Junior Racing Results Guidelines

Junior Racing and Results Guidelines

VERSION DATE: 24January 2017

This set of guidelines has been produced to clarify the eligibility and results generation for the Junior and Youth sailor community when competing in NCSC club series. They have been agreed at the Sailing Committee and may be amended by a proposal for amendment being agreed to, and issued, by the Sailing Committee – as noted by the Version date (top).

General principles behind these guidelines

Junior and Youth racing is encouraged by the club. To facilitate this separate Junior starts are available in all appropriate race series. This allows them to start in a less congested space in line with their likely levels of experience and confidence. Additionally, the race management team can run a race length more appropriate to their ability and stamina, making racing more enjoyable and encouraging further participation. It is accepted that they may choose not to use the Junior start, in which case they will be given a result within the chosen Class/Fleet and forgo a Junior result.

Definitions used in the guidelines:

Junior –                any sailor 15 years old or under on 31 December (of the year the racing is held) and in line with the definition of a Junior in the Handbook regarding prizes.

Youth –                  any sailor 18 years old or under on 31 December (of the year the racing is held) and in line with the definition of a Junior in the Handbook regarding prizes.

Junior Start –      a formal start, as denoted by the ‘Junior’ Class flag, at which time only Junior or Youth sailors may start that race

Class –                   a recognised NCSC class of dinghy as qualified for the season in force with a separate start in the Main Summer series.

Menagerie –       the set of competing boats not covered by a Class where finishing positions are determined by the yardstick handicapping system in force at NCSC at the time of the race taking place

Handicap –         a race where finishing positions are determined by Portsmouth yardstick handicapping system (or other agreed handicapping system/rating) in force at NCSC at the time of the race taking place

Novice –                 an inexperienced sailor, in particular any sailor who has not competed in a complete race series previously, at NCSC or any other club or venue. Final decision resting with the Sailing Committee

Race Officer –     the nominated person running the race (ref NCSC duties listing, or as amended)

Prizes –                  Any Prizes/Certificates/Awards offered to Junior/Youth sailors will be ratified by the    Sailing Committee

Guidelines for the NCSC race series as below:

  1. Sailors should inform the race management team, via the ‘signing on’ sheets, which start they will be using for each race.  
  2. Junior competitors wishing to use the Junior start are responsible for checking that there are at least 2 sailors in this start prior to leaving the shore. If not, they should start with the slow handicap or Menagerie class.
  3. If 2 or more juniors are signed on to use the Junior start but only 1 is at line for the start, then the one Junior can still start on the Junior start.
Tuesday evenings Handicap racing

 

Junior results for helms and crews are published within the overall result with additional notification to indicate Junior/Youth. .  

 

Thursday evening (Starboard Trophy) Handicap racing

 

Handicap and Junior starts.

 

If there are 2 or more Junior and / or Youth sailors they may elect to start at the Junior Start and have a suitable race length as determined by the Race Officer.   They are permitted to start with the Handicap fleet, in which case they will sail the full race duration as the rest of that fleet. If there is only 1 Junior or Youth entry they must start with the Handicap fleet, but may have a shortened race length as determined by the Race Officer.

 

Junior results for helm and crews are calculated by the race management team from within the relevant set – Fast or Slow. They will be published as part of that set with additional notification to indicate Junior/Youth.

 

Saturday afternoons (Stanier Series)

 

Handicap racing

 

Handicap and Junior starts.

 

If there are 2 or more Junior and / or Youth sailors they may elect to start at the Junior Start and have a suitable race length as determined by the Race Officer.   They are permitted to start with the Handicap fleet, in which case they will sail the full race duration as the rest of that fleet. If there is only 1 Junior or Youth entry they must start with the Handicap fleet, but may have a shortened race length as determined by the Race Officer.

 

Junior and or Youth results for helms and crews are calculated by the race management team within the overall set. The published results will have additional notification to indicate Junior or Youth.

