2014 BVI Spring Regatta – Sailing Instructions
a) The regatta will be governed by the Rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 except as altered by these sailing instructions. The regatta organizing authority (OA) is the Royal BVI Yacht Club.
b) All monohull boats will be rated in accordance with the following 2014 Rules: CSA, IRC or HPR.
c) All multihull boats will be rated in accordance with the Multihull Rating Advisory Committee.
d) The minimum number of crew for each boat will be two, except where class rules state otherwise.
e) The decision as to the class in which a boat races rests entirely with the Organizing Authority (OA). The OA reserves the right to transfer a boat’s entry to another class after the first day’s racing and before the start of the second day’s racing. In that event, the OA will advise the yacht in writing. Decisions of the OA under this clause shall be final. This changes RRS 62.
f) RRS 29.1 is changed such that Individual Recalls may be announced by radio.
g) RRS 33 (a) and (b) are changed such that new course information will be made by radio.
h) RRS 44.1 is changed to allow a One Turn Penalty for a breach of Part 2 rules or RRS 31.
i) RRS 52 will not apply.
j) RRS 55 is changed by adding the following sentence to the rule: However, discarding elastic or wool bands when setting a sail is permitted.
k) Bareboats: Anchor and chain provided must be carried on board when racing. Anchor and chain only may be relocated from its normal position. This modifies CSA 188.8.131.52.
l) Boats will be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority. Bow stickers, when provided, shall be attached near the bow as close to the toe rail as possible.
2) NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
a) Notices to Competitors will be posted on the Official Regatta Notice Board located at the Regatta Village at Nanny Cay Marina.
b) A Skipper’s Meeting will be held at 17:30 hrs on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Regatta Village.
3) CHANGES TO THE SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
a) Any change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted on the Official Notice Board by 0900 hrs on the day it will take effect, except any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 20:00 hrs on the day before it will take effect.
b) For the IC-24 Class ONLY, changes to the Sailing Instructions may be announced by VHF without being posted on the Notice Board.
4) SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
a) All monohulls and multihull boats over 7 metres in length shall comply with the Caribbean Sailing Association Minimum Safety Requirements.
b) The Race Committee may refuse to al- low any boat to race if in its opinion the boat is insufficiently crewed or equipped or is otherwise not seaworthy or unsuitable for the course to be sailed, even though it meets the minimum safety requirements. The Race Committee will state the reason for its decision as required by RRS 76.1, which decision will then be final.
c) The Race Committee will have the right to inspect any boat before and / or af- ter a race. A boat failing to conform after a warning may be protested.
d) No part of an anchor shall overhang the bow or forward cross arm while racing.
5) SCHEDULE OF RACES
|Fri 4 April||10:00 hrs|
|Sat 5 April||10:00 hrs|
|Sun 6 April||10:00 hrs|
Additional races on each day will be announced via the designated VHF radio channel.
6) CLASSES & CLASS FLAGS
One Design Course
|Racing 1||Turquoise||Jib & Main 1||Yellow||Melges 32||Num 1|
|Racing 2||Blue||Jib & Main 2||Pink||IC-24||Num 2|
|Perf Cruise||Purple||Bareboat 1||Light Blue|
|Racing 3||Green||Bareboat 2||White|
a) The order of starts, Signal Boat and Start Area for the first race of each day will be posted on the Notice Board before 2000 the day before.
b) Classes may be started together. If classes are to be started together:
i) The class flags for classes to be started together will all be displayed.
ii) A VHF broadcast will be made to announce that classes will start together.
Boats without sail numbers may be assigned and provided with a number, which shall be affixed to the bow of the boat. Competitors are to ensure that the bow numbers remain affixed throughout the duration of the regatta. Competitors not displaying their bow number as required are subject to protest only by the Race Committee or Organizing Authority. This changes RRS 60.
The Race Committee will use the VHF radio for announcements and general information. An announcement will be made each morning at 9:00 on VHF 69. It is strongly suggested competitors have reliable VHF radios. Failure to receive a broadcast will not be grounds for redress.
a) Sol Course Signal Boat is a Moorings 474 Power Cat: VHF Ch: 69
b) Norman Course Signal Boat is a Moorings 474 Power Cat: VHF Ch: 71
c) One Design Course Signal Boat is a Moorings 4600 Cat: VHF Ch: 72
a) No later than the preparatory signal the Signal Boat will display the course to be sailed, approximate magnetic bearing to the laid windward mark, if a laid windward mark is being used, the order in which marks are to be passed, and the side on which each mark is to be rounded on a white course board by listing the marks in order. (This changes rule 27.1) A mark followed by the letter “P” shall be rounded to port; a mark followed by the letter “S” shall be rounded to starboard.
