BFSLYC Miniyacht Regatta  

Race Rules

for Miniyachts only


No practising Hoisted red flag.

 Pilots to briefing Green flag with yellow diagonal.

 Race starting flag Red flag (hand held).

 Race cancelled Yellow flag.

 Accident on course or fault on yacht Yellow flag with red diagonals - hand held.

 Race curtailed Green flag.

 Race finishing flag White and black check flag.

 Stop signal to one yacht only Yellow and blue flag - hand held.

 Obstacles on the course Red or orange flags or markers.

 Turning mark Red and white flag.


All competitors must attend the last briefing before the race. No pilot may race without being at that briefing or individually briefed by the D.O.P.  

Yacht Parking

Yachts must be , tipped over or with sail removed when not under a pilot’s control.  


The Start  

A mini yacht is : [FGA 14/10/10]
- Any assembled land or sand yacht that fits inside a continuous loop of rope 5,6
meter long.
- The rope must lie on the ground. The touching part of the tyres on the ground
must fit inside the rope. [FGA 18/09/11]
- The tyre size is maximum 400x8 [FGA 18/09/11]
- The mast must be a circular tube; no wing section
- It is recommended that a mini yacht has an effective brake. [June 2012]

Starting line
The start line is one straight line determined by two marks at either end.
The signals are given by the Sailing Master or steward at a well chosen place. An audible signal
may accompany it, but solely the visual signal alone is valid.
False start procedure
When any part of a yacht crosses the line before the signal to cross is given, the yacht is
considered as not having crossed the line. To start the yacht must return behind the line by
crossing the extension of the main line (in the case of preparatory zone, it's the start line)
without impeding other pilots and without any right of way until this pilot will cross correctly the
start line.

The Procedure prior departing 

General Priority Rules

 Two yachts approaching each other 'head on' must veer to their right to leave sufficient space between them.

 When two yachts are coming from different routes, the one coming from the right has priority. The yacht that does not have priority must move aside or slow down. Forcing a yacht with priority to alter its route or to slow down in order to avoid a collision is prohibited.

 In the spirit of 'fair play' a yacht with priority must not use it to force another yacht onto an obstacle.

 In special cases the D.O.P. may recommend a sailing direction. This gives priority over yachts not taking this route. If the D.O.P. makes a particular route mandatory, pilots will be liable to severe penalty points or disqualification if they disobey.

. Overtaking

(a) Overtaking is engaged as soon as less than two metres separate the fore end of the overtaker and the rear end of the overtaken yacht.

(b) Overtaking is accomplished as soon as more than 2 metres separate the rear of the overtaker from the front of the overtaken yacht.

(c) The overtaking yacht is responsible for the manoeuvre.

(d) The overtaken yacht must, in a straight line, keep on its course or move aside, and if turning proceed with a normal manoeuvre. Nevertheless, the overtaken may, when meeting an obstacle carry out a turn.

(e) The overtaking yacht must avoid the course of the overtaken. To compel the overtaken yacht to change its course or slacken speed in order to avoid a crash is an infringement.  


Course turns

(a) The first yacht entering the orange zone is regarded as the overtaken yacht. It must not be overtaken on the orange line side unless stopped or being pushed, in which case it is treated as an obstacle.  


 pushing is allowed but only to get back on the course after making repairs.

or to clear course as an obstacle and danger to other pilots.

Race Completion

The finishing line will be between two marker flags, as described at the briefing. Often one end of the finishing line will be a turning mark but it may be a completely separate line.

 The leading yacht will be signalled to finish by a chequered flag. All yachts crossing the line after the winning yacht must then finish.

 Yachts must sail in the direction specified at the briefing after crossing the line.

 A yacht finishes when the base of the mast crosses the line.

Pilots must be in their yachts in a sailing position at the line to be counted as finished; i.e. pilots must not be pushing when they cross the line. If a pilot pushes over the Line he must take his yacht around the end of the finish line and cross the line while sitting in his yacht before he is scored as completing the course.

  No yacht shall cross the finish line in the wrong direction whilst any yachts are still racing. Severe penalty points or disqualification from the race, depending on the circumstances and warnings at the briefing will be the result of breaking this rule.

 Yachts must not be stopped near the finish line because they may be in the way of the scorers and also increase the risk of accidents.

Fair Play

All the rules must be observed in a spirit of fair Play.