Rules and Bye Laws

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(Including amendments approved at general meetings up to and including the general meeting of June 2010).


The name of the Club is “THE NAIVASHA YACHT CLUB”.


The Club flag shall be a blue burgee bearing a white circle upon which is inscribed in red the letters “NYC”.


For the purpose of these Rules:

“Adult” shall mean a person who is 18 or over on the preceding 1st January.

“Child” shall mean a person under the age of 18 on the preceding 1st January.

“Club” shall include all land, buildings and premises, the property of the Club or rented by the Club.

Committee” shall mean the General Committee of the Club as defined in Rule 16 (i) and (ii).

Words importing the masculine gender shall be deemed to include the feminine gender and singular shall also import plural.


The objects for which the Club is formed are:

(i) to encourage yacht building and yacht sailing by amateurs;

(ii) to encourage yacht racing by the promotion of regattas, and giving of prizes, and by any other means which may from time to time be determined upon by the Club; and

(iii) to provide and maintain a clubhouse for the use of members, or such other accommodation and facilities as may be deemed requisite from time to time.


All amateur yachtsmen being ladies and/or gentlemen of good social position, whether yacht owners or not, shall be eligible for membership.


  1. Application for Membership

Every candidate for membership (including children) other than Honorary Life, Special Temporary Membership, and dependant children acquired by existing members subsequent to their admission shall be proposed by one and seconded by another adult Full Member, both of whom have been members for at least a year and to both of whom the candidate must be personally known. The spouse of the proposer shall not be the seconder. The Officers of the Club shall not sponsor any candidate. Every proposal shall be in writing signed by the proposer and seconder and shall be made to the Honorary Secretary or the Membership Secretary in the prescribed application form and shall give the name, residence, profession or other occupation of the candidate, name of any other Yacht Club or Clubs of which he may be a member, and any further information which the Committee may from time to time by any By-Law prescribe, or in particular cases require. Payment of the Entrance fee (when applicable) and the first subscription shall accompany the application form.

  1. Election to Membership

Every proposal for membership shall be submitted to the Committee by the Honorary Secretary or the Membership Secretary at the next meeting following receipt and at such meeting the Committee shall proceed to the election or rejection of the candidate subject to adequate introduction to members of the Committee. The decision can be postponed at the discretion of the Committee. The candidate shall be elected by a majority of three-fourths of the members present, and voting shall be by ballot if so desired by any member of the Committee.

  1. Notification of Election to Membership

The Honorary Secretary or the Membership Secretary shall send to each newly elected member, immediately upon his election, written notice thereof, together with a copy of these Rules and By-laws.

  1. Liability of Proposer and Seconder

The proposer and seconder of a candidate shall be jointly and severally responsible to the Club for all debts due by him to the Club until he becomes a member.

  1. Transfer of Class of Membership

A member wishing to be transferred from one class of membership to another must apply in writing to the Committee for permission.


(i) Entrance fees shall be paid by those classes identified in Section 10 below. No entrance fee shall be levied on other classes of membership. The Committee may refund to a member resigning within twelve months of his election a proportion of his entrance fee.

(ii) A person who has resigned his membership may apply to the Committee for re-election as a member and the Committee may accept such application and shall determine what proportion of the entrance fee shall be payable.

(iii) A Cadet Member, upon reaching the age of 18 years, may transfer to a Full Membership without payment of the entrance fee.


  1. Honorary Life Members

The Club in General Meeting may elect Honorary Life Members by motion duly proposed and seconded. The Honorary Secretary or the Membership Secretary shall give to the person so elected written notice of this and shall send him a copy of these Rules and By-laws. Upon his intimating his willingness to take up his membership, he shall become an Honorary Life Member of the Club and shall be entitled to all the benefits of a Full Member.

  1. Cadet Members

A Child over 13 years old who is not dependent on a Full Member may apply for Cadet Membership. A candidate for Cadet Membership must obtain the counter signature of his parent or guardian to his application form consenting to his application and undertaking to pay all his liabilities to the Club and absolving the Club from all liability for accidents. A Cadet Membership shall lapse when he becomes an adult.

  1. Distant Members

Members who live further than 200 kilometres from the clubhouse may apply for Distant Membership.

