The Budd Inlet Star Fleet (BISF) races on Monday nights at 1830 near Channel Marker 3 in Budd Inlet. Racing begins in April and ends in September, with boats left in the water at Westbay Marina through the summer. If you're interested in joining the fleet, please contact the Fleet Chair or come down to Westbay on a Monday (most boats leave the dock by 1730).

A Star is 22 feet 3 inches long, with a beam across the cockpit of six feet six inches, and a draft of 3 feet.

The entire boat, including mast and rigging, weighs a class allowed minimum of 1460 lbs. Most boats weigh in close to that minimum. 900 lbs. of that is in the cast iron keel. The keel has a bulb on the bottom which weighs over 500 lbs. Yes, the keel accounts for well over half the displacement. A third of the total weight of the boat is in the keel bulb.

The mast stands 31 feet tall, yet weighs only 28 lbs. including the standing rigging. There is 285 sq. ft. of sail area, only 25 sq. ft. of which is in the jib. The rest is in the main. It is no wonder these are quick boats.

There are no reef points on the main. What you leave the dock with is what you have. There are no instruments to tell you how to sail, other than a compass. This is all seat of the pants sailing. Come experience the thrill.

Bill Brosius

Budd Inlet Star Fleet

May 2014

The races will be governed by the current version of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of USSA; the class rules in the Fleet By -laws, except as any of these are altered by the Sailing Instructions; and by these Sailing Instructions.

2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the SSSS web site. Race results will be posted here too.
2.2 Additions or amendments to these instructions will be posted on the SSSS web. Any change in the sailing instructions will be posted two days prior to race day.

3.1 Boats must register with the BISF and get a bow number. To do so, boats must meet the definition of a Budd Inlet Class Star and the Requirements, found in the Fleet Charter. This replaces the ISCYRA rules as our class rules.
3.2 Skippers must register with the BISF and get an identifying number; for owners it will be the bow number of their boat.
3.3 A skipper racing a borrowed boat needs to so inform the day’s RC, telling them the skipper’s ID number and the bow number of the borrowed boat.

4.1 All boats shall meet the equipment requirements found in the Fleet Charter.
4.2 This MINIMUM list is NOT everything all boats may want or need in all conditions. Every skipper shall determine that the boat is adequately prepared before racing. The safety of a boat is the responsibility of the skipper.
4.3 Any yacht not reporting their withdrawal from a race to the Race Committee may be score DNS.

5.1 A competitor will be scored in the Wood Division if they are sailing in a wood Star. If attendance warrants, the Wood Division may be started separately using a Green Class Flag. When sailing as a combined fleet the overall finishing place will be used in the scoring for both Divisions.
5.2 A race on any night may be designated as a Crew Race where the crew will race as skipper. The Crew Race will be signaled with a yellow flag flown before and during the starting sequence. The crew race will not be included in the night or season scoring for a boat and will be scored under the name of the crew. The crew races for the season will be scored as the Season Championship Series is scored. If the crew of a boat is not participating in the designated Crew Race they will notify the RC, keep clear of those participating and will not be scored in the race.

6.1 Races will be held on the dates shown on the Star Race Schedule (see tab above).
6.2 The first race will start: 1830 hrs. week nights, and on noon on Saturdays, or shortly thereafter. Other races will follow as soon as possible after each previous race.

The following Sound-Signal Starting System, shall be used. This amends RRS 26, Starting Races:

Time to Start Name/purpose of Signal Signal
pre start means come get the course raise blue flag
Attention Signal means be ready to race many short sounds
3 minutes Preparatory 3 long sounds
  means we are in sequence lower blue flag, raise Star flag
2 minutes   2 long sounds
1 minute 30 seconds   1 long sound 3 short sounds
1 minute   1 long sound
    lower Star flag
30 seconds   3 short sounds
20 seconds   2 short sounds
10 seconds   1 short sound
5 to 1 seconds   1 short sound each second to start
0 minute Start 1 continuous sound

If divisions are started separately the Division color flags will replace the Star flag in the starting sequence. Lower the first Division flag when sounding the Attention signal for the second start. The second start Preparatory signal will be approximately 1 minute after the second Attention Signal.

