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The Cruisers’ Group- has four main purposes:

  1. The development of programmes and activities for those whose interests in boating either do not include or are not confined to keelboat racing;
  2. To provide a link between the Akaroa Yacht Club and the French Farm Aquatic Club;
  3. The encouragement of coastal and blue water cruising; and
  4. The welcoming of and assistance to vessels transiting the Coast.

The Group is both ‘free floating’ and informal, consisting of those who have expressed an interest in its aims and activities.  Its principal means of communication is by email – to be included in (or taken off) the Group’s mailing list please advise John Milligan (email below)  Activities are coordinated by a team made up of those active in the Group and who are prepared to be involved in that way.  This is a somewhat fluid body, and anyone who wants to contribute is welcome to join.  Again, the principal means of communication amongst the Advisory Team will be by email.

Although most of the Group are members of the Akaroa Yacht Club this is not a requirement – the Group welcomes all who are interested in its aims and who wish to come to its events.   The Group hopes to function in an interactive manner, so that the nature of Group events reflects what it is that those who are part of it want. 

At present the Group aims to organise events on (generally) the fourth Saturday in each month; on-water in the sailing season and an informative (and social) ‘Saturday Scuttlebutt’ in the winter.  Ideas for these are welcome ; the organisers need to know what Group members want and appreciate all the assistance they can get.

Notice of Group activities will be posted on the AYC website, in the two clubhouses, sent by email to members of the Group and, through the use of the email list of both the AYC and FFAC, sent to the general membership of those Clubs.

For further information please contact Bob Jones at Bob Jones –  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John Milligan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Akaroa Cruising Club Sailing Instructions


1.0 Rules

1.1 Races will be governed by

(a) The Racing Rules of Sailing as revised up to the time of the event, except as changed by these Sailing Instructions;

(b) the prescriptions of Yachting New Zealand (YNZ);

(c) these Sailing Instructions, including changes made in compliance with instructions 2 and 3.

(d) the Notice of Race for the Pompeys Pillar Race and the Peraki Race;

(e) For races within Akaroa harbour

The YNZ Safety Regulations Part II, Category 5 (Keelers).

The YNZ Safety Regulations Part IV, Category C (Trailer Yachts and Sports Trailer Yachts).

2.0 Notice to Competitors

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located at the Clubhouse.

3.0 Changes in Sailing Instructions

Any change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted before 1000 hours on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 1000 hours on the day before it will take effect.

4.0 Signals Made Ashore

4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed at the Clubhouse.

6.0 Schedule of Races

6.1 Racing is scheduled as detailed in the Sailing Programme.

8.0 Racing Areas

Unless specified by Notice of Race, the area is Akaroa Harbour.

9.0 The Courses

9.1 As detailed in the Sailing Programme.

9.2 The race committee may shorten a course by nominating any rounding mark as the last mark of the course. Boats shall then finish by rounding that mark on the required side and crossing the finish line from the direction of that mark. Nomination of the last mark will be broadcast on VHF channel 77 before the lead boat has reached that mark. This modifies rules 32 and 33 and Sailing Instruction 13.1. Code flag 'S' is replaced by displaying ORANGE and GREEN lights.

10.0 Marks

10.1 Mark 1 will be an orange spherical buoy with a green, or orange or both flags, all other marks will be orange spherical buoys.

10.2 The starting/finish line will between the flagpole on the Clubhouse Tower and Mark 1. Boats will leave Mark 1 on the side specified in the course description..

11.0 The Start

11.1 Races will be started by using the following signals.


Flag & Sound

Mins before start

Warning ORANGE light ON: 1 sound 5
Preparatory GREEN light ON: 1 sound 4
1 minute GREEN light OFF: 1 long sound 1
Starting ORANGE light OFF: 1 sound 0

or any alternative starting system as notified by the club.

This instruction changes Rules 26 and 30.

