Sailing Instructions 2018

 

Golden Rock Regatta 2018

 

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

 

 

1                 RULES

1.1             The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing. (RRS)

1.2             The Caribbean Sailing association (CSA) rating rule will apply to all classes except the Multihull Class where the St. Maarten handicap rule will apply.

1.3             If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.

 

2                 ADDITIONAL IDENTIFICATION

                   While racing, boats shall display bow numbers. The organizing authority will supply the numbers and instructions for their use.

 

3                 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice boards. The location of the notice boards will be described in addendum C.

 

4                 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 08,00 hrs on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 20,00 hrs on the day before it will take effect.

 

5                 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE

No signals will be made ashore.

 

6                 SCHEDULE OF RACES, CLASS FLAGS AND STARTING SEQUENCE

6.1             Dates of racing:

15/11/2018                 Start of the race not before 09.00h

16/11/2018                 Start of the first race not before 09.00h. Consecutive races will start within 30 minutes of the last boat to finish in the previous race.

17/11/2018                 Start of the race not before 09.00h

18/11/2018                 Start of the race not before 09.00h.

19/11/2018                 Start of the race not before 09.00h

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6.2             Starting schedule and class flags

All classes will start together in one group. The warning signal will be given by displaying the Statia National Flag

 

7                 RACING AREAS

Addendum A shows the location of racing area.

 

8                 THE COURSES

8.1             The courses are described in Addendum A and B including the order in which marks or islands are to be passed, and the side on which each mark or island is to be left.

8.2             Courses will not be shortened during the Race, however alternative (shorter) courses may be sailed. The alternative course will be announced on VHF (Channel 68) and the “S” flag will be flown from the Committee Cat indicating that the shorter course is to be sailed, with the exception of the windward/leeward races (2,3 and, 4) where instead of the “S” flag a numeral pennant will indicate the number of laps to be sailed. This changes rule 32.

 

 

 

 

8.3             The position of the first mark after the start, the yellow mark, and the side on which the mark is to be rounded may be different from the course description in Addendum B and will depend on the wind direction and other conditions. When this is the case a red flag will be displayed on the Start Cat when in position but in any case no later than 30 minutes before the start. The change will then be explained on VHF 68 at regular intervals until the warning signal.

 

9                 MARKS

9.1             Mark 1 (Weather Mark) will be a Yellow mark.

9.2             The starting and finishing marks will be the starting/finishing vessel and a Yellow Mark.

 

10              THE START

10.1           The start-line will be between a staff or line displaying an orange flag on the starting vessel at the starboard end and a Yellow Mark at the port end.

10.2           Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting area.

10.3           A boat starting later than 9 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start. This changes rules A4 and A5.

 

11              THE FINISH

                   The finishing line will be between a staff or line displaying a blue flag on the finishing vessel and the yellow Mark.

 

12              USE OF ENGINES

Any boat, which uses her engine during the race, shall submit a written report of the incident, including the time, distance covered and reasons, to the regatta office or starting vessel within the protest time. The jury may, following a hearing, take any action it deems appropriate. This changes RRS 42.

 

13              TIME LIMITS

                   Time limit will be 18.00hrs each day. Boats failing to finish within the time limit will be scored DNF. This changes RRS 35, A4 and a5.

 

14              PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS

14.1           Boats intending to protest shall inform the finishing vessel immediately after finishing.

14.2           Extra Protest forms are available at the race office. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.

14.3           For each boat, the protest time limit is 60 minutes after its finish time or 18,15 hrs whichever is earlier.

14.4           Notices will be posted as soon as possible no later then 19.45 hrs on the notice board to inform competitors of hearings which they are party to or in which they are named as witnesses. Hearings will be held in the protest room, located on the Committee Cat.

14.5           Except for breaches of part 1 and 2 of the RRS the protest committee may apply any penalty.

 

15              SCORING

15.1           The Low Point scoring system, RRS A4.1, will apply except that a boat’s score will be the total of her races. This changes RRS A2

15.2           The finishing order of boats in handicap classes is the finishing order on corrected time. The corrected time is calculated using the time on time system for the applicable handicap.

 

16              SAFETY REGULATIONS

16.1           A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible. VHF channel 68 or Tel: +1 721 55 33 666

 

 

 

 

17              EQUIPMENT AND MEASUREMENT CHECKS

A boat or equipment may be inspected at any time for compliance with the class rules and sailing instructions. On the water, a boat can be instructed by a race committee measurer to proceed immediately to a designated area for inspection.

 

 

18              PRIZES

Prizes will be given as follows:

At Statia:

  • The “Windward Adventures First Salute” Trophy – awarded to the winner of Race 1.
  • The Statia Tourism Trophy  – awarded to overall the winner of races 2 to 4

Overall trophy’s:

  • Winner of the bareboats
  • Winner of the open class
  • Winner of the multihulls

Final Prizegiving on the 19th November at the IGY Yacht Club restaurant in the Simpson Bay Lagoon

 

19              DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing 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.

