Notice of Race – Optimist National Championships 2012

1. Rules

1.1. The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing

1.2. I.S.A. prescriptions will apply.

1.3. I.O.D.A Class Rules will apply

1.4. The Organising Authority is I.O.D.A.I in conjunction with Kinsale Yacht Club

2. Advertising

2.1. Competitor advertising will be restricted to clothing and personal equipment only per ISAF

2.2. All Competitors’ Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the Organising Authority.

3. Eligibility and Entry

3.1. Competitors must be Members of IODAI or their National Optimist Association

3.2. Entry is open to all sailors who are under 15 on the 1st January in the year of the championship.

3.3. The entry fee for the all Sailors (Main Fleet and Regatta) is €160

3.4. Entries for the Main fleet received after 14th July 2012 are subject to a Late Entry Fee of € 30 per sailor and will be accepted at the discretion of the organising authority.

3.5 Entries for the Regatta fleet will be limited to 50 sailors and will close on 14th July 2012. No late entries will be accepted for this fleet after this date.

4. Event Description & Venue

4.1. The event will comprise two fleets – a Main fleet which will compete for the Junior and Senior Championship, and a Regatta fleet, which will combine coaching and racing.

4.2. The event will be held at Kinsale Yacht Club (KYC), Pier Road, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

5. Divisions & Fleets

5.1. Senior and Junior Divisions

Boats will be divided two divisions with separate starts as follows:

· Junior Division: Sailors under 12 on the 1st January in the year of the regatta.

· Senior Division: Sailors over 12 but under 15 on 1st January in the year of the regatta

5.2. Gold and Silver Fleets

Within each division there will be a further split into Gold and Silver Fleets according to the current national rankings as posted on the IODAI website at . Gold and Silver fleets shall have a single start within their division.

5.3. Identification Ribbons

Each boat shall display, from their sail sprit loop, the ribbon provided at registration as follows:

Division/Fleet Colour
Senior/Gold Blue
Senior/Silver Pink
Junior/Gold Red
Junior/Silver Green

6. Schedule

6.1. Registration/ Measurement Validation shall be on Monday 30th July, the day before racing commences from 1700 to 2000 and on Tuesday 31st July from 0830 – 0930.

6.2. Schedule of Racing

Date Warning Signal Scheduled Races
Tuesday 31st July 1255 2
Wednesday 1st August 1100 3
Thursday 2nd August 1100 3
Friday 3rd August 1100 2
Saturday 4th August 1100 2

6.3. Racing Schedule will be as above however the Race Officer may, at his discretion, get one race ahead of schedule but shall not sail more than 4 races on any one day.

6.4. The championship will consist of a maximum of 12 races, for the National and Open championship.

6.5. 4 races shall constitute a series.

6.6. No race shall be started after 1500 on the last day.

7. Measurement

7.1. You are required to have your spars, foils and sails measured by a qualified measurer.

7.2. Spot checks will be performed on equipment on a random basis prior to, and during the regatta.

7.3 Measurement Forms must be completed and presented at Registration

8. Scoring

8.1. When fewer than six races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

8.2. When from six to nine races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

8.3. When ten or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores.

9. Penalty System

4.1 RSS Appendix P will apply.

10. Sailing Instructions & Briefing

10.1. The Major Event Sailing Instructions will apply and will be posted on the IODAI website.

10.2. Supplementary Sailing Instructions will be available at registration.

10.3. There will be a briefing for competitors at 1030 on Tuesday 31st July 2012.

10.4. A Regatta fleet briefing will be held separately at 1130 on Tuesday 31st July 2012.

11. Safety Check

11.1. A list of the mandatory equipment required and the processes to be adhered to is posted on the IODAI website under Safety Check List. It is the responsibility of each Parent/ Guardian to ensure each sailor is in compliance with this Safety Check List.

12. Support boats

12.1. Support boats must register with the organising committee, and nominate each competitor they are supporting.

12.2. Support boats may be called upon by the Race Committee and / or Safety Officer to assist with rescue operations.

12.3. There will be a briefing for support boat skippers at 1000 on Tuesday 31st July 2012.

13. Disclaimer of Liability

13.1. Competitors participate in the championship entirely at their own risk (See RRS 4 – Decision to Race). Neither the Organising authority nor Kinsale Yacht Club will accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during or after the event.

14. Insurance

14.1. Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of €1,500,000 or the equivalent per event.

15. Regatta Fleet Competency

15.1. All Regatta Fleet sailors must be competent and capable of sailing a triangular course (with approximately 250m legs) in light to moderate winds.

16. Trolleys

16.1. All trolleys must be in full working order and marked with current sail number.

16.2. All old trolley tags must be removed. New trolley tags issued at Registration must be attached

17. Catering

17.1. All competitors are to bring their own packed lunch each day in a waterproof lunch bag, or suitable plastic container, clearly marked with their sail number.

17.2. A small meal will be provided for all sailors after sailing each day.

18. Photography Consent

18.1 By entering the Championship competitors accept that they may be photographed and/or videotaped participating in the race and/or using the Championship facilities and they consent to the taking of such images and to the use, reuse, publication and republication of such images in any media, in conjunction with the competitors name or not, without compensation and without the competitors approval of such images or any use thereof.
19. Accommodation

19.1 Go to the event minisite which is accessed via for accommodation options, including B&Bs, Guest Houses and Hotels.

20. Charter Boats

20.1 Charter boats are available though Curradinghy Sailing at or contact Tom Mapplebeck on 00 353 (0) 86 247 5551


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