The Vendée Saltspring 2012 is now finished. Please visit the Vendée Saltspring Results page to check results and watch this space next spring for news on the 2013 race.
Single/Double Handed Sailing Race
6th / 7th / 8th July 2012
NOTICE OF RACE
Saltspring Island Sailing Club, in association with Maple Bay Yacht Club, is proud to host the eighth Single / Double Handed Sailing Race for monohull sailboats around Saltspring Island with an overnight stop at Maple Bay. Multi-hull sailboats are also invited to compete within their own division.
The race will be governed by the rules as defined in the 2008-2012 Racing Rules of Sailing, the prescriptions of the Canadian Yachting Association( CYA) and the Pacific Handicap Racing Fleet of the North West, (PHRF-NW), except where altered by this Notice of Race .
The race from Saltspring Island Sailing Club (SISC) to Maple Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) will take place on Saturday, July 7th, 2012. The second part of the race from Maple Bay to Saltspring Island Sailing Club will take place on Sunday, July 8th, 2012. The signal for the first start will be at 1000 hrs on Saturday and at 0900 hrs on Sunday.
All entrants are required to have a valid current PHRF-NW handicap certificate or a one-time PHRF-NW guest rating. Entrants without a current valid PHRF certificate can request a one time PHRF-NW guest rating by supplying required boat and sail measurements on line for a fee of $15.00 as part of their boat registration. Priority will be given to those boats with current PHRF certificates.
If any boat has previously applied for a one time PHRF-NW rating certificate they can apply for an official PHRF-NW rating by submitting a PHRF-NW rating application and by paying the annual fee of $47.00 less their previously paid one time rating $15.00 fee. Any PHRF-BC ratings will be accepted subject to being standardized with PHRF-NW protocol.
All competitors must register by completing the online Registration Form and submitting it with the entry fee by June 27th. Supporting documents must also be submitted electronically or by mail no later than June 27th to:
Saltspring Island Sailing Club
152 Douglas Rd.
Saltspring Island, BC V8K 2J2
All participants must be registered for the race by 1700 hrs on Wednesday, June 27th. Late registrations will be accepted until 1700 hrs, July 3rd upon payment of a $30 per boat fee.
The Race Committee reserves the right to limit the number of registrations at any time.
Registration applications must include full payment. A copy of your current 2012 PHRF-NW or PHRF-BC certificate and a copy of a valid Certificate of Insurance should be mailed to vendeeSALTSPRING 2012 at SISC or sent as an attachment by email or shown at the registration desk on Friday July 6th.
Canadian entrants are required to have public liability insurance coverage of not less than $1 million. US entrants are required to have liability insurance of not less than $300,000.
The Skippers Meeting, covering both legs of the race, will be held on Saturday July 7th at 0830 hrs at the Saltspring Island Sailing Club.
Leg 1 — SISC to MBYC. The start line will be between the Committee Boat and a flagged buoy off the SISC breakwater, and the finish line between the Committee Boat and a buoy off Paddy Mile Stone. Boats will leave Saltspring Island to starboard.
Leg 2 — MBYC to SISC. The start line will be between the Committee Boat and a buoy off the MBYC dock. The fleet will again leave Saltspring Island to starboard. In addition, Grappler Rock, Idol Island and Atkins Reef must also be left to starboard. All the islands in Ganges Harbour must be left to starboard when approaching the finish line.
All shortened course details or course changes will be announced at the Skippers’ Meeting prior to each leg.
The vendeeSALTSPRING committee reserves the right to modify, revise and /or shorten the course to accommodate tide and wind realities.
There will be three Divisions, one for boats rated 185 and below, one for boats rated 186 and above and a multi-hull division if at least three MH boats are entered. Multi-hull boats may not compete for the overall placing.
Flying and NFS formats with appropriate rating adjustments will be permitted.
Race results will be calculated for single-handed and double-handed monohull boats and for overall monohull boats. The multihull division will be separate. The racing committee reserves the right to modify the rating splits prior to the Skippers’ Meeting.
Ratings and Scoring
A competitor may decide to race a vessel with a smaller sail area than that prescribed on their PHRF-NW or PHRF-BC rating certificate. Such a decision must be declared at or before June 27th, NOT on race day. In all instances, the SISC Rating Officer shall determine the “as raced” rating for all boats. The Rating Committee’s decision will be final for all entrants.
The finishing times of vessels will be corrected using the PHRF-NW Time-on-Time formula. Boats that do not finish within the designated time limit on either day will be scored DNF.