8.1 See Appendix A for the BISF standard race courses. The course will be indicated by a number displayed from the RC boat. The RC may set a windward offset mark at their option; and it shall be left to port. For Course #2 all boats shall pass between S and P on Leg 3 or be scored DNF without a hearing
8.2 The race may be shortened at any turning mark of the course. RC Boat will raise the S flag with two sound signals. Finish between the S flag on the RC boat and that mark, or between the gate marks for Course #4. For Courses #1, #2 and #3, the S flag may be displayed by the committee before the start to shorten the Course to 1 lap. This modifies RRS 32, Shortening or Abandoning after the Start.
8.3 No numbered course will be displayed for a Crew race. The race will start, round the windward mark and the offset mark if present, and finish between the RC boat and the Westbay Marina docks north of the marina entrance.

9.1 Individual Recall - The Committee Boat will TRY to hail premature starters. The Committee Boat will display Code Flag X, in accordance with RRS Rule 29.1, Individual Recall. The onus of starting correctly shall be the responsibility of the competitors.
9.2 General Recall - In the event of a general recall, the RC boat will make additional two sound signals. The Committee Boat will display the first substitute in accordance with rule 29.2, General Recall. The preparatory signal will be made one minute after the attention signal is sounded. That class shall re-commence a 3 minute start sequence until started.

10.1. A boat that may have broken a rule may take a Post-Race Penalty provided in rule T2.
10.1.1 Rule T2.2(a) is replaced with, 40%, if the incident was in the zone of a mark except a starting mark, and 20% if the incident was not in a zone, if the penalty is taken before the protest time limit, or
10.1.2 Rule T2.2(b) is replace with, 50%, if the incident was in the zone of a mark except a starting mark, and 30% if the incident was not in a zone, if the penalty is taken after the protest time limit, or after the beginning of an arbitration hearing involving the incident.
10.1.3 The Post-Race Penalties of rule T2 are not available if the boat does not accept the findings of the arbitration and requests a formal hearing.
10.2. The first two sentences of rule 44.1 are changed to: .“A boat may take a One-Turn Penalty when she may have broken a rule of Part 2 or rule 31while racing. However, when she may have broken a rule of Part 2 while in the zone at a mark other than a starting mark, the penalty shall be a Two-Turns Penalty..”
10.3. Rule 44.2 is changed by replacing the words, .“as soon after the incident as possible.” with .“and before completing the leg in which the incident occurred, or, if the incident occurred inside the zone of a mark, before the end of the next leg.”

11.1 Protest flags need not be displayed when protesting. This amends rule 61.1, Informing the Protestee.
11.2 All protests shall be in writing and include the information asked for in RRS Rule 61.2, Protest Contents. Skippers intending to lodge a protest must inform the Race Committee Boat upon finishing that race. The protest shall be submitted in writing to the SSSS Protest Chair either in person or by e-mail within 24 hours after the start of the first race of that day.
11.3 Requests for arbitration may be made to the Race Committee 30 minutes after the time that the Race Committee Boat docks after the last race of that day. The request for arbitration may be made either in writing or verbally to the Race Committee on shore.
11.4 Protest arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with rule T5. However, acceptance of a post race penalty may be given verbally or in writing.
11.5 When the protest is referred to a jury, the arbitration panel shall not be members of the jury hearing the protest.

12.1. The first yacht in each class must finish in two hours.
12.2. The time limit will expire 2 hours and 30 minutes after the start. The race is then over. Boats starting and not finished by then will be scored DNF. This amends RRS 35, Time Limit.
12.3. The Race Committee may ask the last boat in a class to sail directly to the start/finish line prior to finishing in which case they will be scored as a finisher. Amends the definition of "finishing".

13.1 Places will be awarded by finishing order.
13.2 A set number of races are not scheduled. All the races on a given day constitute a regatta and will be scored as such. Each boat’s total score will be the sum of ALL races.
13.3 The Low Point Scoring System, Appendix A of the RRS, will apply. Ties will be broken in accordance with rule A8, Series Ties. The number of boats entered for a regatta shall be the total number of boats from all divisions that come to the starting area to race for that regatta.