  1. Special Temporary Members

The Committee may appoint any person to be a Special Temporary |Member for its year of office and shall decide on that member’s privileges and subscription.

  1. Special Life Member

The Committee may recommend for approval by the members at a General Meeting any person to be elected a Special Life Member for his/her lifetime or such other period as they see fit. A Special Life Member shall only enjoy the privileges contained in sub-rules 9 (i) and (ii) below. A Special Life Member will not be liable to pay any subscription fee and he/she will not enjoy any claim to land or property belonging to the Club.

  1. Provisional Members

A candidate for membership may be admitted on terms and conditions to be determined by the Committee. A Provisional Member shall not enjoy the privileges contained in sub-rules (iii) to (viii) of Rule 9.

  1. Group Members

A Group Member shall be a school or similar organisation admitted to membership by the Committee. A Group Member may nominate children up to a maximum number at any one time set by this Committee who, together with their parents, shall enjoy the privileges set out in Rule 9 Sub-rule (i) and (ii) but only on days approved by the Committee.

  1. Veteran Members

The Committee may select and invite any person who had been a full member for not less than 20 years and are infrequent users of the Club and whose children (if any) are now grown-up to become Veteran Members and to be charged 50% of the full subscription rate, each case to be considered on its own merits and at the discretion of the Committee.

  1. Full Members

All members who do not belong to one of the classes of membership in the preceding sub-rules of this rule shall be Full Members.


Except as noted in Clause 8, all members enjoy the following privileges:

(i) Use of land and clubhouse;

(ii) Use of aquatic facilities for yacht racing or cruising, or such other aquatic sport as the Committee may permit;

(iii) Introducing guests;

(iv) Reciprocal membership of certain other clubs;

(v) Sponsoring new members;

(vi) Voting at General Meetings;

(vii) Proposing a motion at a General Meeting;

(viii) Signing a requisition for an Extraordinary Meeting.

Members who are children shall not be entitled to privileges (iii) to (viii) above.


Entrance fees, if any, are due on election to membership. Subscriptions are due on the first of January, first of April, first of July and first of October in each year. Entrance fees and subscriptions shall be payable at such rates as may be agreed from time to time by the members in General Meeting. In the case of a member joining during the year his subscription for the remainder of the year may be reduced proportionately by the Committee.

Entrance fees and subscriptions may be charged on a composite basis per unit covering all members of that unit, the units being defined for this purpose as follows:

(i) A Single Adult Unit - which shall comprise a single adult and his or her dependant children if any.

(ii) A Double Adult Unit - comprising two adults and their children if any.


Every member on joining the Club, and every applicant for membership and reciprocating member, impliedly undertakes to comply with these Rules and with any By-laws or Regulations made by the Committee. Any refusal or neglect to do so, or any unworthy conduct, shall render a member, or reciprocating member, liable to expulsion by a resolution of a General Meeting, provided that at least three weeks before such meeting he shall have had notice thereof, and of the intended resolution for his expulsion, and that he shall at such meeting and before the passing of such resolution have had an opportunity of giving orally or in writing any explanation or defence he may think fit. Any person expelled under this rule shall forfeit all privileges and all right in, and claim upon the Club and its property.


A member whose account with the Club is not paid within two months of the date upon which the Honorary Treasurer has sent out his statement shall be notified by email and or registered letter and in the event of non-payment within a further two months his account shall be deemed to be in arrears and his name may be posted upon the notice board of the Club and advice to this effect given to other clubs having reciprocal arrangement and he may, at the discretion of the Committee, cease to be entitled to the privileges attaching to his class of membership as long as his account shall remain in arrears.

  • Clarification of the account - It shall be the duty of the member to seek clarification of his/her account within two months of the issue of the account. Queries may in the first instance be directed to the accounting provider, then to the Treasurer, and finally, to the Commodore.

  • Penalty - A member who has not settled his/her account within two months will be reminded of the non-payment and notified by email or registered letter of a fine (if any), to be established by the Committee. The fine shall not exceed 50% of the quarterly subscription fee.

  • Suspension - Non-payment within a period of six months will lead to suspension of the member, at the discretion of the Committee.

