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St. Thomas Yacht Club
and Virgin Islands Sailing Association

Open Match Racing Division

Racing days: November 22 - 24, 2013

Registration and Practice Sailing:
21st, 2013


Regatta Director: Verian Aguilar
Principal Race Officer: Bill Canfield
Darcy Cook RO
Dick Schweers
Sharon Bernd
Sandy Symkens

2013 Umpires
Peter Shrubb, Bermuda – Chief Umpire as required by regulation 18.12
Chris Petraco, USA, IU
Bruce Cook ,USA, IU
Jeff Borland, USA, IU
Kathy Lindgren, USA, NU
Dave Devries, AHO, NU
Greg Kiely, USA, NU
Ruth Miller, ISV, IJ


Tentative Social Schedule
YHG = Yacht Haven Grande in Havensite area
STYC = St. Thomas Yacht Club, Cowpet Bay St. Thomas

Thursday November 21
9:30 - 3:30 Practice Session @ YHG

4:00 - 6:00 Weigh In @ YHG

6:00 - 8:00 Welcome party @ YHG

Friday November 22 
7:15 – 7:45 Complimentary Breakfast @ YHG
7:45 Competitors’ Meeting @ YHG
9:00 Sailing Begins in Harbor
5:00 Debrief and Complimentary Refreshments @ YHG
6:00 Casual Dinner @ Hooters
Saturday November 23
7:15 – 7:45 Complimentary Breakfast @ YHG
7:45 Competitors’ Meeting @ YHG
9:00 Sailing Begins in Harbor
5:00 Debrief and Complimentary Refreshments @ YHG
6:00 – 10:00 Complimentary Dinner and Drinks – Patron Margarita Night w music and dancing @ St. Thomas Yacht Club

Sunday November 24
7:15 – 7:45 Complimentary Breakfast @ YHG
7:45 Competitors’ Meeting @ YHG 9:00 Sailing Begins in Harbor
2:30 Awards and Complimentary Food and drinks @ YHG


Match Racing Explained

The Essence
The basic game of match race sailing consists of two yachts, each with the objective of crossing the finishing line before her opponent while complying with the racing rules (and sailing instructions, etc.). As with the rules of other sports, the yacht racing rules are generally framed to give advantage to whoever is in the lead. Each yacht's objective is simple: to be the first to cross the finish line with no outstanding penalties, having started correctly, sailed the course, and complied with any special requirements.

Mastering the Start
The simplest way to achieve this is to be in an advantageous, controlling position at the start and to remain ahead and in control for the entire race. With evenly matched boats and crews, a good start usually results in winning the match, although the downwind finishes means that a small lead is not always sufficient to ensure victory.

Control is Key
Being 'in control' at the start doesn't necessarily mean being in the lead at the moment of the starting signal; the object is to be 'in control' soon after the start. With superior speed and timing it is possible to be second across the starting line, but achieve a controlling position very soon after. Depending upon the experience and confidence of the skippers and crews, there is often a psychological advantage to be gained by the skipper who is clearly in control during the pre-start period.

Upwind vs. Downwind
During the race on upwind legs the yacht in control is either ahead and in such a position that any wind shift will not benefit the other yacht, or close ahead in a position where her dirty wind or backwind is adversely affecting her opponent, or her opponent is trapped and unable to tack because of the proximity of the controlling yacht. On downwind legs, protecting a lead is often difficult and, unless well ahead, the leader will be concerned with ensuring he is inside or ahead at the next mark rather than being 'in control'.



An Open Division and Women's Division Regatta

21 - 24 November 2013



             The Organising Authority (OA) will be the St. Thomas Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Sailing Association

2              VENUE
The venue will be St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

3              EVENT GRADING
The event has applied for ISAF Grade 2

This grading is subject to review by the ISAF Match Race Rankings Sub Committee. The event may be re-graded when there is clear reason to do so.

