Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Notice of Race 2016

1. Invitation

The Hamilton Island Yacht Club Inc (HIYC), as the organising authority, invites entries from owners and charterers of suitable boats to race on the waters of the Whitsunday Passage and surrounding waters between 21st August and 27th August 2016.
Boats entered in Rating Class, Passage Rating Class, Racer/Cruiser Class and Multihull Racing Class will contest the Australian Yachting Championships 2016. 

2. Rules

2.1 The races will be governed by the rules as defined in the 2013 – 2016 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), Special Regulations of Yachting Australia (YA), the 2016 IRC rule (parts A, B & C) where applicable, the ORC Rating System Rules 2016 where applicable, the class rules for any one design classes where applicable, all as modified by the Sailing Instructions.

2.2 Amendments made to this Notice-of-Race prior to 19th August 2016 will be published on the event web site (www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au), and details of amendments made after that date will be posted on the Regatta Notice Board at Race headquarters, HIYC.

2.3 An International Jury constituted as specified in RRS Appendix N will be appointed. The Jury’s decisions will be final, in accordance with RRS 70.5.  A mediation procedure as detailed in the Sailing Instructions may be offered for protests involving an alleged breach of RRS Part 2.

2.4 RRS 55 is amended adding the following sentence to the rule: 'However, discarding cotton, wool or any other biodegradable material when setting a sail is permitted.'

2.5 Boats not racing in a Rating Class shall request permission from the Race Committee to use movable and/or variable ballast for the purpose of increasing stability. Any such request must be accompanied by full details of the system involved, and any such system will be taken into account in establishing the yacht's handicap. Stored power may be used for the operation of movable ballast systems. Rules 51 and 52 are modified to the extent required by this paragraph.

2.6 For the purpose of IRC Rules 21.1.5 (d) and (e) this regatta is on consecutive days and the sails on board shall remain the same.  

2.7 A boat entered in ORCi and also entered in IRC division may carry the maximum number of spinnakers allowed under its IRC certificate.  This changes ORC Rating Rule 206.

2.8 Unless in use, no part of any anchor may project forward of the bow at any time whilst racing.

2.9 The owner and skipper of all boats shall ensure that no entities form unauthorised associations between themselves (and their products or services) and the event (otherwise known as "ambush marketing") or any “hijack signage” is carried out by or on behalf of themselves or their sponsors with reference to the event and that nothing else is done which might undermine the event, the rights of the event sponsor, or any other sponsor or participant in the event.

2.10 Boats shall not use 3G/4G Boosters or Signal Repeaters at any time including when not racing.

3. Classes & Handicaps

3.1 The event will be handicapped in the following classes or as determined under NoR 4.10

Class Handicap System
Rating Class (Australian Yachting Championship) IRC & ORCi
Passage Rating Class (Australian Yachting Championship) IRC & ORCi
Racer/Cruiser (Australian Yachting Championship) Performance Handicap System (PHS)
One Design Classes Scratch (No Handicaps)
Cruising Class Performance Handicap System (PHS)
Non-Spinnaker Class Performance Handicap System (PHS)
Trailable Yachts Class Performance Handicap System (PHS)
Multihull Racing Class (Australian Yachting Championship) Offshore Multihull Rule (OMR)
Multihull Cruising Class Performance Handicap System (PHS)

3.2. Handicaps
Rating Classes; IRC results will be decided by application of a boat’s TCC printed on each boat’s IRC certificate, ORCi results will be decided by the application of the Time-on-Time Simplified Scoring Option using the ToT Inshore rating as printed on each boat’s certificate.  The ratings shall be a multiplier of elapsed time with the lowest corrected time being the winner and so forth.

One Design Classes will compete off scratch without handicaps.  

Multihull Racing Class ratings will be obtained from the current QMYC list of OMR Ratings and each boat’s rating will be used as a multiplier of elapsed time with the lowest corrected time being the winner and so forth.    