14.1 The Season Championship shall consist of the scores from the Black Star Regatta and the other BISF regattas per the schedule.
14.1 To qualify for inclusion in the Season Championship an individual shall compete in (i.e., come to the starting line for at least one race during a regatta) at least 50% of the regattas sailed during the season in a given Division.
14.2 Each individual finishing a race and not thereafter retiring or being disqualified will be scored by their overall finishing place as follows for the race: First Place 1 point, Second Place 2, Third Place 3, Fourth Place 4 and so on.
14.3 All others that compete in that race, including any that finish and thereafter retire or are disqualified, will receive the score for the finishing place one more than the number finishing that race. Those that do not compete in a race, DNC, will not be scored.
14.4 The individual's score will be the sum of their race scores divided by the number of races for which they are scored. The qualified individual with the lowest series score is the winner. Awards go to the best three scores in the fleet. Series ties will be broken using rule A8.
14.5 If a regatta is canceled, those that check in with the RC and are ready to race will have the canceled regatta included for qualifying for the series, but will not be scored.
14.6 Regattas for which skippers serve on RC will be included for qualifying for the series, but will not be scored.

Our representative(s) to the Star Worlds will chosen based on their placing in the Season Championship Series. If the Worlds occur prior to the completion of the Season Championship in a given year, the representative(s) will be chosen based on their placing from the previous year.

Appendix A Courses

W=Windward Mark; L=Leeward Mark; P=Pin; S=Signal Boat; B=Limit Mark attached to S; G=Gate Marks

START between S and P; the Line is between the orange flag on S and mark P. FINISH between the S and P, or between S and a mark if shorted, unless it is a gate where you must finish between the gate marks.

All marks to be left to port unless stated otherwise in the course description. The RC may set a windward offset mark at their discretion; it shall be left to port if present.

Course 1: The course is: START - W- S- W - FINISH. The Course may be shortened at W or P.

Course 2: The course is: START- W - L - W - L - FINISH. Competitors must pass through the start-finish line after rounding L, or will be scored DNF without a hearing.
The Start-Finish line is open on the downwind legs. The course may be shortened at W, L or at the start-finish line after the first lap.

Course 3: The course is: START - W - S to port or P to starboard - W - FINISH. The course may be shortened at W or P.

Course 4: The course is: START - W - G - W - Finish. Leave all turning marks to Port except pass between the gate marks G in the direction from the windward mark. The course may be shortened at W or between the gate marks, G.

Chart of Sample Courses



Fleet Captain - Catherine Hovell
Secretary - Steve Worcester
Treasurer - Lisa Randlette / Larry Kutz
Race Chair - Chris Reitz


The name of this organization shall be the Budd Inlet Star Fleet, hereinafter called “BISF.”

BISF was formed to provide a fun atmosphere for sailing at a reasonable cost to the participants. The intent is to avoid the normal “arms race” that can occur when competitive people look for that edge in the boat and equipment. BISF intends to foster safe, fun, inexpensive and competitive sailboat racing.

Membership to BISF is open to any individual interested in the art and science of sailing and racing Stars. Including, but not limited to Star owners, Crew, Someone who is interested in Stars, and people who like sailors. Voting on fleet business is limited to one vote per boat.
It is “suggested” that at least one member of the crew or owners of a Star boat be a member of South Sound Sailing Society (SSSS). Although this is not mandatory, SSSS provides support for fleet activities and is not expensive to join, so why be a skin flint? We will try to shame you into joining if you are not a member.
It is “encouraged” that the members of BISF join International Star Class Yacht Racing Association (ISCYRA), but is not mandatory to participate in fleet racing. In order to maintain our fleet status we need a minimum of 3 boats registered with the ISCYRA, and 8 boats are required to send a representative to the Worlds. If we are having trouble meeting the minimum requirements, someone may be knocking on your door to collect dues.

