Girls NOR

July 20, 2010
Measurement July 19, 2010
Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Published June 1, 2010

(View the original PDF version of this document on the USODA Website)

The Organizing Authority is the USODA and the Fishing Bay Yacht Club

1. Rules
1.1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2. The “class rules” shall be defined as the International Optimist Dinghy Association Class Rules which are in effect.
1.3. Racing rules listed below will be changed as indicated. The changes will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions may also change other racing rules.
a RRS 61.1 (2) will be changed to require a boat to display a red flag if she intends to protest concerning an incident in the racing area.
b RRS 61 will be changed to require a boat to inform the Race Committee Measurement Boat immediately after finishing of it’s intention to protest another boat and provide the sail number of the protested boat.
c Appendix P (Propulsion) will be used – “Appendix P2.1 will be replaced with: “When a boat is first penalized under instruction P1 her penalty will be: (a) if her penalty is signaled prior to finishing: a two-turns penalty under RRS 44.2. If she fails to take it she will be disqualified without a hearing. (b) if her penalty is signaled after she finishes: ten (10) points added to her score for that race.”

2. Eligibility and Entry
2.1. Competitors shall be current members of the USODA or the IODA National Authority for the country of their residence and have been born on or after January 1, 1995.
2.2. Sailors who are not USODA members are invited to join USODA by selecting “membership” found in the left margin of CODA and members of other NCAs should contact Rob Rowlands via email at .

3. Registration; Entry Fees
3.1. The entry fee is $25 per competitor for entries made prior to July 1, 2010. Entries made on or after July 1, 2010 and before 12:00 PM on July 5, 2010 shall pay a $25 late fee. Entries made after July 5, 2010 and before 5:00 PM on July 12, 2010 shall pay an additional $25 very late fee. No registrations will be accepted after 5:00 PM on Monday July 19, 2010.
3.2. Registration must be done online at in the members’ only area accessed via login ID and password. Competitors shall have completed all parts of the online registration form including completion of online Waiver and Medical forms.
3.3 Each competitor shall confirm that the competitor is registered by checking the registration list on the regatta web site. If a competitor is not listed as registered on the website, then the competitor is not registered and the late fees described above will apply at the time of his or her registration.

4. Format of the Regatta
There will be one Championship fleet. There will not be a Green fleet.

5. Schedule
Monday, July 19 1200-1800 Measurement and Check-in
Tuesday, July 20 0900 Skippers’, Coaches’ and Parents’ meeting (mandatory)
1030 First warning
Racing to follow, lunch on the water 1500 No warning signal after this time After racing Awards Ceremony
TBD Competitors’ Dinner and Retail Vendors Open for Dinner

6. Measurement
6.1. Competitors are allowed to use only one hull, dagger board, rudder (with tiller and extension), mast, boom, sprit and sail during the regatta. Substitution of such equipment shall occur only with the Race Committee’s approval.

7. Sailing Instructions
Sailing Instructions will be available onsite at check-in.

8. Venue
The racing area will be in the vicinity of Fishing Bay Yacht Club, in the Piankatank River and nearby waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

9. The Courses
The courses will be included in the Sailing Instructions.

10. Penalty System
The penalties for upheld breaches of the certain Sailing Instructions shall be a ten (10) point scoring penalty for the first infraction of any of them, and for subsequent infractions may be greater up to and including a DSQ at the discretion of the Protest Committee.

11. Scoring
11.1. The Low Point Scoring System of Appendix A will apply.
11.2. The number of races to be sailed will depend on the weather conditions.
11.3. One scored race will constitute a series.
11.4. When fewer than four (4) races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of all of her race scores. This changes rule A2.

12. Personal Buoyancy, whistle, and bow line
12.1. In addition to the requirements of rule 40 and it’s US Prescription, a condition of entry and participation in this regatta is the wearing of a US Coast Guard approved PFD properly secured at all times while on the water, except for brief periods while removing or adding clothing. Wet suits, dry suits and inflatable
PFD’s do not constitute adequate personal buoyancy. Failure to wear the PFD will result in a penalty up to and including disqualification at the discretion of the protest committee.
12.2. Each competitor shall have a whistle attached to their PFD at all times while on the water.
12.3. Each boat shall have a secure loop in the end its bow line.

13.1. Each sailors shall be associated with a “Responsible Adult” per the following;
13.2. A “Responsible Adult” is an adult (parent, guardian or designated adult) who is responsible for the safety of the each sailor. It is the responsibility solely of this adult to decide if the sailor should sail in the weather and sea conditions that might arise during the event. The adults supervising the competitors are ultimately responsible for the risks.
13.3. Parents not personally attending any part of the event shall ensure that another adult is authorized and designated to make these decisions for their sailor, and each competitor shall indicate in writing the parent or adult representative that will be responsible for the competitor throughout the event.
13.4. The “Responsible Adult” shall accept full responsibility for all actions of the competitor during any activity related to the event. This includes on-shore activities before, during, and after the regatta.

14. Support boats
14.1. One coach boat for every ten (10) sailors and fraction thereof from a sailing program may be registered. (For example a program with eleven sailors would be allowed to register two coach boats.)
14.2. All coach boats shall register and obtain a numbered flag supplied by the Race Committee that must be flown from a staff at all times while on the water. Each coach boat shall have a working VHF radio, an anchor suitable for anchoring in the waiting area, and a basic first aid kit.
14.3. The conduct of all boats in the race area shall be governed by the Sailing Instructions, Race Committee.

15. Prizes
Prizes will be given as follows: 1st thru 5th Overall, 1st thru 5th in White, Blue & Red Fleets. Additional awards and prizes may be presented at the sole discretion of the host and organizing authority, and may be based on criteria other than the regatta results.

16. Disclaimer of Liability
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. A waiver shall be signed by all competitors and their parent/guardian.

19. Further Information
For additional information regarding registration please contact USODA via email
For additional regatta information visit