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Hogs Breath Cafe Hobie Cat National Championships 2005-2006, Perth
Nedlands Yacht Club, Western Australia
2 - 7 January 2006


Hotels/Motels - There are numerous hotels in the Perth, West Perth and Kings Park areas. All hotels are no more than 10 minutes from the Nedlands Yacht Club. For more information and details on what to do in WA visit

Economy - Currie Hall of the University of Western Australia provides accommodation for university students. During the summer period these facilities are available for holiday accommodation. Just two minutes from Nedlands Yacht Club. It offers economical accommodation including single and twin rooms with modern shared bathrooms and self contained flats. For more information contact Jean Rupert on phone +61 8 92733333, e-mail:  or web site

Camping - A limited number of camping and caravanning sites are available at Nedlands Yacht Club. The sites are powered with access to shower and toilet facilities. Subject to council approval, please register your interest with Lyn from Nedlands Yacht Club on phone +61 08 9386 5496 or e-mail:

Home Stay - A home stay program will operate in the area providing low cost accommodation where sailors will be billeted to stay with local sailors. Please register your interest with Glenn Fairey on 089 388 6030 or

Travel assistance may be obtained from your local sailing associations or ministry of sport. The HCAWA will be offering tips and will assist all competitors where possible.
Western Australian Tourism: Official tourism website:


Notice Of Race

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2006 Hog's Breath Hobie Cat National Championships
Nedlands Yacht Club, Western Australia
2 - 7 January 2006
The organising authority is Nedlands Yacht Club Inc. in conjunction with the Hobie Cat Association of Western Australian and Australian National Hobie Cat Association.


The regatta will be governed by the current rules as defined by The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions and special regulations of Yachting Australia (YA) and the International Hobie Class Association, this Notice of Race (except as any of these are altered by the sailing instructions), and the sailing instructions.


The regatta is open to all classes of legal boats of the International Hobie Class Association.
2.1. A minimum of 5 entries is required to form a class. If sufficient entries for a class are not received by 9 December 2005, the Organising Authority reserves the right to cancel racing or make other arrangements for the class concerned.
2.2. The skipper shall be a financial member of the International Hobie Class Association or a National fleet, which is financial with the International Hobie Class Association and is affiliated with a State or National Yachting Authority.
2.3. The skipper shall be a member of a yacht club affiliated with its National Authority.
2.4. The Hobie 16 National Youth Championships will be conducted without spinnakers.
2.5. Eligible boats may enter by completing the Official Entry Form and forwarding this together with the required Entry Fee by 9 December 2005 to:

Hobie Cat Association of Western Australia
PO Box 186
Nedlands WA 6009.


The rules of the International Hobie Class Association will be altered as follows;
3.1. Maximum age for both the skipper and crew for the Youth Series, at the commencement of racing, will be 21. (Proof of age will be required). This modifies IHCA Class Rules: General Rule 17.7.
3.2. Minimum age for the Masters Series is 45 years, for the skipper only, at the commencement of racing. (Proof of age will be required). This is an addition to IHCA Class Rules: General Rule 17.8.
3.3. Hobie 20 Class Rule 9 shall read: 'The Hobie 20 shall have a minimum combined crew weight of 145kgs'.


The RRS will be altered as follows;
While racing and afloat all competitors shall wear adequate Yachting Australia recognised Australian Standards approved personal buoyancy as referred to in RRS AYF Addendum ?A? Special Regulations Part 2 Off the Beach Boats Regulations R1 Personal Buoyancy, and shall observe YA recommendations 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Addendum ?A?. Wet suits and dry suits do not meet these standards.
4.1. Flag Y will not be displayed before or with the warning signal. This modifies RRS 40.
4.2. A boat that may have broken a rule of Part 2 while racing may take a penalty at the time of the incident. Her penalty shall be one 360-degree turn penalty. This modifies RRS rules 44.1 and 44.2.)


The regatta is classified as a Category C event in accordance with the ISAF Advertising Code.
5.1. Boats may be required to display sponsorship advertising, which is to be attached to the boats in accordance with instructions provided by the Organizing Authority.