Section 1
 - The elected officers shall be Fleet Captain, Secretary, Treasurer, and Race Chair. A member may be elected to, and hold one or more of the offices during a given year, but shall have only one vote on fleet business.
Section 2 - The term of office shall be from April 1 through March 31.
Section 3 - Duties: 
A. Fleet Captain: Shall preside at all meetings of the organization, casting a vote only in case of a tie, and shall be responsible for the efficient operation and good order of the organization. In the case of absence the Fleet Captain may designate another Officer to preside over meetings.
B. Treasurer: Shall keep all financial and property records in coordination with SSSS; shall account for, receive and dispense all monies; shall submit two financial statements to the Star-Board per annum.
C. Secretary: Shall keep minutes of all meetings and shall maintain and preserve all records, reports and documents of the organization, and shall be responsible for gathering nominations and publicizing the slate of officers for election.
D. Race Chair: Shall be responsible for organizing and conducting the annual racing program of the organization.

Section 1 - Officers:
 The Star-Board shall consist of the elected officers. 
Section 2 - Duties
The control and conduct of the business of BISF shall be vested in its Star-Board, which shall: 
A. Set and publish the dates of meetings. 
B. Approve all expenditures made by the Treasurer on behalf of BISF. 
C. Act on a request of the membership to recall a member of the Star-Board. The request shall be made by petition signed by twenty percent or more of the membership. An affirmative vote of all the other board members shall serve as recommendation to the membership for its action. A two-thirds affirmative vote of the membership is required to recall a board member.

Section 1
 - The Fleet Captain shall nominate the Chair and any other members of the Technical Committee and any special committees with the approval of the Star-Board. All committees shall serve at the pleasure of the Star-Board.
Section 2 – The Technical Committee shall decide all questions of the interpretation of the Fleet Rules of Part II. The decisions of the Technical Committee are final.

Section 1
 - Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the conduct of all meetings. Email serves as notice as required in these bylaws
Section 2 - The annual meeting shall be held by the end March, notice of which shall be sent at least ten days prior thereto.
Section 3 - Other meetings may be called by the Star-Board provided that at least ten days notice of the purpose and date of such meeting is made to the members. 
Section 4 - A petition to the Star-Board of twenty percent or more of the members to hold a special meeting shall be recognized by the Star-Board and a meeting shall be called in a timely manner. 
Section 5 - Quorum: 
A. The members present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum. 
B. A quorum at a special meeting shall be as in Article VII, Section 5A except that in addition, the presence of at least one Star-Board member shall be required.

Section 1
 - Elections shall be held at the annual meeting. 
Section 2 - Nominations for office may be made any member and publicized by the Secretary to the fleet at least 5 days prior to the annual meeting. 
Section 3 - No person may be nominated without his/her consent. 
Section 4 - Voting shall be by voice vote unless an office is contested, in which case voting shall be by paper ballot for the contested office.
Section 5 - In the event that there is no nominee for an office, a majority of the Star-Board may appoint a member to serve in that position, provided, however, that the member has given his/her consent. 
Section 6 - If an officer is unable to fulfill his/her term, a majority of the Star-Board may appoint a successor to complete his/her term.

These bylaws shall be adopted and may be amended by two-third affirmative vote of the members present at any meeting, provided that proposed amendments hereto have been sent, together with notice of the meeting, to each member at least ten days prior to the meeting.

Section 1
 - BSIF may be dissolved by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership by written ballot following thirty days notice of such action. 
Section 2 - Any and all assets shall be distributed according to the discretion of the Star-Board.


Racing is open to any “Star boat”, meaning a boat assigned a hull number by the I.S.C.Y.R.A. and deemed by the BISF Technical Committee not to have been significantly modified.

Section 1 – BISF Star Definition
BISF Stars are defined as follows:
1. Shall have hull number less than 7000. Also include hull number 7094.
2. Sails shall have at least one season of use before they are used in a BISF sanctioned event. The Technical Committee shall be the sole judge of the acceptability of all sails. 
3. The position of mast butt shall not be adjusted during a race. It shall be fixed at the step by means deemed acceptable by the Technical Committee.
4. The shroud position or tension shall not be adjusted during a race. The Technical Committee shall be the sole judge of the legality of the rigging.
5. A boat shall not be hauled out during the racing season, except for needed repair or to race in another location. Bottom paint must be approved by the Technical Committee.

