Local Sailing Rules

General Regatta Rules (Excluding the Enduro)

1. All skippers who pay the entry fee (if required) may sail in a Regatta (provided an unreserved frequency is available).

2. All competing yachts must be registerable in an AMYA-sanctioned class.

3. All yachts, and their frequencies, should be pre-registered with the Vice Commodore, his designate or Fleet Captains at least 24 hours in advance.

4. For regattas dedicated to a particular class (Soling One Meter, US One Meter or DragonFlite 95), first, second, and third finishes will be recognized.

5. For the open Independence Day regatta, First Place, Second Place and Third Place trophies will be awarded without regard to which class boat the skipper who takes first, second, or third place is sailing.

6. The following low point scoring system will be used for all Regattas, except the Old Timers Regatta and the Enduro.

First place will get 1 point; second place will get 2 points, etc.• DNF (Did Not Finish) will be scored as the number of boats in the daily fleet plus 1• DNS (Did Not Start) will be scored as the number of boats in the daily fleet plus 1• DSQ (Disqualified) will be scored as the number of boats in the daily fleet plus 1

7. As many heats as possible will be sailed within the time allotted, up to a maximum of 12.

8. There will be one throw-out for every 6 races completed. 

9. At least 6 races must be completed for a regatta to be counted.  The highest scores in all sailed heats will be considered.

10. Each skipper is allowed one, five-minute hold per regatta.

11. Regatta Times:• Open regattas will begin at 10:00am• The Old Timers Regatta will begin at 11:00am• Class Specific Regattas may be scheduled 10:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 2:30pm• No races will be started after 2:30pm.

12. The RD may modify one or more of these rules on race day with approval of a simple majority of the skipper’s present.  Start times may not be advanced.

13. During a regatta, rigs may be swapped, but not appendages (even if allowed by class rules).

Boats may be substituted between regattas but not within a regatta.

14. There will be a 30-minute lunch break 

15. While more heats may be sailed on any particular day, only the first 12 heats will be recorded.

Class Specific (Fleet) Regatta Rules (2019)

Fleet regattas are open only to MmMYC club members sailing yachts that conform to designated AMYA sanctioned class rules for the specified Fleet.  (i.e. US 1 Meter, Soling 1 Meter, Star 45, DragonFlite 95, Wheeler, etc.).  Yachts that are able to sail in more than one designated AMYA sanctioned class, with rig or appendage modification, may sail in a Fleet regatta so long as the appropriate modifications have been made to allow the yacht to conform to the class being sailed.  

The Fleet regattas will host only one class during each regatta, unless agreed to by the majority of skipper’s present.  There will be a predetermined number of scheduled Fleet regattas, according to the below schedule. 

Fleet# of Regattas
Soling 1 M7

Each Fleet will have a designated Fleet Captain.  Fleet Captains:• May schedule ad-hoc class specific regattas on days when no other racing is scheduled. • Are responsible for contacting individuals who may be interested in sailing and posting proposed ad-hoc regattas on the club website at least two weeks before the proposed event.  The ad-hoc regatta must be confirmed on the website as to “go” or “no-go” at least one week before the event.  • Are responsible for ensuring there is a rescue boat and arrangements have been made for scorekeeping.

All skippers must be registered and the frequency on which their yachts will be sailed must be reserved. If required, a “one-time” entry fee of $6.00 must be paid.  This will allow the skipper to sail in any or all of the regattas for the specified Fleet.  A skipper may register at any time before the last specified regatta.

Only classes comprised of four or more yachts registered for the specific class will be considered a Fleet.

The winner of each regatta must serve as, or provide, the Race Director for the next regatta in the series. Doctor’s notes are accepted.

A Fleet Champion will be determined by adding the 5 lowest finishesout of the 7 scheduled regattas.  (1-first place finish, 2-second Place, finishes and 2-third place finishes would add to give 5) Ties will be resolved by number of 1st, 2nds, 3rds, etc.  The At least 5 regattas must be sailed in the series and by individuals in the series for a Fleet Champion to be determined.  Ad-hoc Fleet regattas will not count towards determining a Fleet Champion.

Changes to any of these rules must have the approval of a simple majority of the skippers in the series and must apply to all Regattas in the series.

