NOTICE OF RACE

 

 

Shorthanded Sailing Association of Australia Inc. (SSAA)

 

Short Course and Open Series 2002

 

The SSAA invites owners and charterers of eligible yachts to enter their short course ‘SC series’ and open ‘OS series’ shorthanded races.

 

 

1        Organising Authority

 

1.1      The races will be organized and conducted by the Shorthanded Sailing Association of Australia (SSAA).

1.2      The Race Committee of the SSAA shall be the Race Committee for the purposes of, and with the powers and discretions contained in RRS 88.1

 

2        Overview

 

2.1    Two series are offered (a short course series and an ‘open’ longer course series) The short course series are ‘out and back’ daytime races and ideally suits those whose time is limited and those who are new to the sport. The Open Series are longer races and suits those who may wish to extend their experience for further and longer shorthanded challenges.  A schedule summarising the sailing program for 2002 is available on the web site.

2.2      All notices regarding SSAA races will be posted on the SSAA web site, www.ssaa.com.au. The web site will be the main medium for communication to participants/entries and will be the official notice board.

 

3        Rules and Regulations

 

3.1      All races will be governed by the:

3.1.1          International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, when applicable

3.1.2                The rules as defined in the 2001-2004 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)

3.1.3                This Notice of Race and as may  be modified by the Sailing Instructions.

3.2    By making application for entry in these series, the owner or charterer of a yacht acknowledges that the various terms of this Notice of Race, the Entry Form and the Sailing Instructions shall be complied with. Specific attention is drawn to RRS Fundamental Rule 4, which states:        

A boat is solely responsible for deciding whether or not to start or to continue racing.

3.3    No means of propulsion may be used other than the force of the wind on sails and/or the manpower of the crew. No form of powered handling device may be used when the yacht is underway, regardless of the source of power, other than:

3.3.1              electrical/hydraulic or wind powered self steering systems,

3.3.2          hydraulically operated mast jacks, stays and vangs,

3.3.3          pumps to fill, transfer and exhaust water ballast.

 

3.4    Radar and electronic charting/navigation systems are allowed. Canting keels and rotating masts are permitted, canting masts are not.

3.5    The crew is limited to one, two or three as per series details following. All crew shall be a minimum of 18 years of age as of the day of the race entered.

3.6      Neither the SSAA nor their sponsors, accept any responsibility for the loss of life or injury to crew, or damage to, or loss of any yacht. Full responsibility for any mishaps befalling the yacht or crew will rest with the owner or crew under the ordinary process of law. The race committee, organisers and sponsors, do not accept any responsibility towards entrants, their yachts, or towards third parties with whom entrants may become involved. Furthermore, by participating in any race, each entrant agrees to release the race committee, organisers and sponsors from and against any and all claims, demands, causes of action, rights, liabilities, contract obligations, damages, costs, torts, suits, at law or in equity or otherwise, arising out of or any way relating to the race. This release shall be binding upon each entrant and the heirs, beneficiaries, representatives and estates of each entrant. Careful attention is drawn to paragraphs 1.02 of the ORC Special regulations 2000-2001 covering responsibility. Refer www.orc.org

3.7    The competitors have no right to expect or demand that rescue operations or other assistance be extended to them during any race.

3.8    The SSAA burgee must be flying at all times while racing.

 

4          Safety

 

4.1      AYF Special Regulations shall apply to all races, Category 3, as modified by the SSAA Safety Regulations 2002 and by the Sailing Instructions.

4.2      Each yacht shall have completed a 2002 SSAA Self Check Safety Form as found on the SSAA website, and shall have organised a Safety Inspection with a SSAA or AYF recognised Safety Auditor and obtained the necessary certificate.

4.3      Attention is drawn to Special Regulation 1.02 (a):

The safety of the boat and crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the owner or owner’s representative.

4.4      Each boat shall comply with the nominated Safety Category of each race and carry on board the specified equipment.

4.5      The Race Committee reserves the right to inspect a boat at any time for Safety Regulation compliance. Spot checks may be carried out.

4.6      Mae West type PFDs and Kapok filled PFDs are not acceptable

4.7      The appropriate charts for each race shall be carried on board.

4.8      Attention is drawn to RRS Fundamental Rule 1:

Every boat shall give all possible help to any person or vessel in danger.

 

5          Advertising

 

5.1      A boat may carry advertising in accordance with RRS Appendix 1 Category C

5.2      A boat will be required to display the event sponsor’s name, logo or backstay flag in accordance with RRS Appendix 1

5.3      The Race Committee reserves the right to reject the entry of any yacht, which in the Race Committee’s opinion is carrying advertising for a Company or product in conflict with the event sponsors.

5.4      The Race Committee reserves the right to require the removal from display any advertising that, in its opinion, is not in good taste. Owners are advised to refer any advertising to the Race Committee as soon as possible for approval.

 

6          Eligibility

 

6.1  Yachts shall be seaworthy, resistant to capsize, single or multi hulled vessels, that comply with the Notice of Race, its rules and conditions of entry.

6.2    Attention is drawn to stability and construction requirements for the entered vessel. (refer AYF Special Regulations section 3, Structural Features and Fixed Equipment and Appendix D, Resistance to Capsize).

6.3      For series entry, at least one member of the crew shall be a member of the SSAA, all other crewmembers shall be a member of an AYF/YA affiliated club (Being a member of SSAA qualifies, as the SSAA is now AYF/YA affiliated). Casual entries (entries into individual races) are acceptable from non-members of the SSAA.

