Yachting Western Australia (Inc)

Cruising & Power Yacht Committee


2017 Power Yacht Season


42nd State Championship and Combined Teams Event


114th Year of organised Power Yacht Events on the Swan River







The event will be sailed under the Time Trialling Rules Edition 2014 Revision 1 (as amended) of the CPYC of YWA, here in after referred to as the rules. The rules are applicable at the event starting time and as modified by the Sailing Instructions or the arrival of the start boat or checkpoint boat at station whichever is the earlier. A copy of such rules is available on the Sportspage web site at www.sportspage.com.au/pyc/pyc/pyc_home_page.html .



Every competing power yacht shall fly its club burgee over the Power Yacht competition class flag.  The protest flag is International Code Flag B.

All Signals and Flags will be in accordance with Part III Clause 15 of the rules.



In accordance with the allotted number ranges in appendix 7 of the rules.



The regatta will consist of 5 events with 1 standby timeslot for an event re-run if required.




Each power yacht shall nominate their time trialling speed at the time of entry in accordance with requirements of Part IV Clause 22 of the rules.  After the closing of entries no changes of nominated speeds will be accepted.



Will be as per course sheet and in accordance with Definition Part II of the rules.  Notification of any change of course shall be posted outside the Regatta Office prior to the start of any event and notified in accordance with Clause 15.5 of the rules.



a)            An orange on station flag may be hoisted when the start boat is on station.

b)            Ten minutes before the start a warning gun may be fired and the class flag raised.

c)            Five minutes before the start the preparatory flag, International Code flag P may be hoisted and a gun fired.

d)            At the actual start time a gun may be fired and the class and preparatory flags may fall. 

e)            Each power yacht shall start on its allotted time.

1)    When starting power yachts shall be travelling at their nominated speed, or restricted speed if applicable, on a course approximately 90 degrees to the start line.



Speed restrictions are designated on the course sheet and show the speed limit applying from the previous mark. Power yachts with a higher nominated speed shall travel at the designated speed in restricted areas.



May be at the start and finish and at any fixed mark on the course.



Shall be in accordance with Appendix 2 Clause 1 of the rules


11. ENTRIES:         

a)            All team members nominated by clubs will be automatic entries in the championship heat of that day.

b)            Power yachts not selected in their club’s team, but whose skippers wish to compete in the championship, shall be nominated by their club in the space provided on the entry form.

c)            Clubs are to provide the current variable handicap of each nominated competitor as at the closing date for nominations.



A power yacht shall steer a proper course, rounding or passing the series of marks on the required side and in the correct order as specified in the sailing instructions. If, after starting, a power yacht initially rounds or passes a mark of the course, other than a starting mark, on the wrong side, it must return and round or pass it on the same side before rounding or passing it on the correct side, or be disqualified.





Any protest shall be signified as soon as practicable by displaying International Code Flag B on the protesting yacht until the finish of the event and either;

i)     Notifying the finishing line check boat by hailing immediately after finishing, or;

ii)    Notifying the Regatta Control Officer by telephone.

A written protest accompanied by a fee of $25.00 must be lodged in accordance with Part VI Clause 31.


If a competitor seeks redress against the recorded time at a check point or penalty applied by the organising committee it must be in accordance with the requirements of Part VI Clause 30 of the rules


Should the competitor disagree with the decision then he/she shall have the right to a protest hearing in accordance with the rules.



a)            Telecom 1194 time signal is to be used as official regatta time.

b)            Substitutions:

1)        No substitution of a skipper for a championship heat will be allowed. 

2)        Any substitution of power yacht, skipper or crew in teams events shall be subject to the approval of the Regatta Control Officer. 

3)         Requests for any substitution must be made to such officer not less than one hour prior to the start times of such events where substitution is required.

4)         Any substituted power yacht which is not already nominated for the event shall carry the same competition number, compete at the same speed and start at the same time as the original entry. 

5)         Power Yachts already nominated for the championship division of the event may be substituted for a previously nominated team member who is unable to compete, providing that due notice is given and permission granted.

c)            Radar speed checking and/or video tape equipment may be used as evidence of breach of any rule or sailing instruction.



Results shall be published on the CPYC Results tab on www.sportspage.com.au as soon as practicable after each event. 



a)            Each power yacht shall comply with all regulations in accordance with the Marine Safety Division of the Department of Transport. 

b)            Every competing Power Yacht shall comply with the minimum requirements of their club of origin.

c)            Every Power Yacht is requested to monitor VHF channel 77 (Club Events channel) from the 10 minute signal and for 10 minutes after their finish.



