NOTICE OF RACE AND RACE CONDITIONS

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					                        NOTICE OF RACE AND RACE CONDITIONS
                  2009 GULFPORT TO PENSACOLA RACE, JUNE 26, 2009
                                      Sponsored by:
             Gulfport Yacht Club, Southern Yacht Club and Pensacola Yacht Club
                        Sanctioned by the Gulf Yachting Association
             The organizing authority is the Southern Yacht Club Race Committee

1.   MANAGEMENT AND RACING RULES:
     1.1 The Race will be under the management of the Southern Yacht Club Race Committee.
     1.2 The Racing Rules of Sailing, 2009-2012, including US SAILING prescriptions shall apply
         from the Warning Signal until a boat shall have rounded Ship Island Pass buoy # 24. The
         International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea, 1972, shall govern once boats
         have rounded Ship Island Pass buoy # 24.

2.   FLEET DIVISIONS AND RATINGS:
     2.1 PHRF Fleet, Cruising Division and Multihull Division. All entries must have a valid Performance
         Handicap Racing Formula Certificate issued by the Gulf Yachting Association PHRF Rating
         Committee. Cruising Division will be divided into Spinnaker and Non Spinnaker Classes.
         Attention is called to Special Regulations for Cruising Division included in this Notice of Race.
     2.2 Boats that submit a valid IRC certificate will also be scored under the IRC rule if there are four or
         more IRC entries. IRC entrants will start with their appropriate PHRF class.

3.   TIME ALLOWANCES: -- will be calculated in accordance with a boat’s GYA PHRF rating and
          a distance of 100.0 nautical miles. This distance is not subject to protest.

4.   COURSE: 4.1 All classes will sail the same course: From the Starting Line (located at
        approximately two nautical miles from the Gulfport Yacht Harbor Beacon # 2) to Gulfport Ship
        Channel MARKER # 44, leaving it to STARBOARD, thence to the western point of Ship Island
        leaving Gulfport Ship Channel marker # 24 to PORT, thence to Gulfport Ship Channel Entrance
        Lighted Buoy RW “GP” Mo (A), leaving it to PORT, thence to the Finish Line, (Caucus
        Channel buoy G “1” Fl G 2.5s), leaving Mobile Ship Channel Entrance Buoy RW “M” Mo(A)
        Strobe FL 2.5s to PORT en route.
               4.2 The Warning Signal for the first class to start will be 11:55, June 26, 2009.

5.   ELIGIBILITY:
     5.1  Any sailing boat representing a recognized yacht club or sailing association.
          All boats must possess a valid PHRF rating certificate issued by the GYA Performance
          Handicap Rating Committee.
     5.2  The following list of safety equipment is required and is subject to inspection:
          Soft wood plugs                                 Two buckets, each one gallon minimum capacity
          Two gallons emergency water                     Anchor and rode
          Minimum of two fire extinguishers               Water resistant flashlight
          One manual bilge pump                           First Aid kit and manual
          Navigation Lights                               USCG approved PFD’s with whistle for each
          VHF radio                                       crew member
          USCG required distress signals                  Horseshoe type life ring with pole and self
          Tools and spare parts                           activating light, or Man Overboard Module
          Taut double lifelines of wire, at a height not less than 18 inches above the working deck,
          except to converge with deck forward.

            Notwithstanding the above requirements, the Committee strongly recommends compliance
            with the requirements of a Category 3 race under ORC Special Regulations.           (1)
     5.3    The Skipper must be an amateur and a member of a recognized yacht club or sailing
            association.
     5.4    Racing numbers must be displayed prominently on both sides of mainsails, spinnakers and
            each overlapping headsail having a luff perpendicular exceeding 130% of the base of the
            foretriangle. Boats without sail numbers will not be scored.

