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NOTICE OF RACE
For the Samui Regatta, 26th May to 2nd June 2012
Updated 1st May 2012
The Regatta organisers wish to mention to all participants that the underlying aim of the event is to provide competitive and enjoyable racing for all crews, irrespective of the design or vintage of their boats.
The Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia, in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Sports Authority of Thailand.
All enquiries and entries should be addressed to:
The Secretary, Samui Regatta 2012,
20/11 Thepkassatri Road,
Phuket Boat Lagoon, Amphur Muang,
Phuket 83200, Thailand.
Tel: +66 (0)81 894 0280
Fax: +66 (0)76 319 272
The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 and by
The IRC Rules 2012, Parts A, B and C.
The OMR Rule for Multihulls
The Asian Handicap System and the rules applicable to the rating system for the Cruising Class
The Platu 25 International Class Rules, amended by the National Class Association of Thailand.
The SMS Sports Boat Handicap System
The Firefly 850 Sport One Design Rules
The IHCA Rules
This Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions
References herein to a Rule or Appendix are to the RRS or its Appendices unless otherwise stated. In the case of conflict the Sailing Instructions will prevail. (This changes Rule 63.7)
IRC Rules Parts A, B & C. For the purposes of IRC Rule 21.1.5(d), this is a regatta run on consecutive days (so the sails on board shall remain the same throughout). However, as permitted by IRC Rule 11.1, Rule 21.1.5(e) shall not apply during Samui Regatta 2012, thus allowing the use of a spare mainsail as a racing replacement.
Class Rules for one-design entries and boats sailing under a standard one-design rating, including crew limits (if any).
The Sailing Instructions will be available during registration.
No National prescriptions shall apply.
If there is a conflict between languages the English text shall prevail.
Advertising on a boat or by its crew is permitted in accordance with the ISAF Advertising Code. (formerly Category C) - Boats with advertising material incorporated should include details with their Entry Form.
The Race Committee reserves the right to forbid items of advertising which may conflict with the regatta sponsors, or in any way offend Thai laws or customs by their nature.
The Regatta will have the following classes. The Race Committee (RC) may split classes into divisions. A minimum of 6 boats, are required to constitute a class or division.
Classes may be amalgamated or divided at the discretion of the Race Committee. Specifically, all boats of a particular design shall race in the same class at the direction of the race committee.
The Race Committee reserves the right to adjust the eligibility criteria and / or reallocation of boats in the interests of fair competition. The determination of eligibility criteria and the allocation of boats to particular classes or divisions shall not be grounds for protest or redress.
IRC – Monohull Yachts with valid 2012 IRC rating certificates.
Classes will be split based on number of entries.
Provisional Class Splits will be as follows:
TCC Range, DLR and Age
TCC 1.255 and greater, DLR <145, Hull Factor >10.4
TCC 1.045 - 1.255
TCC 1.000 - 1.045
IRC Displacement >14,500kg.
SMS Sports Boats
SMS Recognised Sportsboat Design
IRC Hull Factor 7.8 or less or age date prior to 1995.
IRC Rules Parts A, B and C shall apply, except as varied below or in the Sailing Instructions.
IRC Endorsed Certificates
IRC endorsed certificates are only required for the IRC Zero.
The Race Committee reserves the right to amend the class splits in the light of 2011/2012 performance data before the start of the Regatta.
Boats rating 0.010 or less below the lower limit of the next class up, may request permission to move up to the class above and race using the bottom rating of that class. The decision of the Race Committee is final and not subject to appeal.
Boats over 15m LH (LOA) with canting keels or boats over 22m LOA may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Race Committee. Such boats should contact the Race Committee to discuss eligibility prior to attempting to enter the regatta. If sufficient large canting keeled boats wish to enter then they may be given separate divisions within IRC.
Multihull (catamaran and trimaran) boats of a size and condition acceptable to the Race Committee. Entrants should have a current valid OMR certificate. If a boat does not possess a current valid OMR certificate, an OMR rating will be calculated by the Race Committee based on the principles of the current OMR rule.
Subject to entry numbers, the Race Committee may split this class into:
Racing Multihull (only multihulls with a current valid OMR certificate)
Beach launched Catamarans of a size and condition acceptable to the Race Committee.
Racing under the IRC Handicap system. Each boat must be confirmed to be part of a bona fide bareboat charter fleet and their design based on standard production models with shoal keel configuration designed for charter/cruising. Boats will be sailed in charter trim utilizing a coach-roof fixed traveller, with standard mainsail, jib and one cruising chute/spinnaker with or without pole. Boats that are chartered with full sail inventories, cockpit fixed traveler and or not carrying a full charter inventory are not eligible.
