KEISARI BALTIC OFFSHORE WEEK 2009 – OFFSHORE ORCI CHAMPIONSHIP FOR FINLAND AND ESTONIA
JULY, 26TH TO 31ST, 2009
Notice of Race 16.4.2009 as pdf-file
NOTICE OF RACE
1. ORGANIZING BODIES:
Hangö Segelförening and Avomeripurjehtijat (The Finnish Offshore Racing
The regatta will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing ( RRS) 2009-2012,
the Rules for the Finnish Offshore Championship, the ISAF Offshore Special
Regulations, the ORCi rules and regulations and this Notice of Race (except as
any of these is altered by the Sailing Instructions) and the Sailing Instructions.
All participating boats may be required to carry advertisements supplied by the
The regatta is open to all boats having a valid ORCi measurement certificate.
Said certificate has to be dated not later than July 20th, 2009. Exceptions to this
rule may be granted only if agreed before that date.
The skipper and the crew members of participating boats have to be members of
a member club of the Finnish or the Estonian Sailing Federation or of another
national authority. The skipper or the owner or the owner’s representative, if he is
part of the crew of the boat, has to be a member of the class organization The
Finnish Offshore Racing Association or a similar foreign association.
All participants in the long offshore race are required to carry a valid passport or
an official EU identity card.
Participating boats are divided into classes according to ORCi Rule 003 as
ORCi 1 ->610
ORCi 2 610,1 – 650
ORCi 3 650,1->
Classes may be combined at the Race Committee’s discretion.
5. ENTRY AND ENTRY FEES
Entries should be submitted not later than July 9th, 2009 using the entry form
available at the http://www.avomeripurjehtijat.fi website. An entry is considered valid
only when the entry fee has been fully paid.
When submitting the payment, the following information should be given in the
“comments” field: the mention “BOW2009”, the boat’s sail number and the
The entry fee for classes ORCi 1 is 200€ and for classes ORCi 2 and ORCi 3
160€. Harbour fees are not included in the entry fees. An additional fee of 100€
will be added for late entries.
A special harbour rate package has been negotiated with the harbour operator.
If paid in advance together with the entry fee, the harbour fee incl. shore power
from 26th to 31st July is 90€ per boat (normally about 125€)
Entry fees should be paid to the following account of Hangö Segelförening:
AKTIA BANK 405584-510805 , IBAN: FI93 4055 8450 0108 05, SWIFT/BIC-code: HELSFIHH
Su 26.7 12:00 – 20:00 Registration
Mo 27.7 09:00 – 15:00 Registration
16:00 Skippers’ meeting
18:00 Offshore Race
Tue 28.7 Finish, Offshore Race
We 29.7 11:00 1-2 Windward/leeward races
Crew Party including buffet dinner. Cost approximately 15€/person
Thu 30.7 11:00 2 – 3 Windward/leeward races
After Sail and Price Ceremony
Fr 31.7 Spare Day
No races will be held on the Spare Day if the Offshore race
and two or more other races have been completed
7. REGATTA VENUE
The base harbour for the regatta is the Eastern harbour in Hanko.
Boats are requested to stay in the Eastern Harbour or at Itämeren Portti/Östersjöns
port during the regatta. Participating boats should arrive not later than
10.00 on July 27th. At least one representative has to be on or at each boat.
8. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Sailing Instructions will be available at the regatta office from 12.00 on Sunday,
July 26th. The following documents are required:
– measurement certificate with appendices
– valid boat certificate issued by National Authority or Sailing Club
– crew list and list of sails to be used. Forms available at event website
– insurance certificate
Boats are required to be equipped as specified in the ISAF Offshore Special
Regulations for Category 3 without life raft with the following exceptions:
– Spare navigation lights do not have to meet the requirements for main
navigation lights but they must have a separate power source (3.27.4).
– A functioning VHF telephone is required. Exception (3.29.1 ii): The antenna
must be installed at least 2 m above deck level. The VHF communication must
be on continuously during races. A hand-held VHF telephone is not required.
– White hand flares and orange smokes are not required.
The organizers emphasize that the skipper is always responsible for the safety of
the boat and its crew.
The numbers in the sails have to correspond to those given in the measurement
certificate. All sails need to be measured and stamped before the races. Control
checks of boats, equipment and crew will be undertaken after the individual
Boats have to be insured for third party damages up to 500.000€.
10. START AND RACING AREA
The starts and the windward/leeward races will take place on the course area
„A”.(East of Russarö). The coastal race will be sailed outside of the Finnish coast
and the offshore race on the Gulf of Finland.
The Finnish nautical charts 952, 21 and 22 or corresponding paper charts are required.
12. CHANGES TO THE RACING RULES OF SAILING
12.1 Addendum to RRS 64.3: “Compliance with Class Rules”: If a boat has broken
any ORC rule or regulation to a non significant extent, an amount of time corresponding
to 1-3% of its sailed time shall be added to that time.
12.2 Alternative penalties
– For the offshore race, scoring penalties according to 44.3 will be applied
– In the Windward/Leeward races rule 44.2 will be applied so that the two turns (720 deg.)
penalty is replaced by a one turn (360 deg.) penalty
– If a boats breaks any rule in Part 4 or Part 6, the protest committee may replace the
disqualification penalty by a scoring penalty worsening her position by 1-3 places.
This will not be applied when the rule
41 or 42 has been broken. This changes Rule A 4.1.
12.3 Sailing during the dark hours.
During the dark period, RRS will be replaced by the International Regulations for
Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (as amended), COLREGs
Results are to be calculated using the ORC approved method where wind conditions are
taken into consideration. Scoring is based on ISAF’s low point system modified to give
the first finisher 0.75 points instead of 1 point.
The weight coefficient for the various race types are as follows:
– Offshore race 1.4
– Coastal race 1.2
– Windward/Leeward races 1.0
If 4 or 5 W/L races are sailed the worst result will be excluded. No result in the
offshore race or coastal race will be excluded.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
– Championship medals issued by the Finnish and Estonian Sailing Federations will be
distributed to the first three boats in class ORCi 1 and ORCi 2. The number of medals awarded
to each boat equals the number of persons sailing simultaneously on that boat.
The ORCi 3 class is not entitled to Finnish Championship status and championship medals will
be replaced by other corresponding prizes. Estonian championship medals will be distributed in
– Trophies of The Finnish Offshore Racing Association to be awarded as will be specified in the
Sailing Instructions . All prizes will be awarded at the prize giving ceremony and those awarded are
therefore expected to participate in that ceremony.
15. DISCLAIMER OF RESPONSIBILITY
Competitors participate in the regatta on their own sole responsibility in accordance with RRS rule 4.
The organizers do not accept any responsibility for any material or personal damages or deadly
accidents that happen in connection with the regatta or before, during or after the regatta.
16. ORGANIZERS, MORE INFORMATION
Avomeripurjehtijat ry – Havskappseglarna rf
(The Finnish Offshore Racing Association)
tel +358 9 621 5055
kristina (at) wb-sails.fi
HSF Hangö Segelförening
GSM +358 40 540 4862
pata_andersson (at) hotmail.com