St. Thomas Yacht Club andVirgin Islands Sailing Association
Open Match Racing Division and Women’s Match Racing Division
Racing days: DECEMBER 6 - December 9, 2012
Registration and Practice Sailing:
December 4 and December 5
Regatta Director: Verian Aguilar
Principal Race Officer: Bill Canfield
Assistant PRO: Darcy Cook
Line Judge: Dick Schweers
Flags: Sandy Symkens
Timing: Ellen Sanpere
Timing: Serena Cipullo
Timing: Isabel "A Team" Teare
2011 Umpires Soren Krause, DEN, IJ – Chief Umpire as required by regulation 18.12
Henry Menin, ISV, IJ, IU, ISV Laison
Bruce Cook ,USA, IJ, IU
Jeff Borland, USA, IU, NA
Mike O'Connor, IRL, IJ, IU
Dave Devries, AHO, NU, IJ
Greg Kiely, USA, NU, NJ
Charley Arms, USA, NU, NJ
2011 Open Division:
Mauricio Gallardo ESA
Staffan Lindberg FIN
Stratis Andreadis GRE
Colin Rathbun IVB
Taylor Canfield ISV
Tyler Rice ISV
Nikki Barnes ISV
Jorge Santiago PUR
Dave Perry USA
Sally Barkow USA
Stephanie Roble USA
Louise Bienvenu USA
Sandy Hayes USA
Tentative Social Schedule YHG = Yacht Haven Grande in Havensite area
STYC = St. Thomas Yacht Club, Cowpet Bay St. Thomas
Wednesday December 5 9:30 – 3:30 Practice Sessions @ YHG
4:00 – 6:00 weigh in 4-6 at YHG
6:00 – 8:00 Welcome Party at YHG
Thursday December 6 7:15 – 7:45 Complimentary Breakfast @ YHG
7:45 Competitors’ Meeting @ YHG
9:00 Sailing Begins in Harbor
5:00 Debrief and Complimentary Refreshments @ YHG
6:30 Casual Dinner at Hooters
Friday December 7 7:15 – 7:45 Complimentary Breakfast @ YHG
7:45 Competitors’ Meeting @ YHG
9:00 Sailing Begins in Harbor
5:00 Debrief and Complimentary Refreshments @ YHG 6:00 On your own for Dinner this evening – we recommend St. Thomas Yacht Club or Wikked at YHG
Saturday December 8 7:15 – 7:45 Complimentary Breakfast @ YHG
7:45 Competitors’ Meeting @ YHG
9:00 Sailing Begins in Harbor
5:00 Debrief and Complimentary Refreshments @ YHG 6:00 – 10:00 Complimentary Dinner and Drinks – Patron Margarita Night w music and dancing
Sunday December 9 7:15 – 7:45 Complimentary Breakfast @ YHG
7:45 Competitors’ Meeting @ YHG 9:00 Sailing Begins in Harbor 1:30 Awards and Complimentary Food and drinks @ YHG
Match Racing Explained
The basic game of match race sailing consists of two yachts, each
with the objective of crossing the finishing line before her opponent
while complying with the racing rules (and sailing instructions, etc.).
As with the rules of other sports, the yacht racing rules are generally
framed to give advantage to whoever is in the lead. Each yacht's
objective is simple: to be the first to cross the finish line with no outstanding
penalties, having started correctly, sailed the course, and
complied with any special requirements.
Mastering the Start
The simplest way to achieve this is to be in an advantageous, controlling
position at the start and to remain ahead and in control for the
entire race. With evenly matched boats and crews, a good start
usually results in winning the match, although the downwind finishes means that a small lead is not always sufficient to
Control is Key
Being 'in control' at the start doesn't necessarily mean being in the
lead at the moment of the starting signal; the object is to be 'in
control' soon after the start. With superior speed and timing it is possible
to be second across the starting line, but achieve a controlling
position very soon after. Depending upon the experience and confidence
of the skippers and crews, there is often a psychological
advantage to be gained by the skipper who is clearly in control during
the pre-start period.
Upwind vs. Downwind
During the race on upwind legs the yacht in control is either ahead
and in such a position that any wind shift will not benefit the other
yacht, or close ahead in a position where her dirty wind or backwind
is adversely affecting her opponent, or her opponent is trapped and
unable to tack because of the proximity of the controlling yacht.
