NOTICE OF RACE
Notice of Race for Offshore Series
Offshore Series 2020 Notice of Race
The Haven Combined Clubs Passage Series is a series of 4 Offshore races covering the East Coast of England and Belgium.
The organising authority is comprised of the organising clubs. These clubs are:- The Royal Harwich Yacht Club; The Haven Ports Yacht Club; The Walton and Frinton Yacht Club; The Orwell Yacht Club, The Stour Sailing Club; The Shotley Sailing Club; The Harwich and Dovercourt Sailing Club; The Waldringfield Sailing Club; and The Pin Mill Sailing Club. The Haven Combined Clubs Committee is comprised of representatives of each club and facilitates racing on behalf of the organising clubs. The organiser of each individual race is the “host club” who provides the Race Officer.
The rules set out in the Haven Combined Clubs Series 2020 Sailing Instructions shall apply. The supplementary sailing instructions for each race shall apply to that race.
2.1 The series is open to single-hulled sailing yachts owned by members of sailing clubs situated between Lowestoft and Burnham with a minimum waterline length of 5.2m.
2.2 Yachts not meeting the requirements of 2.1 may be accepted with special dispensation from the Organizing Authority.
2.3 The Organising Authority has the right to refuse any entry at its absolute discretion.
3. EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
3.1 Boats must meet the minimum standards laid out in the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations that are stated in the supplementary sailing instructions. These are:
- Mercator Trophy: OSR Category 3 Monohull + Category 2 Liferaft.
- Other Races: OSR Category 4 Monohull
4. ENTRY FEES & CLOSING DATES
4.1 Competitors should enter the series by completing either the online entry process or by submitting the official entry form.
4.2 The Entry Fee is £50 for the Mercator, Stroombank and Britannia Races.
A minimal fee of £10 will be made for the Fresh Herring Race.
4.3 Entry and payment must be received a week before the race, in order to secure an overnight berth. (As specified on the race entry forms). Late entries may be accepted but skippers must make their own berthing arrangements.
4.4 Entries made by means other than the online or paper entry forms shall not be accepted.
5. SCHEDULE OF RACES
5.1 Four races are scheduled, of which one must be completed to constitute a series.
5.2 The following number of races shall count towards a competitors series score –
Races sailed 4 3 2 1
Races counted 3 3 2 1
5.3 The races comprising the series shall be sailed on the following dates, starting from the following locations:
6. START TIMES
6.1 Start times shall be no earlier as published in 5.3 above.
The fleet shall be split into two classes based on the rating of the boat under Haven Handicap.
(a) Class 1 (Fast Fleet): Haven Handicap 890 and below.
(b) Class 2 (Slow Fleet): Handicap 891 and above.
8.1 The series will be scored according to the Low-Point Scoring System of RRS Appendix A. A4, as amended by Appendix A9 (Series longer than a Regatta). Ties will be broken in accordance with A7 and A8.
8.2 Both fleets will be scored under the “Haven Handicap” system, and an aggregated “overall” result shall be scored under the same.
8.3 Competitors competing in either have an IRC Certificate for their boats shall also be scored under IRC.
8.4 Results will be published on the Haven Series website: www.havenseries.org, the websites of some of the organising clubs, and competitors will be notified by e-mail.
9. TROPHIES & PRIZES
9.1 Series Trophies shall be awarded as follows:
9.2 Trophies for the each race will be awarded as follows
9.3 Glassware: Winners of trophies shall receive Haven Combined Clubs Glassware. Further glassware may be issued to 2nd and 3rd places at the discretion of the Organising Authority.
10.1 Competitors compete in the Series entirely at their own risk. See RRS Rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injuries or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the Series.
11.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 per incident or the equivalent.