Boats must carry all the equipment normally carried on a bareboat charter in its normal position except for the dinghy and its motor, oars and fuel tank. Biminis and sail covers may be removed and stowed below, but must remain on board. Any boats found to be stripped or lightened shall be subject to a penalty. Boats must comply with all safety requirements including, no part of an anchor shall overhang the bow while racing.
For charter boats which are of custom design, boats with racing configuration and/or deep keel configuration, the Committee will consider written applications for inclusion of such boats in the Bareboat Class. Applications giving details of the boat and the reasons for consideration should be received no later than 4th May 2012.
Boats, participating with the owner onboard, or charterers who are joining the regatta for the first time and are acceptable to the Race Committee. This class is designed shorthanded sailors and for cruisers that do not normally race and therefore may not have a valid handicap certificate.
One-Design Class Racing
One-design classes of more than 6 boats, may apply to the Race Committee for their own class status. Applications should be made to the Race Committee by the Class Association and must be submitted no later than 4th May, 2012.
Participating boats shall comply with the RYA-RORC Special Regulations, Safety and Equipment requirements of a Category 4 Regatta with the exception of Sport Boats and Beach Catamaran Classes, which shall comply with the RYA-RORC Appendix J Category 5 Special Regulations. Boats shall comply with their Class Safety regulations, sail limitations and other regulations where they differ from ORC Category 5.
Any boats that do not comply fully with the requirements may apply to the Race Committee for dispensation. The Committee will consider written applications for inclusion of such boats giving details of the boat and the reasons for consideration, if received no later than 4th May 2012.
The requirement to be self righting will not apply to the Multihull and Beach Catamaran classes.
All boats may be subjected to inspection at any point during the regatta, and their entry may be refused or withdrawn in the interests of safety.
The IRC 2012 Rule Parts A, B and C will apply to IRC and Bareboat Charter Classes.
The current QCYC OMR Rule will apply to Multihulls.
The SMS Sports Boat Rule will apply to recognised SMS Sports Boats.
Boats in the Cruising Class may be allocated an adjusted TCF by the Race Committee.
The TCF may be adjusted during the course of the regatta. Calculation and adjustment of TCFs is not grounds for redress or protest.
Boats in the Cruising Multihull class, or, if the Multihull Class is not split as provided in Clause 2, non certified boats in the Multihull class, will be allocated a TCF by the Race Committee. The TCF may be adjusted during the course of the regatta. Calculation and adjustment of TCFs is not grounds for redress or protest.
IRC, SMS and OMR Certificates: Competitors wishing to enter a class, which requires a current valid IRC, OMR or SMS certificate, shall provide a copy of their certificate with the entry form. Those competitors entering via the website, shall forward a copy of their certificate to the Regatta Office prior to 26th May 2012. Competitors are responsible for obtaining copies of certificates from the relevant issuing authority.
The original or a certified true copy of any required Rating Certificate shall be presented for inspection at the Regatta office no later than 24 hours prior to the Warning Signal of the first race.
An official IRC measurer may be present during the event to check new sails and modifications and may, at his discretion, require any boat in any class/division to be inspected. Any boat requiring measurement shall notify the Regatta office by 12 noon on 26th May 2012 (Saturday). All charges and fees incurred by a boat in obtaining or modifying Rating Certificates shall be borne by the boat owner.
5. CREW LIMITATIONS
IRC Rule 22.4.2 shall not apply. There will be no limitations on crew number or weight except as required for boats rated as one design, which shall comply with IRC Rule 22.4.1
In the Multihull class, the Race Committee must be notified of the declared crew weight at time of registration. No alteration to the boats’ TCC will be permitted during the regatta except as a result of a rating protest, or to correct rating office errors
Saturday 26th May 2012
Registration 15.00 – 17.00 (Centara Grand, Chaweng Beach)
Sunday 27th May 2012
Registration 10.00 – 16.00 (Centara Grand, Chaweng Beach)
Practise Race 13.00
Skippers Briefing 17.30
Monday 28th June – Saturday 2nd June 2012
5 Days Racing + 1 Reserve Day
Max Number of Races: 10
Daily Social Events to Be Announced on www.samuiregatta.com
Saturday 2nd June 2012
Gala Dinner 18.30 (Centara Grand, Chaweng Beach)
The courses to be sailed will based on Coastal, Trapezoid, Windward/Leeward, or Triangle formats and will be decided depending on weather conditions.
8. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The Sailing Instructions will be available at registration, which is held at Race Headquarters, Centara Grand Beach Resort, Chaweng Beach from 15:00 on Saturday 26th May 2012.
