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Revised 18/04/2017

1.
RULES

1.1
The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the current Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2
The prescriptions of Australian Sailing shall apply.
1.3
The Class Rules of the International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) will apply.
1.4
Racing rule 40 will be changed as follows:
a)
Competitors shall wear personal flotation devices whilst afloat, except briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment. Wet suits and dry suits are not personal flotation devices. Changes RRS Rule 40.

2. ADVERTISING
2.1
Advertising will be as defined by ISAF Regulation 20.
2.2
Boats may be provided with, and required to display and maintain sponsor stickers on port and starboard hulls, in a location as described in Regulation 20

3. ELIGIBILITY and ENTRY
3.1
The regatta is open to the following boats of the International Hobie Class Association:
Hobie 16 Open, Youth, Women, Masters & Grandmasters, Tiger, Wild Cat, Hobie 18, Hobie 17.
3.2
At least one person on each boat shall be a current member of an Association or fleet which is a financial member with the IHCA and is affiliated with a member national yachting authority .
3.3
Competitors shall be members a sailing club affiliated with Yachting Australia or a National Authority.
3.4
A minimum of 5 entries is required to form a class. If sufficient entries for a class are not received by 5th December 2018, the Organising Authority reserves the right to cancel racing for that class. Entrants in that class will be contacted by the organisers if this occurs.
3.5
Entry shall be made online at www.hobiecatnationals.com.au.

4. FEES
4.1
Required registration fees are in $AUD as follows:
2 Person 1 Person Youth
Enter by 31/10/2017 $280 $200 $150
Enter from 1/11/2017 $370 $290 $200

Registration fees include Regatta mementos and tickets to presentation dinner for each competitor.

5. SCHEDULE
5.1
Late Registration and Weigh-in:
Friday
29th December 2017
1400 to 1630
5.2
Official Competitors Briefing (and Welcome Function):
Friday
29th December 2017
1700
5.3
Dates of racing:

Hobie 16 Open, Youth, Women, Masters and Grandmasters, Tiger, Wildcat, Hobie 18, Hobie 17

Day
Date
All Classes
Saturday
30th December 2017
racing (no start before 1000)
Sunday
31st December 2017
racing (no start before 1000)
Monday
1st January 2018
RESERVE DAY
Tuesday
2nd January 2018
racing (no start before 1000)
Wednesday
3rd January 2018
racing (no start before 0930 or after 1500)

5.4
Number of races:
Class
Number
Races per session
All Classes
up to 16
up to 4
5.5
Presentation of Trophies
The presentation night will be held after 1900 Wednesday 3rd January 2018.


6. MEASUREMENT
Random measurement and inspection checks may be carried out at any time during the championships. Measurement is not required, but it is the responsibility of each skipper to ensure their boat complies with the IHCA Class Rules.

7. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The sailing instructions will be available to competitors on the event website prior to the commencement of the event. Printed copies will not be available.

8. VENUE
Attachment A shows the venue and location of the racing area.

9. THE COURSE
The course(s) to be sailed will be as described in the Sailing Instructions.

10. PENALTY SYSTEM
10.1
For all Hobie classes rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.
10.2
Boats penalised under the class rules for boat, crew weight and equipment violations will be scored – DNE – Disqualified that is not Excludable.

11. SCORING
11.1
One race is required to be completed to constitute a series.
11.2
a)
When fewer than four races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
b)
When from four to eleven races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
c)
When twelve or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores.

12. SAFETY
12.1
All competitors shall wear personal flotation devices whilst afloat which are in good condition and are in accordance with the specifications issued or approved by a National Authority or a standards organisation, or certification authority. Attention is drawn to Fundamental Rule 1.2
12.2
Sailors are strongly recommended to use trapeze harnesses with a quick release hookless system or a quick release hook, which meets the ISO 10862 standard.
12.3
HELMETS - If sailors wish to wear head protection, it is strongly recommend they use helmets of European standard EN1385.

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

14. BOAT STORAGE
Boats and trailers shall be kept in the areas assigned by SsYC while off the water.

15. RADIO COMMUNICATIONS
Except in an emergency, 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.

16. PRIZES
Prizes will be awarded to the following classes depending on the number of entrants: -
  • Hobie 16 Open
  • Hobie 16 Youth
  • Hobie 16 Women
  • Hobie 16 Masters
  • Hobie 16 Grandmasters
  • Hobie 17
  • Hobie 18
  • Hobie Tiger
  • Hobie Wildcat
Additional prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the Organising Committee.

17. RIGHTS TO USE NAME AND LIKENESS
In participating in an event, a competitor automatically grants 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.

18. RISK STATEMENT
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk and they are reminded of the provisions of RRS 4, Decision to Race. Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk and they are reminded of the provisions of RRS 4, Decision to Race. Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:
(a)
They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and the boat supplied to them to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
(b)
They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
(c)
They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
(d)
By participating in any race, they are satisfied that their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
(e)
The provision of a race management team, patrol boats, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
(f)
The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;
(g)
These terms do not operate to exclude any provision of the Australian Consumer Law that applies and cannot be excluded by agreement.

19. INSURANCE
19.1
Each participating boat shall present a valid insurance certificate showing proof of third party liability coverage of at least AUD $5,000,000 (recommended $10,000,000) (or equivalent) per incident.
19.2
Competitors will be required to supply insurance details as part of the online entry.
19.3
Third Party and Boat Insurance can be purchased at www.clubmarine.com.au

20. AMENDMENTS
Any amendments to this Notice of Race will be posted on the event web site at: www.hobiecatnationals.com.au

21. ACCOMMODATION
Camping, hotel and holiday rental accommodation is available within walking distance to the venue. Somers is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Victoria, and competitors are advised to book accommodation as a matter of urgency.

22. NOTICE OF AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Australian National Hobie Cat Association will be held at Somers Yacht Club at 5 pm on the 1st of January 2018.

23. FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information please contact the organisers via the website www.hobiecatnationals.com.au

24. IHCA SAFETY NOTES TO THE SAILORS:

GENERAL
If wind, wave, or water conditions make you doubtful of your ability to handle the conditions, retire from the race.

ELECTRICAL POWER LINES – AVOID!!!

Before raising the mast, and always while sailing, check for and avoid low overhead electrical power lines. If you see a power line, AVOID IT! A MAST COMING IN CONTACT OR EVEN NEAR AN ELECTRICAL POWER LINE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO PEOPLE ON OR TOUCHING THE BOAT!

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