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

Flag-N-1

↑..↓.

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.

Flag-N-2

↑..

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

Flag-N-3

↑..
AP over A

Races not started are postponed. No more racing today.

 Flag-N-4

↑..↓
Pennant 1
Flag-N-5
↑..↓
Pennant 2
Flag-N-6
↑..↓
Pennant 3
Flag-N-7
↑..↓.
Pennant 4
Flag-N-8
↑..↓.
Pennant 5
Flag-N-9
↑..↓.
Pennant 6

AP over a numeral pennant 1-6

Postponement of 1-6 hours from the scheduled starting time.

Abandonment Signals

Flag-N-10

↑…↓.

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.

Flag-N-11

↑…

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

Flag-N-12

↑…

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

Preparatory Signals

Flag-1

↑.↓_

P
Preparatory Signal

Flag-2

↑.↓_

I
Rule 30.1 is in effect

Flag-3

↑.↓_

Z
Rule 30.2 is in effect

black-flag

↑.↓_

Black Flag
Rule 30.3 is in effect

Recall Signals

Flag-5

↑.

X
Individual recall

Flag-6

↑..↓.

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

Course Change Signals

Flag-7

↑..

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.

Flag-8
—–
C
The position of the next mark has been changed.

Other Signals

Flag-9
↑.
L
Ashore: A notice to competitors has been posted. Afloat: Come within hail or follow this boat.
Flag-10
—–
M
The object displaying this signal replaces a missing mark.
Flag-11

↑.

Y
Wear personal buoyancy.

Flag-12

(no sound)

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

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