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2010 USODA LAYLINE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 21-24, 2010
measurement and check in July 20, 2010
Hosted by Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Deltaville, VA
NOTICE OF RACE
Published June 22, 2010

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

(This Notice of Race may be amended from time to time pursuant to RRS 89.2.)

The regatta will be organized by Fishing Bay Yacht Club and the U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association.

1. Rules

1.1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing and “Conditions for USODA Events” which can be found at www.usoda.org/.

1.2. The “class rules” for the purposes of the definition of “rules” are the International Optimist Dinghy Association Class Rules.

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 its intention to protest another boat and provide the sail number of the protested boat.

c 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. International Optimist Dinghies may enter by completing the online registration, Medical and Waiver forms, all measurement and safety requirements and paying all entry fees.

2.2. The Red, Blue and White Fleet assignments will be based on the competitor‟s age on July 21, 2010.

2.3. Competitors shall have been born on or after January 1st 1995.

2.4. All competitors shall be members of their respective national class organization, such as the USODA or CODA. The organizing authority may require satisfactory proof of such membership.

3. Registration; Entry Fees

3.1. US residents who are not active members of the USODA must first join or renew their membership in the Class Association to use the mandatory online registration system. To join or renew select the “Membership” link from the left side of the homepage at www.usoda.org

3.2. Non-US residents are most welcome to participate and shall contact the USODA Executive Director at usoda@usoda.org to obtain access to the online registration system.

3.3. Registration and entry can only be done online using the USODA automated Event Registration System.

3.4. Entry Fee for registrations made prior to 12PM ET on July 1, 2010 shall be $180. An additional Late Fee for registrations made after July 1, 2010 shall be $50. An additional Very Late Fee for registrations made after July 4, 2010 shall be $50 for a total of $100 combined late fees. No registrations will be accepted after 12PM ET on July 18, 2010.

3.5. Each competitor shall confirm they are registered by checking the registration list on the Event Registration page. If a competitor is not listed as registered on the USODA website, then the competitor is not registered and the late fees described above will apply at the time of his or her completed registration.

3.6. Registration will be closed at midnight local time on July 18, 2010.

4. FORMAT OF THE REGATTA

4.1. There will be a Championship Fleet and there will be a Green Fleet. The Green Fleet is intended for less experienced sailors and will include opportunities for learning, fun and light competition.

4.2. Competitors in the Championship Fleet will compete for 4 days, first in a „Qualifying Round‟ on days 1 and 2, and then in the Championship Series on days 3 and 4 (unless six Sets of races are completed on day 1, in which case the Championship Series will be sailed on days 2, 3, and 4). Each Competitor‟s cumulative fleet position at the end of the Qualifying Round will determine their Championship Series Division assignment.

4.3. The Championship Fleet will be divided into Divisions and competitors will be assigned to these Divisions per instructions for the Qualifying Round and Championship Series described below. There will be the same number of Divisions in the Qualifying Round and Championship Series, which shall be a function of the number of entries such that no Division is larger than 100 boats. The number of Divisions shall be called out in the Sailing Instructions.

4.4. Boats will race in “Sets” of races where a Set is a group of scored races in which all Divisions have competed. Only complete Sets will count towards the Qualifying Round or Championship Series scores. The race committee will endeavor to run complete Sets each day, and at its discretion may abandon incomplete Sets.

4.5. Qualifying Round

1. Divisions will be approximately the same size plus or minus one boat and may be called Purple, Orange, Yellow, (etc.). Competitors will only sail against competitors in the same color Division each day.

2. Assignment to a Division for day one of racing will be based on the order of finish for those competitors who attended the 2010 USODA Team Trials, using a system; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, etc. (depending on the number of Divisions). The competitors who did not attend the 2010 USODA Team Trials will be then be assigned to Divisions on a random basis. The Race Committee‟s decision on Division assignments shall be final and cannot be grounds for a boat to request redress.

3. If there is a second day of sailing, competitors will be assigned to Divisions for day 2 on the basis of day one‟s cumulative results as of one hour after the protest time limit (as published in the Sailing Instructions), regardless of pending protests, unresolved scoring inquiries or requests for redress, with a system like; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, etc. (depending on the number of Divisions).

4.6. National Championship Series

1. Assignment to a Division shall be based on a competitor‟s cumulative fleet position in the Qualifying Round, including the outcome of all scoring inquiries, requests for redress and protests. This Division assignment shall be for the entire Championship Series. Each competitor‟s cumulative fleet position in the Qualifying Round shall also become that competitor‟s first race score for the National Championship Series.

2. Championship Divisions shall be called Gold, Silver, Bronze, Pearl, Opal, Emerald, etc., and shall be approximately the same size as those in the Qualifying Round, depending on unbroken tie scores, and at the discretion of the organizing authority and race committee whose decision shall be final and cannot be grounds for a boat to request redress.

5. SCORING

5.1. The Low Point Scoring System of Appendix A will apply as revised by this Notice of Race.

5.2. A Set of races is completed when all Divisions have completed a scored race. Incomplete Sets shall not be scored.

5.3. One completed Set will constitute the Qualifying Round. One completed Set will constitute the Championship Series. If no Sets are completed in the Championship Series the cumulative results of the Qualifying Round shall constitute the National Championship Series.

