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THE TOP OF THE GULF REGATTA 2014
Platu Coronation Cup
Thailand Optimist Nationals
RS One Asian Championship
1st May - 5th May 2014

OFFICIAL NOTICE OF RACE
(Note: due to class changes this NOR replaces that posted earlier)

ORGANISING AUTHORITY

The Regatta is organised by the Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Platu Yacht Association, Ocean Marina Yacht Club and Royal Varuna Yacht Club.

Ocean Marina Yacht Club can accommodate yachts with a draft of 3 meters within the Marina. Yachts with a draft in excess of 3 meters may be moored nearby with ferry service provided to the Ocean Marina.

All enquiries and entries should be addressed to:
The Secretary, Top of the Gulf International Regatta,
Ocean Marina Yacht Club
167/3 Moo4, Km 157 Sukhumvit Road
Sattahip, Chonburi 20250
THAILAND

Tel: +66 (0)38 235 300
Mobile Phone:   +66 (0)81 811 8930
Fax: +66 (0)38 235 265
E-mail: info@topofthegulfregatta.com

1. RULES

1.1 The Regatta will be governed by:

The Racing Rules of Sailing

The IRC 2013 Rules Parts A, B and C, The OMR rule for Ocean Multihulls, The International Platu Class Rules and any local amendments, The Class Rules of the appropriate dinghy, windsurfing, and beach catamaran classes.

1.2 Between the hours of local sunset and sunrise the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea shall apply.

1.3 The ISAF Special Regulations Appendix J, Category 5 Special Regulations shall apply to all keelboats and Ocean Multihulls. Regatta specific safety requirements will apply to all other classes. These shall include, but may not be restricted to; communication devices and reporting schedules, minimum drinking water requirements, tally discs and life vests. These safety rules will be available from the organizing committee one month before the event.

1.4 The Regatta is classified as a Category C event under RRS 80 and ISAF Regulation 20 Advertising Code.

1.4.1 The Organising Committee will require all participating boats to display the event sponsor's advertising in accordance with Regulation 20.3. (d 1).

1.4.2 The Organising Committee approval will be required for any other advertising, and it is unlikely to be given for products competing with those of the Regatta Principal Sponsors or for which advertising is controlled by local laws or customs.

1.5 The Sailing Instructions will be available at Registration.

1.6 No National Prescriptions shall apply.

1.7 The Notice of Race for the RS one Asian Championship is published as Amendment #1 to this NOR.

1.8 RRS 55 will be changed in the sailing instructions by adding the following sentence to the rule: 'However, discarding elastic, cotton or wool bands when setting a sail will not be considered a breach of rule 55.'


2. ELIGIBILITY, ENTRY AND FEE

2.1 The Regatta will have the following classes, subject to entries received.

2.1.1 Class One, IRC 1 - Keelboats with an IRC 1.200 and above

2.1.2 Class Two, IRC 2 - Keelboats with an IRC 1.060 to 1.199

2.1.3 Class Three, IRC 3 - Keelboats with an IRC 0.960 to 1.059

2.1.4 Class Four, IRC 4 Cruising - Keelboats cruising in nature, racing with IRC or PHS handicaps at the committee's discretion).

2.1.5 Class Five, Platu - Platu class keelboats (Platu Coronation Cup)

2.1.6 Class Six, Ocean Multihulls - Ocean going catamarans and trimarans

2.1.7 Class Seven, F18's

2.1.8 Class Eight, Open Beach Multihulls

2.1.9 Class Nine, Single handed monohull dinghies

2.1.10 Class Ten, Double handed monohull dinghies

2.1.11 Class Eleven, RS One Boards (RS One Asian Championship)

2.1.12 Class Twelve, Optimist - Thailand Nationals

2.2 The Race Committee may change the above eligibility factors and number of classes based on its analysis of the entries received. Should sufficient enquiries be made and entries received the Race Committee may provide classes for other yachts and other Beach Catamaran classes.

2.3 The Race Committee recognizes that there may be boats that by virtue of design may qualify under these criteria in the above Classes but consider themselves to be cruising orientated either by accommodations, rig, sails or other reasons. The committee will receive written applications for consideration for inclusion in a Cruising Class no later than April 1, 2014 giving details of the boat and the reasons for consideration. A valid IRC certificate, sail plan, accommodation layout including details of installed equipment, keel details and crew list MUST accompany the application. Applications based on crew criteria alone will not be entertained. The Committee's decision shall be final and not subject to appeal.

2.4 Where boat specification falls between the above parameters owners should consult the Race Committee on class placement.

