26 STARTING RACES

Races shall be started by using the following signals. Times shall be taken from the visual signals; the absence of a sound signal shall be disregarded.

Minutes before starting signal

Visual signal

Sound signal

Means

5*

Class flag

One

Warning signal

4

P, I, Z, Z with I, or black flag

One

Preparatory signal

1

Preparatory flag removed

One long

One-minute

0

Class flag removed

One

Starting signal

*or as stated in the sailing instructions

The warning signal for each succeeding class shall be made with or after the starting signal of the preceding class.