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					 GUIDELINES



DRAFT 3 – S Alvey
  March 2002
                                         Deed of Gift




Canada’s International Regatta for Sailors with Disabilities
I, the undersigned, am pleased to donate the Mobility Cup trophy, for presentation to the winner
of the Mobility Cup regatta (Mobility Cup), on the condition that it be preserved as a perpetual
challenge cup for friendly competition between sailors of all levels of disability, always including
those with significant disabilities, from all countries.
It is my wish that Mobility Cup stand as a symbol of freedom and possibility and to demonstrate
that all areas of life can be made accessible for people with all levels of disability. It is my hope
that those who participate will be inspired to challenge social and physical barriers and to
demonstrate that the sport of sailing is open to all.
Purpose and Principles:
    The purpose of Mobility Cup is to act as a catalyst to strengthen organizations that do exist
    for sailors of all levels of disability and to start new sailing organizations where they do not
    exist for people of all levels of disability.
    Mobility Cup will support the creation of inclusive programs for sailors of all levels of
    disability as part of a global initiative to ensure that people of all levels of disability have a
    sport and recreation in which they can participate with dignity.
    Mobility Cup will strive for the twin objectives of high quality competition and inclusiveness.
Governance:
Mobility Cup will be governed by the Mobility Cup Committee, comprising 5 people who are
geographically dispersed and have demonstrated commitment to making sailing possible for
people of all levels of disability.
Mobility Cup will be governed by the Mobility Cup Guidelines, which shall be the responsibility
of the Mobility Cup Committee and reviewed annually.


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Sam Sullivan                                                                              Date
Founder, Mobility Cup
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Purpose, Outcomes, Core Values .......................................................................................................
Governance
         Mobility Cup Committee.......................................................................................................
         Hosting Requirements & Responsibilities.............................................................................
Proposals ............................................................................................................................................
Participants
         Eligibility ...............................................................................................................................
         Registration ...........................................................................................................................
Facility
         Shore Requirements ..............................................................................................................
         Accessibility ..........................................................................................................................
         Dock Operations ....................................................................................................................
Fleet
         Boat Requirements ................................................................................................................
         Assistive Devices ..................................................................................................................
         Insurance ...............................................................................................................................
         Measurement .........................................................................................................................
Safety
         Support Boats ........................................................................................................................
         Medical & First Aid ..............................................................................................................
Racing
         Official Documents (NOR, SIs, etc.).....................................................................................
         Trophies/Prizes ......................................................................................................................
Personnel
         Committee Chairs ..................................................................................................................
         Volunteers .............................................................................................................................
         Officials (PRO, Jury, etc.) .....................................................................................................
         Staff .......................................................................................................................................
         Training .................................................................................................................................
Social Activities
         Meals .....................................................................................................................................
         Ceremonies ............................................................................................................................
         Special events ........................................................................................................................
Communications
         Website ..................................................................................................................................
         Logos, Signage, etc. ..............................................................................................................
         Program .................................................................................................................................
Accommodations ................................................................................................................................
Transportation ....................................................................................................................................
Sponsorship/Fundraising ....................................................................................................................
Awareness/Education
         Media .....................................................................................................................................
         Symposium ............................................................................................................................
         National Meeting ...................................................................................................................




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APPENDICES

Mobility Cup Committee Contact List
DSA Contact List
Sample Budgets
Sample Notices of Race
Sample Sailing Instructions
Sample Programs
List of Accessible Boats
Deeds of Gift for all trophies
Mobility Cup History
Sponsorship History
                               Mobility Cup Image Files (pm




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The conditions of the event and presentation of Mobility Cup are:
A) Purpose of Mobility Cup:

“We need to help make our communities aware that everyone, regardless of disability,
has important contributions to make. Our communities are stronger when all their
citizens contribute.”
                                    Sam Sullivan, Founder Mobility Cup

Mobility Cup is a “regatta of possibility” where personal, social, geographic,
technological and organizational barriers are challenged in the spirit of friendly
competition. Mobility Cup is international in scope, inviting people from around the
globe to participate, for the purpose of excellence, discovery and learning.