2.5 Application for entry shall be made on the official Entry Form. The entry fee for Classes 1 - 6 is Thai Baht 13,200.00. For Classes 8-11 the entry fee is Thai Baht 3,300.00 except that competitors under 18 years of age in these classes the fee shall be Baht 1,650.00 The entry fee for the Class 12 is nominal and is partly subsidized by the organisers. The Entry Fee should accompany the Entry Form. Entries must be received by April 15, 2014.Entries received by 15th March, 2014 and paid for via the internet, bank transfer or to the Regatta office shall receive a 10% discount, Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Race Committee, which may levy a late entry fee of Thai Baht 2,500.00. Cancellations before April 15, 2014 may be refunded after deduction of 20% of the amount paid for administration costs.

2.6 The entry fee includes participation of the skipper. An additional fee of Thai Baht 2,750.00 is payable for classes 1-6at the time of entry for each additional crew member and/or supporter participating in any of the official functions of the Regatta. For classes 8-11 this fee shall be Baht 2,200 for additional crew and or supporters. Optimist family and/or supporters shall pay a fee of Baht 1,000.00 to attend the official Optimist functions.

2.7 Current IRC certificates or completed application forms for the rating together with fee, should accompany entries for relevant classes.


3. SCHEDULE

The following is the proposed schedule; however the Organising Committee reserves the right to amend this schedule.

Thursday 1st May: Registration Day
  10:00-16:30  Registration classes 1-6
  14:00 Practice Race classes 1-6
  17:30 Skippers briefing classes 1-6
  18:00 Opening Ceremony with Cocktails and Wine at Ocean Marina Yacht Club

Friday 2nd May: Race Day Classes 1-6
  09:00-16:00  Registration classes 8-11
  11:00 Racing Starts classes 1-6
  17:00-19:00  Daily prize giving and drinks on the lawn

Saturday 3rd May: Race Day Two all classes
  09:00  Registration class 12 Optimists
  09:00 Skippers Briefing classes 8-11
  10:00 Skippers Briefing Class 12 Optimists
  11:00 Racing Starts
  17:00-19:00  Daily Prize giving and drinks on the lawn

Sunday 4th May: Race Day Three all classes
  11:00  Racing Starts
  17:00-19:00  Daily Prize giving and drinks on the lawn

Monday 5th May: Race Day Four all classes
  11:00  Racing Starts
  18:00 Ocean Marina Gala Dinner and Regatta prize giving. Program to be advised


4. COURSES

The regatta is run on four course areas. Classes 1-6 shall compete on an outer course area and other classes will compete on three inshore areas. Each course area shall have its own race officer and support team as well as shore management. A book or schedule of courses will be issued for classes' 1-6together with the Sailing Instructions. This book or schedule will contain a number of courses, inshore, coastal and inter-island. The course(s) will be chosen to take into account the prevailing, or forecast weather conditions on the day of the race. For outer course coastal and inter-island races the approximate coordinates of any marks of the course will be indicated in the course book. Actual (or changes to) coordinates will be notified on the day of race via the official notice board and/or VHF radio on committee boats. The Committee may set additional courses which will be conveyed to the competitors prior to racing. Class 8-10, Class 11 and Class 12 will have separate course areas.


5. PENALTY SYSTEM

For Classes 7, 8 and 9, rules 44.1 and 44.2 are changed so the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty. All other classes shall perform the Two-Turn Penalty.


6. SCORING

6.1 Low Point scoring system will apply. For each class, two races shall be completed to constitute a series.

6.2 For Classes 1-3, and 6; eight races are scheduled. If five or more races are completed, one discard will be allowed. If four races or less are completed, all will count.

6.3 For Class 5, Platus, 10 races are scheduled. If seven races or more are completed one discard will be allowed. If six races or less completed, all will count.

6.4 For class 4, five races are scheduled. If five races are completed, one discard will be allowed. If four races or less are completed, all will count.

6.5 For Classes 8-12, a minimum of nine races subject to conditions are scheduled. If seven or more races are completed, one discard will be allowed. If six races or fewer are completed, all will count.


7. Maximum Crew

7.1 Maximum Crew Number.IRC Rule 22.4.2 is deleted and replaced by "The maximum number of crew that may sail aboard a boat shall be the Crew Number printed on her certificate, plus 2. There is no weight limit."

7.2 In the case of a boat rated as a One-Design, and when her IRC crew limitation exceeds her One-design Class crew limitation, a boat shall comply with her One-Design Class rules.

7.3 There shall be no restriction on crew changes for classes 1-9, however any changes must not exceed the number or weight specification for each class.

