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Notice of Race - 2024 Season


  1. Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club will be the Organising Authority for racing on Oulton Broad and the surrounding waters during the 2024 season. The full racing programme, giving details of the races, the classes to be sailed, the dates and times, will be published on the website (WWW.WOBYC.COM) and also in the Annual Yearbook.
  2. Events are governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing.
  3. The standard W&OBYC Sailing Instructions are available on the Club website and are also reproduced in the Club Yearbook. These SI's cover items like: mandatory reefing for Waveney or Broads OD classes; a minimum of 2 boats are required for a race; assistance from a safety boat; personal buoyancy for all dinghy sailors; Navigation Byelaw 24 regarding larger passenger carrying vessels (eg Waveney Princess). These general requirements apply to all club racing during the season.
  4. Racing is open to all full club members. The Yearbook defines the eligibility criteria for specific series and trophies (eg Junior trophies, or the classes allowed in the Mixed Keels races) that will be run during the season, including the scoring arrangements for each series and the prizes that will be awarded. The handicaps approved by the club committee for the 2024 season are those of the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick, as published in early March 2024 (see:
  5. The racing programme identifies the start time for each race.
  6. The WOBYC Sailing Instructions change RRS rule 26:
    1. The Class flag is flown at the 6 minute signal.
    2. The Preparatory signal is flown at the 3 minute signal.
  7. There is no signing on procedure required for Club Races. Anyone participating in WOBYC club races:
    1. agrees to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing, the Sailing Instructions, and the relevant parts of the club yearbook, and
    2. their boat is adequately insured, with cover of at least £2million against third party claims.
  8. Sailors are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure their equipment is in compliance with their class rules. For classes such as ILCA that do not have measurement certificates, sailors who enter a race shall be deemed to be confirming that their boats conform to class rules. All other boats competing in club racing shall have a valid measurement certificate issued under their relevant class association procedures.
  9. Courses for racing is around fixed and movable club marks on Oulton Broad, and for some races in the nearby waterways.
  10. Scoring will generally be in accordance with RRS Appendix A, but different series have different requirements for the numbers of races to count - these are described in the club Yearbook. Sailors allocated to club duties during a series may claim average points for the race(s) they are unable to participate in as described in the Sailing Instructions.
  11. The attention of all competitors is drawn to the Broads Authority regulations regarding boat tolls: Tolls (

 12. Risk Statement

Rule 3 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: The responsibility for a boats decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in any of the events covered by this notice of race, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

  1. They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
  2. They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
  3. They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
  4. Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
  5. The provision of a race management team, patrol boats, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
  6. The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.
  7. It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event.

 13. Privacy Statement

The personal information you provide to the organizing authority will be used to facilitate your participation in the events. If you have agreed to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing and the other rules that govern the event (the rules), the legal basis for processing that personal information is contract. If you are not bound by the rules, the legal basis for processing that personal information is legitimate interest. Your personal information will be stored and used in accordance with the organizing authoritys privacy policy. When required by the rules, personal information may be shared with the RYA, your national authority and/or World Sailing. The results of the event and the outcome of any hearing or appeal may be published.

Last updated 17:53 on 3 March 2024

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