Notice of Race

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The notation [DP] in a rule in the NOR means that the penalty for a breach of that rule may, at the discretion of the protest committee, be less than disqualification.


The Regatta will be organised by Royal Ulster Yacht Club.

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 the RYA will apply.

1.3       Other rules that apply include the IRC Rating Rule Parts A-C, Class rules of the RC35 class, Sigma 33 OOD class, National Handicap for Cruisers, RS Elite class and Class rules where appropriate.

1.4       For IRC Classes, IRC Rule 22.4 shall apply modified as follows: The maximum number of crew will be the number of crew on the IRC Certificate plus one.

1.5       Boats entered in IRC Classes shall submit a copy of their IRC Certificate not later than Friday 19th June 2020.  No alteration to a boat’s TCC will be permitted after this date, except as a result of a rating protest, or to correct Rating Authority errors

1.6       Racing rules will be changed as follows: Race Signals AP, 33, 35, 60.1(b), 61.3,  A2, A4 and A5.  The changes will appear, in full, in the sailing instructions.  The sailing instructions may also change other racing rules.

1.7       Boats shall comply with, at least, World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Appendix B Inshore Racing.

2          ADVERTISING

             Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the Organising Authority. [DP]


3.1       The regatta is open to boats of the following Classes:

  • Class 1      Boats with IRC TCC or NHC 1.060 and above             
  • Class 2      Boats with IRC TCC or NHC from 1.010 to 1.059 (incl RC35)                                   
  • Class 3      Boats with IRC TCC or NHC 0.940 to 1.009                  
  • Class 4      Boats with IRC TCC or NHC 0.830 to 0.939
  • Class 5      NHC Restricted Sail Class (no spinnaker/gennaker)
  • Class 6      Sigma 33 OOD
  • Class 7      Coastal Class NHC                                                                
  • Class 8      Coastal Class NHC Restricted Sail
  • Class 9      RS Elite
  • Class 10   Classic Boats - Waverley and Fairy

3.2       Classes may be altered, divided and amalgamated or boats moved between classes at the discretion of the Organising Authority.

3.3       Boats in Classes 1 to 5, 7 and 8 shall display a Class pennant, appropriate to the Class in which she is sailing, from their backstay at all times when racing.

3.4       Eligible boats may enter by downloading and completing the entry form available at

3.5       If cancellation of an entry is received by the Organising Authority on or before 1st June, the whole fee less an administration fee of £20.00 will be refunded. No other refunds will be made.

4          FEES

4.1       Required fees are as follows:   Discounted rate available up to 1st March 2020

Class   Entry Fee if paid before
1st March 2020
Class 1 Boats with IRC TCC or NHC 1.060 and above £ 320.00  £ 256.00
Class 2 Boats with IRC TCC or NHC from 1.010 to 1.059 (incl RC35) £ 275.00 £ 220.00
Class 3 Boats with IRC TCC or NHC 0.940 to 1.009 £ 175.00 £ 140.00
Class 4 Boats with IRC TCC or NHC 0.830 to 0.939 £ 175.00 £ 140.00
Class 5 NHC Restricted Sail Class (no spinnaker/gennaker) £ 175.00 £ 140.00
Class 6 Sigma 33 OOD £ 175.00 £ 140.00
Class 7 Coastal Class NHC £ 150.00 £ 120.00
Class 8 Coastal Class NHC Restricted Sail £ 150.00 £ 120.00
Class 9 RS Elite £ 80.00 £ 64.00
Class 10 Classic Boats - Waverley and Fairy £ 80.00 £ 64.00


4.2       Berthing for boats not normally berthed in Bangor Marina is included. Cranage for the RS Elite Class only is included in the entry fee for that class.

4.3       Closing Date for entries will be Monday 22nd June 2020. Entries will only be accepted after this date in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Organising Authority.

