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Interlake Fleet #28: Interlake Fleet Rules

2013 Fleet 28 RACING RULES, SCORING, TROPHIES

1.1  RULES - Fleet 28 will race in accordance with the following rules:
1. ISAF Racing Rules, with prescriptions by US Sailing, the
2. Bylaws and Specifications of the ISCA, the
3. ISC Racing Rules as listed in the Welcome Aboard, and
4. these Fleet 28 Racing Rules.

Racing Instructions may supersede any part of above Rules.
                                                                                  
1.2 PARTICIPATION - Fleet 28 will participate in the racing program of ISC as scheduled and conducted.  This racing program will consist of races normally held on Saturdays and Sundays, races normally grouped together to form ISC regattas, and other races comprising Interlake races.

1.3 GROUPING OF RACES FOR SERIES - Races held at ISC will be grouped together to form a Spring and Fall series.  The length of the Spring and Fall series will be as equal as possible and will be specifically determined by the Fleet Captain.  Only the ISC usual Sunday Afternoon races, each race of ISC regattas, and each race of specific Fleet 28 regattas will be part of these series. The Fleet Championship will include all of the scores of the Spring and Fall series.

1.4  ALL REGATTAS - Individual races started in ISC Regattas, as well as in Fleet sponsored Regattas are to be scored as individual races for the series standings.

     Non-ISC Regattas (ie: Indiana Governor’s Cup) held at the ISC are considered like out-of-town regattas.

1.5  SKIPPER - Skippers are scored according to their relative placing during races.  It is a skipper's responsibility to notify the Scorer of any change in customary boat and/or sail number.

A skipper is a person who has been certified by the fleet captain as qualified to control the boat safely.  In order to be scored, the skipper must directly control the helm during the start of the race, while sailing the first weather leg, and when crossing the finish line.

    In addition, for Fleet scoring, a skipper is a dues paying member of Fleet 28, or directly related to one. For Regatta scoring, a skipper is a dues paying member of the ISC, or directly related to one.  Direct Relations can score for their skipper, and their skipper does not have to be on board while racing (see TEAMS, below).  Helmsmen without skipper on board are not scored, but accorded all rights and privileges while on the water.

1.6  CREW - A skipper may substitute crew, or the number of crew, during a regatta, but not during a race.

1.7  TEAMS - Two skippers may team together and score together as a team.  The term 'Skipper' as used in  these racing rules then applies to the team as a whole.  If either team member is absent from a team, the race finish points will still be awarded to the team.  If both skippers participate in the same race as  individual skippers, then the team must declare before the start of the race which of the two skippers is to be counted as the team score.  The declaration must be made to all Starters, and to the Scorer.  The other skipper will be scored separately as an individual.  If the Scorer is not notified, the worse score is assumed to be the team score.

A team is a team for an entire series.  They are treated as one person for the award of trophies and scoring.  A team must declare itself to the Scorer before the first race of a series is started.

1.8     SCORING - For Series Scoring, the ISC Sunday races (single races), individual ISC Club Regatta races,                 and Fleet sponsored Regattas are to be scored using the Low Point System as defined in the Racing                 Rules of Sailing (except as noted below in section 1.8.c).  A skipper not starting a race will not be                       considered in series scoring. 
1.8.a The ISC scheduled races the weekend of the Poltergeist Regatta will not be scored as part of the Spring or Fall season.
1.8.b Races will not be scored as part of a series or as part of the Fleet Championship until Interlake Fleet #28 dues are paid.
1.8.c For ISC Club Races, and ISC Club Regattas the overall scoring shall be the Low Point system with the following two modifications:
DNF Number of boats finishing a race + 1
       DSQ  Number of boats ranking as Starters for that race + 1
1.8.d   Regattas of more than three (3) races shall include one throw-out race.
1.8.e The regatta score for the missed races while performing Safety or Race Committee duty shall be the average of the skipper’s finishes for all available races to be sailed as part of that regatta, even if only one race is sail by the skipper.
1.8.f The participant who ranked as a starter but did not cross the starting line shall score a DNS.

1.9     SCORING TIES - Fleet 28 scoring ties for regattas are resolved as stated in the Racing Rules of Sailing.  Scoring ties for series events are resolved as follows:
-   Each boat’s race scores shall be listed in order of best to worst, and the first point(s) where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favor of the boat with the best score(s).  No excluded scores shall be used.
-   If a tie remains between two boats, it shall be broken in favor of the boat that scored better than the other boat in more races.  This includes all races in the series.
- If a tie remains between two boats, it shall be broken in favor of the boat ranked higher in the last race that both boats started. 

1.10   SERIES QUALIFICATION - A skipper must participate in a minimum of forty (40) percent of the races in a series to qualify for that series.  The number of times required to participate shall not exceed twelve (12) and shall be determined by rounding to the nearest integer, 0.00 to 0.49 shall round down and 0.50 to 0.99 shall round up.

1.11 NUMBER OF RACES IN A SERIES - The number of races in a series shall be equal to the number of  ISC races during a series time frame in which two or more Fleet members rank as Starters. 

For example, if 30 races are predetermined to constitute a series, and 27 of thes have 2 or more Fleet boats ranking as Starters, than the series shall require the skipper to participate 11 times to qualify for that series.  However, if 40 races are predetermined to constitute a series, and 37 of these have 2 or more Fleet boats ranking as Starters, than the series shall require the skipper to participate only 12 times to qualify for that series.

1.12    FLEET CHAMPION - The Fleet Champion must have started in at least 40 percent of all races of the combined Spring and Fall series. However, this number shall not exceed twenty-four (24) races. The low point system will be used to determine the Fleet Champion.  Scoring ties are resolved according  to 1.9 above.