  • Expulsion – if the outstanding amounts are not settled within a period of nine months from the date of issue of the account the member will, at the discretion of the Committee, face expulsion from the Club. The Committee will then decide what further course of action is required to obtain reimbursement to the Club of the outstanding amounts.

It shall be sufficient, under this rule, for the statement and notification to be emailed and/or posted to the address given by the member to the Club. It is the responsibility of members to advise the Honorary Secretary or Membership Secretary of any change of address.


  1. Resignation

A member may retire from membership at any time by giving to the Honorary Secretary or Membership Secretary notice thereof in writing. But any member retiring without having paid his account or subscription up to date shall be liable for the same.

  1. Expulsion

A member may be expelled from the Club for any of the following reasons:

(a) Expulsion under Rule11.

(b) Upon conviction of committing a felony.

(c) Non-payment of account under Rule 12.


Subject to Rule 9 members may introduce as guests persons who, under Rule 5, would be eligible for membership of the Club provided that:

(i) They are themselves present to effect their introduction.

(ii) No person who has been expelled from the Club or whose application for membership has been rejected shall be admitted as a guest.

(iii) The Committee shall have the power to restrict the privileges of introducing guests either generally or in respect of any member for such period of time as it may think fit.

(iv) A guest may not be introduced more than six times in a year. The name of every guest or visitor shall be entered in the Club’s visitors book by the member introducing him. No guest or visitor shall be permitted to make any purchases in the Club. The Committee may extend the courtesy of the Club to visiting teams and visitors without charge.


The officers of the Club shall be:

(i) Commodore (Flag Officer)

(ii) Vice-Commodore (Flag Officer)

(iii) Rear-Commodore (Flag Officer)

(iv) Honorary Secretary

(v) Honorary Treasurer

(vi) Honorary Sailing Secretary

(vii) Cadet Co-ordinator

all of whom shall be adult Full Members. The officers shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting, and shall hold office until the next succeeding Annual General Meeting, when they shall retire, but shall be eligible for re-election. In the event of a casual vacancy arising in any of the above offices, the Committee may appoint one of themselves, or some other member of the Club to act until the next Annual General Meeting.


  1. The Committee

The management of the Club shall be vested in the Committee consisting of the officers of the Club and not less than two but not more than six elected members all of whom shall be adult Full Members except that one of them may be a Cadet Member or a child Full Member. The Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office until the succeeding Annual General Meeting, when they shall retire, but shall be eligible for re-election. . The Committee may choose to allocate responsibilities to the elected members which may include Membership Secretary, Bosun, House Members or other roles that may be required from time to time. In the event of a casual vacancy arising among the elected members of the Committee, the Committee may appoint some other Full or Cadet Member, as the case may be, to fill the vacancy until the next Annual General Meeting. The Committee shall meet whenever necessary, preferably once a month but not less than once every three months, and the chairman shall be the senior Flag Officer present. Meetings of the Committee may be convened by the senior Flag Officer available or by any three Committee members. Six members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. If votes be equal the chairman shall have the casting vote. A week’s notice shall be required to convene a Committee Meeting on any other day than an advertised race day. In an emergency the senior Flag Officer available and the Honorary Secretary may jointly convene a meeting at such notice as the circumstances require. The Committee shall have power to co-opt any Full Member to be an additional member of the Committee for any purpose other than that of constituting a quorum, and such additional member shall have voting rights. The Committee shall allocate and define the duties of the officers of the Club and Committee members.

  1. Functions of the Committee

The Committee shall be responsible for the management of the Club and its funds and for that purpose may give directions to the office bearers as to the manner in which, within the law, they shall perform their duties. The Committee shall have power to appoint such sub-committees as it may deem desirable to make reports to the Committee upon which such action shall be taken as seems to the Committee desirable.