7.4 For classes 4 there shall be a minimum number of crew to sail the boat safely given the conditions during the regatta. This is estimated to be no less than 50% of the rated number of crew on the yachts IRC certificate. Classes 5-12 shall sail with crew numbers in accordance with the yachts IRC certificate or class rules.

7.5 Class 5 and 6 shall declare their crew weight at registration.

7.6 Substitution of skipper will not be allowed without prior written approval of the race committee.


8. HANDICAP SYSTEM

8.1 The IRC Handicap System shall be used for Classes 1-3. Yachts shall submit their IRC rating certificate or rating application no later than April 14, 2014. No alteration to a yacht's certificate will be permitted after this date, except as a result of a rating protest or to correct a rating office error. For class 4 the committee may decide, based on entries received by April 1, 2014 to race this division under performance handicap which shall not be subject to protest.

8.2 The OMR handicap system shall be used for the Ocean Multihulls.

8.4 The Texel rating system shall be used for the Beach Catamaran Class.

8.5 The OMR and Texel handicaps shall be fixed and not subject to request for redress.


9. INSPECTION, IDENTIFICATION AND INSURANCE

9.1 All yachts shall be liable for inspection in accordance with applicable safety and measurement requirements.

9.2 All yachts shall carry mainsail numbers. Any yacht without a mainsail number may purchase a number for the duration of the Regatta from the Committee.

9.3 The Organizing Committee strongly recommends that each yacht carry adequate insurance sufficient to cover the liability to crew and third party property and persons in the class being sailed.


10. INTERNATIONAL JURY

10.1 An International Jury will be appointed in accordance with RRS 91(b). Its decisions will be final, as detailed in RRS 70.5.


11. PRIZES FOR THE TOP OF THE GULF INTERNATIONAL REGATTA SERIES

11.1 The First, Second and third place prizes will be awarded in each class.

11.2 The Coronation Cup shall be awarded to the winner of the Platu Class 5.

11.3 Other prizes including prizes for individual races and divisional results and line honours may be awarded at the discretion of the Organising Committee.


12. DISCLAIMER

12.1 Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The Organising Committee, the Race Committee, the Regatta sponsors and their representatives, officers, members and volunteers accept no liability whatsoever for any loss of life, property, personal injury, or damage caused by or arising out of the Regatta.

12.2 The Regatta may be classified as a Category C event under Regulation 20.4.2. However, prior approval of the Organizing Committee of the Regatta shall be required for any advertising in addition to that permitted under Regulation 20.3.3.

12.3 Without limitation, the Organizing Committee is expected to disapprove any advertising it deems in conflict with Thai laws or customs and may disapprove advertising in conflict with the products of event sponsors. This prescription shall constitute an Individual Advertising Licence System for purposes of Regulation 20.4.2.


13. PHOTOGRAPHY CONSENT

By entering the Regatta competitors accept that they may be photographed and/or videotaped participating in the race and they consent to the taking of such images and to the use, reuse, publication and republication of such images in any media, in conjunction with the competitors name or not, without compensation and without the competitors approval of such images or any use thereof.


14. CHANGES TO THE NOTICE OF RACE

This Notice of Race may be subject to amendments which will be published on the regatta website.

End.

Amendment #1 dated 03-02-2014.



OFFICIAL NOTICE OF RACE
TOP OF THE GULF 2014
RS:One ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
3rd to 5th May 2014
TO BE HELD AT
Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Sattahip, Chonburi, Thailand
www.topofthegulfregatta.com

Organised by
Top of the Gulf Organising Committee (TOGR)
in co-operation with the
Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH)
An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event




1. RULES

1.1 The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing - Windsurfing Competition Rules (WCR).

1.2 The RS: One Championship Rules shall apply.

1.3 No national prescriptions will apply.

1.4 If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.


2. ADVERTISING

2.1 Sailors may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organising authority. ISAF Regulation 20 'Advertising Code' shall apply.

2.2 Event branding shall be worn at all times when afloat, and as requested by the organizers during media interviews and during the prize giving.


3. DIVISIONS

3.1 Gender Divisions: Men and Women.

3.2 Age Divisions:

3.2.1 An "Espoir" shall be under the age of 22 in the year of competition (born in or after 1993).

3.2.2 A "Master" shall be over the age of 40 in the year of competition (born 1973 or earlier).

3.3 A minimum of 5 competitors is required to constitute a division.


4. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY

4.1 All entries shall meet the requirements of ISAF Regulation 19-Eligibility Code.

4.2 Competitors shall be members of a National Class Association which is a paid up member of the international class association, or of the IWA.