6.   ENTRIES AND FEES:
     6.1  Each entrant must submit a complete entry by the entry deadline, midnight, Friday,
          June 19, 2009, with the Gulfport Pensacola Race Committee, c/o Southern Yacht Club,
          105 North Roadway Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124-1694.
     6.2  ENTRY FEE – for non members of USSA: $85.00; for USSA members: $80.00; evidence
          of USSA membership must be submitted with entry. All entries must be accompanied by
          a valid GYA PHRF rating certificate.
     6.3  Each Skipper MUST file with his entry a signed compliance form certifying:
                  a) Agreement with the conditions of the 2009 Gulfport to Pensacola Race.
                  b) That a copy of the conditions will be available to each member of the crew
                     prior to the race.
                  c) That the boat is in compliance with sub paragraph 5.2 above.
                  d) That the rating certificate is valid.
                  e) That Man overboard briefings and/or drills will be held prior to the race.
     6.4  IRC entries must be accompanied by a valid IRC certificate; there is an additional entry
          fee of $15.00 for IRC entries.



7.   SAFETY AND PRECAUTIONS:
     7.1  All boats will be subject to inspection as to compliance with the requirements of sub paragraph
          5.2 above and her rating certificate. Random inspections may be held at the
          conclusion of the race at the discretion of the Race Committee. Boats to be inspected
          will be notified by the Race Committee at the Finish Line. Instructions will be given
          orally at the Finish Line and confirmed on VHF Channel 68. All boats should monitor
          VHF Channel 68 upon finishing for clearance or for inspection; boats will be hailed
          by sail number.
     7.2  All boats must monitor VHF Channel 16 each hour on the hour and for five minutes thereafter
          until she has finished. Any official communication to the participants will be broadcast by the
          U. S. Coast Guard with the additional authority of the Race Committee, which will be so
          identified in the radio transmission.
     7.3  Each Skipper MUST file with the Race Committee by 10:00 AM, June 26, 2009, a written
          crew list, giving names, addresses and telephone numbers of each crew member. Crew lists
          may be filed by delivery to a member of the Race Committee prior to its departure from the
          dock.
          The Race Committee will NOT accept crew lists or changes afloat. Failure to file a crew list
          may subject a boat to disqualification.
     7.4  In the event that a boat be found not in compliance with the Minimum Equipment Standards
          (para 5.2 above) she shall be subject to protest by the Race Committee. The penalty imposed
          should be commensurate with the violation. The maximum penalty shall be the barring of the
          Skipper for participation in GYA events for one year.


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8.    OWNERS’ AND SKIPPERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES:
      8.1 The term, “Skipper”, as used in these conditions and the Sailing Instructions shall mean the
          person, whether or not the owner of the boat, who is designated on the entry form as Skipper
          and who is in charge of the boat.
      8.2 The safety of a boat and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the owner, who
          shall do his best to ensure that the boat is fully sound, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by
          an experienced crew who are physically fit and sufficient in number to sail the boat in
          adverse conditions. The owner must ensure that all safety equipment is properly maintained and
          stowed and that the crew know where it is kept and how it is used.
                   NO SINGLEHANDED ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
      8.3 Neither the establishment of these special regulations, their use by the sponsoring
          organizations, nor the inspection of a boat under these regulations in any way limits or
          reduces the complete and unlimited responsibility of the owner.
      8.4 It is the sole and exclusive responsibility of each boat to decide whether or not to start or
          to continue to race.
      8.5 The Skipper shall be responsible for the boat, its handling and safety, the conduct of the
          crew while ashore as guests of a host club, and compliance with these Conditions and
          the Sailing Instructions.

9.    CONDUCT:
      9.1 In the event of a serious breach of conduct, the destruction of club or other property, or
          failure to move a boat or crew from a club’s premises, the Gulfport Pensacola Race
          Committee may reject a boat’s entry, hold the boat Owner and/or Skipper responsible for
          damage, and notify all other yacht clubs of the offense in order that they may take such
          action as they deem appropriate.

10.   NOTICE TO CONTESTANTS:
      10.1 The Race Committee reserves the right to amend these Conditions and the Sailing Instructions.
           Such amendments and other notices will be posted on the bulletin board at Gulfport Yacht
           Club within one hour of the end of the shippers’ meeting. It shall be the responsibility of each
           Skipper to consult the bulletin board prior to the race.

11.   SCORING:      PHRF – scoring will be based on lowest corrected time.
                    Ties – in the event of a tie, duplicate prizes will be awarded.

12.   ABANDONMENT OF RACE – Must be reported as SOON AS POSSIBLE to the Race Committee
          at the Pensacola Yacht Club. Telephone (850) 433-8804 or (850) 433-7006. Failure to report
          promptly will prevent the offending boat from entering next year’s race.

