Sailing instructions

Sailing Instructions – Guldborgsund Baltic Race 2021

  1. SKIPPER’S MEETING

Skipper’s meeting will be held in English at the Sailing Center

For course 155 nm og 225 nm participants Thursday  26th  August 2021 at 14.00 and for course  86 nm participants on Friday  27th  August 2021 at 14:00.

2.RULES
The race is governed by the statutes and safety regulations the Guldborgsund Baltic Race And the International Seaway Regulation (COLREGS) including the special regulations for navigation in certain Danish waters.

All traffic separations must be respected in accordance with Rule 10 in COLREGS. 

Contravention of the above mentioned rules and regulations will result in disqualification. Participants are requested to pay attention to commercial traffic as well to other participants in the race.

These sailing instructions and the statutes for the Guldborgsund Baltic Race will be available in Danish and English. If a conflict between languages should occur, the English text shall prevail.

2.1. USE OF ENGINE

Engines and other machines like generators must be used until the start signal is given (4 minutes before the actual start). It is allowed to use the engines in order to load up the batteries of the boats. It has to be written in the handed out loading sheet, from when to when the engines have been running.

If the boat has an engine, it must be turned on and stay in idle running when passing the bridge Guldborgbroen.

It is permitted to put the engine in gear, if a dangerous situation should occur. It is maximum permitted to sail with a speed of 2 knots with engine through the bridge.

Two gates: one south of and one north of the bridge mark where the engine must be on standby.

As there is very shallow water on several spots on both the courses of the race, it is twice permitted to sail free after a grounding with the engine. As soon as the boat is free of the ground the engine has to be put in idle running and turned off.

Use of the engine at grounding gives an addition to the sailing time of 20 minutes per incident.

External assistance gives an addition to the sailing time of 60 minutes per incident.

The engine may be used to help a person or another vessel when being in danger or distress.

Immediately after active use of the engine (except the passage of the bridge Guldborgbroen) either for own help or for assistance the incident has furthermore to be reported on phone to the Sailing Center on +45 6055 2953.

No later than 1 hour after passing the finishing line this has to be reported on the form which is picked up and handed to the Sailing Center.

Timely handed in and approved forms will be displayed on the official information board for orientation of the other participants. 

The participants are allowed to row paddle or swim their vessels using oars, paddles or finns powered only by power from the participants bodies. 

2.2 NAVIGATION LIGHTS
All participating boats must be equipped with fixed statutory navigation lights according to The International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). Boats less than 7m length must also be equipped with fixed navigation lights as described for boats of 7m length and more.

Vessels, which are not equipped with navigation lights as prescribed according to COLREGS will be disqualified.

Boats which have failing navigation lights during the race must instantly withdraw from the race and contact the Safety Committee on +45 6055 2953.

3.REJECTION

The Safety Committee has the right to reject a vessel considered unfit for the race.

4. MESSAGES

Messages for the participants concerning relevant changes, corrections and warnings are continuously displayed on the official information of the board, which is to be found at the Race Center.

Important messages in connection with the start are announced via VHF Channel 72.

​5. BANERNE


5.1 SAILING DIRECTION – COURSE CHANGES 

The sailing direction and eventual course changes will be mentioned at the skipper’s meetings for respective courses.

5.2   Single- og doublehanded 86  – counterclockwise:

From the startline to Guldborgbridge, the courses are common

Falster on SB

Through Storstømmen

Marked fairway at the construction-site of new Storstrømsbridge must be respected

Passing of old Storstrømsbridge  through marked fairway.

Passing of Farøbridge

Mandatory: Rounding of race-buoy in western basin of Stubbekøbing Port, 54.53.55-12.2.55. Buoy must be kept on SB side of boat.

Back towards W in Grønsund

Passing of Farø bridge

Passage of old Storstrømsbridge through marked fairway 

Marked fairway at the construction-site of new Storstrømsbridge must be respected 

North of Femø

North of Fejø

Through Ståldybet with Fejø on port

South of Femø

Back towards Guldborgsund and Nykøbing F (finish)

5.3   Single- og doublehanded 86 – clockwise:

From the startline to Guldborgbridge, the courses are common

Lolland on port

South of Femø

South of Fejø

Through Ståldybet with Fejø  SB

Fejø and Femø on SB

Marked fairway at the construction-site of new Storstrømsbridge must be respected 

Passage of old Storstrømsbridge through marked fairway 

Passing of Farø bridge

Mandatory: Rounding of race-buoy in western basin of Stubbekøbing Port, 54.53.55-12.2.55. Buoy must be kept on port side of boat.