On downwind legs, protecting a lead is often difficult and, unless well
ahead, the leader will be concerned with ensuring he is inside or ahead at the next mark rather than being 'in control'.
The Organising Authority (OA) will be the St. Thomas Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Sailing Association
The venue will be St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
The event has applied for ISAF Grade 2
This grading is subject to review by the ISAF Match Race Rankings Sub Committee. The event may be re-graded when there is clear reason to do so.
4.1 (a) Race office open from 10h00, 03 December through 18h00, 5 December, 2012.
(b) Registration from 10h00 through 16h00,on 04 and 05 December, 2012.
(c) Crew weighing from 10h00 through 16h00,on 04 and 05 December, 2012
(d) A 2 hour practice per team from 10h00 through 16h00, 05 December, 2012
(e) First briefing at 17h30, 05 December, 2012
(f) First meeting with umpires at following the first briefing.
(h) Racing days from 06 December through 09 December, 2012.
(i) Scheduled time of the first race each day will be 0900.
(j) Daily press conference 30 minutes after the last race of each day.
(k) Prize giving on 09 December, 2012 following the last race.
4.2 Unless excused by the OA, attendance at the following is mandatory:
(a) Initial briefing for skippers.
(b) Daily briefing, for skippers.
(c) Daily press conferences, for skippers sailing that day.
(d) Regatta dinner, for skippers.
(e) Prize giving for the final skippers and crews.
At least twelve (12) skippers will be invited. Only skippers invited by the OA will be eligible to enter this event. Applications for invitations to this event are attached to this Notice of Race. The issuance of invitations is at the sole discretion of the OA. Acceptance of invitations must be received by the OA by 01 October, 2011.
(b) The registered skipper shall helm the boat at all times while racing, except in an emergency.
(c) To remain eligible a skipper shall confirm acceptance of the invitation in writing, (fax or e-mail is acceptable) to be received by 15 October, 2012.
(e) All competitors shall meet the eligibility requirements of ISAF regulation 19.2.
(f) All competitors shall obtain an ISAF Sailor ID by registering online at www.sailing.org/isafsailor. Skippers shall inform the OA of their ISAF Sailor ID at registration.
6.1 (a) The skipper shall be entered on completion of registration, crew weighing and the payment of all fees and deposits. All payments shall be made by credit card, local currency (US Dollar) or check.
6.2 Entry Fee
A non-refundable entry fee of $US 400 shall be paid by 01 November, 2012. Entries received after that date will be charged $US500, or may be refused, at the sole discretion of the OA.
6.3 When a skipper accepts an invitation and later withdraws within two months of the event or leaves the event before the end without written approval from the OA, a zero score may be applied to their Ranking points for that event by the ISAF. (ISAF Regulation 24.2)
6.4 Damage deposit
(a) An initial damage deposit of $US 500 shall be paid at registration, unless extended by the OA. This deposit is the maximum payable by the skipper as a result of any one incident.
(b) If a deduction from the damage deposit is decided by the OA it may require that the deposit be restored to its original amount before the skipper will be permitted to continue in the event.
(c) Any remaining deposit after the event will be refunded within 10 days after the event.
(a) The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the RRS, and including Appendix C.
(b) The rules for the handling of boats will apply, and will also apply to any practice sailing. Class rules will not apply.
(c) The National Authority has no prescriptions to the Racing Rules of Sailing.
7.2 Add to RRS 41: (e) help to recover from the water and return on board a crew member, provided the return on board is at the approximate location of the recovery.
RRS C8.6 will be changed in the sailing instructions.
7.3 An International Jury (IJ) will be appointed in accordance with RRS Appendix N.
BOATS AND SAILS
(a) The event will be sailed in IC 24 type boats.
(b) (6) boats will be provided, plus one or two spares. More boats may be provided, if available.
(c) The following sails will be provided for each boat:
Mainsail,, Jib, and Spinnaker.
(d) Boats will be allocated by draw at such times as decided by the Race Committee.
CREW (INCLUDING SKIPPER)
(a) The number of crew (including the skipper) shall be no less than four (4) and no more than five (5). All registered crew shall sail all races.
(b) The maximum total crew weight, determined prior to racing, shall be 350 kg, (772 lbs) when wearing at least shorts and shirts.
(c) When a registered skipper is unable to continue in the event the OA may authorise an original crew member to substitute.
(d) When a registered crew member is unable to continue in the event the OA may authorise a substitute, a temporary substitute or other adjustment.
