Notice of Race

Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2021

Opua Crusing Club, Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.  

26th to 29th January 2021

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

As at 16th September 2020
Changes to “ELIGIBILTY and ENTRY” for Island Racing Divisions.
SI 4.5


1.1         The regatta will be governed by “Rules” as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2          Appendix T, arbitration, will apply.

1.3           The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations Part ll, Category 4 will apply to keelboats and multihulls.

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

1.5           The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations for Sport Multihull Yachts dated January 2021 will apply to sport multihull yachts.

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

1.7        The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations Part VI will apply to Sport Boats.

1.8           Other divisions may be added if there is enough interest with three (3) or more boats entering that division. The safety standards required for such divisions will be set when any extra division is announced.

1.9           The Yachting New Zealand “Rules – Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) 2021-24” will apply to boats racing under PHRF.

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

1.11        The number of 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.

1.12   It is the obligation of the boat’s skipper to ensure compliance with the Safety Regulations.


2.1           Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organising authority. If this rule is broken World Sailing Regulation 20.9.2. applies

2.2           Protests over the failure to display sponsor’s bow decals and backstay flags can only be lodged by the Race Committee. Penalties may be less than disqualification if the Protest Committee so decides.

2.3           Sponsor’s forestay flags may be provided. If these are provided they shall be displayed from registration until one (1) hour before the racing commences the following day; then from the cessation of racing each day until racing commences the next day, and on Friday from the cessation of racing until 0900hrs on Saturday 30th January 2021.


The Racing Rules will be changed in accordance with rule 86 as follows:

3.1.          On the water umpiring may be used for this event. If used, World Sailing Addendum Q as amended (2017) will apply. The amended Addendum Q will be attached to the Sailing Instructions.

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

3.3          Rule 52, Manual Power, shall not apply.

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

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


4.1         The regatta is open to all keelboats, multihulls, trailer yachts, and sport boats.

4.2          Entries can be made using the online entry form here.

4.3           Entries received on or after the 1st January 2021 must be accompanied by a $75 late entry fee.

4.4           Entries, including online entries, will be accepted up until 1800hrs on Tuesday 26th January 2021.

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

A 0.970 and above 1.300 and above 15.1m and above
B 0.830 – 0.970 1.100 – 1.299 12m – 15m
C 0.700 – 0.839 less than 1.100 8.8m – 11.9m
E less than 0.700 less than 8.8m
Island Racing A 0.875 and above

above 12m

11.5m and above

Island Racing B

0.740 – 0.875

0.790 – 0.875

10m – 12m

10m – 11.5m

Island Racing C

Less than 0.745

0.720 – 0.790

Less than 10m

9.2m to 11m

Island Racing D

Less than 0.745

0.720 or below

Less than 10m

Below 9.2m

4.6        Spinnakers are allowed in all divisions except Island Racing E (non-spinnaker).

4.7           To be eligible to compete under PHRF, boats shall submit a copy their PHRF certificate no later than 1800hrs on Tuesday 26th January 2021.

4.8        Proof of affiliated club membership to be presented at registration.

4.9       To be eligible to compete in this event the helmsman or skipper shall be a financial member of a yacht club affiliated to that clubs national authority. The boat should be registered with Yachting New Zealand if the club is affiliated to Yachting New Zealand.

4.10        The organising Committee reserves the right to: 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 (where insufficient boats in the division have entered PHRF).


Required fees are as follows:


Until 31st December

(incl G.S.T.)

After 31st December (Incl G.S.T.)
A $285 $360
B $285 $360
C $185 $260
E $185 $260
M $185 $260
Sport Boats $185 $260
Young 88 $185 $260
Island Racing A $150 $225
Island Racing B $150 $225
Island Racing C $150 $225
Island Racing D $150 $225
Island Racing E (Non Spinaker) $150 $225
Island Racing F (Mulithulls) $150 $225


6.1           Registration will be from 1600hrs to 1800hrs on Tuesday 26th January 2021 in the marquee at the Opua Marina.

6.2          There will be NO race briefing.

6.3           Racing will be held on Wednesday 27th January, Thursday 28th January and Friday 29th January.

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

6.5       The Island Racing Divisions will have one (1) Bay Race each day.

6.6           The scheduled time for the first warning signal each day for ALL COURSES will be 1025hrs.

6.7        On Friday 29th January no warning signal will be made after 1530hrs.


The sailing instructions (with bow decals and/or sponsor’s flags and division flags) will be available at registration.


The races will be held in the Bay of Islands area. Chart NZ 5225


Refer to NOR Clauses 6.4 and 6.5


For all Divisions, rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two Turns Penalty is replaced by the One Turn Penalty. See also NoR 3.1 regarding Addendum Q.


11.1       No alteration in a boat’s PHRF TCC will be permitted after 1800hrs on Tuesday 26th January 2021 except as a result of a rating or handicap protest, or to correct rating or handicap office errors.

11.2      General Handicap may be adjusted for each race.

11.3        Rating Certificate protests must be lodged by the end of protest time on, Wednesday 27th January 2021.

11.4       One (1) race will required to be completed to constitute a series.

11.5        When fewer than eight (8) races have been completed, a boat’s series score will the total of her race scores.

11.6       When eight (8) or more races have been completed a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

For Island Racing Divisions:

11.7     One (1) race will required to be completed to constitute a series.

11.8      A boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.


12.1        GENERAL HANDICAP: Trophies will be awarded for the first, second and third in the series on general handicap in each division, except for the Young 88 division where there will only be a trophy for first place.

12.2        PHRF: Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place on PHRF handicap for any division where three (3) or more boats in that division race under PHRF.

12.3        PHRF trophies awarded to any boats in A, B, C or E Divisions will be South Pacific Championship trophies.

12.4        LINE: Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third in the series on line for M, and Young 88 division and for first in the series for A division.

12.5   Prize Giving is on Friday 29th January 2021 at 1930hrs or as soon thereafter as possible.


Each participating boat shall be insured with a valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of $5,000,000 per incident or the equivalent.


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.


Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS4, Decision to Race. The organising authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


Contact : Ian Clouston, email:  Ph. 027 494 7531