  1. Sailing Committee

There shall be a Sailing Committee consisting of one Flag Officer, who shall be the chairman, the Honorary Sailing Secretary and not less than two and not more than five adult Full Members (the other two Flag Officers of the Club may attend the Sailing Committee, with voting rights). The Flag Officer shall be nominated and the five Sailing Committee members shall be elected in Annual General Meeting by the members present. The Sailing Committee shall meet whenever necessary and may be convened by the chairman or any other two members of the Sailing Committee at one week’s notice or immediately on an advertised race day. Three members shall form a quorum. The senior member present shall preside and the Sailing Committee shall have power to co-opt other adult Full Members for any purpose and such co-opted members shall be members for the duration of the Sailing Committee Meeting only (or any adjournment thereof). In the event of a casual vacancy arising from any of the members of the Sailing Committee elected in Annual General Meeting, the Committee shall have the power to appoint another adult Full Member who qualifies to fill the vacancy until the succeeding Annual General Meeting.

  1. Functions of the Sailing Committee

The Sailing Committee shall be responsible to the Committee for carrying out properly the following duties:

(a) Compiling sailing instructions to regulate yacht sailing and racing in accordance with the IYRU Rules, and safety regulations and such local rules as are deemed necessary.

(b) Hear protests under the IYRU Rules.

(c) Award handicaps.

(d) Select teams for matches.

(e) Control and regulate matches in the Club’s waters arranged by the Committee with other clubs.

In addition, the Sailing Committee is responsible to the Committee for making recommendations on any matter affecting yachting and the expenditure of Club funds for yachting.


The Committee shall have power to make such By-laws and Regulations (not being inconsistent with these rules) as it may consider necessary for the general management of the Club. Such By-laws and Regulations shall be considered duly published when posted on the notice board of the Club. The Club in General Meeting shall confirm, amend or rescind any such By-laws or Regulations.


  1. Annual General Meetings

An Annual General Meeting shall be held each year on a date to be decided by the Committee not earlier than the 15th day of May nor later than the 30th day of June. The business at such Annual General Meetings shall be:

(a) To approve the minutes of the previous General Meeting of the Club.

(b) To receive the report of the Commodore on the past year’s activities.

(c) To receive the report of the Honorary Treasurer and the audited accounts and balance sheet for the past year and to elect an Honorary Auditor for the ensuing year.

(d) To elect the Officers and Committee members for the ensuing year.

(e) To elect the Sailing Committee members for the ensuing year, in accordance with Rule 16(iii).

  1. To receive motions duly proposed and seconded by adult Full Members of which written notice shall have been given to the Honorary Secretary before the 15th day of April, prior to the Annual General Meeting, or which have been duly proposed by the Committee.

(g) To confirm amend or rescind any By-law or Regulation published by the Committee since the previous Annual General Meeting.

(h) To consider any other business which the chairman may permit.

(ii) Extraordinary General Meetings

(a) The Committee may at any time convene an Extraordinary General Meeting.

(b) The Committee shall, within two months of receipt by the Honorary Secretary of a requisition in writing signed by at least ten adult Full Members stating the business for which it is required, convene an Extraordinary General Meeting.

(c) Extraordinary General Meetings may be convened for any specific purpose.

  1. Notice of General Meetings

The Honorary Secretary shall, at least twenty-one days before any General Meeting, send to all members, at their last notified addresses, a notice of such meeting, stating the time when and the place where it will be held and the agenda for the business to be transacted at that General Meeting. No business other than business of a formal nature shall be brought forward at any meeting unless notice thereof shall have been duly given as herein provided.

  1. Procedure in General Meetings

At all General Meetings the chair shall be taken by the Senior Flag Officer present, or if no Flag Officer be present, by some adult Full member chosen by the Meeting. Every question (unless otherwise expressly provided by these rules) shall be decided by a majority of votes. Voting rights shall be in accordance with privileges attaching to each class of membership, and in the case of equality of votes the chairman shall have a casting vote. In the first instance, voting may be by show of hands, but the chairman or three voting members may require a secret poll. Members absent from General Meetings may vote on motions by previously sending their votes in writing to the Honorary Secretary or by appointing a proxy, who shall be a member, to vote on their behalf. Such proxy shall be in writing signed by the member and shall be lodged with the Honorary Secretary prior to the meeting. The chairman may, at his discretion, limit the number of persons permitted to speak in favour of or against any motion. The quorum at a General Meeting shall be ten voting members present in person. At any General Meeting a declaration by the chairman that a resolution has been carried or lost shall be conclusive.


