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; dots with dashes (.---.) mean repetitive sounds. When a visual signal is displayed over a class flag, the signal applies only to that class.

Postponement Signals

AP

↑..↓.
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

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




AP over A

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




Pennant 1

↑..↓.
Pennant 1

Pennant 2

↑..↓.
Pennant 2

Pennant 3

↑..↓.
Pennant 3

Pennant 4

↑..↓.
Pennant 4

Pennant 5

↑..↓.
Pennant 5

Pennant 6

↑..↓.
Pennant 6

AP over a numeral pennant 1-6 Postponement of 1-6 hours from the scheduled starting time.

Abandonment Signals

N

↑...↓.
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

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

N over A

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

Preparatory Signals

P

↑.↓_
P
Preparatory Signal

I

↑.↓_
I
Rule 30.1 is in effect

Z

↑.↓_
Z
Rule 30.2 is in effect

Black Flag

↑.↓_
Black Flag
Rule 30.3 is in effect

Recall Signals

X

↑.
X
Individual recall

First Substitute

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

Course Change Signals

S

↑..
S
No later than the warning signal: Sail the short course. At a rounding or finishing mark: Finish between the nearby mark and the staff displaying this flag.

C

-----
C
The position of the next mark has been changed.

Other Signals

L

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

M

-----
M
The object displaying this signal replaces a missing mark.

Y

↑.
Y
Wear personal buoyancy.

Blue flag or shape

(no sound)
Blue flag or shape
This race committee boat is in position at the finishing line.