Additional copies of the Sailing Instructions will be available at the Skippers Briefing, which will be held at 17:30 on Sunday 27th May 2012 in at the Centara Grand.
9. PENALTY SYSTEM
9.1 For Monohull classes on Windward/ Leeward Courses, the “Two-Turns” penalty (RRS 44.1) is changed to a “One Turn” (including one tack and one gybe), penalty except for infringements that occur within three boat lengths of a rounding mark.
9.2 For the Multihull, Firefly 850 Sports, Classic and Beach Catamaran classes only, Rules 44.1 and 44.2 are changed so that only one turn, including one tack and one gybe, is required.
10. INTERNATIONAL JURY
An International Jury, properly constituted in accordance with Appendix N of RRS 2009-2012, will be appointed for the Regatta. There shall be no appeal from the decisions of the international jury in accordance with Rule 70.5.
The ISAF RRS Appendix A Low Point scoring System will be used. The Regatta is designated as a Series under Rule A2.
For all classes, a minimum of 2 completed races is required to constitute a series. When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her scores.
When 5 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worse score. If a race is cancelled or abandoned by the Race Committee, the above minimum may be adjusted accordingly.
CLASS TROPHIES AND PRIZES
The Regatta and its sponsors will award prizes, in each class and division, for:
First, Second and Third overall;
First, Second and Third each day
Other prizes including prizes for individual races and divisional results and line honours may be awarded at the discretion of the Organising Committee.
13. ENTRY FEES
Up to and including May 1st 2012
Boat Entry Fee: (inclusive of Skipper's Fee) 12,500 THAI BAHT
Additional Crew Member Entry Fee: 3,500 THAI BAHT
The entry fee includes participation of skipper. An additional Crew fee of 3,500 THAI BAHT is payable at or before registration for each additional crew member and supporter participating in official functions and parties of the Regatta.
In the event of a race being abandoned or cancelled, entry fees will not be refunded.
If written cancellation of entry is received at the Regatta office before 1700 on Friday 18th May, 2012. The whole fee less a 3,000 THAI BAHT administration charge will be refunded. After this deadline refunds will be made only in exceptional circumstances.
(No extra fee will be charged if the entry form has been submitted before 1st May 2012. A late fee of 1000 THAI BAHT PER BOAT AND 500 BAHT PER CREW will be charged after this date).
Crew fees include complementary boat transfers during racing, transport to and from social events, all the official social events and the issue of complimentary Regatta souvenirs. Non-sailing participants may enjoy the social events upon payment of 1000 THAI BAHT per person per night, apart from the gala dinner, which is subject to availability.
Owners wishing to enter their boats for Samui Regatta 2012:
At time of publishing, we are unable to take online payments.
Entrants should access the website, www.samuiregatta.com at any time before 28th May 2012, download and complete the Entry Form, make payment by bank transfer and mail or fax to the address given on Page 1 of this NOR.
Boats are required to be adequately covered by appropriate third party liability insurance to at least the minimum amount of 1,000,000 US$ or THB equivalent, and entrants shall declare that such cover is and will be maintained in full force throughout the Samui Regatta.
It is recommended that all crew and others on board are adequately insured, including against medical costs.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS INSURANCE COVER SHOULD BE MADE PRIOR TO THE REGATTA. ADDITIONAL COVERAGE MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION.
All competing boats will be issued with a pair of hull stickers incorporating the Samui Regatta and sponsor logos. The decals are to be secured to each side of the fore part of the hull for the duration of the Regatta.
All boats shall carry sail numbers in accordance with RRS Rule 77 and Appendix G. The Race Committee may relieve a boat of her obligations under this Clause, but only if a request is made to the Race Committee no later than 24 hours prior to the warning signal of the first race in which relief is sought.
Whilst the Regatta Organisers will do their best to arrange a safe environment for competing boats and crews, all entrants are cautioned to secure valuables at all times during the Regatta.
Skippers are required to sign a Declaration upon registration, absolving the Samui Regatta Organisers of liability in the event of loss. Access to official social functions will be restricted to those who have paid the crew fee or social fee, and are identified by a security tag issued by the Samui Regatta organisers.
18. HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Samui Regatta relies heavily on the support of event partners and supporters. The regatta website will list the hotels who are supporting us this year, and those who have supported us in the past – www.samuiregatta.com.
The Organising Committee, the Race Committee, the Regatta sponsors and their representatives, officers, members and volunteers accept no liability whatsoever for any loss of life, property, personal injury, or damage caused by or arising out of the Regatta. Participants compete entirely at their own risk.