For all other classes, Event Time Correction Factors (EHC) handicaps will be issued by Hamilton Island Yacht Club Handicap Committee and will not be grounds for redress (alters RRS 60.1 and 62). 

3.3 The “Hitchhiker” Trophy Team Series
3.3.1 The “Hitchhiker” Trophy will be a State Team Series concurrent with Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015.
A two boat State team may be entered into the “Hitchhiker” Trophy Series.
3.3.2 Each State may enter a maximum of two teams.  A team will consist of one boat from Rating Class with an IRC TCC 1.16 and above, and one boat from Rating Passage Class with an IRC TCC below 1.16.
3.3.3 The “Hitchhiker” Trophy Teams Series will be scored on each Team’s boats’ series scores.

4. Eligibility and Classes

4.1 Rating Class and Rating Passage Class boats shall contest the Australian Yachting Championship.
Boats shall hold a valid IRC and/or ORCi 2016 rating certificate at the time of the races.  Boats shall submit a copy of their certificate(s) at registration.  No alteration to a certificate will be permitted after that time except as a result of a rating protest, or to correct rating errors.
Rating Class and Passage Rating Class will be based on actual entries and divided into Racing or Passage Classes based on Hull Factor (HF), Displacement Length Ratio (DLR), Length of Hull (LH), IRC Series Date and the boats Time Correction Factor (TCC).  Final Classes and Divisions may be published on the event website by 8th August 2015.
Rating Racing Class will sail a mixture of windward/leeward courses and passage races with islands as course marks. 
Passage Rating Class will sail passage races with islands as course marks.
The Race Committee will consider written applications for inclusion of boats into Passage Rating Classes that may not otherwise meet the spirit and intention of the class, giving details of the boat and the reasons for consideration.  Applications based on crew criteria alone will not be considered.  The Race Committee’s decision shall be final and not be subject to requests for redress.  This alters RRS 62.1(a)

4.2 One Design Classes will have a current Class One Design Certificate.  One Design Classes will sail a mixture of passage races and windward/leeward races.

4.3 Racer/Cruiser Class will be less than 30 m LOA and will be handicapped by the HIYC Handicap Committee.  Cruiser/Racer Class will sail predominately passage races.

4.4 Cruising Class shall be fitted out to comfortable cruising standards and will typically not have working sails of custom built modern exotic construction unless the race committee grants dispensation. Boats shall advise the Race Committee at the time of entry of the sails carried aboard and their material construction.  Any boats found to be stripped or lightened shall be subject to a penalty.  The Race Committee will consider written applications for inclusion of boats that may not otherwise meet the spirit and intention of the class, giving details of the boat and the reasons for consideration.  Applications based on crew criteria alone will not be considered.  Cruising Class will sail passage races with islands as course marks.

4.5 Non–Spinnaker Class will be the same requirements as for Cruising Class, but boats shall sail with a main and jib only. A jib is defined as a headsail with the entire luff of the sail attached along the headstay. A reaching strut/whisker pole may be used with one end attached to the mast in accordance with RRS 50.2.  Non-Spinnaker Class will sail passage races with islands as course marks.

4.6 Trailable Yachts Class will be yachts that are able to be trailed and launched on a road-legal trailer and will be handicapped by the HIYC Handicap Committee. Trailable Yachts Class will sail predominately passage races.

4.7 Multihull Racing Class shall contest the Australian Yachting Championship and will hold a current Offshore Multihull Rule (OMR) rating.  Multihull Racing Class will sail mixture of passage races and windward/leeward races.

4.8 Multihull Cruising Class will be fitted out to comfortable cruising standards and will typically not have working sails of custom built modern exotic construction unless the race committee grants dispensation.  Boats will be handicapped by the HIYC Handicap Committees.  The Race Committee will consider written applications for inclusion of boats that may not otherwise meet the spirit and intention of the class, giving details of the boat and the reasons for consideration.  Applications based on crew criteria alone will not be considered.  Multihulls Cruising Class will sail passage races with islands as course marks.

