Garden Island Yacht Club


The Organising Authority is

the Garden Island Yacht Club Inc.


1.         RULES

1.1        Races shall be governed by the rules as defined in the 2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) & the Department of Transport (DIT) Boating (safety and equipment) Regulations.



2.1        All boats shall nominate to the Race Officer (RO) by radio prior to the warning signal. One nomination shall be sufficient to indicate a boats intention to race in all races on that day.

2.2        Nominations to race will be taken as a statement of compliance with these sailing instructions. 

2.3        The RO reserves the right to refuse a nomination on the grounds of safety.

2.4        All skippers shall sign an indemnity form prior to start of season.


3.         SAFETY 

3.1        All boats shall comply with the Department of Transport (DIT) Boating                                                      (safety and equipment) Regulations.

3.2        All crew shall wear a Personal Flotation Device 1 (PFD 1).

3.3        Boats with lifting keels shall lock the keel down at all times while racing.

3.4        Retiring – A boat that retires from a race shall notify the (RO) by radio as soon as possible after retiring.

3.5        Races shall be cancelled in the event of Bureau of Meteorology ( BOM ) strong wind                                   warning for Adelaide Metropolitan Waters on the morning of race. 


4.         DIVISIONS

4.1        Three (3) monohulls are required to start a race in their division.

Two (2) multihulls are required to start a race in their division.

4.2        In the case where there are not enough multihulls to start a race, they are able to race with the monohull division. The multihull will then be ineligible to win line honours but eligible for a handicap win.

4.3        All boats shall display the GIYC burgee where it is obvious and easily visible while racing. Failure to do so may result in a fine.


5.         SCORING

5.1        Each series will be scored using the Low Point Scoring System.

5.2        Discards: Half +1 of completed races in Summer series.

5.3        Discards: Half + 1 of completed races in Winter series.


6.         EQUIPMENT / SAILS

6.1        Spinnakers or Multi-purpose headsails are not to be used while racing.


7.         TIME LIMIT

7.1        The Time Limit for the first boat to finish shall be four (4) hours after their starting signal.

7.2        Where two races are programmed on the same day, the time limit to finish shall be two (2) hours from the Starting Signal for each race.

7.3        Boats failing to finish within their time limit shall be scored Did Not Finish (DNF).



8.1        The Race Officer will broadcast on and monitor VHF 77.

8.2        A radio watch shall be maintained at all times by all vessels from 30 minutes prior to the start.



9.1        A Boat or competitor shall give all possible help to any person or vessel in danger. Vessels rendering assistance to another or "Standing By" shall be awarded time at the discretion of the RO.



10.1      The Black Pole Start/Finish line shall be between the first starboard beacon back from Black Pole ( No 3 Beacon ) and the Start Boat or GIYC buoy.

10.2      The St. Kilda Start/Finish line shall be between the starboard beacon opposite the St Kilda channel entrance and the St. Kilda entrance port beacon or the Start/Finish Boat and starboard beacon.

10.3      Alternate start/finish lines may be given by the RO on the day.


11.        STARTING

11.1      Start times for races are as per the Racing calendar.

11.2      Races shall be started by using the following signals (RRS Rule 26) or verbally by radio                ( channel VHF 77 )  unless prescribed otherwise.

Minutes before

starting signal

Visual signal





GIYC Burgee up


Warning signal


P flag up


Preparatory signal


P flag removed

One long

One minute


GIYC Burgee removed


Starting signal


                Class Flag          P Flag

                    Race Signals

12.        COURSES

12.1      Courses will be given by radio prior to the warning signal.

12.2      Races will be conducted in the Barker Inlet, Port River and within 5 nautical miles of the shore.

          Course Directions

The North and South Courses can be sailed in either a clockwise or an anti-clockwise direction.


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Black Pole                    34°  44’  055” S               138°  27’  917” E

North West Silt             34°  44’  849” S               138°  26’  668” E

North Mark                   34°  43’  373” S               138°  26’  696” E

South Mark                  34°  45’  005” S               138°  27’  718” E

No 2 Beacon                 34° 47’ 036” S                 138° 23’ 875” E

   No 4 Beacon                 34°  47’  258” S               138°  25’  237” E

No 6 Beacon                 34° 47’ 447” S                 138° 26’ 381” E

No 8 Beacon                 34° 47’ 445” S                 138° 27’ 110” E

No 10 Beacon               34° 47’ 329” S                 138° 27’ 670” E

 P Alternate course marks may be given by the RO on the day P

racing sheet


14.1      Warning - Sailing and activities associated with it involve risks of personal injury, loss, damage and even death. The risks include, but are not limited to, the risk of injury from collision, capsizing, falling overboard, being trapped under a sail or boat after capsize and impact with equipment. The risks involved in this activity are increased by, adverse weather conditions, inadequate training, fatigue, inexperience, failure to maintain the boat, failure to supply and use the recommended safety equipment and failure to observe the Sailing Instructions.

14.2      GIYC relies upon the provisions and limitations of the South Australian Civil Liability Act 1936 and notifies all race participants who engage in recreational activity that they do so at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race, “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone”.

14.3      Having given this risk warning, GIYC will not accept any liability for material damage, personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during, or after racing. Nor is the GIYC responsible for the seaworthiness of boats whose entry is accepted or the sufficiency or adequacy of its equipment.