26th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
1 December - 8 December 2012
NOTICE OF RACE FOR KEELBOATS AND MULTIHULLS
Published 1st August 2012
With the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the Regatta is organised by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organising Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.
All enquiries and entries should be addressed to:
The Regatta Secretary
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Office
20/11 Thepkassatri Road,
Phuket Boat Lagoon, Amphur Muang,
Phuket 83200, Thailand.
Tel: +66 (0) 7627 3380, Fax: +66 (0) 7627 3380
The IRC Rules 2012 Parts A, B and C;
The ThaiCap/AsiaCap rating rules and the rules applicable to the rating system for the Classic Class;
The Australian Sports Measurement System (SMS);
The Platu 25 International Class Rules, amended by the National Class Association of Thailand;
The Firefly 850 Sport One Design Rules;
The OMR Rules for Multihulls;
This Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions.
References herein to a Rule or Appendix are to the RRS or its Appendices unless otherwise stated.
1.2 In the case of conflict the Sailing Instructions will prevail. (This changes Rule 63.7)
1.3 IRC Rules Parts A, B & C. For the purposes of IRC Rule 21.1.5(d), this is a regatta run on consecutive days (so the sails on board shall remain the same throughout). However, as permitted by IRC Rule 11.1, Rule 21.1.5(e) shall not apply during Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2012, thus allowing the use of a spare mainsail as a racing replacement.
1.4 The appropriate class rules, including crew limits (if any), for yachts racing as a one design or under standard one-design rating certificate.
1.5 No National prescriptions shall apply.
1.6.1 The Person in Charge
Yacht racing can be dangerous. The attention of Persons in Charge is drawn to RRS Fundamental Rule 4: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone” and to Special Regulation 1.02.1 which begins: “The safety of a yacht and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the Person in Charge....”
1.6.2 The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, its sponsors, and other organising clubs accept no responsibility or liability for loss of life or injury to members or others, or for the loss of, or damage to, any vessel or property.
The Person in Charge and crew will be held jointly responsible for the conduct of the yacht’s crew before, during and after a race. Misconduct may result in both the Person in Charge and crew being excluded from future races and renders a yacht liable to disqualification.
1.6.4 Starting and Continuing to Race
The Race Committee will make starting signals unless in their opinion it is manifestly unsafe for any of the yachts entered to remain in the vicinity of the starting line. Each yacht shall exercise her responsibility under RRS Fundamental Rule 4 and decide whether or not to start or to continue to race.
1.6.5 Race Declaration(s)
No yacht will be accepted as an entry unless the Person in Charge has, before the start of the race, signed a declaration in the terms set out in NoR 1.6 below. The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta reserves the right to require a signed declaration, in the terms set out in NoR 1.6, from each crew member.
1.6.6 Safety and Life Saving Equipment
Crew members’ attention is drawn to RRS 1.2 life-saving equipment... “Each competitor is individually responsible for wearing personal buoyancy adequate for the conditions.” See also Special Regulation 5.02.
1.7 If there is a conflict between languages the English text shall prevail.
1.8 Sentences in italics within the Notice of Race are guidance notes for information only.
2.1 Boats may carry advertising as allowed by the ISAF advertising code unless their class rules further restrict what may be carried.
2.2 Boats intending to carry advertising must indicate this on their entry form, along with the names of companies and/or products to be advertised.
2.3 As permitted by the ISAF advertising code, boats may be required to display official event sponsor decals on the forward 20% of their hulls and/or official event sponsor pennants on their backstays. Details of these requirements will be included in the Sailing Instructions. Competitors may apply in writing for dispensation not to display sponsor decals. Dispensation will not normally be given to any boat that carries other advertising decals or stickers on her hull.
2.4 Boats may not carry or display advertising other than official event sponsor decals on the forward 20% of their hulls.
2.5 The IRC Rules 2011 Parts A, B and C shall apply.
The Race Committee reserves the right to forbid items of advertising which may conflict with the regattas sponsors, or in any way offend Thai laws or customs by their nature.
The Race Committee (RC) may split classes into divisions.
A minimum of 6 boats are required to constitute a class or division. If less than the required minimum entrants are received the RC may join two classes. The RC reserves the right to adjust the eligibility criteria and/or reallocation of boats in the interests of fair competition. The determination of eligibility criteria and the allocation of boats to particular classes or divisions shall not be grounds for protest or redress.
