Policies and Procedures


PGJSA REGATTA PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

Each Member Club entering sailors shall provide a safety boat.


Regatta Management


Race Time

Under ‘Schedule of Events’, all NORs include the sentence “Schedule subject to change pending conditions of the day.”


Should weather delay the times of the original schedule, the host club may amend the time of the last race to accommodate an extra race.


Regatta Registration


Registration for most PGJSA events will be available online only at www.pgjsa.org.  Please refer to the Application section of the NORs to determine which regattas your junior sailors must register for online.


Registration desks on the day of the specified events will have no paper registration forms or means of accepting entry fees. Registration the day of the event will still be required to be completed online and accepted only up until the start of the scheduled Skippers’ Meeting.


All racers are encouraged to register for the regattas as early into the season as possible.  All forms and payment must be completed online by 11:59 pm two days prior to the event.


Anyone who registers after 11:59 pm two days prior to the event will incur an additional late fee of $10.


Cancellation with refund will be permitted up until the scheduled start of the Skippers’ Meeting.  (See PGJSA Postponement and Cancellation Policy.)


Regatta Check-In


All competitors, both skipper and crew, shall appear in person to confirm registration with regatta management during the designated check-in time.


Both skipper and crew must be properly registered and both entry fees paid prior to the scheduled start of the Skippers’ Meeting or their registration will be considered cancelled. The scores may be included for the event but will not be included for the Championship Series.


Sail number changes from what appears on the registration form are to be made online by the sailor, not the host club, prior to the first race. In addition, sailors are to report their sail number change to the check in staff and the Race Committee.

NB:  Sailors who fail to correct their sail numbers will be disqualified.


Eligibility for the Championship Regatta


To enter the Championship Regatta to be held on August 9, 2016 at Southampton Yacht Club:


* Optimist, Sunfish, Laser and C420 sailors must have a score indicating they started and attempted to finish at least one race in a minimum of 3 Qualifiers for their respective fleet.

*If a sailor’s score line for a regatta consists of all DNS or DNC scores, or a combination thereof,  that regatta will NOT count as one of the required 3 events needed to qualify for the Championship Regatta.


*All sailors must be a member of the PGJSA through their own club.


Series Rules and Guidelines

Team Racing at all events is prohibited and may be protested and result in a penalty.


There must be at least 3 PGJSA sailors in a fleet for that fleet’s Qualifier to be scored as part of the Series


For a fleet to be included in the Championship Regatta, there must be at least 2 qualified PGJSA sailors participating in that fleet.

Laser sailors shall remain with the rig chosen in their first regatta.

The skipper in the qualifying events must remain the same.  The crew may change.


Age Rules:

Optimist age rules apply with this exception: Sailors who begin the Series in a fleet shall remain in that fleet regardless of a mid-series birthday.

Applicants for all classes (except Sunfish Doubles) may not turn 19 years of age in   the year of the event.  Sunfish Doubles, skipper and crew, must be

8 years old in the year of the event and must not turn 14 in the year of the event.


Scoring

Qualifiers: The final standings of each regatta will be calculated using the Low- Point Scoring System-Appendix A of the racing rules. There will be NO throw-outs.

In the event that a regatta is cancelled completely (and not postponed or

rescheduled), a sailor who was registered and checked in at that regatta will

still be allowed to qualify for the Championship Regatta in their given class as

long as they have received a finishing score in 2 other qualifier regattas.


Championship Regatta: The Low-Point Scoring System-Appendix A of the

racing rules will be used to calculate the final standings.  There will be NO

throw-outs. PGJSA Championship scoring policies will apply for all classes.

This event is not a Qualifier.


Series Champions: The results of the Championship Regatta will be used to

the final Series standings as defined by the PGJSA Series Rules and Guide

lines. Final rankings will be calculated using Low-Point Scoring and will be

based on carrying forward the best 1 Qualifier finish and adding that to the

competitor’s final raw score total at the Championship Regatta. Final rankings

of non-PGJSA Member Club participants during the season will not be

included in the Championship calculations.


Protests

Protesting sailors must properly complete the US Sailing Protest Form,

including drawings, without supervision or input from their coaches, other sailors or family members.

NB: Anyone having done so will have their protest disqualified.


Coaches from the protesting clubs may not be present during the protest hearing unless called upon by the Protest Committee.


To avoid a witness from a sailor’s own club being considered an interested party, coaches are encouraged to advise their sailors to call out at the time of the incident for witnesses other than from their own club.

Race Committee and Protest Committee members are to be mutually exclusive.

For all PGJSA Qualifier Events, the Protest Committee shall be formed by the PGJSA Race Committee Chair or, in his absence, a PGJSA Executive Officer.    In the absence of both the PGJSA Race Committee Chair and a PGJSA Executive Officer, the host club’s PRO shall form the Protest Committee from those on the PGJSA Protest Committee Roster. The Protest Committee must consist of at least 3 qualified members.  Only 1 member may be from the host club.  No member of the Protest Committee is to be from the protesting clubs.