Couta Boats ONB

Official Notice Board for Couta Boat racing 2020-21

Results – Latest Notices to Competitors



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Next Gen Racing 16 Jan

We have seen that the models have eased slightly and are monitoring the predictions against the conditions. The models suggest that there will continue to be easing of conditions. We hope that happens.

We are looking at the options to make the racing the most suitable for the conditions.

We are proceeding with the schedule at the moment and will give further updates as the situation becomes clearer.

Ben & Harry –  Organising Committee.

Passage Aggregate  Racing 17 Jan

Warning Signals
Div 2 1400
Div 1 1430

Organising Committee


The Couta Boat Association have published new class rule 3.3, to work with the changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing that start tomorrow. This means that our starting, finishing and recalls will will effectively remain the same.

It does mean that for judging a zone for mark-room, 3 times the length of the Couta Boat from Jibboom to Stern is used (which is longer than when we previously used just the bow to stern as the measurement). This effectively determines where mark-room applies further from the mark and therefore all boats have more certainty from earlier on. 

Ben Fels Sailing Manager 31/12/2020


Couta Boat Calendar 2020-21
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Recent Notices

Archived Notices are at the bottom of the page.


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Archived Notices

Twilight Racing 15 Jan

N over A over 1 & 2 has been displayed

As the conditions we have now, are lining up with the models and those models predict worse conditions that are unsuitable for a Twilight Race, the Twilight race today is abandoned.

Ben Fels – Sailing Manager – 15-1-2021

Results Posted

Protest Decisions
C2008 and C1998 – Invalid
C70 and C06 – Dismissed
Paul Pascoe – Chairman


Protest Time Limits for Portsea Cup have been extended to 18:45 for both Divisions

Paul Pascoe – Chairman

Race Sailing Instructions RSI Portsea Cup 2021


Aggregate Results

There is an issue with Top Yacht , It won’t import the New Year Regatta  race on 2 Jan into the Aggregate Series. We hope to get that fixed on Wednesday – The race scores will be as posted for Race 2 of the New Year Regatta.

Ben Fels Sailing Manager 3/1/2021

Information Session at the Coloured wall 12:45  RSI New Year Regatta 2021 (Copies at Reception)

Race Sailing Instruction RSI Mercedes-Benz Couta Boat National Championships

RSI CBA Nationals 2020

At 11.45 there will be an Information Session at the coloured wall.

Ben Fels –  Sailing Manager 28-12-2020

Safety Briefing Presentation, in case you missed the zoom  OA 10-11-2020

Race Sailing Instruction RSI Mercedes-Benz Couta Boat National Championships

RSI CBA Nationals 2020

At 11.45 there will be an Information Session at the coloured wall.

Ben Fels –  Sailing Manager 28-12-2020

Safety Briefing Presentation, in case you missed the zoom  OA 10-11-2020

Dash to the Heads – Abandoned due to weather forecast

Ben Fels –  Sailing Manager 26-12-2020

Warning Signal changed to 10:00 am – Dash to the Heads

The Warning Signal of the Melbourne to Devonport race will be at 11:10 this year, so our Dash to the Heads is scheduled for a 10:00 Warning Signal off the club on Monday 27th December.

Ben Fels –  Sailing Manager 23-12-2020

Wooden Boat Shop Series – 19-12-2020. 

Change number 2 to sailing instructions

A pink vertical hitch mark may be laid 100 metres to leeward of mark 1. Both the vertical hitch mark and mark 1 shall be left to port.

Peter Osbourne Race Officer  19-12-2020

Change to Scheduled Races

The schedule of races on Saturday 19-12-2020 is changed  to 2 back to back laid course races.

Ben Fels Sailing Manager 12-12-2020 5984 8200

Sailing Operations Policy & Emergency Contacts 2.7

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS – Wooden Boat Shop Series – 12-12-2020. 

Rule Changes

The Course diagrams and Finish Line are changed as follows:

  • The Finish line is planned to be between Gillie D and a Blue mark (Displaying a blue flag) It will be in a slightly different position than indicated in Course Diagrams TL and LA.

Signalling course changes will be on VHF 73. This changes Race Signals and RRS 33.

Other Information:

  • Briefing at the coloured wall 12:45
  • First Warning Signal 1400.
  • The Start Vessel is planned to be Jos Law (Displaying an orange flag)
  • Two back to back races are planned.
  • Presentation on the deck after racing.

Crew Register – Tap on when you get to the club

VHF Sign on with Sail number and POB – No Boat names, No Skipper names.

VHF Sign off Sail Number only – If you lose people, we expect you to call us straight away.

Ben Fels Sailing Manager 12-12-2020


eTidings clarification Wooden Boat Shop Series Warning Signals –

This weekend the Warning Signal for Div 1 will be at 1400 and Div 2 following that – we will be doing 2 races back to back.

Ben Fels Sailing Manager 9/12/2020


All races abandoned – No more racing today.

The weather models and forecasts would not allow us to decide it is safe to set out to race as planned today, so all racing has been abandoned.

At 1 Pm today we will hold a Couta Conversation at the Club.

  • Ben Fels will explain the key changes in the new rule book for 2021-24 – and how we are changing some of these new rules for Couta Boats.
  • Tim Phillips will present and and lead a discussion on Couta Boats. 

Ben Fels Sailing Manager 5/12/2020

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS – Wooden Boat RSI 2020 RSI WBS Passage Race 28-11 V2 (Start Vessel changed to April)

Most of the Predict wind models look good and the BOM Meteye & Forecast look great but they weren’t that accurate last weekend.

Other Information & FREE BEER or BUBBLES

  • Warning Signals DIV 2 – 14:00 – DIV 1 – 14:30
  • Skipper Briefing Coloured Wall – 12:45
  • Most of the fleet – 32 Boats – is set up on the Crew Register, thanks for getting behind it.
  • Ask for  Serena Doyle at reception if you need any further help such as adding the crew register link as a short cut to your home screen (after 10:30)
  • Please sign on before going to your boat. – You can sign in when you wake up or get to the club.
  • Scroll down below to notify any crew or equipment changes.
  • Please do a radio check but keep it brief, we don’t want the POB and skipper again – that should already be notified.
  • If you have raced already, your Safety Declaration should be completed properly and lodged. If you have not done so please let us know [email protected] why you haven’t. (you can get a copy below)
  • Please refresh on the Covid rules below.

Get a  FREE BEER or BUBBLES tomorrow if you are signed on via the crew register and race – Western Lawn after racing.

Ben Fels Sailing Manager 27/11/2020

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS – The Course will be finalised and announced at the briefing at the coloured wall at 12:45 Warning Signal at 14:00 –  Organising Authority & Race Committee – 21/11/2020

Notice to Competitors RSI Race Sailing Instructions and Covid Changes – Opening Day. Race Committee – 14/11/2020

Summary of what sailing is allowed  Covid Updates – (These are being updated)

Safety Briefing Presentation, in case you missed the zoom  OA 10-11-2020

Racing dates have been updated following the 18 October Covid announcements.  OA 20-10-2020

Details of our Covid Safe plans for racing will be published once the Government directions regarding racing are made.  OA 14-10-2020