Friday, March 23, 2007

Spring Series Draft Notice of Race

Spring Series
March 10 – April 29, 2007
Rio Grande Sailing Club
Elephant Butte Lake, NM



1.1 The spring series, and each regatta, will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.


2.1 Each regatta in the spring series is open to monohull keel or cabin sailboats. Eligibility for other types of boats may be offered depending upon sufficient demand and available facilities.

2.2 Eligible boats may enter by sending a representative to attend the skipper/crew meeting at the time and location designated for each regatta in Elephant Butte, paying the $15 registration fee, and signing the registration sheet.

2.3 Eligible boats will be divided into the following classes for purposes of scoring and awards:
Etchells Class, International Etchells Class Association
A Fleet, Portsmouth D-PN of 84.0 or lower
B Fleet, Portsmouth D-PN of 84.1 or higher
Cruising boats may be entered in the B Fleet at the race committee’s discretion.


3.1 Required fees are $15 per boat for each regatta within the series.


4.1 Registration is as follows
10:00 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Casa Taco.
11:00 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Casa Taco
11:00 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2007, at the Dam Site
11:00 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 28, 2007, at the Dam Site

4.2 Starting Time: The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race on each Saturday is 2:00 p.m., except for the Spring Series 1 race, which starts at 1:00 p.m.

The sailing instructions will be available during registration periods.


6.1 Attachment A shows the racing area, including the channel marker buoys to be used in racing, designated by number.


The courses to be sailed will be as follows: For each race, the race committee signal boat will display flags to indicate the configuration of the course, as designated by letter on the chart of Olympic courses, and the first mark of the course, as indicated by number on the race area map.


8.1 The scoring system will follow the low-point system in Appendix A of the Racing Rules of Sailing except as follows:

The number of throw-outs for the series will be set by the race committee, which will allow approximately one throw-out (from scores eligible for a throw-out) for each five races completed by a boat. This changes Appendix A of the Racing Rules of Sailing.

8.2 One race is required to be completed to constitute a regatta for each spring series regatta.

8.3 A boat must compete in at least two regattas to be eligible for series awards.

8.4 A Fleet boats will be scored on Portsmouth handicap with wind modifiers. B Fleet boats will be scored on Portsmouth handicap with the addition of headsail modifiers.

8.5 The overall series awards (combined fleets) will be scored on DP-N only. Overall awards will be scored based on races in which all boats were able to start at the same time. Depending upon how starts are scheduled, this number may be smaller than the number of races that is used for scoring within each class or fleet.

Prizes will be given as follows:
Each regatta: trophies for the top two yachts in each fleet.
Series Awards:
Etchells Class: top two
A Fleet: top three
B Fleet: top three
The number of awards given for each regatta and for the series may be modified based upon participation.

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum coverage sufficient to meet New Mexico State Parks requirements.

For further information please contact Pat B.; or Larry J.



At 1:30 PM, March 23, 2007, Anonymous AdriftAtSea said...


What, no multihulls????

At 5:02 PM, March 27, 2007, Blogger Pat said...

Small multihulls have very different sailing characteristics than monohull keelboats and don't interact much tactically with monohulls after a race start.

Race handicap systems have trouble with handicapping such very different types of boats in a race against each other.

Multihulls in our area are small, lightweight craft such as WindRiders (TM) and Hobie Cats (TM), which are vulnerable to capsize.
Water temperatures are cold.
And, we generally don't have any chase or safety boats.

Put these ingredients together and you have a situation that would make the club leaders nervous.


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