VSR Racing Rules
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 ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (ISAF 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 fill out a Protest Form, (PF) 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 will be disqualified. If the penalty giving skipper thinks he has broken a rule, he may complete a penalty a.s.a.p. after the situation.
A skipper who requests a cancellation of a penalty MUST fill out a PF (explanation) after the races. Otherwise, he will be disqualified.
The host wil 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 ISAF RRS. PC also has the right to review any other situation in a race where a rule might have been broken, regardless whether a PF 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 has taken his penalty.
A PF must reach the PC before 20:00 CET (CEST) the day after the race day. Click on the button in the upper left hand corner of this page to fill out the form. If a skipper for some reason has trouble filling out the form, he may use the old mailing instructions below this button.
When protesting by writing "P Skipper Name" in the chat, the PF must include a Print Screen as evidence of protest.
An attached replay is always necessary completing the form.
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 PF. This must be done 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 ISAF RRS 2013-2016 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 1 tack and one gybe
- A skipper must complete a penalty a.s.a.p. after situation (Within 60 sec. after Nadeo given penalties)
- 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 are 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. He may also be kicked from the course by the host, if he doesn't leave.
(>20 seconds after a request is considered late).
A boat making a cancellation request must fill out a PF (explanation) available in the upper left hand corner of this page. If no PF is received, the skipper will be disqualified and the PC will not examine the situation further.
(This does not apply for rule 17.1).
The penalty giving boat may take a penalty if he thinks he has broken any rule in the situation.
The requesting boat cannot change his mind and complete a penalty turn afterwards.
PC may need to contact parties involved, to gather more information for making a correct decision.