4.9 Boats not having sail numbers are required to carry identification numbers on the hull which will be provided by the Race Committee. 

4.10 The organising authority may alter, amalgamate or divide any class, may reassign boats to other Classes to equalise the Classes and may add classes as required.  The organising authority may cancel any class if fewer than seven entries have been received by the closing date.  In this event, boats that have entered will have the option of transferring to another class (if eligible) or having their entry fee refunded.  The Race Committee’s decision shall be final and not be subject to requests for redress.  This alters RRS 62.1(a)

4.11 Further information on the type of racing offered in the above classes can be found under the “Race Classes” tab on the event website.

5. Safety

5.1 The safety regulation will be Special Regulations Part 1 for Category 5 races.

5.2 The race committee may consider other YA Special Regulations Part 1 Categories for some One Design Classes. 

6. Schedule of Events

Date Class Event
Saturday 7th Aug All Classes Entries close
Friday 19th Aug All Classes Registration – 1300 hrs to 1700 hrs.
Saturday 20th Aug All Classes Registration – 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs.
Sunday 21st Aug All Classes Short Around-the-Islands race
Monday 22nd Aug Rating Class
One Design Classes
All other Classes
W/L Courses (up to 3 races)
W/L Courses (up to 4 races)
Short Around-the-Islands race
Tuesday 23rd Aug One Design Classes
Rating Class
Racer/Cruiser, Passage Rating & Multihull Racing
All other Classes
W/L Courses (up to 4 races)
Club Marine Classic Long race
Medium Distance race
Short Around-the-Islands race
Wednesday 24th Aug All Classes Lay day - Shore side activities
Thursday 25th Aug Rating Class & One Design Classes
All other Classes
W/L Courses (up to 3 races)
Short Around-the-Islands race
Friday 26th Aug Racer/Cruiser Class and Multihull
Racing Class
Short Courses (up to 2 races)
Short Around-the-Islands race
Saturday 27th Aug All Classes
Presentation of Trophies
Short Around-the-Islands race

The Race Committee may make changes to this schedule at any time.

7. Registration

All boats are required to complete Registration at the Regatta Office between 1300-1700 hrs on Friday 19th August or between 1000-1700 hrs Saturday 20th August 2016.   All IRC boats shall submit a copy of their IRC certificate at registration.

8. Entries

8.1  Entries to be made electronically through the event web site no later than 7th August 2016.  Entries lodged after 7th August 2016 may be accepted at the discretion of the Race Committee.

Boat Size Entry Fee
Boats up to 8.0m LOA AU$275.00
8.0m - 12.0m LOA AU$730.00
12.0m - 14.0m LOA AU$845.00
14.0m-16.0m LOA AU$960.00
16.0m-18.0m LOA AU$1075.00
18.0m -  24.5m LOA AU$1350.00
Over 24.5m LOA AU$2750.00

9. Sailing Instructions

It is the intention to have the Sailing Instructions available on the event web site from Saturday 13th August. Printed copies will be provided to all competitors on registration at the Regatta Office.

10. Scoring System

The scoring system will be the Low Point System, RRS Appendix A except if there are four or less races sailed for a class or division then all races will count.  One race will constitute a series.

Class Number of scheduled races
Races
Rating Class 9
Passage Rating Class 6
Racer/Cruiser Class 7
Cruising Classes 6
Non-Spinnaker Class 6
One Design Classes 12
Trailable Yachts Class 6
Multihull Racing Class 7
Multihull Cruising Class 6

11. Conditions of Entry

11.1 By lodging an entry, the owner/charterer agrees to be bound by all the rules and conditions of the races.

11.2 By lodging an entry, the owner/charterer acknowledges the possibility of and accepts the risks associated with (a) the perils of the sea; (b) the seaworthiness or otherwise of any yacht participating in Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016; (c) the participation, including negligent participation, by all persons in Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016, including participation as owner, charterer, crew person, official, race organiser or otherwise; (d) the defaults, acts and omissions, of Hamilton Island Yacht Club Inc. and its officers, and the crews of all boats.