The purpose of the Mobility Cup Regatta is to demonstrate that sailing is an inclusive,
accessible and integrated sport/recreation available to all persons. Our credo:
“ANYONE can sail independently regardless of his or her physical ability or disability”.
It is incumbent upon the Host of Mobility Cup and all participants to “do-whatever-it-
takes” to assure that all who wish to, can participate and contribute to the event as
competitors, organizers, promoters, teachers or spectators.

B) Intended outcomes of Mobility Cup:

      Increase public awareness that everyone, regardless of (dis)ability, has abilities
       and contributions to make, as demonstrated through the Mobility Cup:
       competitors, organizers, Sponsors, general public.
      Remove barriers to integration for all participants through the organization,
       technology, experience, interaction and cooperation that “makes” Mobility Cup
       happen
      Demonstrate the universal “dignity of risk” by integrating sailors of all abilities
       in friendly competition, without classification, segregation or discrimination.
      Create an environment where all stakeholders learn about the issues and barriers
       facing persons with a disability: participants, host venue, organizers, general
       public, local and national sailing community
      Advance the practical experience and collective knowledge of all participants
       and their ability to contribute to the development of safe, accessible, independent
       sailing venues in their communities.
      Strengthen the host community by furthering the viability, integration and
       program goals of the local Disabled Sailing organization.
      Assure that all competitors, sponsors, volunteers, and the Host of the event
       receive recognition and value from the event.

C) Core values of Mobility Cup:




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The following Core Values of Mobility Cup are set forth for the consideration and
embrace of all who participate in the event.

      Citizenship: (From Sam’s article in Abilities magazine, Winter 2000) “We need
       to help make our communities aware that everyone, regardless of disability, has
       important contributions to make. We need awareness that contributions are not
       only those that directly contribute to our GDP, and include those that improve
       well-being, in its broadest sense, of our fellow citizens, and that those
       contribution can include gifts of “being”, not just “doing”. Communities are
       stronger when all their citizens contribute.”
      Friendly competition: Mobility Cup provides a venue for friendly competition
       in the sport of sailing, promoting sailing excellence and achievement, while
       facilitating camaraderie and the benefits of community.
      Dignity: Participation in Mobility Cup is open to anyone, without discrimination.
       The dignity of all participants will be maintained, honouring their abilities, rights
       and responsibilities as contributors to the event’s success. Participants shall not
       be classified, segregated, rated or otherwise discriminated against.
      Cooperation: The organizers, participants, volunteers and Sponsors shall “do
       whatever it takes” to assure that any individual that wishes to, of any age and any
       ability, is given the opportunity to participate in the event. No advice, assistance,
       equipment, technology, or support service shall be reasonably withheld from any
       participant.
      Development: Mobility Cup advances the collective knowledge and experience
       of making sailing accessible to anyone that chooses to participate. Development
       of all facets of the sport of accessible sailing, related technologies, organizations,
       programs, coaching and training.
      Learning: Mobility Cup is an intense learning environment for all participants:
       competitors, volunteers, Sponsors, spectators.
        An opportunity to break down personal barriers
        Learn to sail better
        Learn about the needs of sailors with disabilities
        Learn to organize and promote accessible sailing programs
        Learn about accessible technologies
        Learn to work together
        ???
      Recognition: There are specific awards for the winning sailors in the Mobility
       Cup fleets. As well, the Host Organizing Committee at the Awards Banquet
       formally recognizes the contributions of ALL participants.
      Continuity: Continuity of the spirit and purposes of Mobility Cup is maintained
       by actively engaging previous Mobility Cup hosts, and future hosts in the
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D) Eligibility of Participants in Mobility Cup: Anyone can participate in Mobility
Cup. Participants shall not be controlled, classified or otherwise discriminated against,
except for the purpose of assuring personal safety and the safety of others.

