These are the rules used in most VSK Fleet Race events organized by VSK Sweden Race (VSR).
Note that the rules are used in several events and do not include specifics about competition formats, schedules or maps.
The rules are presented initially in a summarized version and further down more in detail.
The VSR Racing Rules (VRR) are based upon Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) with a few exceptions stated below.
Skippers may at any time protest against any other boat by writing: 'P Skipper Name' in the game chat. The protesting skipper must send in a Protest Mail after the races for the protest to be valid and examined.
The game setting used is 'Fleet race - Complete (Auto)' which enables the in-game 'umpire' to give penalties to the racing skippers. If a skipper disagrees with a given penalty he may request an in-game penalty cancellation and the penalty giving skipper MUST accept this request. Otherwise he/she will be disqualified. If the penalty giving skipper thinks he/she has broken a rule he/she may complete a penalty a.s.a.p. after the situation.
A skipper who requests a cancellation of a penalty MUST send in an Explanation Mail after the races. Otherwise the skipper will be disqualified.
The host will use the 'Fleet race - Complete (Auto)' rule setting but it will be possible to cancel penalties.
All valid protests, cancel request explanations and redress requests, will be examined by the Protest Committee (PC) after the races, using RRS. PC also has the right to review any other situation in a race where a rule might have been broken, regardless whether a Protest is registered or not. If PC starts such a review, all skippers involved will be informed before any actions are taken.
NOTE that PC will look at ALL boats involved in a penalty situation and may disqualify boats regardless whether they have received an in-game penalty or not.
Except for a Rule 2 protest, the following applies:
A protest is not valid if the protested skipper accepts and completes the penalty a.s.a.p. after the incident. It is recommended that the skipper writes '360 done' in the chat after he/she has taken the penalty.
A Protest/Explanation/Redress Mail must reach the PC before 20:00 CET/CEST the day after the race day. Follow the instructions in the upper left hand corner and write EXACTLY the information required.
When protesting by writing 'P Skipper Name' in the chat, the mail must include a Print Screen as evidence of protest.
PC will use the host's replay as the primary source of information. Sending in a replay (attachment to mail) is optional. Video from 'Bandicam' or similar tool may be used in some regattas.
A list including all protests and pen cancel requests received in time, will be posted in the VSR Forum after the protest time has expired.
A boat that has been protested in the chat may give evidence by sending in a reply. This mail must be submitted within 24 hours after the protest is posted in the forum.
Nadeo uses an older version of the ISAF RRS addressing in-game penalties.
PC uses the RRS 2017-2020 with a few exceptions due to the fact that the races are held in a simulator. The most important ones are stated here:
- Part of the boat is only hull and mast
- No general recall due to false starts
- The mark zone is 2 hull lengths
- All penalties include one tack and one gybe
- Skippers need to hail 'P Skipper Name' in the game chat in order to protest
- Skippers need to hail 'RTT' or 'Room to tack' in the game chat in order to use rule 20
The host is allowed to restart any prestart before 1 min to start.
Racing skippers may request a cancellation for a penalty they think is wrong as soon as possible after an incident. (>30 seconds after an incident is considered late).
All cancellation requests MUST be accepted. A boat refusing, not answering or answering late to a cancellation request, regardless whether by intent or by mistake, will be disqualified. The skipper may also be kicked from the course by the host if he/she doesn't leave. (>20 seconds after a request is considered late).
A boat making a cancellation request must send in an Explanation Mail. If no explanation is received the skipper will be disqualified and the PC will not examine the situation further.
The penalty giving boat may take a penalty if the skipper thinks he/she has broken any rule in the situation.
The requesting boat cannot change its mind and complete a penalty turn afterwards.
PC may need to contact parties involved,to gather more information for making a correct decision.
If a mail asking for redress is received, or if PC itself finds that a rule has been broken, a redress may be given in these situations:
- If a Pen Cancel Request is refused, not answered or answered too late.
- If a boat is badly affected by another boat's 'ghost'. I.e. A boat which has already disconnected.
- If a boat's result is affected by another boat breaking Rule 2.
A redress will only affect the score of the compensated skipper and this score may be calculated in different ways using RRS.
Rule 2 Protest
At any time during a race, a boat can protest another boat in the chat under Rule 2. This changes RRS 61.1(a), since the call does not have to be right after the incident.
PC may also protest any boat under Rule 2, if it hears, learns or sees an infringement that may be a violation of Rule 2. PC will then inform the boat a.s.a.p. and the protested boat may give evidence. The evidence shall be sent within 24 hours after the protest is posted in the forum.
SPORTSMANSHIP AND THE RULES
Competitors in the sport of sailing are governed by a body of rules that they are expected to follow and enforce. A fundamental principle of sportsmanship is that when competitors break a rule they will promptly take a penalty, which may be to retire.
A boat and her owner shall compete in compliance with recognized principles of sportsmanship and fair play. A boat may be penalized under this rule if it is clearly established that these principles have been violated. The penalty shall be either disqualification or disqualification that is not excludable.
This rule regulates fair, honest and sportive sailing, which can basically be divided into 3 parts:
- You should not deliberately break a rule.
- If you know you have broken a rule (or should have known...) you should voluntarily take a penalty.
- Choose your words carefully when using the chat. Foul language is not accepted. Insults directed at a particular skipper are shown to everybody in the race...
So. If you have deliberately broken a rule, not volunteered to take a penalty when you clearly should have, or have abused the race chat, then you may have broken Rule 2.
The protest decisions will be published in the VSK Forum when PC has evaluated all situations. Click on 'Protest Decisions' in the upper right hand corner to get you there.
The PC decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
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Type of information
1.Your registered Boat Name
2.Event, Date, Race#, Time
7.Attached Replay (optional)
Protest mail: P.1-7
Cancel explanation: P.1-4,6-7
All mails must reach us before CET/CEST 20:00 the day after the race day.