13.   TROPHIES to be awarded:
          First boat to Finish, elapsed time
          First, Second, Third and Fourth in Fleet, corrected time
          First, Second, and Third in Class, corrected time, dependent on number on entries in a class:
                Four entries: First; Six entries: First & Second; Eight or more entries, 1st, 2nd and 3rd
          IRC – As above: Four entries, First; Six entries, First & Second; Eight, 1st, 2bd and 3rd.

      PERMANENT TROPHIES TO BE AWARDED, if sufficient entries are received for these classes:
          Governor Kennon Bowl – 1st, Class A       Governor of Mississippi Trophy –1st in Fleet
          Art Mahoney Trophy, 1st Class B, elapsed First, Class B
          Pollack Trophy, 1st Class C               Schreck Trophy, 1st, Class D (If there are boats)
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          Tootie & Joel Barnett Trophy, 1 Cruising Division Spinnaker
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14.    SKIPPERS’ MEETING at 1830 hours, Thursday, June 25, 2009, in the Gulfport Yacht Club. EACH
            ENTRY MUST BE REPRESENTED. ANY BOAT NOT REPRESENTED MAY BE
            SCRATCHED FROM THE ENTRY LIST.

15.    DOCKING: The Pensacola Yacht Club has made arrangements for the docking of the fleet through
           Monday, June 28, 2009 without charge to the skippers. Upon finishing the race, the Pensacola
           Dockmaster will assign berths to boats as they arrive at the Yacht Club pier. If boats are rafting
           someone must be aboard at all times in order to move if necessary. Anyone failing to observe
           these instructions will be subject to fine by the SYC Race Committee and/or prohibited from
           sailing in future Gulfport Pensacola Races.

16.    REVISIONS TO THIS NOTICE: This Notice may be revised or amended by the mailing of such
            revision or amendment to the member clubs of the Gulf Yachting Association for posting on
            the club’s official notice board.

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SPECIAL REGULATIONS GOVERNING CRUISING DIVISION CLASSES:

TO BE ABLE TO SAIL IN THE CRUISING DIVISION CLASSES A BOAT MUST HAVE EITHER:
A CRUISING CREDIT ON ITS PHRF CERTIFICATE, or, a FIXED PROPELLER, or, CARRY
ROLLER FURLING HEADSAILS OR HEADSAILS THAT ARE ATTACHED TO THE HEAD-
STAY WITH SAIL HANKS, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN HANKS NOT TO EXCEED 48 INCHES


SPECIAL REGULATIONS GOVERNING CRUISING DIVISION NON SPINNAKER CLASS:

1. CERTIFICATE: A valid PHRF certificate issued by the GYA PHRF Committee is required as amended
                 herein.
2. HEADSAILS: A single headsail, of the maximum size used for PHRF rating, or smaller, may be carried
              and tacked at the usual tack point with its luff attached to the forestay by the means
              provided by the sailmaker.
3. WHISKER POLES: Whisker poles shall not exceed the corrected “J” dimension as shown on the
              vessel’s PHRF certificate. Whisker poles must be affixed to the mast and be attached or
              adjacent to the clew of the headsail. Whisker poles must be carried opposite to the main
              boom except during a jibe. Only one whisker pole may be carried at any one time.
4. SPINNAKERS: NO spinnaker may be carried
5. BLOOPERS: NO blooper may be carried
6. POLELESS SPINNAKER OR GENNAKER: NO poleless spinnaker or gennaker may be carried.
7. STAYSAILS: Forestaysails shall be allowed if tacked a minimum of 1/3 of the corrected “J” dimension
              behind the jib tack point and shall not exceed the rated overlap measurement for which the
              boat is rated.
8. YAWL AND KETCH RIGS: Yawl and Ketch rigs may carry mizzen staysails.
9. CUTTER RIGS: Cutter rigs rated as such by the GYA PHRF Rating Committee may set staysails to the
              tack point provided by the vessel’s manufacturer.

                                     2009 COMMITTEE

              Nathan Adams (SYC)                                  John Matthews (PYC)
              Michael Hage (GYC) .                                J. F. A. Lorber (SYC)
                                       S. R. Barnett, Jr.(SYC)
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