The Old Dominion Boat Club will host the Second Annual ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta on Saturday, August 19. This regatta features international crews competing in a series sailboat races from a starting line in front of the boat club starting at 10:00 a.m..
Following the races, there will be an Awards Ceremony and Cookout on the patio from 4pm-6pmwhich is open to race participants, ODBC members and guests. Tickets for this event will be available purchase in the Tap Room starting on August 1.
ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta
August 19, 2017
Organizing Authority: Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC)
1. Rules – This regatta will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS). RRS 63.7. Conflict between Rules, is replaced by, "If there is a conflict between the event Sailing Instructions and the Notice of Race, the findings of the PRO will determine the outcome.”
2. Entries - All entries to the ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta must be received by August 1, 2017. All boats entering this regatta must have a valid 2017 PHRF of the Chesapeake certificate. At a minimum, these boats must qualify for a US Near-shore (5P & 6P) PHRF rating, and in addition, must meet the following:
· Motor must meet the requirement for 4P in Section 2.7.2 of the US Safety Equipment Requirements as adopted by PHRF of the Chesapeake
· Lifelines, if the boat was originally equipped with them. For those boats that do not have lifelines, all crew must wear approved Type III or Type V Personal Flotation Devices while racing.
· Lifting keels: Boats equipped with lifting keels will lock such keels in the fully lowered position throughout the regatta.
The ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta Sailing Instructions (SI’s) will be posted on the ODBC web site (http://www.olddominionboatclub.com under ‘Events’). Skippers intending to enter must declare their intent to race by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Notices to Competitors – Notices to competitors will be posted at http://www.olddominionboatclub.com under ‘Events’.
4. Schedules – The ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, rain or shine. There will be a competitors’ meeting at 0900 hours on the ODBC deck. The first race will commence at 1000 hours off the North Dock of the ODBC, (immediately South of the Torpedo Factory). It is the intention of the Race Committee to hold at least 4 races but no race will be started after 1430 hours. An awards ceremony will follow at the Old Dominion Boat Club, 1 King Street, Alexandria, VA.
5. Format – A round robin format will be used and will consist of several races, conditions permitting. At the 0900 competitors’ meeting on race day, skippers shall draw for the boat to be used in the first race. Boats will be rotated after each race according to a predetermined schedule posted at the dock. Upon returning to the T-docks at ODBC, skippers will return boats to the same location with mainsails raised, jibs doused with the bow to windward. Shore crew will aid in docking of the boats. Boats equipped with lifting keels will lock such keels in the fully lowered position throughout the regatta.
6. Class flags – There will be one class scored for the ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta. The International class will be signaled by the Green Class Flag.
7. Racing Area – The ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta will use the following courses:
A S-2-6-F 1.54 NM
RA S-6-2-F 1.54 NM
2A S-2-6-2-6-F 3.08 NM
2RA S-6-2-6-2-F 3.08 NM
3A S-2-6-2-6-2-6-F 4.62 NM
3RA S-6-2-6-2-6-2-F 4.62 NM
8. Course marks – ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta courses use fixed government marks as part of the courses. All marks serving as turning marks are to be left to port.
9. Starting and Finishing Lines – The Start/Finish will be located on the North Dock of the Old Dominion Boat Club, marked by a yellow flag. The pin end will consist of a temporary drop mark located on the eastern edge of the Potomac channel, due east of the ODBC docks. The starting and finishing line will be an imaginary line from the Race Committee yellow flag (located ashore) and the temporary mark serving as the pin end of the line.
Any part of a competitor’s boat or person on that boat that is over that imaginary line prior to the starting gun will make that competitor over early and considered On Course Side (OCS); a boat over early must re-cross the line or will be scored OCS.
When finishing, skippers are NOT to re-cross the finish line until all boats have finished.
10. Time Limit - 1.5 hours per race. A boat in a fleet must finish within the time limit and all other boats must finish within 30 minutes thereafter. However, the Race Committee can use their discretion to lengthen the course time depending on weather conditions.
11. The Start -
11.1 Races will be started using RRS 26.
11.2 An Attention Signal consisting of a series of short sounds will be made approximately one minute before the Warning Signal for the first race. This is not a timed signal.
11.3 The starting line will be an imaginary line between the staff displaying a yellow flag on the ODBC North Dock and the temporary mark at the pin end.
11.4 The International class will be signaled by the Green Class Flag.
12. Recalls –
12.1 Individual Recalls will be signaled in accordance with RRS 29.1. Additionally, the Race Committee will attempt to notify OCS boats via hail on VHF-69.
12.2 Failure to transmit or receive this notification, promptness of the notification, or a boat’s position in the notification sequence shall not be considered grounds for granting redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
12.3 General Recalls will be signaled in accordance with RRS 29.2.
13. Shorten Course - The Race Committee may shorten the courses in accordance with RRS 32.1. If the Race Committee elects to shorten the course, the Race Committee will notify the fleet using the “S” signal flag, displaying the flag of the impacted fleet, and two short horn blasts. Additionally, the RC will notify all fleets of the shortened course on VHF 69. All shortened courses will be finished at the Start-Finish line and its extensions for all courses. This modifies RRS 32.2.