4.1      (a)       Race office open from 10h00 through 16h00 on 21 November, 2013.
(b)       Registration from 10h00 through 16h00 on 21 November, 2013.
(c)       Crew weighing from 10h00 through 16h00, on 21 November 2013
(d)       A 2 hour practice per team from 10h00 through 16h00 on 21 November, 2013
(e)       First briefing at 17h30, 21 November, 2013
(f)       First meeting with umpires at following the first briefing.
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(h)       Racing days from 22 November through 24 November, 2013.
(i)        Scheduled time of the first race each day will be 0900.
(j)        Daily press conference 30 minutes after the last race of each day.
(k)       Prize giving on 24 November, 2013 following the last race.
(l)        No race will start after 1400 hr on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

4.2       Unless excused by the OA, attendance at the following is mandatory:
(a)       Initial briefing for skippers.
(b)       Daily briefing, for skippers.
(c)        Daily press conferences, for skippers sailing that day.
(d)       Regatta dinner, for skippers.
(e)        Prize giving for the final skippers and crews.

(a)       At least ten(10) skippers will be invited. Only skippers invited by the OA will be eligible to enter this event. Applications for invitations to this event are attached to this Notice of Race. The issuance of invitations is at the sole discretion of the OA. Acceptance of invitations must be received by the OA by 01 October, 2013.

(b)       The registered skipper shall helm the boat at all times while racing, except in an emergency.

(c)        To remain eligible a skipper shall confirm acceptance of the invitation in writing, (fax or e-mail is acceptable) to be received by 15 October, 2013.

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(e)       All competitors shall meet the eligibility requirements of ISAF regulation 19.2.

(f)       All competitors shall obtain an ISAF Sailor ID by registering online at Skippers shall inform the OA of their ISAF Sailor ID at registration.


6              ENTRIES
6.1      (a)         The skipper shall be entered on completion of registration, crew weighing and the payment of all fees and deposits. All payments shall be made by credit card, local currency (US Dollar) or check.

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6.2          Entry Fee
A non-refundable entry fee of $US 400 shall be paid by 01 November, 2013.  Entries received after that date will be charged $US500, or may be refused, at the sole discretion of the OA.

6.3       When a skipper accepts an invitation and later withdraws within two months of the event or leaves the event before the end without written approval from the OA, a zero score may be applied to their Ranking points for that event by the ISAF. (ISAF Regulation 24.2)

6.4          Damage deposit
(a)       An initial damage deposit of $US 500 shall be paid at registration, unless extended by the OA. This deposit is the maximum payable by the skipper as a result of any one incident.

(b)        If a deduction from the damage deposit is decided by the OA it may require that the deposit be restored to its original amount before the skipper will be permitted to continue in the event.

(c)       Any remaining deposit after the event will be refunded within 10 days after the event.

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7              RULES
(a)     The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the RRS, including Appendix C.

(b)     The rules for the handling of boats will apply, and will also apply to any practice sailing. Class rules will not apply.

(c)     The National Authority has no prescriptions to the Racing Rules of Sailing.

7.2       Add to RRS 41: (e) help to recover from the water and return on board a crew member, provided the return on board is at the approximate location of the recovery.

RRS C8.6 will be changed in the sailing instructions.

7.3       An International Jury (IJ) will be appointed in accordance with RRS Appendix N.


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8           BOATS AND SAILS
(a)        The event will be sailed in IC 24 type boats.

(b)        Eight (8) boats will be provided, plus one or two spares. More boats may be provided, if available.

(c)        The following sails will be provided for each boat:
Mainsail, Jib, and Spinnaker.

(d)       Boats will be allocated by draw at such times as decided by the Race Committee.



(a)        The number of crew (including the skipper) shall be no less than four (4) and no more than five (5). All registered crew shall sail all races. The OA will supply each boat with a junior crew member. These crew will be working members of the crew and will be trained in match racing

(b)        The maximum total crew weight, determined prior to racing, shall be 350kg, (770 lbs) when wearing at least shorts and shirts including the provided high school sailor

(c)        When a registered skipper is unable to continue in the event the OA may authorise an original crew member to substitute.

(d)        When a registered crew member is unable to continue in the event the OA may authorise a substitute, a temporary substitute or other adjustment.


10        EVENT FORMAT
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(b)        Each event will consist of the following stages:

Stage 1

       A double round robin

Stage 2

Semi-final knockout

Stage 3

Final and Petit Final knockout (If time permits, the OA may include a consolation round to determine positions below 4th place.)