11.3 By lodging an entry, the owner/charterer acknowledges and accepts that Hamilton Island Yacht Club Inc. (a) does not and cannot control, diminish or affect the perils of the sea; (b) does not certify, or carry out inspections with respect to the seaworthiness or suitability to race of any yacht; (c) is not in a position to provide advice, assistance or support to boats and crews during the course of a race.

11.4 By lodging an entry, the owner/charterer agrees that (a) he/she will ensure that the entered yacht is covered by suitable legal liability insurance of at least AU$10,000,000 (or foreign currency equivalent), valid for racing, and current for the duration of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016; (b) notwithstanding the above insurance requirement, he/she acknowledges that the yacht need not furnish proof of this cover.

11.5 By lodging an entry, the owner/charterer agrees that: (a) it is a fundamental condition of entry that he/she releases, holds harmless and indemnifies Hamilton Island Yacht Club Inc., its office bearers, servants, agents and members and the sponsors of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 from all liability any of those persons has to the owner/charterer or any crew member on the owner/charterer's yacht, or to any person claiming through or under any such person arising from loss or damage howsoever caused, including negligent act or omission, arising out of or relating to: (i) participation by the owner/charterer's yacht or any other yacht in a race; (ii) the conduct or course of the race in any respect including, without limitation, any act or omission (whether reasonably foreseeable or not) causing or relating to loss of or damage to any yacht or the death or injury of any person; or (iii) any of the matters referred to in the paragraphs above; (b) participation by the yacht and by the crew in Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 is agreed by Hamilton Island Yacht Club Inc. on the basis that participation is entirely at the risk of the owner/charterer and each member of the crew on the owner/charterer's yacht; (c) the owner/charterer will provide each crew member or proposed crew member with a copy of the Entry Form including these Conditions of Entry.

11.6 By lodging an entry, the owner/charterer gives the right and permission for any photographs and/or video footage of the boat and crew to be published in any media for any editorial, publicity or advertising purposes.

11.7 Yacht owners, skippers and crew should be aware that there may be uncharted obstacles under the waters on which races are held. Such uncharted obstacles include reefs, bomboras and rocks which could be a danger to yachts and crews. Hamilton Island Yacht Club Inc. accepts no responsibility for any damage to or loss of any yacht or for injury to or death of any crew person which may occur as a result of a collision with any underwater obstacle. All participants compete in races at their own risk

12. Prizes and Trophies

Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall in each Class. 
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd on corrected time in each race for each Class or 1st, 2nd and 3rd for scratch classes. 
Trophies for the overall pointscore in each class will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday 22nd August 2015.  Prizes for each day's racing will be presented as soon as practicable after racing each day.

13. Internet Site

The event web site for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 is located at www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au and information regarding the event may be obtained from this site. Entrants are advised to check the site periodically in order to keep up to date with the latest information. 

14. Mooring Arrangement & Support Facilities

Moorings for competing boats in the harbour at Hamilton Island will be available for the period 17th August – 31st August at no charge. It is a condition of entry that boats must moor in accordance with the directions of the Harbour Master. Boats not participating in the races will be charged normal berthing rates.  Some boats may be required to moor in Dent Passage due to size restrictions.

(Boats wishing to arrive before 17th August and/or leave after 31st August should contact the Marina Office on 07 4946 8353 to book a berth for the extra days. This should be done as soon as possible, as demand for the marina immediately before and after Race Week is exceptionally heavy and a berth may not be available.)

The following tradesmen and facilities will be available during the series should they be required: Sailmaker - Rigger & chandler - Diesel engineer - Shipwright - Slipping facilities - Storage areas for cruising equipment - Supermarket, Bakery, Deli, etc. - Laundromat - Wespac Bank with ATM - Post Office and public telephones - 24 hour medical service - All resort facilities, buggy hire, etc. 

For Further Details

Contact the Regatta Director direct: Denis Thompson Phone: 0417 686 640 or Email: info@hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au