Code Flags At The Start

Be sure to have the following flags ready before beginning the start sequence

Flag or PennantCodePurpose
ICS Pennant One.svg1 (One)Daysailor Fleet
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is J24.png“U” (Uniform)J-24 Fleet
ICS Pennant Seven.svg7 (Seven)PHRF Spin Fleet
ICS Pennant Five.svg5 (Five)PHRF Non-Spin Fleet
ICS Papa.svgP (Papa)Preparatory Signal
ICS X-ray.svgX (X Ray)Individual Recall
ICS Repeat One.svgFirst SubstituteGeneral Recall
ICS Quebec.svgQ (Quebec)End of Start Line

Sequence of Events

Through the course of the start the Race Committee should take the following actions:

TimeRC ActionExpected Sounds / Events
Before 18:05:00Record weather; Anchor RC Boat; Set Course; Raise RC and Quebec flags
18:05:00 – 18:14:00Record boats in the starting area by Sail Number, Name, and Class flag
18:14:40Turn on Ollie TimerOllie begins charging for 20 seconds. Ollie sounds 5 short blasts beginning at 18:14:55
18:15:00Raise Daysailor Class Flag with Ollie sound signal
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One sound signal; Daysailors in Warning period.
18:16:00Raise flag Papa with Ollie sound signal
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One Sound Signal; Daysailors are “racing” (bound by the racing rules, but not yet started)
18:19:00Lower flag Papa with Ollie long sound signal
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Long Sound Signal
18:20:00Lower Daysailor class flag and raise J-24 flag with Ollie sound signal
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Check for any Daysailors over-early and signal recall as appropriate
One sound signal; J-24’s in Warning period. Daysailors on first leg
18:21:00Raise flag Papa with Ollie sound signal
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One Sound Signal; J-24’s are “racing”
18:24:00Lower flag Papa with Ollie long sound signal
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Long Sound Signal.
18:25:00Lower J-24 class flag and raise PHRF-Spin flag with Ollie sound signal

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Check for any J-24’s over-early and signal recall as appropriate
One sound signal; J-24 on first leg; PHRF-Spin in warning period.
18:26:00Raise flag Papa with Ollie sound signal
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One Sound Signal; PHRF-Spin are “racing”
18:29:00Lower flag Papa with Ollie long sound signal
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Long Sound Signal
18:30:00Lower PHRF-Spin class flag and raise PHRF-Non-Spin class flag with Ollie sound signal

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Check for any PHRF-Spin over-early and signal recall as appropriate
One sound signal; PHRF-Spin on first leg; PHRF-Non-Spin in warning period.
18:31:00Raise flag Papa with Ollie sound signal

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One Sound Signal; PHRF Non-Spin class is “racing”
18:34:00Lower flag Papa with Ollie long sound signal
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Long Sound Signal
18:35:00Lower PHRF Non-Spin class flag with Ollie sound signal

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Check for any PHRF Non-Spin over-early and signal recall as appropriate

Turn off Ollie
One sound signal. PHRF Non-Spin on first leg
After all boats clear stating areaDepart starting area and return to Tidewater bulkhead to prepare to capture finish times

Other Signals

Other flags and signals that can be used outside of the routine starting sequence

FlagSound SignalPurpose
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Postpone.png2 blasts (raising)
1 blast (lowering)
Postponement – Races not started are postponed. The warning signal will be made 1 minute after removal
ICS November.svg3 blastsAbandonment – All races are abandoned
ICS X-ray.svg1 blast (raising)Individual recall – One or several boats (up to the whole fleet) were on the course side of the start line at the starting signal. Flag remains up until all boats have started properly
ICS Repeat One.svg2 blastsGeneral recall – Boats were on the course side of the start line at the starting signal and could not be identified individually, or there was an error in the start sequence requiring restart

General Information

More information on the Ollie race timer is available at https://www.ecohsystems.com/ollieDescription.html

The Racing Rules of Sailing, including additional race signals and starting instructions are at https://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/WSRRS20212024FinalwithChgsandCorrecns201113-[26798].pdf