Communications about Mobility Cup emphasize a focus on the “accessibility” of the
event, encouraging people of all abilities to participate and specifically providing support
for their special needs.

Mobility Cup is generally over-subscribed, creating the necessity to choose some
participants over others. Guidelines for addressing eligibility issues, which are in
keeping with the purpose and intended outcomes of the Mobility Cup regatta are:

      Minimum age: 18 years is recommended. In the spirit of inclusion, innovation or
       “possibility” this may be waived at the discretion of the Organizing Authority.

      Local qualification encouraged: If, for practical or safety related reasons, there
       is a limitation or quota placed on the maximum number of participants in the
       event, eligibility will be determined by regional or local Disabled Sailing
       Associations that sponsor participants to Mobility Cup. The Organizing
       Authority should encourage local Disabled Sailing Associations to host
       qualification events and processes that promote:

          Excellence in friendly competition: 50% of a regional quota of “seats”
           should be qualified for the “best” sailors. (CLUB SAILORS? BOAT
           OWNERS?
          Opportunity for “new” sailors: 50% of a regional quota of “seats” should
           be qualified for people with disabilities that have never sailed, and are
           motivated to participate in an International event.
          Three time limit: the Host and local Disabled Sailing Associations are
           encouraged to limit the participation (in racing) of any individual to three
           consecutive Mobility Cup events. For the fourth event, that participant would
           be placed on a waiting list, and entered on an “as-available” basis. “Frequent”
           participants are encouraged to assist with organization and hosting of the
           event, and hosting learning seminars for new sailors. (????)

      Accessibility to all: The Host of Mobility Cup shall ensure accessibility and
       inclusion by endeavoring to assign a minimum of 10% of the fleet, and provide
       assistance to participants who otherwise would not be able to compete, including,
       for example:
       o Participants who do not have the financial means to participate
       o Participants from foreign lands, with no Canadian “club” affiliation
       o Participants from areas in Canada with no active accessible sailing activities
       o Participants with severe disabilities who wish to discover if it is possible for
           them to sail
       o And any others that make application to participate without local DSA support


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      Encourage participation: ANYONE can participate in Mobility Cup. If
       potential competitors are not able to get a competitive berth in the event, the Host
       should encourage that applicant to attend the event and participate in other ways:
       helping to organize; by hosting a learning event, assisting with promotion, media;
       otherwise contributing to the outcomes of Mobility Cup.




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E) Host Venue of Mobility Cup: The Mobility Cup Regatta is hosted annually by a
Club, Association, or Sailing Organization (the “Host”). A Proposal to host a future
Mobility Cup event may be presented and considered at any time, by _________.

E1) Requirements of the Host:
    The Host must offer, or have the clear intention and resources to do so, sailing
      programs open to the general public, and provide facilities, equipment, training
      and support services required to allow sailors of all levels of ability to participate,
      if they so choose.
    The Host must demonstrate organizational experience, or an awareness and
      willingness to address the special need for accessible accommodation, local
      transportation, attendant care, and related special requirements of sailors with
      disabilities.
    The Host can show that members of the proposed Host Team have participated in
      the hosting of at least two Mobility Cup events.
    The Host has prepared and presented a Proposal to Host Mobility Cup,
      including a hosting plan, proposed organization, and preliminary budget for the
      event.
    The Host has agreed in writing to uphold the spirit and specific requirements as
      set forth in this Deed of Gift.

