Starting Sequences And Flags

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The Flags

To understand the starting sequences first each sailor should familirise themselves with the flags used to signal the start for thier fleet/class:


Flag Fleet / Class
laser start flag Laser
solo start flag Solo
rs200 start flag



topper and rs feva start flag.gif

Topper & RS Feva

Slow Handicap(Wed)

Silver Fleet (Anniversary)


handicap start flag

Handicap (Sun)

Fast handicap (Wed)

Gold Fleet (Anniversary)


One other flag used at the start is the Blue Peter.   

blue peter start flag.gif

Blue Peter

This flag is raised 2 minutes before the start of the first fleet/class race and lowered with the start of the last fleet/class race


Raising and Lowering of the flags

The General rule for all starts except pursuit races is:

Time Flag Gun / Hooter
4 minutes before a class start class flag raised sounded once
At the start class flag lowered sounded once


For more details of the other racing flags and exact sequences for each type of start click below: 

Spring/Summer Weekends


Flags and Sound Signals