NOTICE The event information below, used in conjunction with the General Offshore Notice of Race and the General One Design Notice of Race, as applicable, comprises the complete NOTICE OF RACE for the event.
DESCRIPTION: Make the highlight of your Memorial Weekend this fun-filled day of "low-key" racing, camaraderie, music, and summer-inspired food with your fellow club members. The Open House Regatta and Party is an event for every part of the club. We've got Offshore, One Design, Junior, Cruising, and Social divisions all coming together for an easy race, a raft-up, and dinner with a band. Our members are encouraged to invite all of their friends on their boats and to the club for the festivities. If your friends have boats that meet the criteria - invite them to participate in the race and/or Raft Up!
The day starts with a staggered start pursuit race for all boats around a set of government marks, finishing in the early afternoon just off the FBYC pier. Then all of the boats are encouraged to raft up, and we'll shuttle folks from the FBYC dock to the boats. To end the evening, there will be dinner and live music.
"Sail fast, have fun, bring a friend, and enjoy the party!"
Watch from the dock or take a motorboat shuttle for a closer view of the formation of the raft-up. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be provided on board the Mr. Roberts within the raft-up. Kid-friendly event.
The Raft-Up Marshal will be directing the raft-up’s formation via VHF Channel 71.
Offshore, One Design, Juniors, and Cruising sailboats are encouraged to participate. All spectators on land are encouraged to take the shuttle to the raft-up.
CLASSES: The Open House Regatta is a handicap pursuit race open to any boat rated with Portsmouth Yardstick D-PN Handicap rating or PHRF rating. (courtesy ratings will be given to boats without certificates).
THE START: At the Skippers' Meeting each boat will be given a staggered start time based on their rating. (This enables an orderly start and prevents a jumble of boats from being in the starting area at once.)
SAILING AREA: Starts will be in Godfrey Bay and sail to the Bay around marks at the entrance of the Piankatank and then back to a finish near the club pier in Fishing Bay.
FINISH: Spectators should congregate around 2pm on the Fishing Bay hillside and pier to watch the sailboats finish racing off the dock.
TIME LIMIT: If one boat finishes within 3 hours from the start, the race will be valid for all racers. All boats must finish within 1h 30m of the first finisher or 1500, whichever is later.
SCORING: All boats will be scored using the Portsmouth Rating in the order of their finish. Boats with PHRF ratings will be converted to Portsmouth. Boats without PHRF ratings will be assigned a courtesy rating.
Beverages, and snacks will be provided on board a boat within the raft-up. This is a kid-friendly event. A shuttle will be available between the Fishing Bay pier and the raft-up.
0900: Skippers' Meeting (will receive start time)
1100: Warning Signal for first boat to start
1300: After finishing, please join the raft-up! Radio your intention on channel 71 to the raft-up marshal.
COURSES The course will use government marks in the Piankatank River and Piankatank Channel:
Start - the vicinity of Godfrey Bay.
X drop mark
R "12" starboard
R "8" port
FBYC B starboard
Y drop mark due east of FBYC B starboard
G "5" port
R "8" starboard
R "12" starboard
Finish - Fishing Bay, near the FBYC dock.
AWARDS described in the Sailing Instructions.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
0900: Skippers' Meeting
1100: First warning signal for racers
1200 - 1600: Sunflower raft up
1300: Racing boats finishing, spectators watch from pier
1730 - 2030: Onshore Happy Hour at Rick's Place
2030-2200: Continued entertainment