E2) Responsibilities of the Host:
    Choose a start date for the Opening Ceremony of the event, between June 1 and
      September 15. Defining a schedule of events of four – six days in duration.
    Prepare and post a Notice of Race on the Mobility Cup website:
      www.mobilitycup.org.
    Take over the “hosting”, development and management of www.mobilitycup.org
      for a period of eight months before the event to four months after the close of the
      event, as the principle form of communication about the event.
    Include representatives of past and future “Hosts” of Mobility Cup regattas on
      their Organizing Committees.
    Solicit and engage Sponsors of the event, in a manner that provides value for the
      participants and meets the Sponsors’ expectations.
    Inform and engage the local and national media to assist with public awareness
      and promotion, and provide coverage of the event.
    Seek and provide information and assistance to participants as required, to access
      and contract for accessible accommodation and local transportation, and
      temporary personal care.
    Provide sources or strategies for accessing financial assistance for participants
      that request financial assistance.
    Prepare the physical venue and making the modifications necessary to meet
      reasonable or legal safety standards for hosting an event for people with
      disabilities.
    Choose and assemble the Fleet, with due diligence regarding safety, fitness and
      One-Design measurement of the vessels, and assuring adequate insurance
      coverage is held by each (or on behalf of each) participant
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      Determine if there is a practical maximum number of participants and managing
       the eligibility of applicants in keeping with the purpose and intended outcomes of
       the Mobility Cup Regatta.
      Recruit, select, train and supervise paid staff and volunteers.
      Organize a fleet of on-water safety boats in a ratio of one for every six sailboats.
       Soft-sided “Zodiac” style boats are best height for Martin 16s (if they are used).
       These boats are in addition to the normal compliment of RC power boats.
      Organize the sailing events, including Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, Race
       Committee, protest Committee, posting of results, etc. Providing guidance to
       Race Officers regarding the special needs of participants, and ensuring a
       “learning” environment.
      Organize a “Mobility Cup Symposium”, inviting sailors, organizers, and
       providers of boats, equipment and technology for accessible sailing, to facilitate
       dialog about issues and developments.
      Endeavor to assure that all participants “never forget” their experience at Mobility
       Cup.

      ?????




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F) Fleet Requirements for Mobility Cup: No specific sailing vessel(s) is specified for
the competition. The fleet(s) used for competition must meet these guidelines:
     One-Design, as defined and governed by a set of Class Rules
     Reasonably accommodate the needs of any sailor that wishes to participate,
       including:
       1) ACCESSIBILITY – the design and rigging of the vessel is such that anyone,
           including sailors with high-quadriplegia (or equivalent impairments), may
           operate the vessel;
       2) SAFETY – the design of the boat, seating positions, and safety features are
           suitable for sailors with limited mobility, and do not require significant
           adoptions to be supplied by each sailor;
       3) INDEPENDENT FUNCTION – all critical functions of the vessel may be
           controlled directly by the sailor, either manually or through readily available
           power-assisted devices (supplied by the sailors as needed), without
           compromise to performance or safety.

The Fleet(s) may be supplied by anyone, with any system, under the coordination of the
Host. The Host is encouraged to use a system that supports the development of local
Disabled Sailing Programs, and involves the participants in responsibly preparing their
boats and equipment. The Fleet systems that have been used include (from most to least
effective):
CHOOSE ONE ONLY, OR COMBINE TO ONE (IE DISCUSSION POINT)
1) Boats may be supplied, insured, prepared and maintained by their owners or a
    designated agent of the owner. The owner may assign a “charter” position at their
    discretion. This system absolves the Organizing Authority of any responsibility for
    the condition of any boat; provides the best-prepared boats, and spreads the financial
    liability for damage to the broadest base. This system may, however, limit the
    opportunities for “new” sailors to participate, a key goal of Mobility Cup.

2) Boats may be supplied, insured, prepared and maintained by the Organizing
   Authority, by entering into charter agreements with owners. The Organizing
   Authority would determine the availability and assignment of all boats, including as
   many seats for “new” sailors as they deem fit. This system requires the Organizing
   Authority to be responsible for the condition of all boats and equipment, and the
   sailors may protest the Organizing Authority for recourse when boats and equipment
   do not meet minimum standards. provides the best-prepared boats, and spreads the
   financial liability for damage to the broadest base.

