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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:

FlagFleet / Class
laser start flagLaser
solo start flagSolo
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:

TimeFlagGun / Hooter
4 minutes before a class startclass flag raisedsounded once
At the startclass flag loweredsounded 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