Section 2 - Divisions
When attendance warrants, the fleet may be divided, by hull number, construction material, crew experience/composition, or in any other manner that the members of the Fleet thinks fair and fun, and scored in those divisions. This could include a division(s) for newer Stars not conforming to the definition of a BISF Star, Section 1 above.

Section 3 - Requirements 
Each vessel shall carry the following:
1. Bow numbers are required to race in BISF races. The numbers are assigned by the Technical Committee, which shall be the sole judge of the size and placement. Sail numbers are not required to match the hull number. The boats will be identified by bow number only.
2. Coast Guard approved life jackets for each member of the crew. Inflatable life jackets will be permitted if they are worn on the outside of all clothing including foul weather gear. 
3. Anchor large enough to hold a Star in place on Budd Inlet, with a minimum of 60' of line. 
4. Sound Signaling Devise (whistle or horn).
5. Paddle
6. Bailing bucket or pump.

Section 4 – BISF Season Championship
The fleet will award a Season Championship yearly. It will be based on scores from a wide sampling of the year’s races and scored as described in the sailing instructions and approved at the annual meeting by the fleet members.

Section 5 - Fleet Representative to the Worlds
The fleet will select our representative(s) to the Star Worlds at least one month before the Worlds start. The selection will be made based on a Skipper’s performance in the Season Championship Series, or some other series of races so designated in our sailing instructions and approved at the annual meeting by the fleet members. Such a series shall consist of at least five days of racing with our fleet. Our representative will be the highest placing Skipper(s) who is qualified and willing to go.


Section 6 - Sailing Instructions
The sailing instructions for the conduct of BISF racing are contained in Appendix 1. They may be modified as required by the Race Chair. The Sailing Instructions will be updated yearly and posted on our web site at least a week before the first race of the year. The most current version of our Sailing Instructions will be posted on our web site at least two days before any race; this supersedes all earlier versions, including those published in the SSSS Handbook.

Race Results

2017 Star Race Calendar

Black Star Regatta, May 5-7, 2017

Barbara Stuart Memorial Regatta, June 23

Jack & Jill, August 19, 2017 with PHRF

Evening Star Racing : first start 1830
There will be several races each day.

Star Series 
Race Night #1			May   1
Race Night #2			May  15
Race Night #3			May  22
Race Night #4			May  30

Race Night #5			June  5
Race Night #6			June 12
Race Night #7			June 19
Race Night #8			June 26
Race Night #9			July  3

Race Night #10			July  10
Race Night #11			July  17
Race Night #12			July  24
Race Night #13			Aug.  1

Race Night #14			Aug.  7
Race Night #15			Aug. 14
Race Night #16			Aug. 21

Fall Regatta, September 10, 2017

2018 Star Race Calendar

Black Star Regatta, May 4-5, 2018

Barbara Stuart Memorial Regatta, TBA?

Jack & Jill, TBA

Evening Star Racing : first start 1830
There will be several races each day.

Star Series 
Race Night #1			April 30
Race Night #2			May   14
Race Night #3			May   21
Race Night #4			May   29

Race Night #5			June   4
Race Night #6			June  11
Race Night #7			June  18
Race Night #8			June  25
Race Night #9			July   2

Race Night #10			July   9
Race Night #11			July  16
Race Night #12			July  23
Race Night #13			July  30

Race Night #14			Aug.   6
Race Night #15			Aug.  13
Race Night #16			Aug.  20

Fall Regatta, TBA

If you have photos you'd like to share with the club, please email the Webmaster with either a link to where the photos are stored (such as OneDrive, Flickr, etc.), or, if you have only a few photos, you can attach them to your email, either one by one, or as a .zip archive. Please be sure to tell us what event or race was photographed, the date, and who should be given credit for the photos.



Black Star Regatta 2017 by Thera Black
Black Star Regatta 2017
 by Jonathan Halling

Black Star Regatta 2016 by Thera Black
Star Races July 5 2016 by Carlow Alden



(Older photos to be added as time allows.)