1.13 RACE VISITORS - Visiting Interlake sailors are welcome to sail with Fleet 28 at ISC during any regularly scheduled club race.  Visitors cannot earn ISC Club awards.  Fleet scoring will occur as if the visitors did not participate in the race/regatta.  Visitors will be accorded all their rights under the appropriate racing rules while they are on the water.

1.14    OUT-OF-TOWN REGATTAS - A Fleet 28 skipper may score as an ISC race participant for any regularly scheduled ISC race missed while participating at a Sailing Regatta that is either:
a. An ISCA scheduled event where at least 2 Interlakes ranked as Starters, or 2 or more Fleet 28 Interlakes participate in an advertised Sailing event.
b. ISCA Nationals

1.14.a. A skipper will be awarded one Participation for each race missed while attending an Out-of-Town Regatta and one Participation if no races were sailed at ISC.
1.14.b. The ISC Club Championship regatta, if and only if it prevents a skipper from sailing the ISC Sunday race, will be scored for the skipper as an out-of-town regatta.

 1.15    DETERMINATION OF SERIES RESULTS - Final standings for each series are determined by  average of the fewest races required to qualify for that series.  When a skipper sails more races than the minimum required for the series, the best scores shall be used.

1.16.a. SCORING ACCURACY of four (4) decimal places shall be sufficient for comparative purposes.  Tied  percentages are resolved by the Tie-Breaking rules (1.9) above.
1.16.b.  PARTICIPATION, (Out of Town, Safety, PRO, Assistant PRO) will reduce the number of races required to qualify for the Spring or Fall Series.
1.16.c.  A maximum of two (2) per season may result from participation for either the Spring or Fall Series.

1.17   CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - The Fleet Captain shall nominate the best ranking skippers to represent the Fleet for the ISC Club Championship.  Selection shall be determined by using that skipper's best finishes of races held to date.  The number of races required for selection will be 40% of the races sailed by the Interlake Fleet.  The Fleet Scorer will advise the Fleet Captain of the latest standings at the time the Fleet Captain is required to forward Fleet nominees to the ISC Race Committee.

1.18    DIVISION OF FLEET FOR SERIES - Fleet 28 shall be divided into a Red Fleet and a Blue Fleet for trophy competition.  A White fleet may be created also.  Prior to the start of a sailing season a  determination is made on how skippers are placed into the Red or into the Blue Fleet.  The fleet captain appoints a committee of three persons to formulate and propose a recommendation to the fleet.  The White fleet may be established or abolished at their recommendation.  The fleet may amend the proposal before approving it by majority vote.

RED FLEET - The Red Fleet shall comprise "Championship" caliber and experienced skippers.  If a sufficiently large number of skippers are experienced, they may form a;
WHITE FLEET, which would exclude the "Championship" caliber skippers.
BLUE FLEET - The Blue Fleet shall comprise developing skippers.  New skippers shall automatically start in the Blue Fleet, unless there is significant reasons to start in the Red (or White) Fleet and the Fleet Captain so designates.  A skipper placed into the Blue fleet may elect to be scored as Red (or White) Fleet skipper for an entire seies.  A Blue Fleet skipper shall automatically leave the Blue Fleet at the end of a series in which his overall series points is greater than or equal to the median percentage for all racers that have participated in at least 25 percent of all started races for the series just concluded.

The Fleet Captain may select Blue Fleet skippers to leave the Blue Fleet prior to the start of a series.  This is to be based on observed and demonstrated sailing skills or a specific Blue Fleet member's request.

1.21  TROPHIES - Trophies will be awarded for a Spring Series, for a Fall Series, for the Fleet Champion, for a              person or team that has clearly demonstrated Meritorious Conduct while a Fleet Member (The David                 Shea Memorial Trophy), and  may be awarded to the Most Improved Skipper for a series.
a. Series trophies will be awarded as follows: 1 trophy for every 3 qualified skippers up to a maximum of 5 trophies, for each series, for each fleet.
b. A Most Improved Skipper may be awarded by the Fleet Captain to a qualified skipper at the end of each series (Spring or Fall).  If awarded, the Most Improved Skipper is selected based upon the largest mathematical spread in series average from one series to the next at the end of a series.  The Most Improved Skipper award can be repeated.
c. Regatta trophies: ISC provides trophies for each of the 4 ISC Club Regattas.  These are to be awarded to Red, White and Blue Fleet members according to the Fleet's wishes as expressed at the beginning of each season.
d. If the Fleet wishes to award more trophies than which are provided by ISC in accordance with the ISC trophy distribution rules, then the Fleet may purchase from ISC or otherwise provide to ISC these additional trophies.
e. A Fleet 28 member is to be awarded a Red Fleet trophy for which he qualifies.  When a Blue Fleet member qualifies for a Red Fleet trophy, the eligibility for a Blue Fleet trophy is forfeited.  For example, the first Blue Fleet skipper wins second place Red Fleet, and the 2nd place Blue Fleet skipper then receives the first Blue Fleet award.  A similar decision is made when a White Fleet is formed.
f. For each event there must be at least one more participant per fleet than the number of trophies allocated. (a first and second place in each fleet). If not, the fleet with the most participants would receive the trophy not presented as a second place award (in the low participation fleet), as a third place in that fleet. If, in the possible situation that there were equal numbers of participants in the remaining fleets, the extra trophy shall be awarded as a third place award to the boat with the highest place finish within the overall fleet standings. Additional award plaques will be acquired in order to facilitate this possible situation. The fleet will then have the appropriate engraving done.


 

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