Old Timers’ Regatta1. The Open Regatta Rules will apply to the Old Timers’ Regatta with the following exceptions:2. Only members of the Minuteman MYC who are 65 years of age or older may sail in this regatta.3. The race is sailed with US One Meter yachts only.  Loaners may be made available. Arrangements for a loaner need to be made prior to the regatta. In lieu of the traditional 5-minute repair hold, each skipper is allowed one 15-minute nap per day.4. The standard low-point scoring system will be utilized.  Each skipper’s final score will have scores reduced based on an age-related deduction.  See Appendix A.5. No score may be less than 1 after age deduction; Any ties will be resolved by number of 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, etc. 6. Each skipper is allowed one ten-minute hold per day for a battery change.7. If available, the club’s youngest available member shall serve as the Race Director.8. The starting gate will be twice as wide as usual, and all buoys (except the RD) may be hit as long as they are passed on the correct side.

Appendix A

Age Deduction Table   
651        1Factor for age 65-70
661        2Factor for age 70 – 74
671        4Factor for age 75 – 79
681        6Factor for age 80 – 84
691        8Factor for age 85 – 90
70 2       10Factor for age 91 – 94
71 2       12Factor for age 95 – 99
72 2       14Factor for age >/=100
73 2         
74 2         
75  4        
76  4        
77  4        
78  4        
79  4        
80   6       
81   6       
82   6       
83   6       
84   6       
85    8      
86    8      
87    8      
88    8      
89    8      
90     10     
91     10     
92     10     
93     10     
94     10     
95      12    
96      12    
97      12    
98      12    
99      12    
100       14   

The Enduro

Rules of The 4-Hour Enduro
1. The Enduro is held at Rosemary Lake on the first or second Sunday in November.
2. It starts at 11:00 AM and finishes at 3:00 PM.
3. There are no holds.
4. The race is open to any radio controlled model sailing yacht.
5. The order of finish is determined by the number of laps sailed plus the position on the course at 3:00 PM as best the committee and any volunteers can determine followed by the number of laps completed by yachts that are not sailing the course.
6. All rules of right of way are in effect.
7. Hitting of buoys is permissible. Just get around them.
8. There will be a radio check at 10:45 AM. All contestants will turn on their radio to satisfy their concern about how much interference they can expect when all the boats are sailing. This is usually a large fleet.
9. All radios on 75 MHz are expected to be narrow band.
10. Only one boat per frequency. No guarantee that frequency conflicts can be resolved. The committee will try to assist skippers to resolve frequency conflicts. First come first served.
11. A recovery boat must be present to allow the regatta to commence.
12. No trophy was awarded until 2020. Prior to that, the prize was only “bragging rights”. Now, the winner will receive a perpetual trophy and will hold it until the following year’s Enduro.
13. The race committee has the option of canceling the regatta if weather or other conditions appear to be unsafe. This race has been sailed on beautiful days and some horrible days. Protect yourself.
14. This is not an AMYA sanctioned event because of the peculiar format and the open classes of boats.
15. These rules are subject to change without notice.
By Jack Sullivan
The Enduro is our traditional end of the season regatta, and it has never been called off. It has been snowed on, sleeted on, rained on, blown on, and baked, but never becalmed. Boats still sailing after 4 hours are scored ahead of others who might have more laps. The course is set as an extremely elaborate double zig-zag (intended to extend the time per lap and reduce boredom). A small “gate” is used to count the boats as they pass. At the end of the day, the skipper on the water with the largest number of laps wins. All classes of boats are welcomed.
Minuteman Model Yacht Club’s first 4- Hour Enduro was only 3 hours long. It was suggested by John Decker and patterned after a 24-hour race run in England. The English race was sailed by teams of skippers on a pond that regularly had wind all night long. There was a pub near the lake where off duty skippers could refresh and fortify themselves with spirits or sleep so they might survive their shift operating the transmitter. The teams made pit stops when they changed batteries and made repairs as needed. We shortened their format to 3 hours. Later we changed the running time to 4 hours and discussed 5 hours but found that the skippers, committee, and boats were plenty tired after a straight stint of 4 hours.
We used to sail the race from the deck of the swimming pool across the lake. The population explosion of Canada geese and seagulls with their slippery excrement on the deck made walking along the deck on a rainy day dangerous and undesirable.
I’m not sure just which Enduro it happened after, but it was after a race that we sailed from the pool deck. We were cold and tired at the end of the race, so we decided to wait until the following Saturday to remove the marker buoys from the lake. We didn’t anticipate the cold snap that occurred during the week. When they arrived, Al Spring and Jack Sullivan found a quarter inch layer of ice on the lake. Thin enough for us to break thru but thick enough to make paddling difficult we had to break our way around the course picking up the buoys on the way.