14. Alternative Penalties -
14.1 The first two sentences of RRS 44.1 are changed to: “A boat may take a ONE-TURN PENALTY when she may have broken a rule of Part 2 or Rule 31 while racing. However, when she may have broken a rule of Part 2 while in the zone around a mark other than the starting mark, her penalty shall be a TWO-TURN PENALTY.
15. The Finish - For downwind and upwind finishes the Finish Line will be between the staff displaying a yellow flag on the ODBC North dock and middle of the temporary mark at the pin end.
In the interest of starting another race and/or completing racing for the day in a timely fashion, the Race Committee may assign a finish position to one or more boats, provided that position can be determined in a reasonable manner. Such boat(s) will be scored as though they have finished and, if there is another race to be sailed, should promptly return to the starting area. This changes RRS 28.1 and A3.
16. Retiring - Any boat retiring from a race shall promptly notify the Race Committee, either by hail or radio transmission, and be acknowledged by the Race Committee.
17. Protests – Protests must be made in accordance with the US Sailing rules 2017-2020 to be considered a “Valid Protest”. The Race committee must (a) be notified of the intent to protest and (b) the protest must be filed with the Standing Race Committee within 30 minutes after the Race Committee finishes the last boat of the last race.
18. Scoring - The regatta will be scored using the Low Point Scoring System of RRS Appendix A. The following shall apply:
a. When fewer than five races have been completed, a team’s series score will be the total of their races.
b. When five or more races have been completed, a team’s score will be the total of their race scores excluding their worst score.
c. The completion of one race will constitute a regatta.
19. Management – The races shall be under the management of the Principal Race Officer (PRO) of the ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta, which shall have the full power to interpret the rules, decide protests and to reject entries of any yacht at any time. The ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta PRO accepts no responsibility for accidents occurring during ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta events.
20. Radios - The Race Committee will not be required to respond to transmissions from competitors except to acknowledge retirements, protests, penalties reported or taken, or requests for emergency assistance.
Race Committee broadcasts of its intentions are as a courtesy only. Failure of the Race Committee to broadcast, or of a competitor to hear a broadcast, or the timing or content of a broadcast shall not be grounds for granting redress under RRS 62.1 (a), nor does it relieve the competitor of responsibility to monitor and respond to Race Committee flags and signals.
21. Safety – All safety equipment required by the Coast Guard and PHRF of the Chesapeake must be onboard. A minimum crew of two (skipper plus one crew) is mandatory. All boats must meet all local regulations. Any boat found negligent of Coast Guard safety regulations will be disqualified. Boats must be self-righting at all times while racing.
All boats must, at a minimum, meet PHRF of the Chesapeake US Near-shore (5P & 6P) equipment requirements along with the following:
· Navigation lights must meet the requirement for 4P in Section 3.3.1 of the US Safety Equipment Requirements as adopted by PHRF of the Chesapeake
· Lifelines - if the boat was originally equipped with them. For those boats that do not have lifelines, all crew must wear approved Type III or Type V Personal Flotation Devices while racing.
· Lifting keels -: Boats equipped with lifting keels will lock such keels in the fully lowered position throughout the regatta.
Sailing is an all-weather sport. It is the responsibility of individual skippers to decide, based on conditions at the time of the race and their own assessment of their boat and crew’s ability, whether or not to race. The Race Committee is charged with determining if a race will be held. Such decisions will be made on the day of the race, based on conditions at that time. In the case of lightning, dangerous wind or other extreme conditions, the Race Committee may decide to postpone or cancel a race.
22. Commercial Traffic – The ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta is occurring directly off the City of Alexandria waterfront. Significant commercial operations occur in these waters. A boat shall not exercise right of way over, cross in close proximity to, or interfere with reasonable transit of the race area by commercial freighters, tugs and tows, or other commercial vessels. A boat charged under this rule has the burden of proof that she did not interfere with the commercial vessel. Boats must take evasive action well in advance of any potentially dangerous situation.
The Race Committee may protest under this instruction based on information received from competitors or interested parties. If a competing boat is found to have violated this rule, the boat shall be scored DSQ for that race. The Race Committee may impose more severe penalties if they determine that gross negligence on the part of skipper or crew of the boat in question endangered the safety of their yacht, other boats, or commercial traffic transiting the racecourse. This changes RRS 60.2(a).
23. Disclaimer of Liability - Competitors participate in this 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.
The safety of a boat and its crew is the sole responsibility of the boat owner who must ensure that the boat is fully sound, seaworthy, and manned by an experienced and fully alert crew. Neither the establishment of regulations or inspection of a boat in any way limits or reduces the complete and unlimited responsibility of the boat owner.
The Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) or sponsors, race committee, officials, employees, or volunteers do not accept responsibility for loss of life or injury to participants or others, or for the loss or damage to any vessel in any way or from any cause during or relating to this event.
24. Events – A cookout and awards ceremony at the ODBC will commence immediately following the last race.
Please contact Karl Hobart at email@example.com with any questions about racing, entry or these Race Instructions.