Back towards W in Grønsund

Passing of Farø bridge

Passage of old Storstrømsbridge through marked fairway 

Marked fairway at the construction-site of new Storstrømsbridge must be respected 

Falster on port side

Back towards Guldborgsund and Nykøbing F (finish)

It is mandatory for the participants to respect the merchant naval traffic. Therefore shall all crossings of T-routes (deep water routes) take place without creating any dangerous situations, and also perpendicular to the T-route. 

5.4   Single- and doublehanded 155 counterclockwise:

From the startline to Guldborgbridge, the courses are common

Lolland on port

South of Femø

Through Ståldybet with Fejø  SB

Lolland on port

Towards Langelandsbæltet southbound

Passage of Østre mærker on Rødsand

Towards Nysted

Mandatory:  Rounding of eastern set set of buoys ( R:54.38.27 N – 11.46.45 E / G: 54.38.24 N) on SB-side of the boat

East towards Gedser

Passage of Kroghage dyb

Gedser Ferryharbour and Falster on port

Rounding of  southern tip of Falster

Passage of Hestehoved Dyb towards Grønsund

Entering Grønsund

Mandatory: Rounding of race-buoy in western basin of Stubbekøbing Port, 54.53.55-12.2.55. Buoy must be kept on port side of boat.

W in Grønsund

Passing of Farø bridge

Passage of old Storstrømsbridge through marked fairway 

Marked fairway at the construction-site of new Storstrømsbridge must be respected 

Falster on port

Back towards Guldborgsund and Nykøbing F (finish)

5.5   Single- and doublehanded 155 clockwise:

From the startline to Guldborgbridge, the courses are common

Falster on SB

Through Storstrømmen

Passage of old Storstrømsbridge through marked fairway 

Marked fairway at the construction-site of new Storstrømsbridge must be respected 

Passing of Farø bridge

East in  Grønsund

East in Grønsund

Passage of Hestehoved Dyb 

Rounding of  southern tip of Falster

Gedser Ferryharbour and Falster on SB

Passage of Kroghage dyb

Heading W towards Nysted

Mandatory: Rounding of eastern set set of buoys ( R:54.38.27 N – 11.46.45 E / G: 54.38.24 N ) on port side of the boat

Heading south and passage of Østre mærker – Rødsand

Into the Baltic and heading west  Lolland on SB

Through Langelandsbæltet heading north

Through Ståldybet with Fejø on port

South of Fejø and FemøBack towards Guldborgsund and Nykøbing F (finish)

It is mandatory for the participants to respect the merchant naval traffic. Therefore shall all crossings of T-routes (deep water routes) take place without creating any dangerous situations, and also perpendicular to the T-route

5.6   Doublehanded 225 counterclockwise:

From the startline to Guldborgbridge, the courses are common

South of Femø

Fejø on SB

Through Ståldybet 

Vejrø on SB

Through Agersø Sund

Agersø on port

Through Omø Sund

Omø on SB

South of Omø

North of Langeland

Through Rudkøbing fairway

Through Marstal fairway

South of Langeland

South of Femern

South of Gedser Odde

Falster on port

Entering Grønsund

Mandatory: Rounding of race-buoy in western basin of Stubbekøbing Port, 54.53.55-12.2.55. Buoy must be kept on SB side of boat.

Heading west in Grønsund

Through Storstrømmen 

Passage of old Storstrømsbridge through marked fairway 

Marked fairway at the construction-site of new Storstrømsbridge must be respected 

North of Femø

Femø on port

Back towards Guldborgsund and Nykøbing F (finish)

5.7   Doublehanded 225 clockwise:

From the startline to Guldborgbridge, the courses are common

Femø on SB

Through Storstrømmen

Marked fairway at the construction-site of new Storstrømsbridge must be respected 

Passage of old Storstrømsbridge through marked fairway 

Into Grønsund

Mandatory: Rounding of race-buoy in western basin of Stubbekøbing Port, 54.53.55-12.2.55. Buoy must be kept on port side of boat.