IRC – Yachts rating 0.850 and greater.
IRC Classes will be based on actual entries and divided based on Hull Factor (HF), Displacement Length Ratio (DLR), Length of Hull (LH), IRC Series Date and the boats Time Correction Factor (TCC). Final divisions will be announced on 1st November 2012.
Based on 2011 Entries, anticipated class splits would be as follows:
||IRC Series Date
||1.260 and greater
||1.100 - 1.260
||1.OO7 - 1.100
||0.850 - 1.006
The Race Committee reserves the right to amend the class splits in the light of updated 2012 yacht design data before the start of the Regatta.
IRC Rules Parts A, B and C shall apply, except as varied below or in the Sailing Instructions.
IRC Endorsed Certificates
IRC endorsed certificates are only required for the IRC Divisions Zero and One.
Boats rating 0.010 or less below the lower limit of the next class up, may request permission to move up to the class above and race using the bottom rating of that class. The decision of the Race Committee is final and not subject to appeal.
Boats over 15m LH (LOA) with canting keels or boats over 22m LOA may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Race Committee. Such boats should contact the Race Committee to discuss eligibility prior to attempting to enter the regatta. If sufficient large canting keeled boats wish to enter then they may be given separate divisions within IRC.
Premier (Modern Cruising with large displacement)
Modern cruising boats of overall length (LH) 16 meters and IRC Boat Weight of greater than 15,000kg, a maximum hull factor of 10 and TCC of 1.055 or greater.
Yachts should be fully fitted out for comfortable cruising and should normally contain a full complement of private cabins, fully fitted out galley, heads and onboard refrigeration.
Use of stored power winches, generator and air-conditioning systems are generally accepted as standard equipment for this type of vessel.
Boats shall have a valid IRC and SMS rating certificate or be a recognised one-design class.
Monohull keelboats of less than 24.0m LH (LOA).
IRC Series Date 1990 or earlier with a current valid IRC 2012 certificate.
Racing under the IRC Handicap system. Each boat must be confirmed to be part of a bona fide bareboat charter fleet and their design based on standard production models with shoal keel configuration designed for charter/ cruising and including mainsheet controls terminating on the coach roof.
Boats will be sailed in charter trim, with standard mainsail, jib and one cruising chute/ asymmetric spinnaker with or without pole. Boats with extendable Bowsprits or Boats which make use of any Hydraulic rig adjustment are not eligible.
All Boats shall have completed a minimum of 6 commercial bareboat charters during 2012, carrying the entered sail configuration.
All Boats shall be specifically chartered as a “Bareboat” for the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2012. A copy of the “Charter Invoice” may be required at registration.
Boats that are chartered may carry an owners representative for safety purposes who will act in an advisory capacity only.
Boats that are chartered with full sail inventories, carrying sails made from exotic materials or used specifically for racing, not carrying a full charter inventory or carrying crew, (other than an owners representative) provided by the owner or employed or supplied by the charter company are not eligible.
Boats must carry all the equipment normally carried on a bareboat charter in its normal position except for the dinghy and its motor, oars and fuel tank. Biminis and sail covers may be removed and stowed below, but must remain on board. Any boats found to be stripped or lightened shall be subject to a penalty. Boats must comply with all safety requirements including, no part of an anchor shall overhang the bow while racing.
Charter boats sailed by their owners, boats which are of custom design, boats with racing configuration including extendable bowsprits and/ or deep keel configuration, the Committee will consider written applications for inclusion of such boats in the Bareboat Class. Applications giving details of the boat and the reasons for consideration should be received no later than 1st November 2012.
Subject to final entries, the Race Committee may split the Bareboat Class into divisions based on Hull Factor (HF), Displacement Length Ratio (DLR), Length of Hull (LH), IRC Series Date and the boat's Time Correction Factor (TCC).
Multihull (Catamaran and Trimaran) boats of a size and condition acceptable to the Race Committee. Entrants should have a current valid OMR certificate. If a Cruising Multihull boat does not possess a current valid OMR certificate, a rating may be allocated by the Race Committee based on the principles of the current OMR rule.
The Race Committee may split the Multihull Class into the following divisions:
Racing Multihull (Multihulls with a current valid OMR certificate)
Firefly 850 Sports
Racing under the one-design rules as stipulated by the Firefly 850 Sports Class Rules.