5.4. Qualifying Round Scores: When fewer than six (6) Sets have been completed a boat‟s score will be the total of her race scores. When six (6) or more Sets have been completed, a boat‟s score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

5.5. National Championship Series Scores: A boat‟s cumulative fleet position in the Qualifying Round will become her first series race score. When fewer than six (6) Sets (including this first race score) have been completed a boat‟s score will be the total of her race scores. When six (6) or more Sets (including this first race score) have been completed, a boat‟s score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

5.6. Age Grouping Series Scores (Red, White & Blue): The National Championship Series scores (or the Qualifying Round cumulative scores if there is no Championship Series) will be the basis for determining Red, White, and Blue age group scores.

6. Championship Fleet Schedule (all times are local)

Tuesday, July20, 2010
0900- 1800 Measurement and Check in
1800 Opening Ceremonies and Girls Nationals Awards
Girls Nationals Competitors‟ Dinner and Food Vendors Open for Retail Dinners

Wednesday, July21, 2010
0800-0930 Late Check-in
0800-0900 Measurement by appointment only upon written request to RC on Tuesday
0930 Skippers, Coaches, Parents Meeting (mandatory)
1100 Warning of 1st race, subsequent races to follow
Competitor‟s lunch on the water
Food Vendors Open For Retail Dinners

Thursday, July22, 2010
0830 Skippers, Coaches, Parents Meeting (mandatory)
1000 Warning of 1st race of day, subsequent races to follow
Competitor‟s lunch on the water
TBD Christ Church School Reception and Food Vendors Open For Retail Dinners
Competitors/Family Entertainment by Disk Jockey

Friday, July23, 2010
0830 Skippers, Coaches, Parents Meeting (mandatory)
1000 Warning of 1st race of day, subsequent races to follow
Competitor‟s lunch on the water
TBD Food Vendors Open or Retail Dinners

Saturday, July23, 2010
0830 Skippers, Coaches, Parents Meeting (mandatory)
1000 Warning of 1st race of day, subsequent races to follow
Competitor‟s lunch on the water
1400 No first Warning Signal for the start of a new “set” after this time
TBD Food Vendors Open For Retail Dinners After Racing Nationals Awards

The overall schedule for the Green Fleet will be similar to that of the Championship Fleet. Details will be available during the Green Fleet Skipper‟s Meeting immediately following the Championship Skipper Meeting.

7. Measurement and Safety

7.1 Each competitor shall submit an acceptable Safety Self-Certification Form during the regatta site check-in. These Forms shall inform the Race Committee that all equipment is present and in working order. The Race and or Protest Committee may scrutinize a boat or competitor for safety equipment at any time.

7.2 Each competitor shall submit an acceptable Measurement Self-Certification Form during the regatta site check-in. These Forms shall inform the Race Committee that all equipment has a legible USODA sticker affixed, the sail has a legible USODA stamp applied or a Certificate of Measurement and nothing has been altered since the sticker, stamp or Certificate was affixed/applied/provided.

7.3 Equipment and sails not previously measured and approved by the USODA or Member National Authority shall meet class measurement requirements prior to being available for use in the regatta. Measurement staff and equipment will be available per the Schedule of Events for this purpose.

7.4 The Race and or Protest Committee may scrutinize any equipment and/or sail at any time regardless of whether it has been previously measured.

7.5 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 written approval.

8. Sailing Instructions

Sailing Instructions will be available onsite at check-in.

9. Venue The racing area will be on the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay or the semi-protected waters in the mouth of the Piankatank River, including Hills Bay, Godfrey Bay and Fishing Bay. The choice of racing venues will be solely of the discretion of the Race Committee and will not be grounds for redress.

10. The Courses

The course will be an Optimist Trapezoid with a reaching finish.

11. Penalty System

11.1 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.

11.2 Appendix P as modified in section 1.3 under “Rules” will be in effect.

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 one 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. Safety and Adult Responsibility

13.1. An adult (Parent, guardian or designated adult) 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.

13.2. 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.

13.3. The designated 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. Coach, Support and Spectator 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 and rode capable of holding fast and a basic first aid kit.

14.3. Coach boats must be operated by a member of the USODA or National Member Authority and follow direction of race officials and safety officers.

14.4. The conduct of support boats and spectator boats will be governed by the Sailing Instructions which may include anchoring in designated area until the conclusion of racing each day.

15. Prizes

15.1 Prizes will be awarded based on a boat‟s Championship Series Score as follows:

Championship Gold Division; Overall 1-10, Girls; 1-3

Silver, Bronze, Pearl, Opal, Emerald Divisions (as necessary); 1-5

Red, Blue, White; 1-3

15.2 The top 50% of eligible sailors will qualify for 2011 USODA Team Trials.

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.

17 Further Information
Assistance with registration contact: Rob Rowlands, USODA Executive Director, usoda@usoda.org
Official Event Website: www.optinationals2010.org
Regatta Co-Chair, Noel Clinard, noel@optinationals2010.org
Regatta Co-Chair, Jay Buehl, jay@optinationals2010.org