 

20              INSURANCE

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance.

 

ADDENDUM A

Race Area and course diagram

 

ADDENDUM B

 Courses (SI 8)

Thursday, Nov 15: Race 1

Simpson Bay – Statia (37 nm)

  • Start in Simpson Bay between the committee boat and the Yellow mark to her Port side in a windward direction.
  • Head for the Yellow mark approx. ½ mile to windward, round to Starboard
  • Head for the South Cape of STATIA and leave to starboard.
  • Finish between the committee-boat and the yellow mark to her port side.

GPS (approx.)

Start:                 N18 01.700’  W63 06.700’ 

Finish:               N17 28.800’  W62 59.500’ 

 

Friday Nov 16: Races 2,3 & 4

Windward / Leeward races (approx. 4 nm each)

  • Start off Fort Orange between the committee boat and the Yellow Windward Adventures mark to her port side (the pen end).
  • Round the yellow windward (1) and yellow pin end in the following sequence: (1) – (pin) – (1) – (pin) – (1) , leaving all marks to Port.
  • Finish between the committee boat and the yellow pin.

 

Saturday, Nov 17: Race 5

Fort Orange – Gustavia, St. Barths (32 nm)

  • Start off Fort Orange between the committee boat and the Yellow mark to her port side in a windward direction
  • Head for the South Cape of STATIA and round to Port.
  • Round island ILE COCO to port.
  • Finish outside Gustavia south of LES GROS ILETS between the committee boat and the yellow mark.

GPS (approx.)

Start:                 N17 28.800’  W62 59.500’ 

Finish:               N17 53.500’  W62 51.700’ 

 

 

Sunday Nov 18: Race 6

Gustavia – Road Bay Anguilla (35 nm)

  • Start outside Gustavia between Committee-boat and the Yellow mark to her port side in windward direction
  • Head for the Yellow mark approx. half (½) mile to windward, round to port
  • Head for the North Cape of ST. MARTIN leaving ILE FOURCHUE and TINTAMARRE to starboard
  • Head for ANQUILLITA ISLAND and round to starboard
  • Head for the Finish outside Road Bay. Finish between the committee-boat and the yellow mark.

GPS (approx.)

Start:               N17 54.400’  W62 52.200’ 

Finish:             N18 12.200’  W63 06.000’

 

Monday Nov 19: Race 7

Road Bay, – Simpson Bay, St. Maarten ( 29 nm)

  • Start outside Road Bay between the Committee-boat and the Yellow mark to her port side. (downwind start)
  • Head for ANQUILLITA ISLAND and round to port
  • Head for EASTERN POINT of ST. Martin and round to starboard
  • Head for POINT BLANCHE and round to starboard
  • Finish between the committee boat and the yellow mark, in Simpson Bay.

GPS (approx.)

Start:               N18 12.200’  W63 06.000’

Finish:             N18 01.900’  W63 06.300’ 

 Special finish procedure in case the finish boat is not in position:

When no committee-boat is in the finishing position, boats should record their own finish time when they arrive at the finish waypoint indicated above for each course. The finish time should be recorded as dd:hh:mm:ss together with the GPS position at that time.

 

 

 

ADDENDUM C

 

Location of the notice boards and regatta-offices

 

 

Wednesday 14 November 2018 – ENTRIES

 

Regatta-office:              Committee Cat in Bobby’s Marina, Great Bay.

Open from 15.00 to 18.00 hrs

Notice Board:                Committee Cat in Bobby’s Marina, Great Bay.

Open from 15.00 to 18.00 hrs

 

 

Thursday 15 November 2018 – Statia Race

 

Regatta-office:              Committee Cat on the dock in Statia

Notice Board:                Committee Cat on the dock in Statia

 

 

Friday 16 November 2018 – Windward/Leeward Races

 

Regatta-office:              Committee Cat on the dock in Statia

Notice Board:                Committee Cat on the dock in Statia

 

 

Saturday 17 November 2018 – Fort Orange to Gustavia

 

Regatta-office:              Committee Cat on anchor in Gustavia.

Notice Board:                Committee Cat on anchor in Gustavia.

 

 

Sunday 18 November 2018– Gustavia to Road Bay

 

Regatta-office:              Committee Cat on anchor in Road Bay

Notice Board:                Committee Cat on anchor in Road Bay

 

 

Monday 19 November 2018 – Road Bay Bay to Simpson Bay

 

Regatta-office:              Committee Cat on anchor in Simpson Bay

Notice Board:                Committee Cat on anchor in Simpson Bay