Beach launched Catamarans of a size and condition acceptable to the Race Committee.
Vessels built or converted to sail and launched prior to 1950, or launched more recently but retaining the original grace and style of the old classics. All boats, traditional boats and ships should be of the “one off or custom” type, with a hand-crafted hull. All entries should have a full keel with a keel hung rudder; however, short keels with a separate rudder may be accepted, at the discretion of the Race Committee, if the boat is of a traditional design.
Boats participating with the owner onboard, who are joining the regatta for the first time and are acceptable to the Race Committee. This class is designed for shorthanded sailors and for cruisers that do not normally race and therefore do not have a valid handicap certificate. Subject to owners supplying required measurements, 2012 IRC Certificates will be provided for this class as part of the entry fee.
One-Design Class Racing
One-design classes of more than 6 boats may apply to the Race Committee for their own class status. Applications should be made to the Race Committee by the Class Association and must be submitted no later than 1st November 2012.
3.2 All participating boats shall comply with the 2012 ISAF Offshore Special Regulations, Safety and Equipment requirements of a Category 4 Regatta with VHF with the exception of Sport Boats and Beach Catamaran Classes, which shall comply with the 2012 ISAF Category 5 with VHF Special Regulations. Boats shall comply with their Class Safety regulations, sail limitations and other regulations where they differ from ISAF Category 5.
Any boats that do not comply fully with the requirements may apply to the Race Committee for dispensation. The Committee will consider written applications for inclusion of such boats giving details of the boat and the reasons for consideration, if received no later than 1st November 2012.
3.3 All boats may be subjected to inspection at any point during the regatta, and their entry may be refused or withdrawn in the interests of safety.
3.4 A boat which holds the TCC rating for an IRC Class shall race in that Class.
The Race Committee recognizes that there may be boats that by virtue of design may qualify under these criteria in an IRC class, but consider themselves more suitably placed elsewhere either by accommodations, rig, sails or other reasons.
The Committee will consider written applications for inclusion of such boats in another class giving details of the boat and the reasons for consideration, if received no later than 1st November 2012. 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 Race Committee’s decision shall be final and not be subject to protest.
3.5 A boat which meets all the requirements for the Sports Boat Class shall race in the Sports Boat Class. For Thailand Platu 25’s, the allocated weight given to an unweighted boat will be 1136kg and will not be subject to protest or request for redress (This changes Rules 60.1(b) and 62.1).
3.6 The requirement to be self-righting will not apply to the Multihull, Firefly 850 Sports and Beach Catamaran classes.
3.7 Classes may be altered, amalgamated or divided at the discretion of the Race Committee. Specifically, all boats of a particular design shall race in the same class at the direction of the Race Committee.
3.8 The Race Committee may change the above eligibility factors based on its analysis of the entries received. The Race Committee reserves the right to allocate a boat or boats to a class or division according to the entries received.
Application for entry shall be made on the official Entry Form and may be made online by completing the details required at www.kingscup.com
4.1 The IRC 2012 Rule parts A, B and C will apply to all Monohull Classes except Classic.
4.2 The current SMS Rule may apply to Sports Boats if applicable.
4.3 The current QCYC OMR Rule will apply to Multihulls.
4.4 Boats in the Cruising Multihull class, or, if the Multihull Class is not split as provided for in Clause 3, non certified boats in the Multihull Class will be allocated a TCF by the Race Committee based on the current OMR principals. The TCF may be adjusted during the course of the Regatta. Calculation and adjustment of TCFs is not grounds for redress or protest.
4.5 Boats in the Classic Class will be allocated a TCF by the Race Committee. The TCF may be adjusted during the course of the Regatta. Calculation and adjustment of TCFs is not grounds for redress or protest.
IRC, SMS and OMR Certificates: Competitors wishing to enter a class which requires a current valid IRC, OMR or SMS certificate, shall provide a copy of their certificate with the entry form. Those competitors entering via the website, shall forward a copy of their certificate to the Regatta Office prior to 2nd December 2012. Competitors are responsible for obtaining copies of certificates from the relevant issuing authority.
The original or a certified true copy of any required Rating Certificate shall be presented for inspection at the Regatta office no later than 12 hours prior to the Warning Signal of the first race.
