Racing Rules

The standard racing rules are set out in full in the Members Handbook.

This section highlights some of the more important to note.

Applicable ISAF Rules

Races will be sailed under ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) and RYA Prescriptions with the exceptions given below:

  1. RRS 29.1. The signals for Individual Recalls do not apply
  2. Under RRS Part 2 Preamble, Rrs 48 And Rrs J 2.2(3), the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea will prevail instead of RRS Part 2 between the hours of sunset and sunrise.

Mandatory Equipment

  • Manual bilge pump
  • Bucket of at least 7 litres capacity on a stout lanyard
  • Compass (hand-held is acceptable)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire blanket
  • Lifebuoy with drogue
  • Buoyant heaving line, 15m minimum, readily accessible
  • Foul weather clothing each crew member.
  • Suitable harness clipping on points
  • A VHF radio
  • Anchor and chain or warp suitable for the size of yacht
  • Strong attachment point suitable for anchoring or towing.

Use of Engines

Engines may be used anywhere up to the 5 minute preparatory announcement and at any time thereafter if, while approaching the start line, the yacht is south of a transit line subtended by the Tropicana. Until the boat has started?

If a yacht uses its engine during a race for emergency purposes, the circumstances are to be logged and reported. Any resulting penalty shall be at the discretion of the Race Committee.


Visitors are welcome to take part in Club events.

However, to be eligible for any of the trophies associated with the above events, the following conditions apply :-

  1. The participating boat must be owned in whole or in part, by a Full Member of WBYC;
  2. There must be at least one Full Member of WBYC in the crew, who will be nominated as the helmsman or helmswoman for the event.

Radio Use


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