Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 OOR Sailing Instructions

2017 Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race
May 11th-14th 2017
Corinthian Yacht Club of Portland
Astoria, OR to Victoria, BC
The notation ‘[DP]’ in a rule means that the penalty for a breach of that rule may, at the discretion of the protest committee, be less than disqualification. 
1               RULES
1.1           The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (2017-2020).
1.2           The US Sailing Prescriptions shall apply, except that the US Sailing Prescriptions to rules 63.2 and 63.4 are deleted and shall not apply.
1.3           The current International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (“COLREGS”), US and Canadian Coast Guard requirements, and the 2017 PIYA Safety Equipment Requirements as modified for the Oregon Offshore race shall apply. [DP]
1.4           In the event of any conflict between the Notice of Race and these Sailing Instructions, the Sailing Instructions shall take precedence.
2.1           Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located at
2.2           The race committee will utilize VHF channel 72 for communications at the start and VHF channel 71 at the finish.  Failure to do so, the failure to hear the communication, or any other issues regarding the communication shall not constitute grounds for redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
3.1           Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 1800 hours on May 10, 2017 on the official notice board at
4               SCHEDULE
4.1           The start time will be 1000 hours on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Race Committee reserves the right to make changes to the previously announced time no later than 0700 hours Thursday, May 11, 2017.
5               CLASS FLAG
5.1           The Class flag shall be pennant number 1 for all classes.

6               THE COURSE
6.1           The Course shall start in a northerly direction between the Race Committee Boat and Buoy 2 at the mouth of the Columbia River. Proceed leaving Duntze Rock Lighted Whistle Buoy to starboard. Finish in a northerly direction between the buoy V-21 (left to port) and the Ogden Point light (left to starboard). The course length is 193 nm.
6.2           The course may be shortened at the discretion of the Race Committee if a class has fewer yachts finish within the time limit than it has trophy positions. All skippers are to make note of their time when passing 124º45’W longitude, leaving Duntze Rock Buoy to starboard. If the course is shortened, this will be the finish time. Yachts which abandon racing after passing 124º45’W will be scored if the course is shortened for that class. This changes RRS 32.
7               THE START
7.1             The start time will be 1000 hours on Thursday, May 11, 2017. In the event of a postponement, Race Committee will fly an AP flag at the Astoria Yacht Club accompanied by two sound signals. Additional communications over VHF Channel 72 no later than 0700 hours, Thursday, May 11, 2017
7.2             The race will be started by using RRS rule 26.
7.3             The starting line will be between the Race Committee Boat “Coho Sally” and Buoy 2 at the mouth of the Columbia River.
7.4             The Race Committee Boat will be on station at Buoy 2 for 60 minutes after the start, or until all yachts have crossed the start line, whichever occurs first. A yacht starting later than 60 minutes after the starting signal will start herself, leaving Buoy 2 to starboard.
7.5             If any part of a yacht’s hull, crew, or equipment is on the course side of the starting line during the two minutes before her starting signal and she is identified, the Race Committee will attempt to broadcast her sail number on VHF channel 72. Failure to do so, the failure to hear the communication, or any other issues regarding the communication shall not constitute grounds for redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
7.6             When a general recall has been signaled, the code flag “First Substitute” will be flown. A new Warning signal will be made one minute after lowering this flag.
8               THE FINISH
8.1             When a boat has safely cleared Race Rocks, she shall make a reasonable effort to contact the Race Committee on VHF Channel 71 or call (503) 799-8718. [DP]
8.2             When a boat is within 1 mile of the finish, she shall notify the Race Committee on Channel 71, or call or text (503) 799-8718 that she is about to finish. [DP]
8.3             The finish line shall be between the light on the Ogden Point Breakwater, located at 48° 24.810 N and 123° 23.682 W and buoy V21 with a green 4 second flashing light (Please see CHS Chart 3412). Boats shall shine a light on their sail numbers prior to crossing the finish line. [DP]
8.4             The Race Committee will attempt to notify boats of their finish on VHF Channel 71. Failure to do so shall not constitute grounds for redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
8.5             Each boat shall record her finish time and provide that time to the Race Committee within 60 minutes of her finish. [DP]
9               TIME LIMITS
All yachts must finish within 72 hours after the starting signal or by 1000 hours on May 14, 2017, whichever comes earlier. Yachts finishing after this deadline will not be scored.
10.1          Protest forms are available from the Race Committee, located at the finish line. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered to the Race Committee at the finish line or by emailing a completed protest form to
10.2          For each class, the protest time limit is 120 minutes after the last yacht has finished.
10.3          Notices will be posted at no later than 90 minutes after the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held in the protest room on Sunday, May 14, 2017, location and time to be announced.
11            SCORING
11.1          The scoring system to be used is the Low Point Scoring System in Appendix A of the Racing Rules of Sailing.
11.2          Ratings for scoring to be used are:
11.2.1   PHRF Classes shall be rated according to their current PHRF NW rating.
11.2.2   Cruising Class shall be rated as a level fleet, subject to scoring penalties for motoring.   Each Cruising Class yacht shall provide to the Race Committee within 60 minutes of her finishing time a motoring penalty worksheet which includes a latitude/longitude position and time for the beginning and end of each distance motored.   The motoring penalty shall be calculated such that each section motored will average 2 knots velocity made good (VMG).

12.1          A yacht that retires from the race shall notify the Race Committee at the first opportunity, by calling over VHF Channel 71, or by calling or texting (503) 799-8718. [DP]
12.2          All yachts must check in with MCTS Prince Rupert (formerly MCTS Tofino) on VHF channel 74 when transiting north of 48ºN latitude and prior to entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca. MCTS Prince Rupert may give further instructions regarding transiting shipping lanes. Each yacht must comply with these requests from MCTS Prince Rupert. [DP]
12.3          All yachts must check in with Seattle Vessel Traffic (VTS) on VHF channel 5A when their yacht enters the straight transiting east of 124º 40’W longitude. VTS will have a list of all yachts competing in the race and will list you as overdue with the Coast Guard if you do not check in. [DP]
13            TROPHIES
Trophies will be awarded per class, as follows:
2-3 Yachts – 1 trophy
4 Yachts   – 2 trophies
5+ Yachts    – 3 trophies

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.
15            INSURANCE
Each participating yacht shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of US $500,000 per occurrence liability insurance that does not contain an exclusion from sailboat racing, and which covers property damage, personal injury, and death

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