Notice of Race

Notice of Race 2018

Amendment 1, 13 September 2017 – M, Tornado and Island Racing E (Multihull) Divisions added

Registration 23 January; Racing 24, 25 and 26 January 2018

The organising authority is the Bay of Islands Sailing Week Inc. in conjunction with Bay of Islands Yacht Club Inc, Kerikeri Cruising Club Inc., Opua Cruising Club Inc., and Russell Boating Club Inc.

1.0 Rules

1.1 The regatta will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (Racing Rules).

1.2 Appendix T, Arbitration, to the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 will apply.

1.3 The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations of Sailing Part II, Category 4 will apply to keelboats and multihulls, except where any of paragraphs 1.4 to 1.8, inclusive, apply.

1.4 The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations of Sailing Part V, Category B will apply to trailer yachts.

1.5 The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations for Sport Multihull Yachts dated January 2017 shall apply to sport multihull yachts.

1.5A The Tornado International class rules, Tornado international rules, and the modifications specified by the NZ Int Tornado Association will apply to boats racing in the Tornado division. The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations Part 1will apply to Tornado class yachts, with the additional requirement that a hand held vhf transceiver, a hand held gps receiver and an adequate tow rope must be carried.

1.6 The Young 88 Class Design Rules will apply to boats racing in the Young 88 Division.

1.7 The New Zealand Sports Boat Association rules, regulations and by-laws shall apply to boats racing in the Sports Boat Division.

1.8 The Weta Class Rules North America will apply to boats racing in the Weta Division.

1.9 Other divisions may be added if there is enough interest shown. The safety standards required for such divisions will be set when any extra division is announced.

1.10 The Yachting New Zealand “Rules – Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) 2017-18” shall apply to boats racing under PHRF.

1.11 The IRC Rules Parts A, B and C shall apply to boats racing under IRC handicap.

1.12 Endorsed IRC certificates are required for all boats competing in the South Pacific IRC Championship.

1.13 Sails carried for any one day shall remain on board for all races that day. The sails carried on any day need not be the same as those carried on the other days of the regatta.

1.14 Crew on board for any one day shall remain on board for all races that day unless the Race Officer for the relevant course agrees otherwise because of injury and suchlike. Crew on board on any day need not be the same as crew on the other days of the regatta.

1.15 It is the obligation of the boat’s skipper to ensure compliance with safety regulations.

2.0 Changes to Rules

Racing Rules
The Racing Rules will be changed in accordance with rule 86 as follows:
2.1 On the water umpiring may be used for this event. If used, World Sailing Appendix Q as amended will apply. The amended Appendix Q will be attached to the Sailing Instructions.

2.2 Canting keels and/or water ballast, where fitted, may be used. This modifies rule 51, Movable Ballast.

2.3 Rule 52, Manual Power, shall not apply.

2.4 For all Divisions, rules 44.1 and 44.2 are changed so that only one turn, including one tack and one gybe, is required.

2.5 Rule 55 will be amended by adding the following sentence: “For the avoidance of doubt the discarding elastic or wool bands when setting a sail is not permitted”.

2.6 Additional Racing Rule changes may be advised in the Sailing Instructions.

IRC Rules
2.7 IRC rule 21.6.1 is varied to the extent that a boat may carry one more spinnaker than shown on her current IRC certificate without a change to her TCC so long as the additional spinnaker is no greater in area than the rated SPA.

2.8 IRC rule 22.4.2 is deleted and replaced by: “The maximum number of crew that may sail aboard a boat shall be the Crew Number printed on her certificate. There is no weight limit.”

2.9 For the purpose of IRC rules 21.1.5(d) and (e) this regatta is not on consecutive days. Sails carried on any day shall remain on board for all races that day. The sails carried on any day need not be the same as those carried on the other days of the regatta.

3.0 Eligibility and Entry Fees

3.1 The regatta is open to all keelboats, multihulls, trailer yachts, and sport boats. The helmsman or skipper shall be a financial member of a yacht club affiliated to that Club’s National Authority. The boat should be registered with Yachting New Zealand if the yacht club is affiliated to Yachting New Zealand.

3.2 Entries can be made using the online entry form at http://bayofislandssailingweek.org.nz/enter/

3.3 Entries received on or after 1 January 2018 must be accompanied by the $75 late entry fee.

3.4 Entries, including online entries, will be accepted up until 1800hrs on Tuesday 23 January 2018.

3.5 Thanks to our generous sponsors and the good participation we are able to keep entry fees unchanged for 2018.

3.6 The entry fees are:

Division

Entry Fee (gst inclusive)

applies until 31 December 2017

Late Entry Fee (gst inclusive)

of $75 applies to ANY entries on

or after 1 January 2018

A $275 $350
B $275 $350
C $175 $250
E $175 $250
M $275 $250
Sports Boat $175 $250
Tornado $175 $250
Weta Class $175 $250
Young 88 $175 $250
Island Racing A $150 $225
Island Racing B $150 $225
Island Racing C $150 $225
Island Racing D (non-spinnaker) $150 $225
Island Racing E (multihull) $150 $225

3.9 The indicative division structure for Divisions A, B, C, E, Island Racing A, Island Racing B and Island Racing C is given in the table below. Note that the Organising Committee reserves the right to determine the final divisional structure.