 

Sunday Main Summer Series

 

Class racing

 

Includes a Junior and Menagerie Start. If there are 2 or more Junior and / or Youth sailors they may elect to start at the Junior Start and have a suitable race length as determined by the Race Officer. Junior and / or Youth sailors are permitted to start with a relevant Class fleet, in which case they will sail the full race duration as the rest of that fleet.   If there is only 1 Junior or Youth entry they must start with the Menagerie fleet, but may have a shortened race length as determined by the Race Officer.

 

Junior and / or Youth sailors may race within different fleets during the overall series duration, or even within one day.  

 

Results for Junior and / or Youth sailors for helm and crews are published within the Class with which they raced. Competitors’ results for any race are either listed within the Junior or Class results, but not in both.  

 

Sunday 3rd Race   (Wadsworth)

 

Handicap racing.    

 

Junior and or Youth results for helms and crews are published within the overall set with additional notification to indicate Junior or Youth.

 

Black and White

Sunday, Spring

Handicap racing (am). Fast and Slow

Pursuit racing (pm) BUT is a Handicap race for Juniors

 

Handicap racing includes a Junior Start. If there are 2 or more Junior and / or Youth sailors they may elect to start at the Junior Start and have a suitable race length as determined by the Race Officer. If there is only 1 Junior or Youth entry they must start with the relevant fleet, but may have a shortened race length as determined by the Race Officer. Junior and / or Youth sailors are permitted to start with a relevant Fast or Slow fleet, in which case they will sail the full race duration as the rest of that fleet.

If there is only 1 Junior or Youth entry they must start with the Fast or Slow fleet and forgo a Junior result.

 

‘Pursuit’ racing includes a Junior Start but is Handicap racing. If there are 2 or more Junior and / or Youth sailors they may elect to start at the Junior Start and have a suitable race length as determined by the Race Officer. Junior and / or Youth sailors are permitted to start at appropriate time for their class within the pursuit race. In this case they will sail the full race duration of the race. If there is only 1 Junior or Youth entry they must start the pursuit and forgo a Junior result.

 

Junior and / or Youth sailors may race within different fleets during the overall series duration, or even within one day.  

 

Results for Junior and / or Youth sailors for helm and crews are published separately where there were 2 or more juniors starting on the Junior Start.

 

Oakleaf

Sunday, Autumn/Winter

Handicap racing (am). Fast and Slow

 

Handicap racing includes a Junior Start. If there are 2 or more Junior and / or Youth sailors they may elect to start at the Junior Start and have a suitable race length as determined by the Race Officer. Junior and / or Youth sailors are permitted to start with a relevant Fast or Slow fleet, in which case they will sail the full race duration as the rest of that fleet. If there is only 1 Junior or Youth entry they must start with the relevant fleet, but may have a shortened race length as determined by the Race Officer.

 

Junior and / or Youth sailors may race within different fleets during the overall series duration, or even within one day.  

 

Results for Junior and / or Youth sailors for helm and crews are published separately.

 

Frostbite Sunday,

Autumn/Winter

Pursuit racing (pm) BUT is a Handicap race for Juniors

 

‘Pursuit’ racing includes a Junior Start but is Handicap racing. If there are 2 or more Junior and / or Youth sailors they may elect to start at the Junior Start and have a suitable race length as determined by the Race Officer. Junior and / or Youth sailors are permitted to start at appropriate time for their class within the pursuit race. In this case they will sail the full race duration of the race. If there is only 1 Junior or Youth entry they must start the pursuit and forgo a Junior result.

 

Junior and / or Youth sailors may race within different fleets during the overall series duration, or even within one day.  

 

Results for Junior and / or Youth sailors for helm and crews are published separately where there were 2 or more juniors starting on the Junior Start.

 

Note:

  • As per club racing rules, there must be at least 2 sailors start on the Junior Start for the Junior/Youth race finish position to be valid.

If there is only one Junior/Youth they must start either

  • with the appropriate main fleet/time and forgo a Junior result but be scored in the class they started.
  • Or sail from the Junior Start but not receive a finishing position.
  • Any dispute arising from anything concerning Junior / Youth sailors regarding these guidelines are to be raised with the Sailing Committee.
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