1 ORGANISING AUTHORITY
The Organising Authority (OA) will be the St. Thomas Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Sailing Association
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 PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME
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.
(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.
5 SKIPPERS ELIGIBILITY
(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.
(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 www.sailing.org/isafsailor. Skippers shall inform the OA of their ISAF Sailor ID at registration.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
9 CREW (INCLUDING SKIPPER)
(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
(b) Each event will consist of the following stages:
A double round robin
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.
(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.
(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).
(a) First prize - Trophy
Second prize - Trophy
Third prize - Trophy
14 MEDIA, IMAGES AND SOUND
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.
16 OTHER REQUIREMENTS
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.