5          SCHEDULE

5.1       Registration: Wednesday 24th June 1100 to 1800 and Thursday 25th June 0900 – 1100 at BangorMarina.

5.2       Briefing – A Briefing will be held at Bangor Marina at 1100 on Thursday 25th June 2020.

5.3       Racing:

             Date                                  Classes 1 to 5        Class 6                     Classes 7/8   Class 9                     Class 10

             Thursday 25th June      Races 1 & 2            Races 1 & 2            Race 1            No Racing               No Racing

             Friday 26th June             Races 3 & 4            Races 3 to 5           Race 2            Races 1 to 3           Fun Race

             Saturday 27th June       Races 5 to 7           Races 6 to 8           Race 3            Races 4 to 6           Races 1 to 3

             Sunday 28th June          Races 8 and 9        Races 9 and 10     Race 4            Races 7 and 8        Races 4 & 5

5.3       Nine Races are scheduled for Classes 1 to 5
             Ten Race are scheduled for Classes 6
             Four Races are scheduled for Class 7 and 8
             Eight Races are scheduled for Class 9
             Five Races are scheduled for Class 10

5.4       The scheduled time of the first warning signal on Thursday 25th July is 1300.  The scheduled time of the first warning signal on subsequent days for Classes 7 and 8 is 1045.  The scheduled time of the first warning signal on subsequent days for all other classes is 1100.  On Sunday 28th June no warning signal will be made after 1430.


             The sailing instructions will be available at registration and on  

7          SAILING AREA

             The Sailing Area will be in Belfast Lough.

8          THE COURSES

8.1       The courses to be sailed will selected from Windward Leeward, Triangular and Short Coastal. Coastal Classes will only use the Short Coastal courses. Sigma 33 OOD and RS Elite classes will only use Windward Leeward Courses.  For Classes 1 to 5 it is intended that Race 4 on Friday 26th June will be a short Coastal race.

8.2       All cruisers shall have a working marine VHF on board as some course instructions may be given by VHF.


             The Exoneration Penalty and the RYA Arbitration Procedures of the RYA Rules Disputes Procedures will be available.  See the official notice board for details. Decisions from Arbitration can be referred to the protest committee but cannot be reopened or appealed.   

10        SCORING

10.1    For Classes 1 to 6 and 9, three races are required to be completed to constitute a series. When fewer than four races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. This changes RRS A2.

10.2    For Class 7, 8 and 10, one race is required to be completed to constitute a series. When fewer than three races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. This changes RRS A2.

10.3    Classes 1 to 4 will have races dual scored on both IRC and NHC when available.     

10.4    For NHC scoring, a boats handicap will be adjusted after every race.  A boat will continue to race in the Class in which she first started.  An adjustment in handicap number is not grounds for redress, this changes RRS 62.

11        BERTHING

             Boats shall be kept in their assigned places while they are in the Marina. [DP]


             Keelboats shall not be hauled out during the regatta except with and according to the terms of prior written permission of the Race Committee. [DP]


             Underwater breathing apparatus and plastic pools or their equivalent shall not be used around keelboats between the preparatory signal of the first race and the end of the regatta. [DP]


             Except in an emergency, a boat that is racing shall not make voice or data transmissions and shall not receive voice or data communication that is not available to all boats. [DP]


             Boats shall not carry anchors that project ahead of the bow.

16        PRIZES

             Prizes will be given as follows: 

  • The Bangor Town Cup will be presented to the boat which, in the opinion of the Race Committee Awards Committee, produced the most meritorious performance of the Regatta.
  • First, Second and Third Prizes will be awarded in each class.

             For all fleets there will be daily race prizes awarded on that day.

             Class 5 Sigma 33 OOD Prizes:

  • The Sigma Championship Perpetual Trophy for the overall winner.
  • The Irish Championship Trophy will be presented to the first boat normally berthed in Ireland helmed by a helmsman normally domiciled in Ireland.
  • The Royal Irish Yacht Club Trophy will be presented to the winner of the Silver Fleet.
  • Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the organisers.


             Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue to race is hers alone”

             Sailing by its nature is an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk.  By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

             (a)    They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

             (b)   They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

             (c)    They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

             (d)   Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

             (e)   The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities.

             (f)    The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions as can be practically provided in the circumstances.

             (g)    It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules or information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event.

             (h)   They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew.

18        INSURANCE

             Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3,000,000 Pounds Sterling per incident or the equivalent.








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