BMW Lasqueti Island Race - June 3, 2017
1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules defined in The Rules of Racing 2017-2020.
1.2 If there is any conflict between the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions, the Sailing Instructions will take precedence.
1.3 Boats participating in the BMW Lasqueti Island Race must be equipped to PIYA Safety Equipment Requirements (SER) “Coastal”, with the exception of the changes noted in section 2.2 of the Notice of Race (NOR).
- Race Schedule
2.1 For Divisions Two and Three the Race will start at 0900. First warning signal will be at 0855.
2.2 For Division Four the Race will start at 0905 with the first warning signal being the start signal for Divisions Two and Three.
2.3 For Division One the Race will start at 1000. First warning signal will be at 0955.
2.4 Each boat shall, while racing, fly from her backstay the coloured pennant indicating its Division. Division pennants will be issued at the Registration Desk.
- The Start
3.1 The start line for all divisions will be immediately south of the breakwater, between the Committee Boat at the port end of the start line, which will be displaying an orange flag, and a buoy ENE of the Committee Boat.
3.2 A stand-off buoy will be positioned at the start line near the Committee Boat. No boat may pass between the stand-off buoy and the Committee Boat. Any boat passing between the Committee Boat and the stand-off buoy may be protested by the Race Committee.
3.3 Flag signals will be displayed from the Committee Boat. The Race Committee will broadcast the starting sequence (including the warning signal, preparatory signal, and count down to the starting horn) on VHF Channel 73.
3.4 For all Divisions, the first warning horn will occur at 5 minutes before the race start.
3.5 Any boat starting later than 10 minutes after her starting signal will be scored a Did Not Start (DNS) without a hearing.
- The Course
4.1 A counter-clockwise course around Lasqueti Island must be followed.
4.2 The marks of the course are:
-on the outbound leg, Gerald Island must be kept to starboard;
-Ballenas Island must be kept to starboard;
-Rabbit, Sheer, Jedediah and Jervis Islands must be kept to port;
-Both Fegan Islets and Finnerty Islets must be kept to port;
-On the inbound leg, Gerald Island must be kept to port.
4.3 Any additional marks will be announced at the skippers meeting and posted to the Official Notice Board.
4.4 Boats shall not impede the passage of large vessels including cargo vessels, tugs with tows, ferries and naval vessels. Failure to follow this rule may result in disqualification.
- The Finish
5.1 The finish line will be between an onshore light near Nankivell Point (NW of the entrance to Schooner Cove) and the Schooner Reef Light.
5.2 Boats should advise the Race Committee on VHF Channel 73 approximately 5 minutes before crossing the finish line.
5.3 No horn will blow when boats cross the finish line, but a light signal will be given.
5.4 Boats withdrawing from the race shall notify the Race Committee on VHF Channel 73.
5.5 No finishes for the BMW Lasqueti Island Race will be recorded after 0000 hours June 4. Boats that do not cross by 0000 hours will be scored as Did Not Finish (DNF).
- Shortened Course Provisions
6.1 If no boat in a division finishes the course by 0000 hours June 4, the shortened course provision will apply for that division.
6.2 All boats must record the GPS time in hours, minutes and seconds when the Fegan Islet Light at the northwest corner of Lasqueti Island bears due south or 180 degrees True (169 degrees Magnetic) OR the GPS time when the boat crosses Longitude 124 degrees 23.00’ W. Boats should also note the name of the boats immediately ahead and behind them.
6.3 Each Skipper’s Package will include a Shortened Course Time Card. This card must be completed and turned into the Race Committee at the Afterdeck no later than 0100 hours, June 4.
7.1 Time on Distance scoring will be used for all divisions. Low point scoring will be used for all divisions.
- Radio Communications
8.1 All race boats should monitor channel 73 throughout the race.
8.2 Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones and devices.
- Disclaimer of Liability
9.1 Competitors participating the BMW Lasqueti Island Race do so entirely at their own risk. See the RRS fundamental rule 4, Decision to Race.
9.2 Overall Responsibility: In accordance with Section 1.2 of the 2017 Pacific International Yachting Association’s Safety Equipment Requirements (SER), (for monohulls) and Section 2.0 of the 2017 BMW Lasqueti Island Regatta Notice of Race, competitors acknowledge and agree that the safety of a boat and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the “person in charge”, as per RRS rule 46, who shall ensure that the boat is seaworthy and manned by an experienced crew with sufficient ability and experience to face bad weather. S/he shall be satisfied as to the soundness of hull, spars, rigging, sails and all gear. S/he shall ensure that all safety equipment is at all times properly maintained and safely stowed and the crew knows where it is kept and how it is to be used. S/he shall also nominate a person to take over the responsibilities of the Person in Charge in the event of his/her incapacitation.
9.3 The Schooner Cove Yacht Club does not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during , or after the BMW Lasqueti Island Race.