Division PHRF IRC TCC LOA
A 0.970 and above 1.300 and above 15.1 m and above
B 0.830 – 0.970 1.100 – 1.299 12 m – 15 m
C 0.700 – 0.839 less than 1.100 8.8 m – 11.9 m
E less than 0.700 less than 8.8 m
Island Racing A 0.875 and above above 12 m
Island Racing B 0.740 – 0.875 10 m – 12 m
Island Racing C less than 0.745 less than 10 m

3.10 Spinnakers allowed in all divisions except Island Racing D (non-spinnaker).

3.11 To be eligible to compete under IRC and/or PHRF, boats shall submit a copy of their IRC certificate and/or their PHRF certificate no later than 1800 hrs on Tuesday 23 January 2018. Certificates may be accepted after this time solely at the discretion of the Protest Committee.

3.12 The Organising Committee reserves the right to: refuse any entry without explanation, to classify boats into divisions, to add further divisions (where the number of entrants warrant it), to cancel, alter or combine divisions (where there are insufficient entrants in a division), and to not give PHRF and/or IRC results in specific divisions (where insufficient boats in the division have entered PHRF or IRC).

4.0 Schedule of Events

4.1 Registration will be from 1600hrs to 1800hrs on Tuesday 23 January 2018 in the North Sails/Southern Spars Marquee at the Opua Marina.

4.2 Race Briefing. There will be no race briefing.

4.3 Racing will be held on North Sails Race Day Wednesday 24 January, Southern Spars Race Day Thursday 25 January and NZL Yachting Trust Race Day Friday 26 January.

4.4 Depending on the weather, the day’s racing for the A, B, C, E, M, Sports Boat, Tornado, Weta and Young 88 divisions will be (i) up to 2 Windward/Leewards followed by a Bay race, or (ii) a Heavy Weather race.

4.5 The Island Racing divisions will have 1 Bay race each day.

4.6 The scheduled time of the first warning signal is 1025 hrs each day, except that the first warning signal for the Island Racing divisions is 1055 hrs each day.

4.7 On NZL Yachting Trust Race Day Friday 26 January no warning signals will be made after 1530 hours.

5.0 Sailing Instructions

The Sailing Instructions (with bow decals and/or sponsor’s flags and division flags) will be available at Registration.

6.0 Sailing Area

The races will be held in the Bay of Islands area. Chart NZ 5125.

7.0 Courses to be Sailed

Windward/Leeward or Bay races, as per the racing schedule.

8.0 Radio Communication

Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile phones.

9.0 Scoring

9.1 For A, B, C, E, M, Sports Boat, Tornado, Weta, and Young 88 divisions: One race will be required to be completed to constitute a series. When fewer than eight races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When eight or nine races have been completed a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

9.2 For Island Racing divisions: One race will be required to be completed to constitute a series. A boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
9.3 Positions will be calculated using PHRF, IRC, and General Handicap. No alteration in a boat’s IRC or PHRF TCC will be permitted after 1800hrs on Tuesday 23 January 2018 except as a result of a rating or handicap protest, or to correct rating or handicap office errors. General Handicap may be adjusted for each race.

9.4 Rating certificate protests must be lodged by the end of protest time on North Sails Race Day Wednesday 24 January 2018.

9.5 Trophies – General Handicap. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third in the series on general handicap in each division, except for the Tornado and Young 88 division where there will only be a general handicap trophy for first, and for A, B, M and Weta divisions for which general handicap is not offered.

9.6 Trophies – PHRF. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third on PHRF handicap for any division where three or more boats in that division race under PHRF. PHRF trophies awarded to any boats in A, B, C, or E divisions will be South Pacific PHRF Championship trophies.

9.7 Trophies – IRC. IRC. South Pacific IRC Championship Trophies will be awarded for IRC for Division A where three or more entrants in that division race under IRC, for Division B where three or more entrants in that division race under IRC, and for Division C where three or more entrants in that division race under IRC. IRC results will be given for the Island Racing Divisions but no trophies will be awarded.

9.8 Trophies – Line. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third in the series on line for the M, Tornado and Young 88 divisions; and for first in the series on line for A division. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third singlehanded and first, second and third double-handed in the Weta division.

10.0 Conditions of Entry

10.1 The conditions of entry include the right of the Organising Committee to publish or broadcast anywhere in the world, names, images, video footage and audio recordings taken before, during or after the regatta.

10.2 Sponsor’s bow decals and backstay flags will be provided by the Organising Committee. If these are provided they shall be displayed during all races participated in during the regatta. Protests over the failure to display sponsor’s bow decals and backstay flags can only be lodged by the Racing Committee. Penalties may be less than disqualification if the Protest Committee so decides.

10.3 Sponsor’s forestay flags may be provided. If these are provided they shall be displayed from registration until one hour before the racing commences the next day; then from the cessation of racing for the day until racing commences the next day or, on Friday, until 0900 hrs on Saturday 27 January 2018.

10.4 As all owners are aware competitive racing inevitably carries with it an increased risk of collision between boats and resultant damage and expense. The Organising Committee urges all owners to carry full racing insurance and believes that at the very least third party insurance should be held. It is not, however the responsibility of the Organising Committee to police or enforce insurance; it is a matter of choice for individual owners and skippers. The Organising Committee shall not be responsible for losses arising during the regatta (insured or otherwise). All owners and skippers are advised that it is the responsibility of owners and/or skippers to ensure that they carry the relevant insurance. Boats race at their own risk.

10.5 Entrants are reminded that a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone: see Racing Rule 4, Decision to Race.

10.6 Nothing in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions relieves a boat of her responsibility to comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea or local regulations.

11. Prizes

The Prize Giving is on NZL Yachting Trust Race Day Friday 26 January 2018 at 1930 hrs or as soon thereafter as possible.

Entry forms and Notice of Race are available at www.bayofislandssailingweek.org.nz or write to Bay of Islands Sailing Week, PO Box 45, OPUA 0241.