(i) The funds of the Club shall be kept by the Honorary Treasurer under the supervision of the Committee, who shall have power to expend the funds in such manner as they think fit in accordance with these rules.

(ii) The annual accounts of receipt and expenditure and the balance sheet shall be made up to the 31st March each year. The Committee shall cause them to be prepared, audited and sent by email to every member every year twenty-one days prior to their submission to the Club at the next Annual General Meeting and, if funds permit, a copy shall be sent to every member entitled to receive a notice of the meeting.

(iii) The Auditor shall not be a member of the Committee.


(i) The cups and trophies competed for annually shall remain the property of the Club but may be entrusted to the winning member for the ensuing year. A cup or trophy won by a Reciprocating Member may be entrusted to that member’s club for the ensuing year. No person who is not a member of the Club may be awarded such cup or trophy.

(ii) A prize given during a regatta or open race for which a special entrance fee is levied shall become the property of to whomsoever it is awarded.


These rules may be altered or repealed or new rules made only at a General Meeting by a resolution passed by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the votes cast.


If in the opinion of the Committee there arises a situation requiring immediate action to preserve members' property and the Committee are unable to inform the members concerned or obtain any instructions from them in connection therewith, the Committee may in its sole discretion take such steps as it shall deem fit the better to preserve such property and in such event no liability shall attach to the Committee, any individual member thereof, or the Club in respect of any acts of commission or omission resulting therefrom.


The Club may be wound up and the disposal of its property may be sanctioned at a General Meeting by a resolution passed by a majority of not less than three-fourths of the votes cast. The notice of the General Meeting convened for this purpose shall be sent by airmail to members whose last notified address is outside East Africa.


A member of a reciprocating club, not being a member of the Naivasha Yacht Club, living within 200 kilometres of Naivasha, shall be limited to a maximum of six visits per year to the Club. He has privileges as listed in Rule 9(i), (ii), (iii).



(Including amendments approved at general meetings up to and including the general meeting of June 2010).



All boats shall have sufficient buoyancy to enable the boat to float after capsizing and righting, with the centreboard box opening above the water level. The Sailing Committee may test a boat at any time.


Non-swimmers in sailing boats must wear life jackets at all times. All persons sailing in the main lake and non-swimmers in small power boats are also advised to wear life jackets. Life jackets should be carried in boats at all times.


In the event of a capsize, members are advised most strongly to stay with their boats and not to swim ashore owing to the danger from weed which is not always obvious.


Skippers shall, at all times, exercise due care while handling their craft and shall make good damage done to other boats or property resulting from any lack of care by them.


Power boats shall not be driven in the vicinity of the beach, moorings, jetties or sailing boats in such a manner as to cause a nuisance by their wash.


The rescue boat shall always be used to give assistance to any boat or person in distress, irrespective of whether the persons in danger are members. During programme races, the rescue boat will be under the control of the Officer of the Day (“OOD”). On other days the senior Committee member shall direct the use of the Rescue Boat or, in the absence of a Committee member, available members will exercise their discretion in collaboration with the boatman.


Boats not taking part in programmed racing must keep clear of the jetties from half an hour before the first race until half an hour after the last race. The OOD, a Flag Officer or a Sailing Committee member may summarily order any boat away from a jetty, or in the absence of the owner or skipper, alter moorings or change the position of the boat to avert or reduce damage. Boats must always approach the jetties slowly and with proper care to avoid damage. Normal approach should be head to wind, but where it is necessary to tie up on the windward side of the jetty, approach should be under jib only.


Berths in the boat park will be allocated by the beachmaster (a member of the Committee) but, in his absence, a temporary berth may be allocated by a Flag Officer or the Honorary Secretary. The fairways must at all times be kept clear to enable any boat to be moved into or out of any berth.


Owner’s moorings may be put down at owner’s risk but only in a position approved by the beachmaster. Temporary moorings may be approved by a Flag Officer or the Honorary Secretary in the absence of the beachmaster.


The foreshore at the boat park must not be permanently obstructed by any fixed object and should be kept as clear as possible to allow boats to be conveniently launched or drawn out.