Heading east in Grønsund

Falster on SB

South of Gedser Odde

South of Femern

South of Langeland

Through Marstal fairway

Through Rudkøbing fairway

North of Langeland

South of Omø

Through Omø Sund 

Agersø on SB

Vejrø on port

Through Ståldybet

Fejø on port 

Back towards Guldborgsund and Nykøbing F (finish)

It is mandatory for the participants to respect the merchant naval traffic. Therefore shall all crossings of T-routes (deep water routes) take place without creating any dangerous situations, and also perpendicular to the T-route

5.8 GULDBORG BROEN
Guldborgbridge will be open for sailors and partly closed for all other traffic.  After all starts on 26th and 27thAugust shall the bridge stay open until all participants have passed through..

When entering Guldborgsund inbound for finish line in Nykøbing shall participants make contact to the bridge, either on VHF channel 12 or on telephone no. +45 5477 0017. Between 08.00 and 20.00 hours, contact the bridge 30 minutes before estimated arrival. Between 20.00 and 08.00 hours contact the bridge 60 minutes before eta.

Inform the bridge your name, name of your boat, number in the mainsail, your present speed and position. 

When coming up to the bridge, following signals will be given:

2 flashing red lights indicate that the bridge will open for southbound traffic 

2 fixed red lights indicate that the bridge is ready for southbound passage

In case of an emergy situation (passage of ambulance etc) can the bridge be closed for passage. Keep an eye out for such situation. Any loss of time due to an emergency situation at the bridge will be compensated in the total sailing time. Any participant claiming this will have to fill in a special form within 1 hour after passing the finish line.

​5.9 STARTING LINE
Between signal mast with red and green signal and race buoy close to Lolland.

5.10 FINISH LINE
Between red flag on the terrace of Vikingen’s club house and a race buoy approx. 30 meters perpendicular to the club house.

Buoy and flag will be lighted when needed  

Finishing wil be marked with a sound signal

Participant number shall be shown when passing the finish line

5.11 COURSE SIGNAL
See point. 5.9

5.12 COURSE SHORTENING
Eventual shortening due to weather circumstances will be published on the skipper meetings or en-route on VHF channel 72. 

6. SIGNAL STATION
Signal station is just south of Sejlforeningen Vikingen club house. From here will all signals for this race be given, exept 5.10.

7. START PROCEDURE
Start date for  single- and doublehanded 155 nm og 225 nm is Thursday 26th August 2021. 

Start date for single- and doublehanded 86 nm:  Friday 27th August 2021.

Starts will be transmitted on VHF channel 72.

All single- and doublehanded boats shall be out of harbour by the latest on 16.30. Dock out begins Thursday 26th August at 15.30 

All single- and doublehanded boats shall be out of harbour by the latest on 16.30. Dock out begins Friday 27th August at 15.30.  

All boats, except startgroup 1, shall stay in marked “waiting position” south of starting area. The markings will be mentioned at skippers meetings.

Starting categories may enter start area 10 minutes prior to their respective starting time.

7.1 Startprocedure for all categories:

1. start: Keelboats Mini
16.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 1 + 1 sound signal.

16.56 –Prepatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound.

16.59 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 sound

17.00 – Startsignal: Pennant 1 is lowered + 1 sound

2. start: Keelboats Small
16.55 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 2 + 1 sound signal
16.56 – Prepatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
16.59 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 sound
17.00 – Startsignal: Pennant 2 is lowered + 1 sound

3. start: Keelboats Medium

17.10 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 3 + 1 sound signal
17.11 – Prepatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
17.14 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 sound
17.15 – Startsignal: Pennant 3 is lowered + 1 sound

4. start: Keelboats Large
17.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 4 + 1 sound signal
17.26 – Prepatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
17.29 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 sound
17.30 – Startsignal: Pennant 4 is lowered + 1 sound

5. Keelboats Extra Large
17.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 5 + 1 sound signal
17.26 – Prepatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
17.29 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 sound
17.30 – Startsignal: Pennant 5 is lowered + 1 sound

6. start: Multihull Small
17.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 6 + 1 sound signal
17.26 – Prepatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
17.29 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 sound
17.30 – Startsignal: Pennant 6 is lowered + 1 sound

7. start: Multihulls Large
17.25 – Warning signal: Display of pennant 7 + 1 sound signal
17.26 – Prepatory signal: Display of signal flag P + 1 sound
17.29 – One minute signal: Signal flag P is lowered + 1 sound
17.30 – Startsignal: Pennant 7 is lowered + 1 sound

8. POSTPONEMENT
The race committee may postpone a start for any reason. Flag AP will be displayed along with 2 sound signals. The postponement will also be announced on VHF channel 72 prior to the programmed dock out.