An official IRC Measurer will be present during the event to check new sails and modifications and may, at his discretion, require any boat in any class/ division to be inspected. Any boat requiring measurement shall notify the Regatta office by 12 noon on 1st December 2012 (Saturday). All charges and fees incurred by a boat in obtaining or modifying Rating Certificates shall be borne by the boat owner.
5. CREW LIMITATIONS
5.1 IRC Rule 22.4.2 – Crew Numbers
IRC 22.4.2 is deleted and replaced by “The maximum number of crew that may sail aboard a yacht shall be as detailed below. There is no weight limit.”
||Number allowed crew
|Up to 9
||certificate number plus 1
||certificate number plus 2
|14 and over
||certificate number plus 3
NOTE: The above provision overrides IRC Rule 22.4.2 in respect of One-Design classes. However a class may wish for its own purposes to apply its own crew limits of less than the scale shown here. It is recommended that the Person in Charge consult their Class Association.
5.2 For all other Classes, there shall be no restrictions on crew numbers during the Regatta with the exceptions as detailed as follows:
5.2.1 A boat sailing as a one-design or racing with a one-design rating certificate shall comply with her class crew limitations unless these have been modified for this Regatta.
5.2.2 In the Multihull class, the Race Committee must be notified of the declared crew weight at time of registration. No owner requested alteration to the boats’ TCC will be permitted during the Regatta except as a result of a rating protest or to correct rating office errors.
5.3 Crew Details
5.3.1 Prior to the start of the Regatta, every boat shall provide Phuket King’s Cup Regatta with details of all the crew likely to be racing on the boat, including their full names and email addresses. This shall be done online and can be completed either at the time of entry or at any time up to the start of the Regatta.
5.3.2 Entrants are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the crew information provided to Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is accurate and up-to-date.
5.3.3 Changes made during the Regatta should be notified to the emergency contact described in 5.4
5.4 Prior to their first race, each entrant is required to supply Phuket King’s Cup Regatta with the details of an emergency contact ashore who shall keep an accurate record of the details of all crew sailing on the boat on each day during the Regatta.
|Saturday 1st December 2012
|Registration & Measurement
(Kata Beach Resort & Spa)
|10:00 – 16:00
|Sunday 2nd December 2012
|Registration (Kata Beach Resort & Spa)
||10:00 – 16:00
|Monday 3rd December – Saturday 8th December 2012
|5 Days Class Racing + 1 Reserve Day.
|Royal Salute “Sail Past” (Wednesday 5th Only)
|Time of first warning signal (Wednesday 5th Only)
|Time of first warning signal (All other days)
|Maximum Number of Races per Class: 10
|On the last day of the Regatta no warning signal will be made after 13:00.
|The reserve day may be used if races are not completed as scheduled or if the Race Committee considers it
unlikely that races will be completed as scheduled.
|Saturday 8th December 2012
|Royal Awards Ceremony (Kata Beach Resort & Spa)
The courses to be sailed will be based on Coastal, Trapezoid, Windward/Leeward, or Triangle formats and will be decided depending on weather conditions.
8. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The Sailing Instructions will be available at registration, which is held at Race Headquarters, Kata Beach Resort & Spa from 10:00 on Saturday 1st December 2012.
Additional copies of the Sailing Instructions will be available at the Skippers Briefing, which will be held at 16:30 on Sunday 2nd December 2012 in the Ballroom at the Kata Beach Resort & Spa.
9. PENALTY SYSTEM
9.1 For Monohull classes on Windward/ Leeward Courses, the “Two-Turns” penalty (RRS 44.1) is changed to a “One Turn” (including one tack and one gybe), penalty except for infringements that occur within three boat lengths of a rounding mark.
9.2 For the Multihull, Firefly 850 Sports, Classic and Beach Catamaran classes only, Rules 44.1 and 44.2 are changed so that only one turn, including one tack and one gybe, is required.
10. INTERNATIONAL JURY
10.1 An International Jury, properly constituted in accordance with Appendix N of RRS 2009-2012, will be appointed for the Regatta. There shall be no appeal from the decisions of the international jury in accordance with Rule 70.5.
10.2 The Jury may award a scoring penalty as an alternative to DSQ. The penalty will be at the discretion of the Jury. This changes Rule 64.1(a).