3) A combination of systems – When boats are generally supplied by their owners,
   additional boats may be chartered by the Organizing Authority to provide a charter
   fleet with priority given to “new” sailors. These boats must be covered by
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G) Sailing Conditions for the award of the Mobility Cup Trophy

G1) The Mobility Cup Trophy shall be awarded annually at the Mobility Cup
Regatta, to the sailor winning a competitive series of five or more races, in a single-
handed class of sailboat. The Mobility Cup Trophy shall be cared for by the current
winner, and returned in “like new” condition to the Host on or before the Opening
Ceremony of the current Mobility Cup Regatta.

G2) Other trophies may be awarded at the Mobility Cup Regatta. At present, the
Coupe Dallaire and Sam Sullivan Trophy are normally awarded at the annual Mobility
Cup Regatta (refer to their Deeds of Gift for the conditions of these awards)

G3) Innovation, independence, and inclusion: In principal, the Mobility Cup event is
intended to align with the rules and prescriptions set out by sailing authorities including
the ISAF, CYA and IFDS. In cases where these prescriptions impede innovation
(restrictions on equipment used), independence (limitations on event Sponsorship) or
inclusion (eligibility Classification), the Spirit and Purposes of Mobility Cup shall
prevail, and these prescriptions will be relaxed, without prejudice. (TO VAGUE, TO BE
TIGHTENED UP)

G4) Guidelines for Race Officers that may be specific to Mobility Cup events include:

G4.1) The Mobility Cup Regatta has two purposes for the racing series:

   One-Design Single-Handed fleet, promoting excellence in single-handed,
    independent sailing, generally including experienced sailors of all levels of ability.

   One-Design Development fleet, promoting learning and development of sailing
    and competitive skills, and generally including a wide range of sailors, with some
    that are sailing for their first time. This fleet encourages experienced coaches / sailors
    to be on-board with novice sailors, for both safety and to accelerate learning.

The Race Committee must accommodate the requirements of both of these fleets,
providing challenging, yet safe sailing conditions in a single racing area.

G4.2) Two sailors; one fleet: Therefore, Mobility Cup is generally run with “two”
groups of sailors, sailing in “one” fleet of boats, operating a “morning” racing session and
“afternoon” sailing session. This requires the cooperation of the owners of the boats to
allow two sailors to sail their boats.

G4.3) Punctuality of “first” Start: Some sailors require significant assistance to
prepare and get into their boat each day (up to one hour). The competitors are
individually responsible for arriving on time, that they may prepare, load, and leave the
dock in time to reach the course for the first start. The Race Committee is encouraged to
be in close communication with shore “Transfer Crews” to coordinate the clearing of the
dock with the commencement of a starting sequence.

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G4.4) Duration of a racing session: The exposure to sunlight and weather for some
competitors is limited to approximately three - four hours. Therefore, the racing schedule
is normally broken into half days, where one fleet is on the water in a “morning” racing
session, and a second fleet is on the water for the “afternoon” racing session.

G4.5) Courses: Normally laid out as Windward / Leeward, twice around, with a leg
length of approximately .5 nautical miles. A race is about 30 – 45 minutes in duration.

G4.6) In order to promote a “learning” environment, the Race Committee may use
their discretion to relax race prescriptions that prohibit answering questions or providing
assistance to competitors on the water, particularly in the Development Fleet.
KEEP THIS SEPARATE? ???
G4.7) The following MC2000 Race Committee Report is provided as a reference to
for the Principal Race Officer of the Mobility Cup Regatta:

       Mobility Cup 2000
       Canada's International Regatta
       for Sailors with Disabilities
       June 11-16, 2000
       Montreal, Quebec

       Race Committee Report

       Prepared by Dave Browne, P.R.O.