4.3 Eligible competitors may enter and pay online at www.topofthegulfregatta.com. There is a 10% discount for entry and payment on line prior to 1st April 2014.
The following shall be presented upon registration:
4.4 Coaches and team support personnel will be required to register with the organiser at the Regatta Office.
The following shall be presented upon registration:
  • Boat Driving Licence (if applicable)
  • Evidence of valid third party insurance

5. FEES

5.1 The required entry fee is Baht 3.300 for over 18 on 1st April 2014 and Baht 1,650 for entrants under 18 as at 1st April 2014.

5.2 Late entries received after 15th April will be surcharged Baht 1,000.

5.3 Entry fees paid at registration shall be paid by cash or credit card (Baht).


6. RACE FORMAT

6.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline, course racing, "open entry" event.

6.2 Men and women may race together.

6.3 Three races are required to validate the Championship.


7. SCHEDULE

7.1
Saturday 3 May  09:00-16:00  Registration & Equipment Inspection
  12:00  Skippers Meeting
  13:00  Racing
Sunday 4 May  11:00  Racing
Monday 5 May  11:00  Racing
  15:30  Last possible warning signal
  17:0-19:000  Prize giving
7.2 The first possible warning signal will be made each day at 1100hrs, except the first day when the warning signal will be displayed at 1300hrs.


8. EQUIPMENT & EQUIPMENT INSPECTION

8.1 An Equipment Inspection Form, which will be available at registration, shall be returned to the Regatta Office by the end of registration.

8.2 Equipment inspections may be made at any time during the event.

8.3 Unless otherwise directed by the organising authority, boards and equipment shall be launched and retrieved from the designated area at the event site.


9. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

The sailing instructions (SI) will be available upon registration. Any changes to the SI shall be approved by the Class Representative at the event.


10. COURSES

Courses will be as described in the sailing instructions.


11. INTERNATIONAL JURY

An International jury will be appointed in accordance with Appendix N. There shall be no appeal against its decisions in accordance with RRS-WCR 70.5.


12. SCORING

Scoring will be according to the WCR Appendix A, but there will be no discards.


13. PRIZES

13.1 Prizes may be awarded to the first three competitors of each properly constituted division.

13.2 The first man and woman will be declared - "2014 RS: One (division) Asian Champion".


14. OFFICIAL CEREMONIES

Competitors are requested to attend the event's social functions; however, the organising authority may refuse entry to those whose standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion. Prize winners may forfeit prizes for non attendance at the prize giving ceremony.


15. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Competitors participate in the event entirely at their own risk, see WCR 4 - Decision to Race. The organising authority or any of their officials or representatives or the sponsors or their officials or representatives will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during or after the event.


16. INSURANCE

Each participating competitor/support boat driver shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of 300,000 SGD per event.


17. RIGHT TO USE NAME AND LIKENESS

In registering for the event, competitors automatically grant to the Organising Authority the right in perpetuity to make, use and show from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproduction of them, taken during the period of the event, for the said Event as defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions in which he/she participates without compensation.


18. FURTHER INFORMATION

Registration will take place at: Ocean Marina Yacht Club Hotel, venue to be advised.
For further information please contact: Bill Gasson
Email - info@topofthegulfregatta.com


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SHEET

The following information is not part of the rules for the Event.

A. ACCOMMODATION

There is a variety of hotel and dormitory accommodation available. More information about accommodation for the event will be posted soon on the event website: www.topofthegulfregatta.com

B. AIR TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION/TRANSFERS

The organising Committee may assist Teams with transport to and from the airport for equipment, competitors and other support personnel.
Team leaders requiring this service shall contact the organiser with details at least two weeks before the start of the Regatta.

C. EARLY ARRIVALS

Competitors arriving early are advised that support from the organisers must be arranged in advance.

D. VENUE & PREVAILING CONDITIONS

Conditions to be expected - winds North to North-East, average maximum speed of 6 to 25 knots; water temperature 28C; air temperature - 26 to 32C

E. EQUIPMENT

A limited number of charter boards and rigs may be available for charter.
Contact for further information: Kah Soon Ho - kahsoon@constantwind.com

Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Thai Airways
Siam Winery
Neil Pryde
Gulf Charters
YRAT
Pattaya City
Ensign
Bank of Ayudhya
The Pizza Company
QBE
SEA Yachting
Coca Cola
BKK PTY Hospital
Royal Varuna Yacht Club
Golden Food Siam
Lucaris
Singa Corp.
Media Representation International
Pattaya Mail
Buzzcats
The Big Chilli
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel Dairy Queen
Mix 88.5 FM


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