UNITED STATES NATIONALS
SAN FRANCISCO BAY, CALIFORNIA
September 26-28, 2008
NOTICE OF REGATTA
ORGANIZING AUTHORITIES and INVITATION: The Richmond Yacht Club and the San Francisco Bay International 14 Fleet, as the Organizing Authorities, invite International 14 sailors to the 2008 United States International 14 Class National Championship, to be held in the challenging breezes and waves of San Francisco Bay.
SITE: The regatta will be hosted by and from the Richmond Yacht Club (RYC), 351 Brickyard Cove Road, Point Richmond, California, site of numerous dinghy events including the 1997 International 14 World Team and Individual Championships. The Club is situated on Potrero Reach, which opens directly onto San Francisco Bay. Racing will take place on the Bay at one of the venues conveniently located a short sail from the Club.
1.1 This regatta will be governed by the “rules” as defined in the current Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), by the rules of the International 14 Class, by this Notice of Regatta, except as any of these are modified by the Sailing Instructions, and by the Sailing Instructions.
1.2 To accommodate the conditions and water temperatures commonly encountered on San Francisco Bay, RRS 40.1 is deleted and replaced with: “Competitors shall wear personal flotation devices other than a wet suit or dry suit at all times when racing. Competitors shall wear a wet suit or dry suit in addition to a personal flotation device.” Note that Flag Y will not be displayed
1.3 The United States Sailing Association prescription in rule 68, Damages, will apply.
1.4 RRS 77 and Appendix G are modified in that G1.3(d) is deleted. Boats competing in this event are not required to carry identification on their spinnakers.
1.5 Competitors are reminded that, under the preamble of Part 2 of the RRS, boats racing must comply with rule 9 of the Inland Navigation Rules (72 COLREGS) when they meet other marine traffic not racing.
2.1 Advertising shall be permitted in accordance with ISAF Regulation 20, Category C.
3. ELIGIBILITY and ENTRY:
3.1 The Regatta is open to all boats of the International 14 Class. Each boat shall have at least one person who is a member in good standing of their national International 14 class association.
3.2 There are no restrictions on the number of teams entering.
3.3 The ISAF Sailor Classification Code will NOT apply.
3.4 Each team must have completed an entry form, and paid all event fees, including any late fee if applicable, before beginning official competition.
3.5 EACH COMPETITOR, both skipper and crew, must have signed a Waiver and Release of Liability, before beginning official competition.
3.6 The entry fee will be $150 US per team. The entry fee will include all racing, and regatta awards and Saturday dinner for the skipper and crew. (Additional Saturday dinner tickets will be available for purchase at $15 per person.) The completed entry form, including the Waiver and Release of Liability form signed by both skipper and crew, and the entry fee, must be received at the RYC office by Friday, September 5, 2008, or a late fee of $50.00 US will apply. The entry form and Waiver and Release of Liability form will be posted on the Internet at www.richmondyc.org as soon as available.
4. SCHEDULE: The location of the Skippers' Meeting will be available at registration.
4.1 The Regatta schedule is as follows:
Friday, September 26
0730-0930 Registration at RYC
1030 Welcome and Skippers’ Meeting
1300 Warning Signal for first race of the day
Saturday, September 27
1200 Warning Signal for first race of the day
Sunday, September 28
1200 Warning Signal for first race of the day
4.2 There will be an attempt to run multiple races each day. No race will be started after 1600 hours on Friday or Saturday, and no race will be started after 1430 hours on Sunday.
4.3 There will be an attempt to run a long distance race with a rhumb line distance of approximately 15 nautical miles.
4.4 A trophy presentation will be held on Sunday, as soon as practicable following the day’s racing, with the intention being to start this no later than 1700.
4.5 A separate social schedule will be available at Registration.
5. INSPECTION & MEASUREMENT:
5.1 Each boat and its sails shall have been measured by a measurement authority of the class prior to the event, and shall hold a valid measurement certificate which shall be presented at time of Registration.
5.2 Additional measurement checks may be conducted during the regatta at the discretion ofthe Organizing Authorities.
5.3 Following each day’s racing one or more boats may be inspected for compliance with class rules.
6. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS:
6.1 Sailing instructions will be available at Registration, and will be posted on the event website at www.richmondyc.org as soon as available.
7.1 Races will be held in the area of the Berkeley Olympic Circle, the Southampton Shoals area, Keller Cove or such other venue in the eastern portion of San Francisco Bay as the Race Committee shall decide each day.
7.2 The initial choice of venue shall be posted on the Regatta Notice Board by 1030 each race day.
7.3 The Race Committee may change the venue on the water by using the prescribed procedure for doing so.
7.4 Any venue selected will be approximately a fifteen to thirty minute sail from the launch area.
8.1 For all racing, courses will be described in the Sailing Instructions.
8.2 The Race Committee will determine the course and will set course length as sailing conditions permit.
9. LAUNCH, MOORING & HAULOUT:
9.1 The fleet will be launched and hauled each day at RYC.
10.1 The Low Point System, RRS Appendix A2 will apply.
10.2 Multiple races are scheduled of which three (3) must be completed to constitute a series.
10.3 When fewer than five (5) races have been completed, a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores. When five (5) or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her races scores excluding her worst score. This changes Appendix A2
11. SUPPORT BOATS:
11.1 Support boats are allowed.
11.2 Support boats must be registered with the Organizing Authorities at Registration.
11.3 Rules governing the conduct of support boats will be in the Sailing Instructions.
12. RADIO COMMUNICATIONS:
12.1 A boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.
13. PRIZES & AWARDS:
13.1 The skipper and crew of the boat winning the US Nationals will be awarded the US Nationals Trophy.
13.2 Individual trophies will be presented to the skipper and crew of each of the top three (3) finishers.
13.3 Other awards may be presented at the discretion of the Organizing Authorities.
14. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY:
14.1 Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See Rule 4, Decision to Race. The Organizing Authorities will not accept any liability for property damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta, whether on or off the water.
15.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with a valid third-party liability insurance with minimum coverage of US$300,000.00 per event or the equivalent.
15.2 Each boat shall have proof of insurance coverage and shall have it available at the time of Registration.
16.1 Point Richmond and the Bay Area offer a wide variety of accommodations. In addition, an attempt will be made to provide housing in local residences for all competitors coming from outside the San Francisco Bay Area, on a first come, first served basis, with preference being given based on distance traveled. Early notification of an intent to sail will give those desiring lodging in private housing the best chance of securing it. To obtain more details or to request housing, contact the Regatta Housing Coordinator, Jennie Brandon. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone – (510) 326-1047.
17. REGATTA CONTACTS:
17.1 For further information, contact:
Tim Knowles, Regatta Co-Chair
phone: (510) 331-7899 fax: (RYC) (510) 237-8100
Kirk Twardowski, Regatta Co-Chair
phone: (408) 431-2632
c/o Richmond Yacht Club
351 Brickyard Cove Road
P. O. Box 70295, Point Richmond, CA 94807
RICHMOND YACHT CLUB:
Phone: (510) 237-2821 fax: (510) 237-8100