The boats kept within the jurisdiction of the Club, whether at moorings, in the boat park, on the foreshore or elsewhere, shall be subject to a charge. The dates of arrival and departure of all boats must be notified in writing to the Honorary Treasurer; as also, changes of ownership.


Every boat shall carry clearly a name or identifying mark on the transom.


The member (who shall be a Full Member), nominated in the race programme for each day’s racing shall be the OOD. It is the responsibility of each member to be aware of his turn of duty and be familiar with what is required of him. If he is unable to perform the duty of OOD, the member nominated for the duty shall arrange a substitute and inform the Honorary Sailing Secretary of the name of the substitute. A member who does not carry out his duties of OOD (or arrange a substitute) when required to do so may be debarred from sailing in subsequent races by the Sailing Committee. The OOD shall perform his duties in accordance with the I.Y.R.U. Racing Rules, the Racing Instructions of the Club and such “Advice to Officer of the Day” as may, from time to time, be issued by the Sailing Committee.


Members shall ensure that their families and guests comply with the Rules and By-laws of the Club and shall not do anything likely to endanger themselves or others nor cause or permit to be caused any nuisance. In particular, the following rules of good conduct should be observed:

  1. Children under the age of ten years shall be allowed in the Clubhouse provided they are adequately supervised by a parent or responsible adult.

  1. The space in the clubhouse is limited and members and their guests should not occupy more than their fair share of it.

  1. Children and guests (who do not know differently) should not be allowed to sit on boats or trailers in the boat park or otherwise tamper with them. Tyres are not for playing with but to assist in the mooring of boats.

  1. The jetties should not be used for fishing purposes on racing days or at any time so as to be in the way of any member sailing from or making fast to a jetty.

  1. Fishing from the foreshore at the boat park should stop whilst boats are shoving-off or landing. Stones for keep-nets should not be left to foul boats.

  1. Members camping on the Island should leave the site clean and tidy. Camp sites should be chosen well back from the clubhouse itself.

  1. Care should be taken to avoid damage by fire.

  1. Every effort should be made to keep the Island and surrounding waters clean - litter should be properly disposed of.

  1. Transistors, portable televisions and tape recorders are not encouraged on the Island and should certainly not be played so loudly as to irritate fellow members.

  1. In order to allow programmed races to commence on time, members taking part in the races should be given priority on ferry journeys to the Island.


The Club Staff shall work under the orders of a member nominated by the Committee (or in his absence the senior Committee member) except that on race days they shall be under the orders of the OOD. Although the Club Staff may perform small services to individual members without reference to the member nominated by the Committee, no major task shall be given to them without reference to this member. Gratuities from individual members are, in general, considered undesirable; members, if they wish, may contribute towards the Christmas box (if any) organised by the Committee.


The Club will charge for each arrival/day at the Island and for other meals and incidentals at the rates decided by the Committee from time to time. The appropriate form set aside for the relevant purpose must be properly completed to include the Member’s name and Membership/Account number in order that members’ accounts may be debited.


Members wishing to enjoy the reciprocal arrangements offered by other clubs should make themselves known to the Honorary Secretary or a member of the Committee of the Club visited and sign the appropriate visitors’ book.


A member who lights a fire or causes a fire to be lit in the fireplace of the Clubhouse shall be responsible for extinguishing it. He may, by mutual consent, hand his liability on to a succeeding member. The purpose of this is to comply with the requirements of the insurance cover on the Clubhouse.


[Revised April 1988, June 1994, May 1999 June 2000 and June 2010 ]

All boats sailing shall be governed by the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing as they may be amended from time to time (“the Racing Rules”), and the Club Bye-Laws Part II Sailing Instructions.



All equipment required by class rules shall be carried.


All boats shall have sufficient buoyancy to enable the boat to float after capsizing and righting, with the centreboard box opening above the water level. The Sailing Committee may test a boat at any time.


All boats shall carry a sail number on each side of the mainsail, of a size prescribed by their class rules. The Sailing Committee will allocate non-class sail numbers. The OOD may on request waive this rule at his discretion.


Non-swimmers shall wear life jackets (not buoyancy aids).