(c)        The OA may change the format, terminate or eliminate any round, when conditions do not permit the completion of the intended format.


11        COURSE
(a)       The course will be windward/leeward with starboard roundings, finishing downwind.

(b)       The intended course area will be in the harbor of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.



(a)        As boats and equipment will be supplied by the Organising Authority, ISAF, regulation (Appendix 1) 20.4 applies. Each boat will be required to display advertising as supplied by the OA.

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(c)        Competitors may be permitted to display advertising ashore at the venue, but this is subject to individual negotiation with the Organising Authority.

(d)        Boats shall not be permitted the right to protest for breaches of any rules regarding advertising (amends RRS 60.1).

13        PRIZES

(a)              First prize -                            Trophy
Second prize -                       Trophy
Third prize -                          Trophy

The OA may require television personnel and equipment (or dummies) to be carried on board while racing and may require competitors to be available for interviews. The OA shall have the right to use any images and sound recorded during the event free of any charge.

15           COACH BOATS
(a)       Coach boats are not permitted. A coach boat is any boat that is under the direction or control of a person gathering information or giving material support for the benefit of particular competitors either on the water or off.

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17           DISCLAIMER
All those taking part in the event do so at their own risk. The OA, its associates and appointees accept no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or inconvenience incurred, howsoever caused.

Entries will only be accepted from invited skippers. If you wish to be invited please register your request for an invitation as soon as possible with the OA by completing the attached form.


Date of Issue: Date
Notice of Race 2013,version number: Number 2 
June 1, 2013




St. Thomas is an Island in the US Virgin Islands and our airport code is STT. We are served by American Airlines, US Air, Delta United and Spirit Airlines with direct flights from US Cities. Another option (often less expensive) is to fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and catch a 30 minute flight over to St. Thomas on American Eagle or Cape Air. Once in St. Thomas the venue for the match race will be Yacht Haven Grande, which is a 15 minute cab ride from the airport.

Rental cars are available at St. Thomas airport and other locations on the island.  


Housing and Transportation


It is the intent of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race to house all competitors in local homes and condominiums on St. Thomas. It is suggested that all teams rent a car for their transportation to and from the venue.

If you plan on sailing to St. Thomas and staying aboard your vessel we will arrange docking for you at YHG



IC 24 History

The boats used in the Carlos Aguilar Match Race are of the home grown variety as they were built and developed right on St. Thomas. After Hurricane Marilyn devastated our racing fleet for the 2nd time in ten years sailing was at all time low ebb at STYC. The club began a search for an inexpensive one -design vessel that families could race on competitively as well as 4 – 5 adults. The goal was to keep it easy, simple and cheap. After many meetings no decision could be made with Sonars, Colgate 27’s and a hoard of other vessels being considered.

About that time former residents, Dan and Karen Neri sailed through the islands and Dan came up with a solution to the problem. He said there were 6000 J 24’s sitting in people’s garages not being used, buy them cheap and cut off the deck and cabin sole and make them comfortable with a “Melges 24” type cockpit. Chris Rosenberg took the idea and ran with it pulling an old decrepit J 24 hull off a barge and hiring local fiberglass “guy” Morgan Avery to build a mold.  IC 24 #1 was complete and we had our first boat. Chris developed some quick class rules to keep the boat easy to sail and he went out and sold the idea to five other bored local sailors. Now we had our fleet and it was introduced in the 1999 International Rolex Regatta.

The rest is history with 8 more boats being built in St. Thomas and fleets developing in Puerto Rico, Tortola and a few areas in the US. More sophisticated class rules were developed and the use of spinnakers was added a few years ago. The class continues to grow and became an ideal boat for match racing. It was first used in the 2005 Nations Cup NA Finals in St. Thomas and last year was used in the 1st Carlos match race with brand new sails provided by Ulysse Nardin. In 2009 the boats were used for the US Sailing Women’s Match Race Championship and again for the 2nd Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race. This is all made possible by the generosity of the boat owners who allow their boats to be abused each year by aggressive match racers. 

Whether you are sailing on Carlos’ beloved Green Boat, Hull # 1, called Boat Drinks or any other IC 24 we hope you enjoy our local class with its humble beginnings.


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