point defining the starting line (when orange flag up) and finish line (when blue flag up)

21.3.    Exceptions to S.I. 21.2:

-     when a postponement is signaled, in which case they may stay in the racing area till the first signal displayed after the end of the postponement;

-     this instruction will not apply to rescue operations

21.4.    Accomplishments

If an accredited boat does not comply with this instruction, or its crew has an incorrect behaviour, the accreditation may be suspended, cancelled, and/ or no more issued in next Europa Cup of the series. That decision may be made by the Jury with the Eurilca Representative.


Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover per event as stated in the NOR. 


The host sailing club, the National Authority and the International Laser Class Association, their officers, members and volunteers do not accept liability for loss of life or property, personal injury or damage caused by or arising out of the Europa Cup Regattas and competitors take part in the Regattas entirely at their own risk. The establishment of the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions in no way limits or reduces the complete and unlimited responsibilities of a competitor being solely and entirely responsible for the management of a boat he or she is sailing. A competitor must be of good health and a competent sailor capable of sailing an ILCA dinghy in strong winds. It is the responsibility of each sailor to decide to participate in a race or to continue racing.


By participating in this event, competitors automatically grant to the organizing authority and the event sponsors the right, in perpetuity, to make, use, and show, at their discretion, any photography, audio and video recordings, and other reproductions of them made at the venue or on the water from the time of their arrival at the venue, until their final departure, without compensation for the purpose of news reporting, regatta documentary, advertising to promote the regatta, the national or the international class association or sailing, and advertising where the above pictures/video recordings/etc. are shown in the context of sailors/participants competing in  Europa Cup Regattas.


Addendum A –Europa Cup



1.1.    Where a fleet is bigger than 80 boats, (or close to 80 at the discretion of the Race Committee) it can be split into groups.

1.2.    The organising authority will divide the boats in the split fleet(s) into groups of, as nearly as possible, equal size. 

1.2.a. When in a fleet there is a presence of at least 40 girls or ladies group can be constituted, 

1.2.b.Each appropriate Fleet will be split into 2 groups called Yellow and Blue or in 3 groups called Yellow, Blue and Red; or in 4 groups with the green group.

1.2.c. Boats will be possibly reassigned to groups each day after racing based on the overall available results.

1.2.d.The polling will be made with XXX scoring system, with the alternate option.

1.3.    The notice of groups will be posted on the official notice board as soon as possible before the first race of the day. The starting signal will be made no earlier than 60 minutes after the time of the posted notice.

1.4.    If all groups of a split fleet have not completed the same number of races by the end of a day, the groups with fewer races will continue racing the following day until all groups have completed the same number of races. 

1.5.    If at the end of the regatta some groups of a split fleet have more race scores than others, scores for the most recent race(s) will be excluded so that all groups of that fleet have the same number of race scores. That S.I. will be applied also at the last day to define the groups for finals, see next S.I.

1.6.    When at least 4 races were sailed for all groups, the following days the fleet will be divided in Gold and Silver fleets (and bronze and emerald if in case) and raced in “finals” format. See NOR 7.3. Different final-series groups need not have completed the same number of race.



2.1.    If a fleet is split into groups, the class flag for each group will be the class flag with a coloured flag corresponding to the group colour. 

2.2.    If a fleet is split into groups, each competitor in that fleet will be issued with a coloured band corresponding to the allocated group. The band shall be placed around the lower mast between the gooseneck and boom vang fitting.

2.3.    In case of finals both flags and coloured bands / Flag will be as per gold=yellow; silver=blue; and bronze=red; emerald=green.



Official boats will be marked as follows:


Race Committee    

With flag „RC“


With flag „Jury“

Technical Committee 

With flag „M“

Rescue / First Aid / Medical

With flag „Rescue“

Media / Press

With flag „Press“

TV operation

With yellow flag „TV“






Addendum A  4.1 COURSES


Course 1 Outer Loop: I.C. Numeral pennant 1 displayed.

Start – 1 – 2 – 3P/3S – 2 -3P – 5 – Finish

Standard and Radial fleets allways sail the outer loop.

Course 2 Inner Loop: I.C. Numeral pennant 2 displayed.

Start – 1 – 1A – 4P/4S – 1 – 2 -3P – 5 – Finish

4.7 fleet allways sails the inner loop.

All indicated distances between marks are recommended: the shorter up to 9 Kn wind speed; the longest over 9 Kn and have to be balanced considering of the current and all other sea conditions to reach the time target of 50 minutes.



Numeral pennant 3 displayed.

Start – 1 – 2 – 3P/3S- 1-2 -3P/3S – Finish







4.3.  MARKS

4.3.1 Alpha area

Mark 1and2 will be yellow cylindrical buoys. Marks 3s and 3p,4s and 4p will be orange cylindrical buoys

Mark 5 will be an red buoy.

Finish mark will be a red buoy and finishing vessel.



RRS 55 applies. Trash may be placed aboard support and race committee vessels.



6.1.    Regulation WS 20 will be applied.

6.2.    Boats shall display advertising supplied by the organizing authority if applicable. Details shall be specified as follows: 



7.     PRIZES

7.1.    Prizes are stated by the NOR 13.1.

7.2.    Prizes will be assigned also if only one race will be sailed. In case of ties the prize will be raffled.

7.3.    Additional prizes may be introduced.



Peculiar obstructions and forbidden areas are described in that Appendix ……...



Peculiar local recommendations are described in that Appendix.



A boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats, except in an emergency or when using equipment provided by the race committee.



Race committees: 

Alpha area: 

Bravo area: 



Technical Inspector:

Race Organization:


APPENDIX 1 sailing instructions

Europa cup “Racing Areas”