       Refer to the Notice of Race, and Sailing Instructions for basic information.

       We were fortunate in having light & medium winds throughout the regatta
       allowing us to complete the practice race and 7 of the 8 scheduled races
       for each fleet. The only races not sailed were the last races for each fleet
       on the last day of the regatta.

       Overall the competitors in the Silver Fleet were of lower competence but
       still seemed to be able to control the boats and had a general knowledge of
       the procedures and rules. The Gold Fleet sailors were of a much more
       advanced ability and could be described as good club racers or above
       (with some of them at the semi-professional level).

       Attendance was generally good with a few competitors missing races due
       to outside personal commitments, and a few missing races due to health or
       equipment failures.

       Several boats did not have sail #’s during the practice races but this was
       corrected before Race #1.


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      There was one General Recall for the Gold Fleet and the next start
      produced 4 OCS boats of which only one returned to start correctly. We
      had announced at the skippers meeting that sail #’s would not be called.
      This may have been a problem as many sailors seem to be unable to
      determine their position relative to the line. We had taken the position that
      it is unfair to hail boats when it is probable that only those near the RC
      will be able to hear and those at the other end of a 25 boat fleet will then
      be disadvantaged. I do not have a good recommendation at this time.
      (DISCUSSION POINT FOR SURE!)

      Sailing

      All races were sailed on a windward-leeward course with the start/finish
      area about 25% of the distance from the leeward mark. A separate mark
      was used for the finish, so that the committee boat remained stationary and
      the start mark could be repositioned while the 1st race was still in
      progress. One race was shortened at the leeward mark due to a dying
      wind. A major wind shift occurred during another race, however our
      attempt to change course after the start failed as the fleet was so spread out
      that boats were on the old leeward, the windward and the new leeward at
      the same time. Also we were operating with only one mark boat at the
      time as a photographer was in our second boat. We decided to not attempt
      any course changes but instead to abandon if the racing became unfair - if
      it was just a poor course we would let it continue.

      We did postpone several races as follows:

      Gold Fleet

               #3 12 minutes
               #5 9 minutes
               #7 46 minutes following an announcement on shore - the wind had
                died during the lunch period and after a verbal announcement to
                proceed to the race area everybody was ready within the hour.

      Silver Fleet

               #1 18 minutes
               #2 a few minutes to reposition a mark dragged by a racer.
               #3 8 minutes
               #5 31 minutes due to a late return of the Gold fleet in the AM
               #7 19 minutes due to shifty winds.

      The length of the legs was adjusted each day so that the lead boat required
      about 8 to 10 minutes to complete the 1st beat. This resulted in a total
      racing time of about 35-50 minutes for the lead boat and with our 10

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      minute time limit we were able to start the second race for each fleet
      within about 60 - 70 minutes. The time limit was changed from 10 minutes
      after the 1st to finish - to 10 minutes after the 5th to finish, as there was
      often a huge lead by the 1st boat. The time limit was exceeded by about 6
      boats in one race when the wind dropped. There were several other
      occasions when the last to finish were within a few seconds of the time
      limit. I strongly recommend that a similar time limit be included in future
      regattas to prevent a lot of waiting for stragglers.

      Our starting lines were set long enough for a 25 boat fleet, and the pin end
      was favored by about 1 - 3 boat lengths to encourage sailors to spread
      across the line. It didn’t work that way. One sailor (the eventual winner of
      the gold fleet) managed to make 3 port tack starts and clear the entire fleet
      on each occasion. Even in the Gold fleet the last boat to start was usually
      about 60 second late, and at the gun there was a lineup of racers outside
      the committee boat, barging in (but in orderly fashion) and starting during
      the 30 seconds following the gun.

      During the week the winds gradually changed from NE, to E, SE, S and
      then died before the final race when it filled in at 8 knots from the West.
      Since we have a 0.5 knot current from W to E the sailors had a variety of
      changing conditions at the laylines and marks.