The overall race results will be determined by the lowest combined finishing places on a combined basis. In the event of a tie the second days result will be used to determine the result.
All boats must meet Pacific International Yachting Association (PIYA) Category III requirements unless a special exception has been approved by prior application to the race committee. Competitors are advised to wear a Canadian Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times during the race.
The race committee may perform random inspections. Boats failing to comply may be penalized or disqualified.
Electrical or wind-operated self-steering equipment MAY be used.
Boats should monitor VHF Channel 72 during the race.
Spot Tracking transponders will be supplied to selected boats to permit on shore race tracking. This system will be tested for potential use at the 2013 Round Saltspring race.
Competitors shall comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 with Canadian Modifications.
The race will be run under the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012
Protests and Penalty Turns
Single-handed sailing requires increased attention to safety procedures. Participants are, therefore, reminded of the overriding requirement to avoid a collision (Rule 14) and to provide a give-way vessel with the opportunity to do so (Rule 16).
The organizing committee also believes that competitive single-handed sailing should be conducted with the highest level of sportsmanship.
Despite all the best intentions fouls do occur on the racecourse. Protests will, therefore, be heard on a leg-by-leg basis. To avoid the need for protests, penalty turns under rules 31.2 and 44.2 will also be in effect.
|Single-handed boats||$100.00 per boat (incl GST)
includes 1 dinner ticket each for Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, and one Saturday and Sunday
breakfast, all moorage at both SISC and MBYC.
|Double-handed boats||$160.00 per boat (incl GST)
includes 2 dinner tickets each for Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, and two Saturday and Sunday
breakfasts, all moorage at both SISC and MBYC.
Dinners & Awards
There will be a seafood dinner in the SISC clubhouse on Friday at 1800 hrs with a no host bar.
A continental breakfast will be served at the SISC clubhouse at 0700 hrs-0800 hrs on Saturday.
A BBQ dinner will be provided by MBYC on Saturday evening at the Maple Bay clubhouse at 1850 hrs and continental breakfast on Sunday morning.
An outdoor BBQ will support the Award Ceremonies at SISC at 1700 hrs on Sunday evening.
Tickets for all meals are included in the cost of registration (one ticket for single-handed entries; two for double handed entries).
Guests are welcome to attend the dinners at a cost of $20 per meal if purchased at time of registration, subject to availability. Dinner tickets will be limited.
Entrants are permitted free moorage at SISC and MBYC from Friday July 6th through Sunday July 8th. Limited additional pre-race moorage at SISC is also available with priority given to those vessels coming from far away.
Every effort will be made to accommodate all vessels in secure moorage at the Yacht Clubs but moorage is limited and depends on the degree of demand.
NOTICE OF RACE AMENDMENTS
Amendment 1 – Race Entry Acceptance
posted June 14, 2012
The vendeeSALTSPRING 2012 race entry is getting near to a number of meals that SISC is able to handle for this event. We have already announced in the Notice of Race that race entry priority will be given to those boats with a current, valid, paid-up PHRF rating certificate. Also we have included that “The Race Committee reserves the right to limit the number of registrations at any time.”
As of 1300 hours on June 14, 2012, all entries received so far are confirmed. Any entry received after this time and date will be subject to Race Committee approval and may be subject to a wait list pending any race entry cancellation or entry withdrawal up to July 3, 2012. After that date any entry that is unable to be accepted by the Race Committee will be fully refunded with our apologies.
Amendment 2 – Liquor Licence at SISC
posted June 14, 2012
SISC regretfully announces that the Club is not able to have a liquor licence for this event. Accordingly, SISC is unable to sell any alcoholic beverages for this event or allow any consumption of alcoholic beverages of any kind at the SISC clubhouse or anywhere on SISC property. This prohibition will be strictly enforced on both the Friday and Sunday of the race weekend at SISC.
SISC respectfully requests all race entrants and crew to observe this requirement without exception. Any race entrant, crew or visitor not observing this restriction will be asked to leave the Club immediately and their race status will be automatically recorded as DSQ, even after the race has finished. SISC appreciates everyone’s cooperation with this requirement.
Amendment 3 – Social Hour Invitation
posted June 14, 2012
The Race Committee is pleased to invite all vendeeSALTSPRING 2012 race entrants to a complimentary social hour on the SISC dock with wine and hors d’oeuvres from 1700 hours to 1800 hours on Friday, July 6th before the SISC seafood BBQ. Please see the revised Schedule of Events.