Sailing Instructions & Race Calendar

Expect the SIs to be published soon, but below is a summary of the significant changes for 2020. In the meantime, check out the 2020 NSC Google Calendar for scheduled events, or last year’s Sailing Instructions.

Pre-season text:
Expect the SIs to be published soon, but below is a summary of the significant changes for 2020. In the meantime, check out the 2020 NSC Google Calendar for scheduled events, or last year’s Sailing Instructions.

The NSC SIs have been coordinated, and are aligned, with the BYC SIs, both of which address our Interclub racing program.

During Season text:
The 2020 Sailing Instructions & Race Calendar are now available as a pdf. See below for a list of the major changes. Page 2 of the SIs shows the Series calendar, and pages 3 & 4 show the Weekend and Special Events calendar, but this information is also available on the NSC Google Calendar.

For reference, older copies of the SIs are available – see the 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 versions, or the pdf versions for 2005-2013 are available in Box.

Notices to Competitors / Sailing Instruction Amendments:

  • Amendment #1: nothing yet.

Main changes made to the SIs for 2020:

Note: some of the changes below were agreed upon prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and apply to our “normal” racing program, for example, Thursday night one-design racing. At this point, it seems doubtful that our regular racing program will resume in 2020, but such changes are included nevertheless, and will likely carry forward to future years.

  • New Tuesday evening JAM series introduced in Part I; new Thursday evening Pursuit series in Part J.
  • Use of discretionary penalties allowed for specific rule infractions.
  • SI 13.1 requires that boats check in with the Race Committee prior to their preparatory signal, declaring “PHRF” or “JAM”, as appropriate.
  • SI 19.1 now only applies to the catamaran fleet (“Two-Turns Penalty” vs “One-Turn Penalty”).
  • SI 21.8 notes that racing will be postponed if there are an insufficient number of volunteers to run a race. (This is not expected to be an issue for 2020, as the plan for the foreseeable future is that there will be no RC volunteers and all club races will be run by bosuns.)
  • The Sharks and Tanzer 22s will start together on Thursday evenings, but will be scored separately. For the Fall Series, the combined Shark and Tanzer 22 start will be before the J24 & C&C 27 starts. (This would only be the case if one-design racing is run, which is not currently expected in 2020.)
  • SI 8.3 of Part H documents a long-standing practice requiring boats to register for the entire ILD series as either JAM (no flying sails) or PHRF (with flying sails/spinnakers).

In addition to reading the Sailing Instructions, every racer should obtain and read the 2017-2020 version of the World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing, and the Sail Canada Prescriptions. These “Rule Books” are available for purchase at the club office.

If you have changes you would like to propose for next year, feel free to discuss these with, or e-mail them to, Hugh Morrin and/or Dominic Goodwill.

Page updated: 2020-06-03.

Update log
28 Feb: HM: Update Log created. Added last para per meeting with Ross.
20-21 Apr: HM: General update.
25 Apr: HM: Posted 2015 SIs. Changed title from “Sailing Instructions” to “Sailing Instructions & Race Calendar”.
24 Jan: HM: Saved the 2015 SIs as a separate page, and updated this page for 2016.
30 Apr: HM: Posted 2016 SIs.
15 May: HM: Posted Amendment #1.
16 May: HM: Posted Amendment #2.
28 May: HM: Corrected typos which had “first race of the JAM Spring Series (2015-05-19)”, instead of 2016…
15 Sep: HM: Added Amendment #3.
03 Feb: HM: Moved 2016 info to
Cleared 2016 info, and noted 2017 SIs would be available in April.
08 Apr: HM: Noted major changes for 2017.
21 Apr: HM: Noted new name for Jacques Adam River Challenge. Added link to 2017 SIs. Added reference/link to BYC SIs.
12 May: HM: Added updated version of SIs to Box (without erroneous references to “2016”, and noted changes accordingly.
13 May: HM: Changed ISAF to World Sailing.
21 Jun: HM: Added amendment #1.
17 Jan: HM: First update for 2018. Created separate file for 2017. Changed name of Fleet Captain.
24 Feb: HM: Started to list changes for 2018.
25 Mar: HM: Added to list changes for 2018.
29 Apr: HM: More updates.
30 Apr: HM: Added link to 2018 SIs.
10 Mar: HM: Started noting changes for 2019.
01 May: HM: Added reference to Rabbit Starts.
20 May: HM: Added link to 2019 SIs in pdf format.
21 Jun: HM: Added Amdt 1.
03 Jun: HM: Updated for 2020: noted major changes; added link to 2019 SI WordPress page.

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