11.2 For Mark Foy starts only, each boat is solely responsible for starting at its allocated time without starting signals. Rule 29.1 is modified by substituting the word “signal” with the word “time.” Boats may be given a verbal 30 second warning signal via VHF Channel 77. Rule 29.2 and Rule 29.3 do not apply.

11.3 Individual Recall.

Code flag 'X' is replaced by displaying of RED light with one sound signal.Rule 29.2 is modified by adding, after the last sentence, the words “Affected boats names or numbers may be broadcast on VHF channel 77”.

11.4 General Recall.

Code flag “First Substitute” is replaced by dispplaying RED and GREEN lights with two sound signals. After a general recall, the warning signal for a restart will be made one minute after the recall signal lights are extinguished. This changes Rule 29.3.

11.5 A boat starting later than ten minutes after its starting signal will be scored Did Not Start (DNS). This changes Rule A4.1.

12.0 Postponement

12.1 Postponement signal Code flag AP is replaced by displaying of RED and ORANGE lights. The warning signal for the Start wil be one minute after the postponement signal lights are extinguished.

12.2 Race Abamdonment will be signaled by displaying of RED, ORANGE and GREEN lights. This replaces Code flag 'N'.


13.0 Time Limits

13.1 The race time limits shall be:

Race Type Limit
Olympic Course 2 hours
Harbour Race 4 hours
Long Harbour Race 6 hours
Other refer Notice of Race

13.2 Boats failing to finish within 150% of the time of the first boat to sail the course and finish, will be scored Did Not Finish (DNF). This changes Rules 35 and A4.1.

14.0 Protests and Requests for Redress

14.1 Protest forms are available at the Clubhouse. Protests and requests for redress shall be delivered there before the protest time limit.

14.2 The protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day.

15.0 Scoring

15.1 The minimum number of starters for any race shall be 3.

15.2 The Low Point scoring system of Rule A4, as changed below, will apply. Each boat’s series score, (except the Akaroa Dolphin and Grand Hotel Easter Regattas, Two Handed and Coastal Series), will be the total of her race scores, with her worst score discarded if five or more races have been completed.

17.3 A boat that did not finish shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of starters or 10 points, whichever is the greater. A boat that did not start, retired after finishing or was disqualified shall be scored points for the finishing place two more than the number of starters or 10 points, whichever is the greater. This instruction changes Rule A4.2.

16.0 Safety Regulations

16.1 Each boat intending to race shall check in either by registering on the form at the starter’s box, or by requesting check in by the starter, and receiving acknowledgment, via VHF channel 77, prior to the warning signal.

16.2 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race officer as soon as possible on VHF channel 77.

16.3 A boat racing between sunset and sunrise or in times of restricted visibility shall show Navigation Lights as required by the Maritime Rules: Part 22 - Collision revention Section 2 and YNZ Safety Regulations: Part II 19.0 and Part V 10.0.

16.4 Note that for Category 4 or 5 races, yachts may either obtain a certificate every 3 years or sail individual races witha skipper's declaration of compliance.

16.5 A yacht in any safety caterorgy may be inspected at any time. Non-compliance with these regulations may cause an entry to be rejected, or liable to disqualification.

16.6 It is the sole and exclusive resposibility of the skipper of each yacht to decide whether or not to start or continue any race.

16.7 The safety of a yacht and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the skipper who must do hs/her best to ensure the yacht is fully found, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by experenced crew who are physically fit to face bad weather.


17.0 Radio Communication

Race Management broadcasts race information on VHF Channel 77. All competing boats should keep watch on this channel.

18.0 Prizes

Unless categorized as an open event, prizes and trophies will be awarded only to boats that are skippered by full members of the Akaroa Cruising Club.

19.0 Disclaimer

Competitors participate in races entirely at their own risk. Attention is drawn to Rule 4, Decision to Race. Akaroa Cruising Club will not accept any liability for personal or material damage, injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after any race organised by Akaroa Cruising Club.

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