B) Course will be described as follows: (S)-10S-11P-9S-(F).
c) The race committee will endeavor to broadcast the course to be sailed, and the approximate range and bearing to a laid windward mark if used, on the designated VFH channel.
d) No boat, after starting, shall sail through the finishing line except when finishing.
All Marks of the course are described in the ‘Course Marks’ diagram.
a) Races will be started using RRS 26 with the Warning Signal 5 minutes before the start and with the class flag as the warning signal for each class. The warning signals for succeeding classes may be made with or after the starting signal of the preceding class.
b) Boats of other classes shall keep clear of the starting line and its extensions until after their warning signal has been made.
c) The starting line will be between a staff with an orange flag on the Race Committee boat and the course side of an inflatable mark.
The Race Committee will attempt to notify premature starters on the designated VHF radio channel. Failure of a boat to hear or see her recall notification will not be grounds for redress. This changes RRS 29.1
13) CHANGE OF COURSE
The Race Committee may reposition a mark to realign the course with the wind direction. A committee boat or the Signal Boat displaying flag C and making repetitive sound signals will be positioned in the vicinity of the mark beginning the leg to be changed. Neither the new range nor bearing to the changed mark will be displayed. Information regarding the new course direction and distance may be broadcast on the designated VHF channel. This changes RRS 33.
The finishing line will be between a staff with a blue flag on a Race Committee boat and the course side of a nearby mark.
a) A boat intending to protest shall notify the Race Committee as soon as possible after finishing. This changes RRS 61.
b) Protests shall be made in writing and delivered to the Protest Desk located near the Regatta Village within one hour of the time the Signal Boat docks.
c) Protests under RRS 78 (Compliance with Class Rules and Rating Certificates) shall be made in writing and delivered to the Regatta Committee Desk not later than 18:00 hrs, on the first race day.
d) Protest forms may be obtained from the Protest Desk.
e) Protests will be heard as soon as possible after each day’s racing.
f) The person representing a boat in a protest hearing must have been aboard during the race. This adds to RRS 63.3 (a).
g) The International Jury may, at its discretion impose an alternative penalty in lieu of disqualification for any infringement, including safety requirements, with the exception of an infringement of the rules of Part 2.
h) For protests involving a breach of a rule of Part 2, a short arbitration hearing will be offered prior to a jury hearing. This changes Part 5, Section B of the RRS.
j) A party that accepts the arbitrator’s opinion that they broke a rule of Part 2 will be assessed a 40% scoring penalty as computed by RRS 44.3.
k) If the protested boat accepts the opinion of the arbitrator, there will be no further requirement to open a protest hearing.
l) For the purpose of RRS N1.4 (b) the time limit for a hearing by the jury constituted in compliance with N1.1, N1.2, and N1.3 is thirty minutes after the decision.
m) Decisions of the International Jury will be final as provide in Rule 70.5.
a) The Low Point scoring system, rule A2, will apply. One race is required to be completed to constitute a series. No race scores will be discarded.
b) Corrected times will be rounded to the nearest second.
a) Class Awards, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
b) International Yacht Club Challenge Cup for paid charters only.
c) Best BVI Boat
To be eligible for the Best BVI Boat Award, the skipper must be a national or have lived in the BVI for the last two years.
d) Guy Eldridge Enthusiasm Award
18) PHOTOGRAPHIC AND MEDIA RIGHTS
Competitors grant the Organizing Authority the unrestricted right and permission to use the name and the image for any text, photograph or video footage of either themselves or the yacht they are sailing during the event to be published or broadcast in any media whatsoever (including but not limited to Press and TV advertisements or Internet), for either editorial or advertising purposes or to be used in press information; in this respect, competitors’ names and any biographical material of themselves may also be used or reproduced in any way known.
a) As a condition of entry into this Regatta, the entrant accepts that it is his/her sole and inescapable responsibility for the management and safety of his/her yacht, and the BVI Spring Regatta Committee, BVI chamber of Commerce and hotel Association, Royal BVI Yacht Club, Sponsors or any of their members and employees accept no responsibility for loss of life or injury to participants or others or the loss of, or damage to, any yacht however caused, before, during or after the Regatta.
b) The Skipper/Owner of each yacht participating in the Regatta shall be responsible for the behavior of each member of the crew of his yacht. In the case of any destruction of property, any breach of reasonable standards of good sportsmanship by skipper or any crew member, or the failure to comply with any reasonable request of any officer or agent of the BVI Spring Regatta Committee directed to any member of any participating yacht, that yacht may be disqualified from participating in any future races in the Regatta.