RACE SIGNALS

The meanings of visual and sound signals are stated below. An arrow pointing up or down means that a visual signal is displayed or removed. A dot means a sound; five short dashes mean repetitive sounds; a long dash means a long sound. When a visual signal is displayed over a class flag, the signal applies only to that class.

Postponement Signals


AP Races not started are postponed. The warning signal will be made 1 minute after removal unless at that time the race is postponed again or abandoned.

AP over H Races not started are postponed. Further signals ashore.

AP over A Races not started are postponed. No more racing today.

AP over a numeral pennant 1–9

Postponement of 1-9 hours from the scheduled starting time.

Abandonment Signals


N All races that have started are abandoned. Return to the starting area. The warning signal will be made 1 minute after removal unless at that time the race is abandoned again or postponed.

N over H All races are abandoned. Further signals ashore.

N over A All races are abandoned. No more racing today.

Preparatory Signals


P Preparatory signal.

I Rule 30.1 is in effect.

Z Rule 30.2 is in effect.

U Rule 30.3 is in effect.

Black flag. Rule 30.4 is in effect.

Recall Signals

Shortened Course


XIndividual recall.

First Substitute General recall. The warning signal will be made 1 minute after removal.

S The course has been shortened. Rule 32.2 is in effect.

Changing the Next Leg


C The position of the next mark has been changed:

to starboard;
to port;
to decrease the length of the leg;
to increase the length of the leg.

Other Signals


L Ashore: A notice to competitors has been posted. Afloat: Come within hail or follow this vessel.

M The object displaying this signal replaces a missing mark.

Y Wear a personal flotation device (see rule 40).

Blue flag or shape. This race committee vessel is in position at the finishing line.