NOTICE OF RACE
For the Samui Regatta, 24th May to 31st May 2014
Published 14th March 2014
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 2014,
c/o Centara Grand Beach Resort,
38/2 Moo 3, Borpud, Chaweng Beach.
Koh Samui, 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 and by:
The IRC Rules 2013, Parts A, B and C.
The OMR Rule for Multihulls
The RYA National Handicap for Cruisers
The Platu 25 International Class Rules, amended by the National Class Association of Thailand.
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 2014, 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. Boats with advertising material incorporated should include details with their Entry Form.
Boats shall be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority.
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 is open to boats in the following classes:
Monohull Classes will be based on actual entries and divided based on Design, IRC Hull Factor (HF), IRC Displacement Length Ratio (DLR), IRC Length of Hull (LH), IRC Series Date and the boats Time Correction Factor (TCC).
Based on the 2013 entries, anticipated class splits would be as follows:
TCC Range, DLR and Age
TCC 1.255 and greater, DLR <145, Hull Factor >10.4 LH>16m
IRC One (See Division Notes)
TCC 1.050- 1.254
TCC 1.000 - 1.0490
TCC .999 and below
IRC Bareboat Charter
SEE NOTE BELOW
IRC Hull Factor 7.5 or less
IRC Boat Weight >13,500kg.Hull Factor<10, TCC 1.055 or greater
DLR <150. LH < 10m, and TCC greater than 0.950
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.
Subject to minimum entries The Race Committee may split the IRC 1 class into divisions as follows:-
IRC One Division A
TCC 1.050- 1.254, DLR <145, Hull Factor >10.4
IRC One Division B
TCC 1.050- 1.254 DLR >145
A minimum of 5 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.
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 designed for charter/cruising. Boats will be sailed in charter trim with standard mainsail, jib and one cruising chute/asymmetric spinnaker with or without pole. Boats that are chartered with full sail inventories 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 1st May 2014.
Boats, participating with the owner onboard,. This class is designed shorthanded sailors and for cruisers that do not normally race and therefore may not have a valid handicap certificate. This class will be scored using the National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC) performance handicap system.
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 Catamarans - Beach launched Catamarans of a size and condition acceptable to the Race Committee.
One-Design Class Racing
One-design classes of more than 5 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 1st May, 2014.
All participating boats shall comply with the 2013 ISAF Offshore Special Regulations, Safety and Equipment requirements of a Category 4 Regatta with VHF with the exception of Sport Boats and Beach Catamaran Classes, which shall comply with the 2013 ISAF Category 5 with VHF Special Regulations. Boats shall comply with their Class Safety regulations, sail limitations and other regulations where they differ from ISAF 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 1st May 2014.
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 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 2013 Rule Parts A, B and C will apply to IRC Classes.
The current QCYC OMR Rule will apply to Multihulls.
Boats in the Cruising Multihull division, 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.
Boats in the Cruising classes will be allocated a handicap by the Race Committee based on the RYA National Handicap for Cruisers, which is a performance handicap scheme. This handicap may be adjusted daily during the regatta. Calculation and adjustment of handicaps for these classes is not grounds for redress or protest.
IRC, OMR Ratings: Competitors wishing to enter a class which, requires a current valid IRC or OMR rating, 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 25th May 2013. 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 24th May 2014 (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 designs which shall comply with IRC Rule 22.4.1
In the Multihull class, the Race Committee must be notified of the declared crew weight (WCD) 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.
6. ENTRY FEES
Entries shall be received with full payment prior to 1st May 2014.
Boat Entry Fee (inclusive of Skipper's Fee): 17,500 Thai Baht
Additional Crew Member Entry Fee: 5,000 Thai Baht
A late entry fee of 2,500 THAI BAHT PER BOAT AND 500 BAHT PER CREW will be charged for all entries/payments received after 1st May 2014.
The boat entry fee includes participation of skipper. An additional Crew fee of 5,000 THAI BAHT is payable for each additional crew member and supporter participating in official functions and parties of the regatta. 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.
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 16th May, 2014. 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.
Non-sailing participants may enjoy the social events upon payment of 1,000 Thai Baht per person per night, apart from the Gala Dinner. Tickets for the Gala Dinner will be 1,500 Thai Baht, subject to very limited availability.
Owners wishing to enter their boats for Samui Regatta 2014:
Entrants should access the website, www.samuiregatta.com at any time before 1st May 2014, 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.
PLEASE NOTE: At time of publishing, we are unable to take online payments.
Saturday 24th May 2014
Registration 15.00 – 17.00 (Centara Grand Beach Resort, Chaweng Beach)
Sunday 25th May 2014
Registration 10.00 – 16.00 (Centara Grand Beach Resort, Chaweng Beach)
Practise Race 13.00
Skippers Briefing 17.30
Monday 26th May – Saturday 31st May 2014
5 Days Racing + 1 Reserve Day
Max Number of Races: 10
Saturday 31st May 2014
Gala Dinner 18.30 (Centara Grand Beach Resort, Chaweng Beach)
Daily Social Events to Be Announced on www.samuiregatta.com
The courses to be sailed will based on Coastal, Trapezoid, Windward/Leeward, or Triangle formats and will be decided depending on weather conditions.
10. 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 24th May 2014.
Additional copies of the Sailing Instructions will be available at the Skippers Briefing, which will be held at 17:30 on Sunday 25th May 2014 at the Centara Grand Beach Resort.
11.1 For all classes rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.
11.2 Decisions of the international jury will be final as provided in rule 70.5
12. INTERNATIONAL JURY
An International Jury will be appointed for the Regatta.
13.1 For all classes, 2 races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
13.2 When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
13.3 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.
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.
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. Also 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 and an identification number. 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.
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.