(b) Each event will consist of the following stages:
(i) Stage 1: A double round robin
(ii) Stage 2: Semi-final knockout
(iii) Stage 3: Final and Petit Final knockout (If time permits, the OA may include a consolation round to determine positions below 4th place.)
(c) The OA may change the format, terminate or eliminate any round, when conditions do not permit the completion of the intended format.
(a) The course will be windward/leeward with starboard roundings, finishing downwind.
(b) The intended course area will be in the harbor of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
(a) As boats and equipment will be supplied by the Organising Authority, ISAF, regulation (Appendix 1) 20.4 applies. Each boat will be required to display advertising as supplied by the OA
(c) Competitors may be permitted to display advertising ashore at the venue, but this is subject to individual negotiation with the Organising Authority..
(d) Boats shall not be permitted the right to protest for breaches of any rules regarding advertising (amends RRS 60.1).
(a) First prize - Trophy
Second prize - Trophy
Third prize - Trophy
MEDIA, IMAGES AND SOUND
The OA may require television personnel and equipment (or dummies) to be carried on board while racing and may require competitors to be available for interviews. The OA shall have the right to use any images and sound recorded during the event free of any charge.
(a) Coach boats are not permitted. A coach boat is any boat that is under the direction or control of a person gathering information or giving material support for the benefit of particular competitors either on the water or off.
All those taking part in the event do so at their own risk. The OA, its associates and appointees accept no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or inconvenience incurred, howsoever caused.
Entries will only be accepted from invited skippers. If you wish to be invited please register your request for an invitation as soon as possible with the OA by completing the attached form.
Date of Issue: Date
Notice of Race 2011,version number: Number 1
27 January, 2011
St. Thomas is an Island in the US Virgin Islands and our airport code is STT. We are served by American Airlines, US Air, Delta United and Spirit Airlines with direct flights from US Cities. Another option (often less expensive) is to fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and catch a 30 minute flight over to St. Thomas on American Eagle or Cape Air. Once in St. Thomas the venue for the match race will be Yacht Haven Grande, which is a 15 minute cab ride from the airport.
Rental cars are available at St. Thomas airport and other locations on the island.
Housing and Transportation
It is the intent of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race to house all competitors in local homes and condominiums on St. Thomas. It is suggested that all teams rent a car for their transportation to and from the venue.
If you plan on sailing to St. Thomas and staying aboard your vessel we will arrange docking for you at YHG
IC 24 History
The boats used in the Carlos Aguilar Match Race are of the home grown variety as they were built and developed right on St. Thomas. After Hurricane Marilyn devastated our racing fleet for the 2nd time in ten years sailing was at all time low ebb at STYC. The club began a search for an inexpensive one -design vessel that families could race on competitively as well as 4 – 5 adults. The goal was to keep it easy, simple and cheap. After many meetings no decision could be made with Sonars, Colgate 27’s and a hoard of other vessels being considered.
About that time former residents, Dan and Karen Neri sailed through the islands and Dan came up with a solution to the problem. He said there were 6000 J 24’s sitting in people’s garages not being used, buy them cheap and cut off the deck and cabin sole and make them comfortable with a “Melges 24” type cockpit. Chris Rosenberg took the idea and ran with it pulling an old decrepit J 24 hull off a barge and hiring local fiberglass “guy” Morgan Avery to build a mold. IC 24 #1 was complete and we had our first boat. Chris developed some quick class rules to keep the boat easy to sail and he went out and sold the idea to five other bored local sailors. Now we had our fleet and it was introduced in the 1999 International Rolex Regatta.
The rest is history with 8 more boats being built in St. Thomas and fleets developing in Puerto Rico, Tortola and a few areas in the US. More sophisticated class rules were developed and the use of spinnakers was added a few years ago. The class continues to grow and became an ideal boat for match racing. It was first used in the 2005 Nations Cup NA Finals in St. Thomas and last year was used in the 1st Carlos match race with brand new sails provided by Ulysse Nardin. In 2009 the boats were used for the US Sailing Women’s Match Race Championship and again for the 2nd Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race. This is all made possible by the generosity of the boat owners who allow their boats to be abused each year by aggressive match racers.
Whether you are sailing on Carlos’ beloved Green Boat, Hull # 1, called Boat Drinks or any other IC 24 we hope you enjoy our local class with its humble beginnings.