Notice of Race

Swale Regatta – Notice of Race

The Swale Regatta is run by a committee of representatives from sailing and yacht clubs within the Swale and Medway area. The Organising Authority for the 2020 event is Hooness Yacht Club.

The Regatta will take place from Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July 2020 on Swale, Medway and Thames Estuary waters.

The first race shall start in the Harty Ferry area of the East Swale not before 13:00hrs on Friday 3rd July 2020. The last race will finish in the vicinity of Queenborough on the Medway before 12:00hrs Sunday the 5th July 2020.

Rules: Races will be governed by the current ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of the RYA, Medway Ports, PLA Regulations, by the Notices of Race and by The Sailing Instructions.

Risk Statement : The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in the Regatta, a race or to continue racing is the skippers alone.

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in this Regatta each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

  1. They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
  2. They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
  3. They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions.
  4. Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
  5. The provision of a race management team and volunteers by the organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
  6. Boats shall have a lifejacket for every crew member and a functioning VHF radio.

Race Numbers/Identification. Boats should have either a unique identifying number on their sails or a name/number clearly visible on their topsides/superstructure that will allow them to be easily identified by the Regatta management and other competitors. This changes RRS rule 77.

Insurance – All competitors must be insured against third party liability and entry into the Regatta implies the possession of appropriate cover that includes club racing.

Handicaps – Swale Regatta handicaps will be allocated by the committee based on the RYA NHC Handicap system. A boats handicap will be adjusted after every race. An adjustment in handicap number is not grounds for redress, this changes RRS 62.
The overriding principal behind the handicap system adopted by the committee is to ensure fair and safe sailing by the participants. A well sailed boat should expect to see this reflected in her result.

Entry is open to (but not restricted to) any member of a Swale or Medway yacht or sailing club affiliated to the RYA. Visiting or other yachts are open to enter at the invitation of the committee. A yacht may enter all or part of the Regatta.
The entry fee to the Regatta or part thereof is £10 payable to the committee on entry.

Registration. All entrants are asked to notify their intention to race before Monday 29th June 2020. This will allow the committee time to allocate handicaps and complete administration. Late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the committee up to one hour before the start of a race (on any day).

Classes: Boats may be divided into two classes, Fast and Slow. The division will be based on handicap rating and will be set at the discretion of the committee. The purpose of the division is to allow separate start times and courses to be set if deemed necessary due to sailing conditions. Classes may be combined if conditions allow.

The courses for Friday 3rd July will start and finish in the vicinity of Harty Ferry, East Swale. The courses for Saturday 4th July will start in the East Swale and finish at Queenborough. The courses for Sunday 5th July will start and finish in the vicinity of Queensborough on the Medway.

Course start, marks and finish details will be announced 30 minutes before the start of a race:

The committee reserve the right to cancel or stop a race midway and issue fresh instructions should the prevailing weather or sailing conditions dictate.

Race time will be GPS unless dictated otherwise by the Race Officer.

Cancellation: If in the opinion of the committee the expected wind strength likely to be encountered before, during or after a race is deemed excessive, or in the event of reduced visibility (fog, heavy rain etc) the committee may delay, relocate or cancel a race if no viable safe alternative option is available.

Sailing Instructions will be issued not later than Monday 29th June 2020.