  1. CREWS

Except in the case of single handed class boats, there shall always be a skipper and a crew in each boat, but when the skipper is unable to obtain a crew he may be permitted by the OOD to enter a race, in which case his personal handicap or the boat’s Portsmouth Number handicap may be adjusted by the Sailing Committee.



On days when two trophies are being raced for, the trophy first named in the programme shall be raced for by the class having the most boats entered, save for this purpose each two man boat shall count as 1.5 and each single hander as 1. The rest will race the second named trophy. In the event of equality between classes, the decision will be made by the toss of a coin.


    1. The Monthly Handicap Series – The Bosun’s Cup will be awarded every six months. The programme shall include six days of monthly handicap racing for each six-month period. The helm with the least points aggregated on races, after discarding two days’ points, shall win the Cup for six months – If only two races are sailed during a day, then that day’s score for each boat shall be increased by 50%.

    2. The Yardstick Series [Cup races] – the Errol Cup will be awarded every twelve months to the skipper accumulating the least daily points in Cup races during the twelve month period after discarding two days’ points. Points shall be calculated on the final placing for the day’s racing so that irrespective of the number of races sailed, the day’s winner will carry forward 1 point, the second 2 points, etc., towards the series total. On days when two or more Cups are raced for by different classes, the points for the Errol Cup shall be calculated as though all boats were racing against each other on the Yardstick. A helm, who does not start any race for a day’s cup races, shall score for that day, points equal to the number of entrants for that day’s cup racing plus 1.

    3. The Crew’s Cupwill be presented every six months to the male crew having accumulated the least points from his best fifteen races as a crew in any boat during the six months.

    4. The McKenzie Cup will be presented every six months to the lady helm or crew having accumulated the least points from her best fifteen races as a helm or crew in any boat during the six months.

    5. The Novice Cup will be presented every six months to the novice helm having accumulated the least points from his best fifteen races in any boat during the six months. For the purposes of this rule a Novice shall be a person who at the end of the six month period has never previously won a club trophy or a day’s handicap racing.


All trophies awarded for a day’s racing shall be awarded according to the OOD’s calculations and subject only to protests and their appeals. Errors in the OOD’s calculations shall however be corrected by the Sailing Committee for the purposes of carrying forward points for the Bosun’s Cup, the Errol Cup, the McKenzie Cup and the Crew’s Cup.



All races and boats sailing therein, shall be governed by the Racing Rules these Sailing Instructions and any special instructions for any particular event compiled by the Sailing Committee.


A boat shall be signed-in on the race sheet before its first race, giving the boat’s name, sail number, class and helm’s name and crew’s name. Unless the helm or crew of a boat changes - when a new entry is necessary - it is sufficient for a boat to be signed-in only once per day.


The start of a day’s first race will be at the time shown on the Sailing Programme, unless postponed by the OOD. The times of the remaining races shall be at the discretion of the OOD.


For the Monthly Handicap Series, each boat shall be allocated helm handicap by the Sailing Committee which shall consider the results of each day’s racing and shall, before the next advertised monthly handicap race, adjust such handicaps as it considers necessary upon the principle that each boat shall have an equal chance of winning.

For all Cup Races,class boats will sail off their Portsmouth Number handicap, unless the Sailing Committee shall have allocated a different handicap for that class in view of Naivasha’s conditions. Non-class boats shall be allocated a handicap by the Sailing Committee according to its assessment of the boat’s capability.


    1. The first boat shall score 1 point, the second 2 points, the third 3 points and so on.

    2. A boat which acknowledges a breach of the Racing Rules shall perform a 720° turn in accordance with Appendix B1.

    3. A boat which is disqualified for a breach of any Racing Rule in Part II shall score points for the race for the place plus two more than the declared entry.

    4. A boat which starts and completes the course without having signed-in in accordance with Rule 10, above, shall score points for the place two more than the declared entry.

    5. A boat which starts, but does not complete the course, and/or retires for any reason, shall score points equal to the number of starters.

    6. A boat which is disqualified for any reason other than for a breach of any rule in Part IV of the Racing Rules shall score points equal to the number of starters plus 2.

    7. Subject to h) below, any boat which enters for an event involving more than one race, shall, for each race of that event in which the boat does not start, score points equal to the number of entrants for the event plus 1.