6.4      The Race Committee reserves the right to reject or cancel an entry at its discretion (RRS 76)

7         Insurance. 

 

All crew are to provide evidence of a Public Liability and Third Party Property insurance policy for an amount of not less than A$10,000,000, which is current and applicable when racing.(AYF Gold membership is recommended and satisfies this requirement)                               

8          Prizes and Trophies

 

Prizes and trophies will be awarded at the discretion of the sailing committee and are dependent on sponsorship and the number of entries. A commemorative plaque will be presented to all yachts that enter a series.

 

Awards will only be presented to series entrants.

 

The SSAA present an award “SSAA Champion” which recognises success in and commitment to the SSAA sailing program. The criteria for this award will be announced before the commencement of racing for 2002.

Separate awards will be presented to mono hull and multi hull yachts.

9       Radio Communications.

 

Yachts should keep a listening watch on VHF Ch 16 during all races

 

                Specific Radio Instructions for individual Races will form part of the Sailing Instructions.

10     Sailing Instructions

 

Sailing Instructions, at the latest, will be posted on the web site on the Monday preceding the race.

 

 

11       Further Information

 

Please contact Peter McCorquodale on 0414 344 914, or Rob Drury on 0409 045 020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2002 ‘OS’ Open Series

 

1          Eligibility and Entry

 

1.1               The series is open to single hulled or multi-hulled yachts of 6.5m – 60LOA with a crew of two people. One of the crew must be a member of the SSAA for series entry. Casual entries (entries into individual races) are acceptable from non-members of the SSAA.

1.2               Owners and charterers of eligible yachts may enter on the Entry Form which shall be lodged with the SSAA no later than one week preceding the race being entered, accompanied by the required fee (see Item 2).

1.3               All crew shall be a current member of an AYF affiliated club, and have AYF Gold membership. (refer RRS Rule 46)

           

 

2         Fees

 

Entry for the seven race series                          $250.00 (Must be SSAA Member)

Entry for individual races                                   $  40.00

 

Bulk Entry is possible for the entire SSAA 2002 Race Program, including the Lord Howe Race but excluding the Tranz Tasman, at a cost of $400.00, which represents a significant saving. For a Bulk entry to be accepted, fees must be paid prior to the first race entered.

 

3       Schedule of Events

 

            Race                       Day & Date                           Course  

                OS-1                       16th March 2002                    Sydney-Botany Bay-Sydney

                OS-2                       20th April 2002                       Sydney –East to a latitude--- Sydney

                OS-3                       4th May 2002                          Pittwater-Bird Island-Pittwater

                OS-4                       7th June 2002                          Pittwater-Port Stephens

                OS-5                       5th July 2002                           Sydney-Boondelbah Island-Pittwater

                OS-6                       3rd August 2002                    Pittwater-Bird Island-Sydney

                OS-7                       TBA                                       Sydney-Port Hacking-Sydney

           

4       Safety

 

Races 1,2,3,6,7 will be Cat 3 plus fitted VHF radio

Races 4,5 will be Cat 3 plus life raft plus fitted VHF radio                     

 

5       Handicapping and Scoring

 

5.1      SSAA handicap and length divisions will apply. Length divisions will be 6.5metres to 35 feet LOA, 35 – 40 feet, 40 – 45 feet, 45 – 50 feet and 50 – 60 feet.

5.2      Five of the races count towards a series result.

5.3    Separate prizes will be awarded for mono and multi hull yachts.

 

6       Radio Communications 

 

Yachts should keep a listening watch on VHF Ch 16 during all races, with additional Radio Instructions for overnight races supplied with Sailing Instructions.

 

7          Time limit

 

No time limit applies

 

 

2002 ‘SC’ Short Course Series

 

1                   Eligibility and Entry

 

1.1       The series is open to single hulled or multi hulled yachts of 24’ – 60 ‘ LOA with a crew of one, two or three people. In the event of crew of three, the auto pilot, if fitted, cannot be used. One of the crew must be a member of the SSAA for series entry.  Casual entries from non members are accepted for individual races.

1.4               Entries are invited on the attached Entry Form which shall be lodged with the SSAA no later than the Monday preceding the race being entered, accompanied by the required fee (see Item 2).

1.5               All crew shall be a current member of an AYF affiliated club, and have AYF Gold membership. (refer RRS Rule 46)

 

2       Fees

 

Series Entry                                                           $200.00 (must be SSAA member)

Individual race                                                      $  30.00

 

Bulk Entry is possible for the entire SSAA 2002 Race Program, including the Lord Howe Race but excluding the Tranz Tasman, at a cost of $400.00, which represents a significant saving. For a Bulk entry to be accepted, fees must be paid prior to the first race entered.

 

3        Schedule of Events

 

Race                       Day & Date                           Course                  

                SC-1                        24th March                             Sydney-Long Reef-Sydney

                SC-2                        20th April                                Sydney –East to a longitude--- Sydney

                SC-3                        19th May                                 Pittwater-North-Pittwater (RPAYC)

                SC-4                        16th June                                 Sydney-Coogee-Sydney

                SC-5                        20th July                                  Pittwater-North-Pittwater (RPAYC)

                SC-6                        25th August                           Sydney-Long Reef-Sydney

                SC-7                        TBA                                       Sydney-Coogee-Sydney                           

 

4       Handicapping and Scoring  

 

4.1       PHS and SSAA handicaps will apply. Yachts crewed by three persons will have a penalty of 3% added to their corrected time.

4.2                Five of the races count towards a series result.

 

5          Safety

 

All races will be Cat 3 with fitted VHF radio.

 

 

6       Radio Communications 

 

Yachts should keep a listening watch on VHF Ch 16 during all races.

 

7       Time limit

Yachts not finishing by sunset must retire and their results record DNF