RC Schedule

Star Fleet
On the Water Race Committee Boat Instructions

March 2012

A copy of this document is included with the RC gear onboard.

Call the Coast Guard
The RC needs to notify the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service when on the scene before the race. Call them by phone, (206) 217-6152 or VHF channel 14. Give them the Permit No. C146-07B. They will want to know how many boats will race, give them your best guess, and the course: Budd Inlet north of Priest Point. You need to call back when the race over.

You may set course 1, 2 or 3 for regular racing. Course #4 is to only be used for crew races and should be the last race of the day. The fleet would like to the RC to run a crew race at the end of the days racing whenever possible so try to leave enough time for this race.

Setting Windward Leg
Observe the average wind direction, the first leg should be to windward of the starting line you do not need to be exact with the position of the windward mark because you can adjust the direction when you set the staring line. The windward leg should be between 0.5 and 0.75 nm. To give you a reference, it is about 1 nm from Channel Marker 5 to the shoal marker. We will have a GPS on the Committee boat if you know how to use it to help with the distances, or you can estimate when the committee boat is just up on step it takes about 2 minute to go 0.5 nm and 3 minute to go 0.75 nm.

Setting the Line
After the windward Mark is set, continue to observe the average wind direction, the first leg should be to windward, they should spend almost as much time on both tacks and the starting line should be at a right angle, square, to the wind or slightly favored toward the pin. You may well have to watch for half an hour or more to figure out exactly where the wind is coming from. Fill out the wind log form and use the committee anemometer to record the speed. We want to start getting a data base of wind direction and speed for our racing.

The line should be from100 to150 ft for every 5 boats participating. At 5 knots, this is the speed the RC boat is going when the wake begins to get larger but before going up on step, you will run the line 15 to 20 seconds for every 5 boats participating.

Individual Recalls
1. After the starting signal make one sound signal, that's 2 audible signals total including the start signal, and display code flag X. If you can recall by bow number, but it is not required. A sample hail is, "Over early 01, 17, 20."
2. Clearing: As each boat crosses completely behind the Starting Line, you can hail by Bow number, eg; "22 clear". Note that clearing yachts as they return is not required. It is a courtesy. Lower the X flag after all the boats that were over clear the line, or 4 minutes after the start whichever is sooner. Any boat failing to return and restart should be noted on the finish form as On Course Side, OCS.

Signal a General Recall as follows:
1. Make one audible signal immediately after the Starting Signal: that's three audible signals in total, including the starting signal. 
2. Fly the First Substitute, the general recall flag, and you can hail general recall to the fleet.
3. Make new Attention Signal: begin new sequence approximately 1 min after the attention signal is given.

To Abandon: 
Hail the competitors that the race is abandoned it is not necessary to fly any flags.

Shortening the Course
Set a Finish Line by the Mark of your choice and make two sound signals and raise the S flag. You may shorten the Course at any rounding Mark you can get to before the racers. Sometimes it can save the race, particularly when the wind is light. If you want to shorten the course to 1 lap before the start display the S flag.

Setting the Finish Line
If you haven't moved, the starting line becomes the Finish Line. The Courses are set up so that you do not have to move if you don't want to, but you can if you wish to shorten the finish line. Just remember that moving takes time. 
If you have moved for any reason you will need to set the Finish Line. The Line should be at right angles to the wind if finishing a windward or a leeward leg, and must be oriented so that it is clear which direction you must cross from the last mark.

Before the first finisher returns set the blue flag. This means “We are ready to accept finishers.”
A yacht has finished when any part of her hull, gear, or crew in a normal operating position crosses the Finish Line. It is not necessary for a yacht to pass completely through the Finish Line. However, they do need to get clear of the line without hitting a Mark or fouling another boat: if they foul without clearing, they have to do their penalty turns and then re-cross the line and Finish otherwise they must be protested and disqualified. But, the committee should record them as Finished when they fist cross the line.

1. Check In Form
2. Finish Order Form
3. Protest Form