1. GOALS – Melges 17 Fleet 9 (Indianapolis) will exist to:
1.1. Promote the Melges 17 (M17) sailboat and class association,
1.2. Promote one-design racing at the Indianapolis Sailing Club (ISC) and Eagle Creek Sailing Club (ECSC),
1.3. Foster friendship and social activity among its members
2. RULES - Fleet 9 will race in accordance with the following rules:
2.1. ISAF Racing Rules, with prescriptions by US Sailing, the
2.2. Bylaws and Specifications of the Melges 17 Class Association, the
2.3. ISC Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions as listed in the ISC Welcome Aboard (when racing at ISC), and
2.4. these Melges 17 Fleet 9 Racing Rules.
Sailing Instructions may supersede any part of above Rules where not specifically prohibited by those Rules.
3. PARTICIPATION - Fleet 9 will participate in the racing program of ISC and ECSC as scheduled and conducted.
3.1. Fleet 9 will race as a sub-fleet within the ISC Portsmouth Fleet until formally recognized as a OD fleet by ISC
3.2. Fleet 9 members are expected and encouraged to volunteer for club race committee responsibilities including safety duty, PRO, ARO, and scoring.
4. ANNUAL FLEET BUILDER AWARD – Fleet 9 members are encouraged to introduce new and potential members to the M17. The skipper sailing with the most number of different individuals during the sailing season (ISC spring work party through ISC fall work party) will be awarded the Annual Fleet Builder award. Each skipper will keep a roster of the names of those that they take sailing on a M17 during a regularly scheduled club race, Qualifying Regatta, as part of a club adult training class, or during an ISC Open House. Each unique name that has not previously sailed on that skipper’s boat counts as one point. It makes no difference if that person has previously sailed an M17; if they’ve never sailed with that skipper then 1 point is earned. If one of the names on the skipper’s list purchases an M17 after sailing with the skipper and prior to the ISC fall work party of the current year, then that name shall count as 15 points instead of 1 point. Every unique name counts, including family members.
5. FLEET 9 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – The annual Melges 17 Fleet 9 Championship series standings will be determined as follows:
5.1.1. Points are earned based on the final standing of qualifying regattas. When two or more Fleet 9 skippers participate in a regatta, their score will be based on their relative final standing to all Fleet 9 skippers participating in the regatta. When only one Fleet 9 skipper participates in a regatta, their score will be the same as their final standing in the regatta.
5.1.2. Low Point System - One point for a first place score, two points for a second place score, three points for a third place score, and so forth.
5.1.3. To qualify in the final standings, a skipper must have sailed in a sufficient number of regattas to have no less than five scores. The best five scores count towards final standings.
5.1.4. All scores from qualifying regattas published on the M17 class website (http://melges17.com/?p=events) that do not coincide with a regatta to be sailed at ISC or ECSC will count as two scores. M17 U.S. National Championship will count as two scores no matter if it conflicts with an ISC or ECSC regatta. An invitational regatta hosted by Fleet 9 at ISC or ECSC will count as two scores.
5.1.5. Ties shall be broken as follows:
18.104.22.168. If there is a series score tie between two or more boats, each boat’s series scores shall be listed in order of best to worst, and at the first point(s) where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favor of the boat(s) with the best place(s). No excluded scores shall be used.
22.214.171.124. If a tie remains between two or more boats after using the above method, the tie shall be broken using the results of head-to-head competition at the counted regattas to be determined by which beat the other boat the most times. No excluded scores shall be used.
126.96.36.199. If a tie remains between two or more boats after using the above methods, they shall be ranked in order of ALL boats beaten in the counted regattas. No excluded scores shall be used.
5.2. Qualifying Regattas
5.2.1. ISC Club Regattas, specifically, the Memorial Regatta, Summer Regatta, Commodore’s Cup Regatta, and Long John Regatta.
5.2.2. ECSC Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Governor’s Cup Regatta.
5.2.3. Regattas listed under the events section of the M17 website (currently http://melges17.com/?p=events)
5.2.4. If agreed by majority consensus of boat-owning members of Fleet 9 at least one week prior to the scheduled start of the first race, any other Melges 17, ISC, or Fleet 9 hosted regatta for which there is a NOR that has been published to Fleet 9 members. (For example, if ISC hosts a Special Olympics fundraiser regatta or the Lake Carlyle Leukemia Cup.)
5.2.5. Three or more M17’s must be listed in the final standings to be counted as a qualifying regatta.
5.2.6. The sailing season for purposes of series scoring shall begin and end on Monday following the last race of the ISC calendar year sailing season.
5.3. Regatta Scoring – regattas will be scored as specified by the sailing instructions governing that regatta.
5.4. Fleet Membership – No regatta(s) will be scored as part of the Championship series until M17 Fleet #9 dues are paid in full.
5.5. Skippers are responsible for reporting their regatta participation and score to the fleet scorer.
6. ISC REGATTA SCORING – The following is in addition to or amends the sailing instructions found in the ISC Welcome Aboard.
6.1. The low point scoring system as described in the RRS Appendix A shall be used to determine final regatta standings with the following exceptions:
6.1.1. No scores shall be excluded. This modifies A2 of the RRS.
6.1.2. A DNF shall be scored as the number of boats finishing the race + 1
6.1.3. An OCS or DSQ shall be scored as the number of boats ranking as starters for that race + 1
6.1.4. 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 sailed by the skipper.
7. ISC CHAMPIONSHIP –
7.1. If invited to participate, Fleet 9 will be represented in the ISC Championship regatta by the top most ranked ISC-member skipper at the time the fleet is required to submit the name of their representative.
7.2. Ranking will be based on Fleet 9 Championship Series scoring as described above.
7.3. If no skippers have yet qualified for the series (by having at least 5 scores), then the skipper having the most number of qualifying regatta scores shall represent the fleet.
7.3.1. In the event of a tie, the top most ranked skipper based on the scores to date will represent the fleet. If a designated skipper declines to participate then the next most eligible skipper shall be asked to represent the fleet.
8. RACE VISITORS - Visiting Melges 17 sailors are welcome to sail with Fleet 9 at ISC or ECSC during any regularly scheduled club race or regatta. Visitors are not eligible for awards funded and provided by the hosting club unless otherwise provided for in the event sailing instructions. 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.
9. CO-OWNERS – Co-owners may choose to sail as a team or as individuals for the Fleet 9 Championship series. Only individual skippers may qualify for the Fleet Builder Award.
10. TROPHIES – M17 Fleet 9 will endeavor to host a fleet banquet and awards presentation annually on the second Saturday following the ISC fall work party. (November 20 in 2010) Trophies will be awarded as follows:
10.1. ISC will provide 1st and 2nd place trophies to the Portsmouth fleet for ISC regattas.
10.2. Trophies for Fleet Builder Award and Championship Series TO BE DETERMINED.