Neither the Cruising & Power Yacht Committee, Yachting Western Australia (Inc.), nor the host club nor any officer or official of the aforesaid committee association or club shall be responsible for any personal injury or damage to property arising from any cause whatsoever.  Participating in the event shall be deemed an acceptance of this indemnity.  However, any accident involving personal injury or damage to property howsoever arising shall be reported immediately to the Regatta Control Officer or an officer of the Association.



It shall be the sole responsibility of each power yacht skipper to decide whether or not to start or continue to compete.



No power yacht skipper or crew shall indulge in offensive behaviour, verbal or otherwise, with any official involved in the event.  A competitor may be disqualified under this rule in the case of a clear cut violation of the above principles and only when no other rule applies.



The scoring systems for both championship and teams events shall be in accordance with the rules.             



Variable handicaps shall be in accordance with Appendix “A” attached.



Prizes for the Championship and Teams Events shall be in accordance with the Notice of Event. The winner of the Bob Stanford Memorial Trophy shall be the power yacht accumulating the least loss of points after competing in all heats of the series.









Cruising and Power Yacht Committee Prize Night


Friday 22nd September 2017

 at 1900 Hours at Claremont Yacht Club





















The CPYC handicap system is based on past performances of each competitor in events conducted by CPYC or, in cases where the competitor has not competed in five CPYC events, the performance records from the club where the competitor competes may be used to establish a basis for assessment of handicap.  If the competitor has not previously competed in either CPYC or Club events or if Club records are not produced when requested, and then the competitor may be given a handicap of zero.


In all cases it is the aim of CPYC to establish an equitable Handicap Index for each new or relatively new competitor and as it is not feasible to cover all variables in a simple set of rules, some minor discretion is exercisable by the Organising Committee.


There have been many comments and a great deal of criticism made by competitors since this handicap system was introduced mainly, it seems, because of the complex nature of the system and a general lack of understanding of how it works.


For these reasons, this document has been prepared in a prose format rather than being written like a set of sailing instructions.  This has been done in attempt to give a full explanation of the system in a manner which, hopefully, can be readily understood.


If there is some aspect of these instructions for which you require further explanation, any member of the Organising Committee will be glad to assist.





THE CPYC RULES are the Time Trialling Rules 2014 Revision 1 (as amended) of the Cruising and Power Yacht Committee of Yachting Western Australia (Inc).


EVENT is any time trialling event conducted by CPYC or by any affiliated club.


EVENT FACTOR is the average points lost by a competitor per check point in an event and is calculated by dividing the actual number of points lost in an event (excluding penalties other than 1.H in the CPYC Rules) by the number of timed marks which count in the event.  Transit checks (other than a start or finish line) are excluded from this calculation both as to the points lost at those marks and from the number of timed marks.  The maximum point’s score which may be counted for a competitor at any individual check point shall be three. 


HANDICAP INDEX is the average of the lowest three event factors taken over a competitors last five completed CPYC events but excluding any event in which the competitor retires or is disqualified.  It is effectively the long term average number of points lost by a competitor at each timed check point.






HANDICAP RATING is the result obtained by multiplying a competitors Handicap Index by the number of timed check points included in the result sheet for the day.  This is the score or “Par for the course” which a competitor would be expected to achieve for the event based on averages.     


CPYC is the Cruising and Power Yacht Committee of Yachting Western Australia (Inc).





At the conclusion of a CPYC event, each competitor’s Handicap Rating is calculated by multiplying his or her Handicap Index by the number of timed check points included in the result sheets.  (This is the figure which shows on the result sheet as “Handicap”)  This result is then subtracted from actual points lost for the day to give the handicap result.  Thus a net score of 0 would indicate that a competitor had achieved his or her “average” result for the event, with a minus score indicating better than average and a positive score reflecting a lower than average score.





The Handicap Index will normally be assessed from the last five completed CPYC events. 


For new competitors, the Handicap Index will be based on the competitor’s results over the last five completed events from his or her own club for the previous season.  For this purpose, clubs should provide CPYC with a computer printout of handicaps for the relevant period. 


Where there are no results available to CPYC for a new competitor, then an Event Factor of 0 will be input to the handicap system for the past three events and the other two event slots will remain blank.  As a competitor completes events (CPYC and/or club) these blanks and zeros will be progressively replaced with actual results from CPYC events or from club events as soon as is practicable during the season.


It is recognised that some clubs allow a figure of greater than three as the maximum score on a check point for calculation of the Event Factor.  No allowance will be made by CPYC for this variation when using the results from a club to determine the Event Factor.




Regatta Control Officer

For the Organising Committee