2019 Offshore General Notice of Race
1. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
1.1 The 2019 Offshore Club Racing program will consist of four multi-day Club Series (Spring, Long Distance, Fall and Winter) as well as three, stand-alone, single day regattas (Opening Day, Open House Regatta, and Closing Day) as further detailed in the Yearbook and available on FBYC website (www.fbyc.net).
1.2 This Offshore General Notice of Race, and each corresponding individual Event Notice will constitute the complete NOR for each event.
2.1The Organizing Authority is Fishing Bay Yacht Club
2.2 Races will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing, except as any of these are altered by the General Offshore Sailing Instructions, and the special rules and conditions set by the Sailing Instructions for a sanctioned event which will take precedent over GNOR.
3. ENTRIES AND QUALIFICATION
3.1 Competitors are encouraged to be members of a recognized yacht club or sailing association.
3.2 Qualification. Races are open to PHRF Handicap (PHRF SPIN and NON-SPIN, One Design class with at least three participants as well as any Cruising Class boats.
3.3 A competitor who will not have reached his/her 19th birthday by December 31 of the current year may race as a Junior by executing a Junior entry form.
3.4 Registration. A completed Entry Form or registration on the FBYC website (www.fbyc.net) is required for each event. If the event is part of a larger series, the yacht will be entered and scored for the entire series. A boat may not enter in more than one class in a start sequence. It is the responsibility of the entrant to see that the completed entry form or online registration is in the hands of the Race Committee no later than when the Committee Boat leaves the dock on the day of the race, or by the deadline specified in the Event Notice.
a) Entry Forms may be obtained from the Race Committee.
b) Each skipper shall indicate on the entry form in which class and subclass listed in the individual Event Notice he/she wants the boat scored, and the boat’s rating for that class.
c) The Race Committee, at its discretion, may accept late entries at the Committee Boat.
3.5 Ratings: A boat entered in a CBYRA sanctioned Handicap Division class shall have a valid rating or measurement certificate on file with the appropriate CBYRA organization. PHRF entries shall also conform fully to the requirements described on the Entry Form under Class Information and shall comply with US Near Shore or PHRF Chesapeake Bay Division as specified by PHRF, unless otherwise stipulated in the Event Notice for a particular race or series. The General or Event Sailing Instructions may have additional requirements. The Race Committee may assign ratings to boats not holding valid certificates only for the purpose of club scoring in non-CBYRA sanctioned events (i.e. FBYC Cruising, Leukemia Cup Cruising, and Classic Divisions) or non-sanctioned classes. Such ratings are at the discretion of the Race Committee and not subject to appeal.
3.6 Sail Numbers: For any sanctioned event, a boat shall display either US SAILING sail numbers, or the numbers listed by the CBYRA, or the sail numbers listed in the roster of sail numbers as maintained by her class. It is the responsibility of the entrant to clearly identify the boat and its class. It is acceptable for a boat to race under sails that differ from that boat’s proper sail number, so long as the skipper informs the Race Committee of the change prior to the first start of the day, and receives its acknowledgment.
4. SCHEDULE OF RACES
4.1 The current year schedule of events is printed in the Yearbook under Schedule of Events and is available at www.fbyc.net/events/.
4.2 The time of the first Warning Signal for the first race of each day shall be as designated in the Event Notice for that event.
5. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Offshore Division 2019 General Sailing Instructions are contained in the Fishing Bay Yacht Club Yearbook and online at www.fbyc.net. Any Event Sailing Instructions will be made available according to the Event Notice.
6. SKIPPERS’ MEETING
When held, a Skippers’ Meeting will be specified in the Event Notice for that event.
7. RACING AREAS
The starting area will be specified in the Event Notice for that event. The racing area(s) will may be in the Fishing Bay area in the vicinity of the areas designated “A”, “B”, “C” and “D” on the chartlet as shown in FBYC Sailing Yearbook Appendix C and online at www.fbyc.net; and in the mouth of the Piankatank River.
The scoring system is as defined in the Offshore General Sailing Instructions (available in the Yearbook or online www.fbyc.net), except as modified by an Event Notice.
9.1 Awards for each class, or subclass scored separately will be presented as follows:
DAILY AWARDS: PLACE/MINIMUM NUMBER OF STARTERS
First/1; Second/4; Third/5
SERIES AWARDS: PLACE/MINIMUM NUMBER OF QUALIFIED BOATS
First/1; Second/4; Third/5
9.2 Every attempt will be made to announce and post results on the official notice board following conclusion of each day’s racing. Visiting boats desiring a copy of the race results should find them at www.fbyc.net/events or can contact the Offshore Division Lt. Commander.
10. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Competitors participate in any race or regatta entirely at their own risk as instructed in RRS, 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 race or regatta.
11. NOTICE TO VISITING BOATS
Fishing Bay Yacht Club extends club privileges to visiting boats and crews participating in the events listed in the Sailing Events book. Boats desiring to layover should please contact the General Manager upon arrival – (804) 334-7575.