      Personnel and Equipment and Procedures

      As PRO I was also the boat operator and in charge of sound signals.

      On the RC boat were:

             P.R.O. - communications and sound signals
             1 line judge (with tape recorder)
             2 recorders
             1 timer
             1 signals

      We normally had two mark boats, each with two knowledgeable racers.
      Occasionally one of those boats would be used by a photographer or
      would be assisting with the marshaling of boats in harbor. Since we had
      calm weather conditions every day there was never a call for safety or
      rescue actions. Numerous other boats were on call if the weather had
      deteriorated.

      Several boats requested assistance with adjustment to equipment which
      was provided. Others asked for information which would normally not be
      given by an RC to individual competitors; this information was generally
      given without hesitation to the Silver Fleet but we used some discretion

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      with the Gold Fleet. As the racing becomes more competitive the RC
      should be given some direction as to the amount of verbal communication
      that is acceptable to the organizers.

      With the exception of Outside Assistance we followed the Racing Rules of
      Sailing.

      The Protest Committee will file a separate report, but they also followed
      the book with few exceptions. Competitors were not required to fly protest
      flags but were obligated to attempt to notify the offending yacht by hail
      even though it was understood that many of the sailors cannot hail loudly.
      It should be noted that many sailors did not notify the RC of their intention
      to protest or that they had done a 360 to exonerate a possible infraction.
      Since the courses were compact we were able to observe many of the
      circles even though they were not reported.

      Recommendations

      We used a windward-leeward twice around course for every race. The
      start/finish was part way up the beat allowing a windward finish which I
      strongly recommend. There were numerous overlaps but as we had a
      relatively short finish line we could read all sail numbers clearly and were
      able to accurately record all finishes. There were often overlaps at the
      leeward mark which would have created problems of reading sail
      numbers, and judging positions.

      I would have preferred an alternate course for some of the races. Most of
      the sailors seemed to just relax on the runs, while those who have the
      ability to looked behind for puffs were able to gain significant benefits.
      For variety a triangle-triangle-short windward would allow competitors to
      experience reaching legs and gybe marks.

      Our short 1st legs did not create any overcrowding at the windward mark;
      in fact there were more overlaps at the leeward marks than at the
      windward. This lack of crowding really began at the start line when less
      than half the fleet was in the First Row. As the fleet improves its ability
      there may be more congestion at the 1st windward.

      To assist sailors in timing the starts we announced at the skippers meeting
      that all signals would be given when our official clock was at 00 seconds
      and that our clock would be set to coincide with the Weather Channel
      clock (which in fact was within one second of Ottawa’s official time
      signal) With this info sailors, who either don’t own or can’t operate a stop
      watch, could use a normal watch and some of them taped their watch to
      the deck for better visibility.


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                     Mobility Cup Guidelines – S Alvey DRAFT 3


      We recognize that Pointe Claire Yacht Club has better than average
      facilities in terms of proximity of the harbour to the racing area, which
      resulted in minimal delays of boats reaching the sailing area on time. We
      did postpone on two occasions to allow sailors to reach the starting area,
      but I personally find this practice to be a bad habit that should be avoided
      whenever possible. Postponements due to shifty winds cause enough
      problems without adding to them for political reasons. The question only
      arose once as to whether failure of an autohelm was reason to delay a start.
      We were fortunate in having only one delay due to loading of sailors by
      hoist.

      The entire Race Committee enjoyed the regatta and found the competitors
      to be competent and genial. I expect that they will gradually become more
      competitive and aggressive as they gain more experience, and I strongly
      recommend that the Organizers of future events make an effort to keep the
      fun in the regatta and to try to ensure that everyone follows the rules. Our
      Protest and Race committees spent more time answering intelligent
      questions than we did deciding issues that were controversial or
      antagonistic.

      It was a pleasure to assist in the pre-regatta organization and to run the
      Races.




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