Entry fees are stated in Australian AUD$ and include Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST). Entry includes a regatta t-shirt for each competitor and entry to the presentation function. A discount of $50 is available to all entries received before December 9,2005.
Hobie 14 Australian National Championships: $220
Hobie 16 Australian National Youth $180, Youth & Open $280
Hobie 16 Australian National Women $245, Women & Open $345
Hobie 16 Australian National Masters $245, Masters & Open $345
Hobie 16 Australian National Open Championships: $245
Hobie 17 Australian National Championships: $220
Hobie 18 Australian National Championships: $245
Hobie Tiger Australian Championships: $245
Hobie 20 Australian Championships: $245
Eligible boats must be registered and have fully paid, all entry and membership fees before the end of registration on 2 January 2006.


Registration will take place from 1000 - 1700 hrs on 1 January 2006 and 0800 - 0930 hrs on 2 January 2006 at the race office, Nedlands Yacht Club.
7.1. The schedule of Races
2 January 2006 Sailors Briefing 1000 hrs.
First warning signal not before 1100 hrs.
3,4,6,7 January 2006 First warning signal not before 1000 hrs
7 January 2006 No warning signal after 1530 hrs.
5 January 2006 Lay day to experience WA. (Provision for resail)
Racing will be back to back with a maximum of 4 races per day to a maximum of 16 races for the series.


Measurement is not required, but it is the responsibility of each skipper to ensure her/his boat complies with the IHCA class rules. Random measurement checks and inspections may be carried out at any time. A boat notified of inspection shall follow the instructions of the Race Committee.


The Sailing Instructions will be available to competitors on completion of registration.


The racing area will be on the Melville Water East waters of the Swan River in the vicinity of Nedlands Yacht Club.


The course shall be standard IHCA class courses.


The Low Point scoring system, Appendix A.4.1.


A boat shall neither make radio transmission while racing nor receive radio communication not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.


All competitors shall wear personal flotation devices which are in good condition and are in accordance with the specifications issued or approved by a national authority affiliated to the International Sailing Federation, or a standards organisation, or certification authority, recognised for the purpose by its respective government. Attention is drawn to fundamental Rule 1.2.


Team Managers, Coaches and other support personnel shall keep 100m clear of the course area during racing, except in boats provided by the organising authority or when asked to assist by the Race Committee.


Prizes shall be awarded for first, second and third place for each class and first 10 places in the Hobie 16 Open class. The organising committee may award additional prizes.


In participating in an event, a competitor automatically grants to the Organising Authority and the sponsors of the event, the right in perpetuity, to make, use and show, from time to time and at their discretion, any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or film television and other reproductions of him/her during the period of the competition for the said event in which the competitor participates and in all material related to the said event without compensation.


It is the competitor's decision to enter an event or to start and continue in any race. Competitors shall accept that their participation in an event is at their exclusive risk in every respect. See Rule 4, Decision to Race. The Organising Authority, and the respective host class association(s), their officers, members, servants and agents accept no liability in respect of loss of life, personal injury or loss or damage to property which may be sustained by reason of their participation or intended participation in an event or how so ever arising in connection with an event


All boats competing in the Australian Hobie National Championships shall have third party insurance cover of not less than AUD$1,000,000 (recommended AUD$10,000,000) or equivalent thereof in any other currency for any accident. All owners/competitors who sign the Entry Form are deemed to have made a declaration that they hold such cover. Competitors may be required to produce evidence of such insurance and any competitor not holding this cover shall withdraw their entry. Adequate race insurance is also recommended for this event.


Boats will be accommodated at Nedlands Yacht Club. Competitors arriving early are requested to contact the organising authority to make arrangements.


For further information, please contact

HCAWA President - Jason Spencer
PO Box 186 Nedlands WA 6909
Tel/Fax: +61 089 242 4883

Nedlands Yacht Club
PO Box 3205
Nedlands WA 6909
Tel: +61 089 386 5496
Fax: +61 089 386 5821


Any amendment to this Notice of Race will be posted on the HCAWA web site no later than October 30 2005.

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