End of postponement: When flag AP is lowered  along with a sound signal, there will be 5 minutes to the warning signal indicating the next start. End of postponement will also be announced on VHF channel 72.

After end of postponement, the starting procedures will resume according to point 7.

9. RECALL
There will be no recalls and there will be no restarts. If any part of a boat’s hull, crew or equipment is on the course side of the starting line at her starting signal, she will be penalized by a minimum of 30 minutes. A boat may not attempt to restart by returning to the starting line.


10. TIME LIMIT
There is a time limit for completion of the race at Saturday 28th August at 18.00.

11. PROTESTS
Protests between boats and protests regarding breach of the statutes and of the Sailing Instructions for Guldborgsund Baltic Race  must be notified as prescribed in the World Sailing Racing Rules 2017-2020 rule no. 61.

The protest form for the Guldborgsund Baltic Race is available from the bureau at the Race Center and must be returned no later than 1 hour after having completed the race. All protesting boats must display signal flag B.

The protest hearing will take place at the Race Center no later than 1 hour before the prizegiving ceremony.
Awards cannot be appealed to any other administrative authority.

12. REDRESS / ASSISTANCE
Participants in the SILVERRUDDERTM Challenge are obliged to render all possible assistance to any person or vessel in danger or distress. If such assistance is rendered during the race, redress can be applied. Redress will only be given, if it can be proven that the final result in the Guldborgsund Baltic Race has been affected, solely by the assistance rendered.

An application for redress must be made in writing describing the incident for which redress is being applied for. The application must be handed to the Race Center within the time frame for protests. A red flag is not required.

13. SAFETY
Upon receipt of a tracking system and start number, the participant declares that all statutory safety equipment on board fulfills the Statutes governing this race.
Participants MUST wear a CE or SOLAS approved lifejacket or buoyancy throughout the race.
The Safety Committee will undertake random checks of participating boats from 09.00 on the day before the start and again after the race.
All participating skippers shall inform Race Center about telephone number to nearest relative at their home.

The safety committee is making random security checks of all boats on Thursday 26th August 09.00 – 16.00 and Friday 27th August 09.00 – 16.00 in the marina of Nykøbing F.

Further security information – see Statutes point 12

14. WITHDRAWAL
A boat that withdraws from the race or in any other way suspends the race is obliged to report this to the Race Center +45 6055 2953 as SOON as possible.
Participants may seek port in order to carry out unassisted repairs or rest.  A boat staying in port in excess of 6 hours is considered having withdrawn from the race.
No external assistance whatsoever is allowed during stay in port.

15. PRIZES
There will be prizes for the winners of each category for all 3 course

16PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY
Prize giving ceremony takes place in Meeting Point estimated Saturday night 29th August 2021 at 20.00.

Any change of this time will be displayed at the notice board in Race Center and as well announced on VHF channel 72.

A text message with the same information will be sent to all participants.

17. DISCLAIMER
The participant confirms by his/her signature at the registration, that participation in 
Guldborgsund Baltic Race 2021 is entirely at their own risk. The race committee for Guldborgsund Baltic Race can in no way, whatsoever be held liable for any personal injury, for any damage to material, nor for death arising as a consequence of any accidental event before, during or after the race.

18. INSURANCE
Each participating boat must have a valid third-party liability insurance, and the insurance certificate must be shown on registration.

​OBS – The race committee reserve the right to alter the sailing instructions until skippers meetings on either 26thand 27th August 2021.

Appendiks I:

Participating boats with an airdraft more than 21 meters can be challenged of the height of the Fehmarnsund Bridge.

The normal airdraft for the Fehmarnsund Bridge is stated to 23 meters, but is from time to time reduced to 21 meters due to hanging working platforms under the bridge.

Alternativ rute: 

Mandatory: Passage of yellow special buoy ”Warn.St” 54.28.28 N – 10.55.59 E, NW of Flüggesand”, must be respected and rounded on the southern side of the buoy, regardless of sailing direction. After rounding heading north of Fehmarn.

Mandatory: Passage af east cardinal ”Staberhuk-O” 54.24.26 N – 11.20.44 E must be respected and shall be rounded on the southern side of the buoy, regardless of sailing direction.  .