1. The Race Committee shall consist
of five judges appointed by the Commodore.
2. A number shall be assigned by the race committee
of the club. No ice yacht shall be timed by the
committee unless it carries the numbers properly
applied and these numbers shall be registered
in the club book opposite her name and shall be
her Official Number.
3. These numbers shall be displayed on both sides
of the main sail and above the upper reef points.
4. At least (3) three boats must
start in order to constitute a race for prizes
or points. Two races may be held simultaneously
at different locations providing ice conditions
make it necessary to travel. Open races for special
prizes will not count for seasons points unless
so designated by the Race Committee.
5. All crew members for prizes
or points races must be members in good standing
of the South Bay Scooter Club of Long Island,
6. When ice yachts are lined up
for the start of a race, no one but the crew shall
assist in the start of the ice yachts.
7. Crews on boats defined as Scooters
are not allowed to use creepers or spikes on their
8. Captains may take off or put
on crew at any time during a race after rounding
the first mark.
9. No piking allowed unless boats
break in water.
10. In a race where it is for a
trophy the course shall be approximately 3 miles
in one lap and shall be 4 times around or 12 miles
and shall be sailed in 60 minutes or less to be
called a race.
11. In other races the course shall
be approximately 3 miles in one lap and 3 times
around or 9 miles and shall be finished in 45
minutes or less to be called a race.
12. Any ice yacht fouling stake
boats or marks unless forced by another ice yacht
or failing to turn all marks, shall be disqualified.
13. Should any stake boat, buoy
or other mark be absent or moved from it’s
proper place during a race, the race may be resailed
or not, at the option of the Race Committee.
14. Right of Way
a Interfering at starting within
100 yards of starting buoys, unless in the opinion
of the judges such interference was intentional
shall not be considered a foul.
b When two yachts are approaching one another
so as to invoke risk of collision, one of these
shall keep out of the way of the other as follows:
1. A yacht that is running free
shall keep out of the way of a yacht that is close
2. A yacht that is close hauled on the port tack
shall keep out of the way of a yacht that is close
hauled on starboard tack.
3. When both are running free, with the wind on
different sides, the yacht that has the wind on
the port side shall keep out of the way of the
4. When both are running free,
with the wind on the same side, the yacht that
is to the windward shall keep out of the way of
the yacht that is to the leeward.
c A yacht shall be deemed to have wind on the
opposite side to that on which she is carrying
her main boom.
d An overtaking yacht shall (as long as an overlap
exists) keep clear of the yacht that is being
e Should an overlap exist between two yachts when
both of them are about to pass a mark on the required
side. The outside yacht must give the inside yacht
room to pass clear of the mark.
f An overlap is established when an overtaking
yacht has no longer a free choice of which side
she shall pass. The overlap continues to exit
as long as the leeward yacht by luffing, or by
the weather yacht bearing away is in danger of
g A yacht may luff as she pleases in order to
prevent another yacht from passing her to windward,
provided she begins to luff before an overlap
h A yacht shall not bear away out of her course
as to hinder another passing it to leeward.
i A yacht shall not be entitled
to her rights on a new course until she has filled
away. A yacht may not tack so as to invoke risk
of collision with another yacht. Unless she can
gather proper way on her new tack before a collision
would occur. Nor as to invoke risk of collision
with another yacht which because of her new course
or position can not keep out of the way. A yacht
that tacks so close in front of another as to
cause the latter to alter course to avoid a collision
before the former has gathered proper way, must
j When two yachts both close hauled on the same
tack are converging by reason of the leeward yacht
holding a better wind and neither can claim the
right of a yacht being overtaking, then the yacht
to windward shall keep clear.
k When a yacht is approaching a shore, shoal,
rock, vessel or other dangerous obstruction, and
can not get clear by altering her course without
fouling another yacht then the latter shall, on
being hailed by the former, give room at once.
In case one yacht is forced to tack or bear away
in order to give way, the other shall also tack
or bear away at the same time as possible, without
danger of fouling. Should such obstruction be
a designated mark of the course, a yacht shall
not force another to tack under the provisions
of this rule.
15. A preparatory sound device
will be executed five minutes before the starting
16. The Race Committee shall have
full power to suspend any of the rules by so stating
in the instructions for the race or by agreement
with the owners of the competing yachts.
17. The sail area of a scooter
shall be determined as outlined below. The “small
boats” designated as having 150 sq. feet
or less shall include boats with a total actual
sail area in jib and mainsail, of 150 sq. feet
or less exclusive of roach. Roach will, however,
be subject to the limitations set forth below.
Boats with “canes” and or bent masts
or other later developments will nevertheless
still be subject to same actual area rules.
Actual area of sail shall include:
All sail area in the jib measured when in sailing
trim on the boat with all halyards properly swayed
up taught. All sail area in the mainsail measured
when in sailing trim on the boat with all halyards
and outhauls swayed up taught with a 25 pound
strain on the free end of a five part mainsheet.
Determination of area may be done
in any of the ways outlined below as seems appropriate
or necessary to give the true area.
a Any sail shall be measured as
follows: The foot shall be measured from the tack
to the clew.The luff shall be measured from the
tack to the true apex going through a point on
the luff of the sail 5 inches below the top of
the sail. In the case of sleeve type sails, the
tack shall be the after side of the mast at a
point where the boom would normally intersect
the mast. The leech shall be measured from the
clew to the apex going through the after side
of the headboard or cane. Thus the apex is a point
in space where the luff and leech lines meet.
The area of the above measured triangle shall
be computed as follows: The same procedure will
apply to the jibs as well as mainsails. In the
case of a gaff headed sail it shall be so measured
as to give two triangles the area of which shall
be added together.
First find S = a+b+c
Area = Sq. root of S*(S-a)*(S-b)*(S -c)
b From the areas found in “a” above,
any area in the triangle not actually sail area,
i.e. at the apex, shall be deducted. This area
may be measured and calculated as a simple right
triangle or laid off to scale on paper and found
with a planimeter.
c All sail areas forward of the luff line measured
above (to be called luff roach) and all area aft
of the leech line measured above (to be called
leech roach) shall be excluded from the 150 sq.
foot sail area limit.
d The amount of total roach shall not exceed 20%
of the foot of the sail. This roach is a cumulative
figure including luff and leech roach combined,
i.e. If a bent mast is used, the luff roach will
then cause a decrease in the allowable leech roach
to maintain the 20%. The maximum amount of roach
shall be measured in each instance to determine
the total regardless of vertical location.
e In those instances where the
mast is enclosed by the sail cloth, the forward
side of the mast shall be considered the point
of maximum luff roach to determine the luff measurements.
Not withstanding any of the above the intent is
that no boat shall have more than 150 sq. feet
of total sail area exclusive of roach in the mainsail
and jib, the roach shall be proportionate to the
foot of the sail but excluded from the sail area.
18. Points shall be scoured on
a low point system, i.e., 1st place boat receives
1 point, 2nd place boat receives 2 points, 3rd
place boat receives 3 points and so on. DNFs receive
1 point more than the total of all starting yachts.
In order to be eligible for point trophies a yacht
must have started in at least half of all races
in it’s class. The best qualifying races
will be scoured as follows: i.e., 6 races held
requires 3 races to qualify = 3 races scoured.
7 races held requires 4 races to qualify = 4 races
scoured. In all races held on any day other than
weekends or holidays all the yachts in those races
will receive a score of twice the position placed
in such races.
19. There shall be no running of
boats except to give them a start when stopped
in a race.
20. Starting positions shall be
drawn from a suitable receptacle.
These rules shall supersede all
other rules that have been in force prior to November