Apr 18, 2012

Globaltech F18 World Championships 2012 - NOR


Photo:Photoboat.com,  F18 NAs 2011. - Complete NOR, allocations per country here. I know more spots are being requested by CAN, AUS, ARG and USA too as they are going to get more than the default 20 additional as organizing ctry.
Don´t miss the opportunity to make history at the first F18 Worlds held in America, of many to come. 

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2012 GLOBALTECH INTERNATIONAL
FORMULA 18 CATAMARAN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA
7-15 September 2012
Long Beach, California, USA
NOTICE OF RACE

The Organizing Authority for the 2012 GLOBALTECH International Formula 18 Catamaran World Championship Regatta is the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club on behalf of the United States Formula 18 Class Association (USF18).
1. RULES


1.1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2. The prescriptions of US SAILING will not apply except the US SAILING Prescriptions to rules 68, 76.1 and added rule 76.3, which are stated in full below:
1.2.1. Rule 68 – Damages – US SAILING prescribes that:
(a) A boat that retires from a race or accepts a penalty does not by that action alone admit liability for damages.
(b) A protest committee shall find facts and make decisions only in compliance with the rules. No protest committee or US SAILING Appeals authority shall adjudicate any claim for damages. Such a claim is subject to the jurisdiction of the courts.
(c) A basic purpose of the rules is to prevent contact between boats. By participating in an event governed by the rules, a boat agrees that responsibility for damages arising from any breach of the rules shall be based on fault as determined by application of the rules, and that she shall not be governed by the legal doctrine of “assumption of risk” for monetary damages resulting from contact with other boats.
1.2.2. Rule 76.1 – Exclusion of Boats or Competitors – US SAILING prescribes that an organizing authority or race committee shall not reject or cancel the entry of a boat or exclude a competitor eligible under the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for an arbitrary or capricious reason, or for the reason of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or age.
1.2.3. Rule 76.3 – Exclusion of Boats or Competitors – US SAILING prescribes that a boat whose entry is rejected or cancelled or a competitor who is excluded from a race or series shall, upon written request, be entitled to a hearing conducted by the protest committee under rules 63.2, 63.3, 63.4 and 63.6.
1.3. All competitors attention is drawn to the US Federal Law § Title 33, Part 175, Subpart B Personal Floatation Devices that may be enforced by local law enforcement agencies, which requires that while practicing for or racing in competition, each boat must carry for each competitor aboard, either a US Coast Guard-approved flotation device, or a flotation device that conforms to regulations of their own country. Failure by a competitor to heed this advice is not a protestable item.
2. ADVERTISING
2.1. Advertising shall conform to the current ISAF Regulation 20 and the Class Rules.
2.2. Boats may be required to display bow numbers and advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority.


3. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
3.1. The regatta is open to boats of the Formula 18 Catamaran Association.
3.2. Each competitor shall be member of their respective national or continental class association and shall have their entry endorsed by their respective national or continental class association.
3.3. All competitors shall meet the requirements of ISAF Regulation 19, which requires that all competitors (helm and crew) shall be members of their Member National Authority or one of its affiliated organizations. The Yacht Club or organization name and membership details shall be stated on the entry form.
3.4. Eligible boats may enter by completing the online entry form at http://www.abyc.org and paying the required fee by August 1, 2012.
3.5. Late entries will be accepted if accompanied by the late entry fee until August 31, 2012. Thereafter entries may only be made in person.
3.6. National quotas will apply in accordance with Class Rules.
3.7. For boats not selected by their National Association, a waiting list will be established, and the slots not used nor guaranteed by the relevant National Associations by the 20 May 2011 will be then reallocated. Such entries will be accepted until 11 June 2011.
3.8. The following documents shall be provided at the time of registration
3.8.1. A copy of a valid measurement certificate.
3.8.2. Copy of the insurance certificate including the terms of insurance.
3.8.3. Proof of membership as per NOR 3.2.
3.8.4. Proof of membership as per NOR 3.3.
3.8.5. Proof of age for Junior and Master Competitors
3.9. All boats shall carry a tracking device with tracking enabled at all times during the race, which shall be used for the sole purpose of entertainment for after-race replay and analysis.
3.10. Only boats having completed all registration requirements will be allowed to compete.
4. FEES
4.1. The entry fee shall be US$350.00 per boat.
4.2. Late entries received after August 1, 2012 will be charged US$500 per boat.
4.3. If an entry is cancelled by the competitor, the entry fee will be refunded as follows: Cancellation date Entry fee refund
Until August 1st
100% less US$10
From August 1st to August 31st
50% less US$10
After August 31st
0%
5. QUALIFYING SERIES AND FINAL SERIES
5.1. If the number of entries received at the close of entries is more than 80, the regatta may consist of a qualifying series and a final series.
5.2. For the qualifying series, the entire fleet will be divided into 4 groups. The seeding of boats into the 4 groups will be based on the current National Ranking or another method as determined by the Organizing Authority. The seeding will be done as soon as possible after the closing of entries and shall not be subject to protest. This changes rule 60.1(b).
5.3. At the conclusion of each day of the qualification series racing the entire fleet may be divided into 4 new groups. The seeding of boats into the 4 groups will be based on the current standing in the qualification series. The seeding will be done as soon as possible after the conclusion of racing and shall not be subject to protest. This changes rule 60.1(b).
5.4. Each race shall consist of 2 groups racing together and where possible each group shall race each other group an equal number of times.
5.5. Based on the results of the Qualifying Series, the fleet will be divided evenly into a Gold Fleet and a Silver Fleet for the Final Series. If there are an odd number of entries, the Gold fleet shall be the largest.
6. SCHEDULE
6.1. Shipping
Saturday, 27 August 27
First Day Containers can arrive at ABYC
Sunday, 16 September
Pack Containers for shipping
6.2. Dates of ABYC Labor Day Regatta ABYC’s Labor Day Regatta is the weekend prior to the Formula 18 World Championship. A separate entry and entry fee is required:
Saturday, 1 September
Warning 1155
Sunday, 2 September
Warning 1155
6.3. Registration
Friday, 7 September
From 0900 To 1700
Saturday, 8 September
From 0900 To 1700
Sunday, 9 September
From 0900 To 1700
Monday, 10 September
From 0900 To 1200
6.4. Measurement and Inspection
Friday, 7 September
From 0900 To 1700
Saturday, 8 September
From 0900 To 1700
Sunday, 9 September
From 0900 To 1700
Monday, 10 September
From 0900 To 1200
6.5. Social Schedule
Saturday, 8 September
Sunday, 9 September
Monday, 10 September
1800
Opening ceremony and competitors' meeting
Tuesday, 11 September
Social Schedule
Wednesday, 12 September
Thursday, 13 September
Friday, 14 September
Saturday, 15 September
1900
Closing ceremony and prizegiving dinner
6.6. Dates of Racing
Monday, 10 September
14:55
Practice Races
Tuesday, 11 September
1155
Warning signal first race of Day 1.
Wednesday, 12 September
1155
Warning signal first race of Day 2.
Thursday, 13 September
1155
Warning signal first race of Day 3.
Friday, 14 September
1155
Warning signal first race of Day 4..
Saturday, 15 September
1155
Warning signal first race of Day 5.
6.6.1. A maximum of 15 races are scheduled.
6.6.2. A maximum of four (4) races or two (2) long distance races per day.
7. MEASUREMENT
7.1. Each boat shall hold a valid measurement certificate and present it at time of Registration.
7.2. A limited number of fundamental measurements may be available on an appointment basis only.
7.3. Sails shall have the full sail number and national letters in accordance with the Class Rules and Appendix G.
7.4. Additional measurement checks may be conducted during the regatta at the discretion of the Organizing Authority.
7.5. Following each day’s racing one or more boats may be inspected for compliance with class rules.
8. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
8.1. Sailing Instructions will be available at Registration.
8.2. Preliminary Sailing Instructions will be available on the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club event website (www.abyc.org) on or before 1 September 2012.
9. VENUE
Races will be held in the waters of San Pedro Bay outside the Long Beach Breakwater.
10. THE COURSES
10.1. A trapezoid course will be sailed, unless the boats are sailed as one fleet when a windward-leeward course may be used.
10.2. Long distance race (10 or more nautical mile) of windward leeward configuration.
11. PENALTY SYSTEM
11.1. Rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.
11.2. Decisions of the International Jury will be final as provided in rule 70.5.
12. SCORING
12.1. If sailed as one fleet:
12.1.1. Nine (9) races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
12.1.2. When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
12.1.3. When from 5 to 10 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
12.1.4. When 11 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst score.
12.2. If a qualifying series is used:
12.2.1. Qualifying Series
12.2.1.1. Six (6) qualifying races are required to be completed for each group to constitute the qualifying series and to enter the final series.
12.2.1.2. The qualifying series will be concluded at the end of the racing day on which six (6) or more qualifying races have been completed by all groups.
12.2.2. Final Series
12.2.2.1. Three (3) final series races are required to be completed to constitute a final series.
12.2.2.2. When fewer than four (4) final races have been completed, a boat’s final series score will be the total of her final series race scores.
12.2.2.3. When four (4) or more final series races have been completed, a boat’s final series score will be the total of her final series race scores excluding her worst score.
12.2.3. A boats final score will be the total of her qualifying series score and her final series score.
12.2.4. To establish the final results, Gold fleet competitors will be ranked in scoring order above Silver fleet competitors, which will also be ranked in scoring order.
13. SUPPORT/COACH/SPECTATOR BOATS
13.1. Support/coach/spectator boats shall register with the Race Office during the registration period.
13.2. The fee for support boat registration shall be US$50 which includes mooring.
13.3. A unique registration number will be assigned to each support boat. The registration number shall be visible at all times while on the water.
13.4. Support boats shall display their national letters on a flag or outboard covers.
13.5. Rules governing the conduct of support/coach/spectator boats will be in the Sailing Instructions.
14. BERTHING
Boats shall be stored overnight on a public beach in Alamitos Bay adjacent to Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. Each boat must have its own trolley. Security will be provided during the regatta.
15. HAUL-OUT RESTRICTIONS
No boat may be stored overnight on the grounds of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club or anywhere else except the public beach, without prior permission of the Regatta Chair.
16. RADIO COMMUNICATIONS
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.
17. PRIZES
17.1. The regatta winner will obtain the title “2012 International Formula 18 World Champion,” and will be awarded the International Formula 18 World Champion Perpetual Trophy.
17.2. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories subject to entry numbers:
17.2.1. Overall (both Gold and Silver fleets)
17.2.2. Female teams – both helm and crew shall be female
17.2.3. Mixed teams
17.2.4. Masters – the helm shall be aged 50 years or older on the first day of the event
17.2.5. Juniors – both helm and crew aged 23 or younger on the first day of the event
17.3. Other spot prizes may be awarded by the Organizing Authority.
18. RIGHT TO USE NAME AND LIKENESS
By participating in the Formula 18 World Championship a competitor automatically grants to the organizers and its sponsors the right in perpetuity to make, use and show, from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproductions of him or her during the period of the competition without compensation.
19. 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.
20. INSURANCE
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with minimum coverage of US$300,000.00 per event or the equivalent. Each boat shall have proof of insurance coverage and present it at time of Registration.
21. FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information please contact:
Chris Ericksen, Regatta Chair
Phone: 562-522-8678
E-mail: chris491 at earthlink.net

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