Notice of Offshore Race 2020

N O T I C E  O F  R A C E
The CBYC Offshore Races
2020
1.0 ORGANISING AUTHORITY
2.0 The organising authority is Cardiff Bay Yacht Club.
2.0 THE PERSON IN CHARGE
Yacht racing can be dangerous. The attention of Persons in Charge is drawn to RRS
Fundamental Rule 4: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race
or to continue racing is hers alone” and to Special Regulation 1.02.1 which begins:
“The safety of a yacht and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the
Person in Charge….”Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore
inherently 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 their boat 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 omission;
d) 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 and other officials and volunteers by
the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
f) They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as
to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience
and fitness to with stand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly
maintained, stowed, in date and familiar to the crew.
2.1 AGE RESTRICTIONS
The person in charge must be over the age of 18 on the start date. If any crew
members are under the age of 18 at the start date a CBYC Consent form for junior
sailors must be signed and lodged with the club. This must specifically state that it
covers the offshore races and so may have to be in addition to any form already
signed.
2.2 STARTING AND CONTINUING TO RACE
The Race Committee will make starting signals unless in their opinion it is manifestly
unsafe for any of the boats entered to remain in the vicinity of the starting line. Each
boat shall exercise her responsibility under RRS Fundamental Rule 4 and decide
whether or not to start or to continue to race.
2.3 RACE DECLARATION
Entry into the race indicates acceptance of these conditions
2.4 SAFETY AND LIFE SAVING EQUIPMENT
Competitors’ attention is drawn to RRS 1.2 life-saving equipment: “Each Competitor
is individually responsible for wearing a personal flotation device adequate for the
conditions.”
However, a Lifejacket and Harness shall be worn when on deck:
– Between the hours of sunset and sunrise
– When alone on deck
– When reefed
– When the true wind speed is 25 knots or above
– When the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile
2.5 OFFSHORE CREWLIST
A crew list complete with full emergency contact details shall be supplied by email to
kprolfe@hotmail.com before the start, or on paper to the club office. The list must
contain the full name and an emergency contact for each crew member. This list can
be amended any time up to 2 hours before the start.
A boat SHALL NOT sail with any crew member on board whose details are not on
this list. If any crew member on the list is not on board this fact must be sent by email
to kprolfe@hotmail.com or by SMS to 07985073537 before the start.
2.6 CARDIFF BAY YACHT CLUB
Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, its sponsors, and other organising clubs accept no
responsibility or liability for loss of life or injury to members or others, or for the loss
of, or damage to, any vessel or property.
2.7 INSURANCE.
Yachts must hold a valid and current boat insurance which covers them for third
party claims of up to £3,000,000.
3.0 RULES & REGULATIONS
The race will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) of the ISAF, the
prescriptions and safety regulations of the Offshore Racing Council (ORC special
regulations 2016-2017), the International Rule (Club), the International Regulations
for Preventing Collisions at Sea (where applicable), and this Notice of Race, all as
modified by the Sailing Instructions.
During the hours of darkness RRS part 2 will be replaced by the appropriate IRPCS
rules.
3.1 ORC SPECIAL REGULATIONS CATEGORY AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT
This race will be run under the ORC special regulations 2019-2020 and is classed as
category 3. ORC regulations can be viewed and downloaded from the ISAF website
at http://www.sailing.org/specialregs
4.0 ENTRIES
Entries must be made on the CBYC web site at least 2 days before the race. Use the
Cruiser Racer entry form (http://www.cbyc.co.uk/sailing/cruiser-racing/entry-form/)
and state in the ‘other information’ box which races your entry is for.
4.1 FEE
There is no entry fee
5.0 PRIZES
The only prizes are the admiration and respect of your peers and the opportunity to
be smug in the bar.
6.0 SCORING AND CLASSES
The low point scoring system, in accordance with RRS Appendix A, will be used. The
race will be scored on NHC, and those boats with valid IRC Certificates will be dualscored on IRc.
The scoring system will be modified as follows
RET – Score for the number of starters plus 1
DNC, DNF – Score for number of starters plus 2
DSQ, DND etc. – Score for number of starters plus 5
Failing to inform the race director as per NOR paragraph 9 will score DND.
Shorthanded and other classes may be added depending on the number of entries.
Competitors in NHC may request a modification in their handicap if their boat will be
in a different configuration than normal, for instance non-spinnaker. Requests must
be made in good time, must be reasonable, and the committee’s decision is final.
7.0 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Sailing Instructions will be available from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club before the race and
will be emailed to competitors where possible.
8.0 ALTERNATIVE PENALTIES
Percentage place penalties, as well as time penalties, may apply as described in the
Sailing Instructions.
9.0 REPORTING
On finishing all yachts must report their finish time (as British Summer Time) as soon
as possible by SMS text message to 07985 073537 or by email to
kprolfe@hotmail.com, including their boat name or sail number.
Yachts retiring must report the fact by SMS text message to 07985 073537 or by
email to kprolfe@hotmail.com, including their boat name or sail number and their
current situation as soon as possible.
See also 2.5 – requirement for reporting crew changes.
10. Dinghy
For some races, where the finish requires a dinghy to get ashore, yachts carrying a
dinghy AND ferrying crew from a yacht which does not will receive a 15 minute
reduction in their corrected time. This must be claimed with the finishing declaration,
identifying the boat whose crew they assisted.
11.0 COURSES
There may be either a gate start or a line start. Yachts must take their own finish
times, preferably from a GPS, and must report them as specified in 9.0 above
Where Caldey Island is specified as a mark, this should be taken to include St
Margret’s Island. Yachts may not pass through Little Sound.
ALL STARTS ARE AT 19:30

Race 1 
Friday 24 April,  
Morte Stone to port
Baggy Leap to port
Bideford Fairway to starboard,
Lundy to starboard
Finish in Swansea Bay when passing between Swansea Middle West and Swansea
Middle East buoys
Approximately 120 miles

Race 2 
Thursday 7 May (early May bank holiday is the Friday, not Monday)
Horseshoe Rocks to starboard
Caldey Island to port
Lundy to port
Finish at either Lundy or Clovelly depending on the wind direction
Finish line at Lundy will be when the South Light bears due East
Finish line at Clovelly will be when the Doom Bar tap in the Red Lion bears due
South
The finish will be announced by email a few days before the race.
Approximately 120 miles

Race 3 
Friday 22 May
Horseshoe Rocks to starboard
W Helwick to port
Lundy to port
Padstow
The finish in Padstow will be when passing between Pentire Point and Newlands.
Approximately 125 miles

Race 4 
Friday 5 June
St Govans buoy to port
Horseshoe rocks to port
Porlock
The finish in Porlock will be when the chimney of the Anchor Pub bears due South
Approximately 125 miles.
Races 2 & 4 require a dinghy or speedos.
PERSONAL AIS BEACONS
Tony Rayer has a number of these which he rents out. He has kindly offered to loan
one to any competitor in these races in exchange for a voluntary donation to the
RNLI. If you, or any of your crew, would like one, contact Tony direct on
tony@sceptreservices.co.uk