    8. For the purposes of the Bosun’s Cup, the McKenzie Cup, Novice Cup and the Crews Cup any helm or crew in a boat which has been signed-in and/or ranked as a starter in any race of the series, shall, for each race of the series in which the person does not start, score points equal to the number of starters in that race plus 1.


The current ISAF rule will not apply. In the event of a tie on the number of points, a count back will be made such that a person with the highest number of 1st places shall be given the event (or higher position). Failing the tie on the number of 1st positions, then the number of 2nd places shall be used, if there is an equal number of 2nd places, then the 3rd place shall be used and so on until the tie is broken. If the tie cannot be broken using this method then the unbreakable tie shall be declared, and the event (or position) shall be shared. Discarded race results will not be used to break the tie.”


Helms shall at all times exercise the greatest care while sailing and shall make good damage, whether wilful or negligent, done to other boats or property. The Sailing Committee may assess any damage caused by a helm, whether occurring during a race or not, and shall make recommendations to the Committee whose decision shall be binding upon the Member(s) responsible.



The Start Linewill be a line between the mast of the Committee Boat and the start mark.


A sound will be made and the Red Flag displayed 5 minutes before the start.


A sound signal will be made and the Blue Peter displayed 4 minutes before the start.


A sound signal will be made and the Blue Peter lowered 1 minute before the start.

  1. START

A sound signal will be made and both the Red Flag will be lowered. Flag signals prevail over sound signal if there is any discrepancy in timing during the warning signal – start interval.


A sound signal will be made and the Answering Pennant displayed. This postpones the start by 5 minutes from the original starting time. The course may be changed before the new warning signal.


If any boat or boats are over the line at the start, one sound signal will be made and the X Flag displayed.


Two sound signals will be made after the start and the Answering Pennant displayed. The new start will be 5 minutes after the previous start. The Round the Ends rule will not apply.


All helms (and crews) shall wear buoyancy aids.


This will be a line between the mast of the Committee Boat and the last mark of the course. The line will be crossed from the direction of the previous mark of the course.


The course may be shortened at any time either by the Committee Boat making a sound signal and displaying a red flag after taking up station near a mark of the course, which then becomes the last mark

  1. MARKS

There are eight marks round the edge of Crater Lake. No.1 is in front of the Club House, the remaining marks are numbered in sequence in a clockwise direction with M being between Nos 3 and 4. Navel buoy (in the centre) is No.8.

    1. The course is intended to comprise a series of laps consisting of either a triangle or a shuttle. The first lap will always be a triangle.


Starboard Hand or Port Hand


Starboard Hand or Port Hand

    1. Identifying Marks

      1. Mark C is the start mark and never changes its identity. Except at the start and the finish, Mark C the start mark will always be rounded on the same hand as the preceding mark

      2. Marks A and B will be indicated by the display of numeral flags either before the warning signal for the first triangle or as the leading boat approaches Mark C the start mark at the end of any lap.

      3. For triangles two flags will be displayed. The upper flag indicates the number of the Mark A. The lower indicates Mark B. The hand on which marks of the triangle are to be rounded will thus be obvious.

      4. For shuttles one flag will be displayed to indicate Mark A which will always be rounded on the same hand as the preceding Mark C start mark.

    1. The race continues until shortened. If no numeral signals are displayed at the end of a lap, the previous lap is repeated.

    2. It is the responsibility of slow boats to observe what the leaders do since the signals for such boats’ next lap may have been altered for the leader’s next lap.


The OOD has discretion whether all boats be started simultaneously or whether there shall be a separate start for each class. All the boats shall start simultaneously unless otherwise notified by the OOD.

Where there are two of more starts, the start signal of the preceding start shall constitute the warning signal for the next start though the Red Flag shall not be re-displayed for the next start until, not less than one minute and not more than two minutes after the preceding start.


The OOD shall notify competitors before the start, of the time limit, either for individual races or for the day’s races. The time limit is the time within which boats must finish, irrespective of whether or not the start was staggered. Where no special notification of the time limit is made it shall be 15 minutes after the third finisher.


All protests shall be made in writing and handed to the OOD within 30 minutes after all boats involved in the protest land at the Club after the race in which the incident occurred.