10.3 All protests must be submitted in the English Language.
11.1 The ISAF RRS Appendix A Low Point Scoring System will be used. The Regatta is designated as a Series under Rule A2.
11.2 For all classes, a minimum of two completed races is required to constitute a series. If a race is cancelled or abandoned by the Race Committee, the above minimum may be adjusted accordingly.
12. CLASS TROPHIES AND PRIZES
Phuket King’s Cup: A King’s Cup replica trophy will be awarded to the winning boat in each class. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded in each class.
The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy and Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship: All yachts will be allocated points as defined by the individual series rules.
13. ENTRY AND REGISTRATION
All entries must be accompanied by the entry fee as shown in Table 1.
Exceptionally, entries may be made by telephone or in person at the Regatta Office in Phuket, where a member of staff will complete the entry on your behalf. Note that some basic details about your entry will be viewable on the Official Website and may be changed or added to online by the entrant after the initial entry.
Entry fees are shown above in Table 1. To qualify for the “Early Bird” discount, payment must be received by 1 November 2012. For late entries after 1 November 2012, the entry fee is 25,000 Baht.
The Entry Fee includes participation of skipper. An additional Crew Fee of 4,500 THAI BAHT is payable at or before registration for each additional crew member and supporter participating in official functions and parties of the Regatta.
Any boat found racing with unregistered crew members or crew who have not paid the required Crew Fee prior to racing may not be given a result for the day of racing.
In the event of a race being abandoned or cancelled, entry fees will not be refunded.
Late entries will be accepted until 17:00 the day prior to a race so long as they are accompanied by the full “standard” fee.
Entries after 17:00 on Friday 30th November 2012 must be made in person at the Regatta Venue and may be subject to a late entry surcharge.
If written cancellation of entry is received at the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta office before 17:00 on Friday 23rd November 2012, the whole fee, less a 4,000 Baht administration charge, will be refunded. After this deadline refunds will be made only in exceptional circumstances.
Crew Fees include transport to and from social events, all the official social events and the issue of complimentary Regatta souvenirs. Non-sailing participants may enjoy the social events upon payment of 1,000 THAI BAHT per person per night.
Boats are required to be adequately covered by appropriate third party liability insurance to at least the minimum amount of US$1,000,000 or THAI BAHT equivalent, and entrants shall declare that such cover is and will be maintained in full force throughout the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. Also it is recommended that all crew and others on board are adequately insured, including against medical costs.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS INSURANCE COVER SHOULD BE MADE PRIOR TO THE REGATTA. ADDITIONAL COVERAGE MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION.
All competing boats will be issued with a pair of hull stickers incorporating the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta and sponsor logos and/ or an identification number. The decals are to be secured to each side of the fore part of the hull for the duration of the Regatta.
All boats shall carry sail numbers in accordance with RRS Rule 77 and Appendix G. The Race Committee may relieve a boat of her obligations under this Clause, but only if a request is made to the Race Committee no later than 24 hours prior to the warning signal of the first race in which relief is sought.
Whilst the Regatta Organisers will do their best to arrange a safe environment for competing boats and crews, all entrants are cautioned to secure valuables at all times during the Regatta. Skippers are required to sign a Declaration upon registration, absolving the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2012 organisers of liability in the event of loss. Access to official social functions will be restricted to those who have paid the crew fee or social fee, and are identified by a security tag issued by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta organisers.
Prior to the boat’s first race, the person in charge of each boat and/ or his authorized representative shall sign a disclaimer of liability and declaration that they will comply with the RRS. If the person in charge will be under 18 years old on 3rd December 2012, then the disclaimer shall be countersigned by a parent or guardian.
A boat is entirely responsible for her own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility. It is for the boat to decide whether she is fit to sail in the conditions in which she will find herself. By launching or going to sea, the boat confirms that she is fit for these conditions and her crew is competent to sail and compete in them.
The boat is responsible to ensure that she 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; that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and that the crew knows how to use it; and that the boat and all aboard are adequately covered by appropriate insurance.
Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it might have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include the Organising Committee, the Race Committee, the race officers, race management personnel and boats, beachmasters and sponsors, and their respective employees and representatives.
All enquiries and entries should be addressed to:
The Regatta Secretary
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Office
20/11 Thepkassatri Road.
Phuket Boat Lagoon, Amphur Muang
Phuket 83200, Thailand.
Tel: +66 (0) 7627 3380, Fax: +66 (0) 7627 3380