SILVER TILLER RULES

SILVER TILLER RULES

RULES OF THE SILVER TILLER COMPETITION

J. Duncan-Ferguson presented the Silver Tiller in 1950. The Silver Tiller Competition seeks to find the helmsman with the best aggregate results in certain Open Meetings during the season. Each Silver Tiller Event consists of a specified race or races held at an Open Meeting. All the races at such a meeting, on the specified day or days, will count towards the Silver Tiller Event allowing for a discard as detailed in paragraphs 13 and 15.

General

1. The overall Trophy will be known as the ‘Silver Tiller’ and prizes shall be awarded to the first 5 helms as detailed in paragraph 16. Further prizes shall be awarded to the first 3 helms in the following 2 categories:

(i) ‘Classic’ - Boat registered before 2000 (sail number 3571 and below).

(ii) ‘Vintage’ - Boat registered before 1985 (sail number 3357 and below).

Should a Helm sail more than one boat in a single season, the youngest boat in which they contest a Silver Tiller event shall be the boat that determines their eligibility for the ‘Classic’ and ‘Vintage’ Categories. The Scoring shall remain as detailed in paragraph 16.

The Topmast Trophy shall be awarded to the Club scoring the lowest total points with their best three boats sailed by the same three helmsmen throughout the Silver Tiller Competition.

2. It shall be presented annually and be held by the winner for one year.

3. A club wishing to have its Open Meeting designated as a Silver Tiller Event the following season must apply annually to the Fixture Secretary, by 1st September, giving three alternative dates, in order of preference. The Committee will consider all applications and shall communicate its decision to clubs by the end of November.

4. Open meetings at present awarded Silver Tiller status do not retain the status for succeeding years by automatic right.

5. The Association Year Book shall include a list of open meetings nominated by the Committee for Silver Tiller status. They may also be indicated in the Silver Tiller Guide, the Association Magazine, the Merlin Rocket web site, and the R.Y.A. Fixture List.

6. Those races at an Open Meeting counting towards the Silver Tiller Event shall be specified in the Silver Tiller Guide. They may also be indicated in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions.

7. Clubs are to notify the Fixture Secretary of the results of their Silver Tiller Event, showing all entries and finishing positions. A suitable form for this will be provided by the Fixture Secretary.

8. Whenever possible, clubs organising Silver Tiller Events in the “Sea” or “Open Water” categories are required to provide committee boat starts, thus ensuring a fair windward leg for the start of each race.

9. There shall be three categories of event.

(i) Sea: held on the open sea.

(ii) Open Water: held on large inland stretches of water or estuaries.

(iii) Restricted Water: held on rivers and on the smaller inland lakes and reservoirs.

10. Only helmsman who have paid the current Association annual subscription (Full or Associate) shall qualify for the Silver Tiller Competition. Non-Members are welcome to sail in Silver Tiller Events, but will not qualify for overall Silver Tiller placings (Rule 11 refers). Note however, Class Rule 21(a) requires the owners of all competing boats to be Full Members of the Association.

11. Non-members of the Association will be awarded finishing positions at individual Events, but will not qualify for overall Silver Tiller placings. The discounting of any competitor from the overall Silver Tiller placings under this rule shall not affect the finishing positions of other competitors complying with the eligibility requirements.

12. Scoring System for one-race event
The finishing position of each helmsman shall be as follows:

a) the finishing position of each helmsman

b) all other helmsmen will be scored points for the finishing place five more than the total number of boats entered in the Event.

13. Scoring system for an event with more than one race to count but not run on the Group System

The finishing position of each helmsman shall be as follows:

a) the overall position of each helmsman shall be decided on the helmsman scoring the least number ofaggregated points. If one race is sailed, one race shall count; if two races are sailed, two races shall count if three or more races are sailed, one discard shall be allowed,

b) the scoring in each individual race shall be that the 1st helmsman receives 1pt, the 2nd helmsman 2 pts and the third helmsman 3 pts, etc. All other helmsmen shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the total number of boats entered in the Event,

c) should the race committee decide that a helmsman is entitled to relief under Racing Rules of Sailing Rule 62, an equitable arrangement may be made by the race committee in accordance with rule 64.2,

d) when there is a tie on total points between two or more helmsmen, the tie shall be resolved in accordance with paragraphs A2, and A5 to A8 of Appendix A of the Racing Rules of Sailing.

14. Group system

This system shall be used whenever it is necessary to sail a Silver Tiller Event in heats, therefore affording more room on limited start lines, less congestion at marks and allowing all helmsmen to sail three races. There shall be no eliminating heats, or consolation race.

The total entry shall be divided into four approximately equal groups, each group shall be given a different colour say, black, yellow, red and green. Each group shall sail a total of three races, comprising one race against each of the other groups in turn, viz:

15. Scoring system for an event run on the Group System

The finishing position of each helmsman shall be as follows:

a) the overall position of each helmsman shall be decided on the helmsman scoring the least number of aggregated points of his best two races out of the three sailed.

b) the scoring in each individual race shall be that the 1st helmsman receives 1 pt, the second helmsmen 2 pts and the 3rd helmsman 3 pts, etc. All other helmsmen shall be scored points equal to the combined sum of the two largest groups plus 1,

c) as for 13(c),

d) as for 13(d),

Where it is not practical to sail two races at one time on separate courses, races may be started within a short time on the same course.

16. Scoring system for the overall Silver Tiller Competition

The Silver Tiller shall be awarded to the helmsman scoring the least number of points from his best 5 Events which must include at least one Event from each of the three categories described in Rule 9. The winner of each Silver Tiller Event shall receive a varying score, depending on the number of entries, i.e.:

The second, third, fourth and fifth boats shall respectively receive 1, 2, 3 and 4 points more than the winning boat. The sixth boat shall receive 6 points, the seventh boat 7 points, etc. If an Event is abandoned no Silver Tiller points will be awarded.

When there is a tie on total points between two or more helmsmen, the tie shall be resolved in favour of the helmsmen with the most first places, including results not counted within their best five Events and, when the tie remains, the most second places and so on, as necessary. If a tie still remains the tie shall stand. The tie-breaking procedure shall only be applied to prize-winning positions.

In order to denote the importance of Silver Tiller Events, it is suggested that prizes should be awarded to the helmsman and crew of the first ten per cent of boats, or to the helmsman and crew of the first three boats, whichever is the higher figure.

 



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