Notice of Race

Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2020

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

21st to 24th January 2020


The Tornado Class, PHRF and IRC National Championships

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.

AMENDED: Notice of Race as at 30th October 2019



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 2017 will apply to sport multihull yachts.

1.6           The Tornado International class rules, Tornado class rules, and the modifications specified by the New Zealand Tornado Association will apply to boats racing in the Tornado division.  The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations Part 1 will 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.

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

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

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

1.10        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.

1.11        The Yachting New Zealand “Rules – Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) 2018-19” will apply to boats racing under PHRF.

1.12      The IRC Rules Part A, B and C will apply to boats racing under IRC handicap.

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

1.14        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.

1.15        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.

1.16        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.

1.17    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 25thJanuary 2020.


Racing Rules

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

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

3.2         Rule 52, Manual Power, shall not apply.

3.3           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”.

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

IRC Rules

3.5           IRC Rule 21.6.1 is varied to the extent that a boat may carry one or more spinnakers than is 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.

3.6           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 other days of the regatta.


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.

4.3           Entries received on or after the 1stJanuary 2020 must be accompanied by a $75 late entry fee.

4.4           Entries, including online entries, will be accepted up until 1800hrs on Tuesday 21st  January 2020.

4.5           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 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
Island Racing B 0.740 – 0.875 10m – 12m
Island Racing C Less than 0.745 Less than 10m


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

4.7           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 1800hrs on Tuesday 21st January 2020.

4.8           To be eligible to compete in the Tornado, IRC and PHRF National Championships both skippers and CREW need to be a financial member of a club recognised by the entrant and crew member’s national authority.

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

4.10        To 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.

4.11        The organising Committee reserves the right to: refuse 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).   


5.    FEES

Required fees are as follows:

DIVISION Until 31st December (incl G.S.T.) After 31st December (Incl G.S.T.)
A $285 $355
B $285 $355
C $185 $255
E $185 $255
M $185 $255
Sport Boats $185 $255
Tornado $185 $255
Weta Class $185 $255
Young 88 $185 $255
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


6.      SCHEDULE

6.1           Registration will be from 1600hrs to 1800hrs on Tuesday 21st January 2020 in the marquee at the Opua Marina.

6.2           There will be NO race briefing.

6.3           Racing will be held on Wednesday 22nd January, Thursday 23rd January and Friday 24thJanuary.

6.4           Depending on the weather, the day’s racing for A, B, C, E, M, Sports Boat, Tornado, Weta 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         Island Racing E (Multihulls) will have two (2) races on Wednesday and Thursday with one (1) on Friday.

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

6.8         On Friday 24th 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, 6.5 and 6.6.



For all Divisions, rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two Turns Penalty is replaced by the One Turn Penalty.


11.    SCORING

11.1       No alteration in a boat’s IRC or PHRF TCC will be permitted after 1800hrs on Tuesday 21st January 2020 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 22ndJanuary 2020.

11.4        For the Tornado Class and boats competing in the PHRF and IRC nationals, Five (5) races are required to constitute a series.

11.5        For those entries not competing in the nationals listed in 11.4, One (1) race will required to be completed to constitute a series.

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

11.7        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:

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

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


12.           PRIZES

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 Tornado, Young 88 and Weta divisions 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        IRC: South Pacific IRC Championship Trophies will be awarded for Divisions A, B and C where three (3) or more entrants in those divisions race under IRC.

12.5    IRC results will be given for the Island Racing Divisions, but no trophies will be awarded.

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

12.7        WETA: Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third on line for both single and double handed divisions.

12.8     Prize Giving is on Friday 24thJanuary 2020 at 1930hrs or as soon thereafter as possible.


13       INSURANCE

                   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:  Manuela Gmuer Hornell


Phone:     021 445 529