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The notice of race for the 2017 Florida 300 is quoted below for convenience. The downloadable PDF above is the official document regardless of the text below.

FLORIDA 300 May 2 – 6, 2017

Organizing Authority: Sail Series Promotions USA Inc.


1.0 The Florida 300 is a five day endurance race for beach capable catamarans to be competed along the coast of Florida, USA. The race starts at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, Islamorada, in the Florida Keys and proceeds in five legs north to the finish at the Ocean Deck Restaurant, in Daytona Beach, FL.  Overnight stops will be made in Key Biscayne, Palm Beach Shores, Vero Beach, Cocoa Beach, and Daytona Beach. Times will be recorded for each leg and used for cumulative elapsed time and handicap scoring.

2.0 Rules

2.1 This distance race will be governed by the rules as defined in The Current Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS, 2017-2020).

2.2 USA national prescriptions which will apply will be identified in the Sailing Instructions (SI).

2.3 Changes to rules:  Rule 42 Propulsion, is changed, to permit a pusher (A designated member of each team) to assist his team boat through the surf at the start and finish of each leg of the race. It is further changed to permit paddling by on board crew members in surf conditions.  Other rule changes may be listed in the SI.

2.4 Other documents which apply:  This 2017 Florida 300 Notice of Race (NoR), The Florida 300 Sailing Instructions (SI), to be published by March 31, and Class Rules for each participating Class boat except as amended by the NoR or SI.  In the event of conflict, the SI shall supersede.

3.0 Eligibility and Registration:  We expect to have entries from the F18, Nacra 20 OD, and the Nacra 20 Carbon classes based on past years. In general, catamarans entered in the Florida 300 should have two sailors, be between 16 and 22 feet, rated as fast as the F18 Class, and able to be beach/surf launched and landed with minimal assistance. The Florida 300 OA has final say on what specific boats are allowed to compete. If you have questions about your boats suitability for the race, contact the OA before entering. Also see section 10.0 for class and rating information.

3.1 Entering the Florida 300: Registration is available online via the SSPUSA website at https://www.SailSeriesPromotions.com . Early registration opens January 1, 2017 and ends February 28th, 2017. Late registration Begins March 1, 2017. Registration will be closed when the maximum 25 entries are received, or on April 28, 2017, whichever is earlier.

Early registration entry fee is $400 and late registration fee is $500.

Fees may be paid by credit/debit card during online registration or you may choose to pay by check. To qualify for the early registration discount, checks must arrive at the SSPUSA address by the early registration deadline.

Final Registration will be onsite Sunday April 30th and Monday May 1st.  All entry requirements including signatures of required team members, completion of safety inspections, and payment of any remaining balances must be completed by the end of final registration.

3.2 Each participant is required to have and provide documentation of at least $200,000 liability insurance at registration.

3.3 Crew Sailing Qualification: This is an endurance race.  Sailors competing in this race must have experience in open coastal seas, weather knowledge of conditions which may be endured including heavy seas and stormy conditions, navigation capability along the sea coast and the ability to fend for oneself in varied sea conditions and an ability to right a boat knocked down by wind or seas. This is an endurance race. Physical conditioning prior to racing is necessary to help endure long hours on the wire in heavy winds and sea.

5.0 Advertising

5.1 Competitor advertising shall be restricted to the sails and the space aft of the main crossbar on each boat, the space forward of that and outside of each hull shall be available for race name and sponsor logos as assigned by the OA.  World Sailing Rule 20 is in effect.

5.2 ISAF Offshore special regulations, Category 2, shall apply as rules for this race, as they apply to beach type catamarans.

6.0 Schedule: The Race Committee will arrive on site at the Islander resort, by Saturday April 29th.

  • April 30, 2017 (Sunday)
    • 12pm to 4pm: Final Registration
  • May 1, 2017 (Monday)
    • 12pm to 4pm: Final Registration
    • 3pm Team Leaders Meeting
    • 4pm All Competitors Meeting
    • 5pm Social Event
    • May 2, 2017 (Tuesday)
  • Race Start (Day One, Islamorada, FL racing to Key Biscayne)
    • The warning Signal (Red Flag) will be flown NET 09:55, May 2ndh, 2017.
    • Each succeeding days schedule will be the same unless changed by 8PM, the night before racing.   Further changes may be made at skippers meetings the morning of each race day.

7.0 Course:   The course each day shall be from a beach start and finishing on the next designated beach location.  The course is as selected by each boat.  The first day start at the Islander resort will be a water start.  A start line will be set.  Signals will be shown from a RC vessel.

7.1 There will be no support boats, requiring Kattack tracking on each boat and EPIRB/PLB to alert rescue (SAR) agencies.  Sailors need to take this into consideration when making a decision to race in accordance with USS Rule 4.

8.0 Disclaimer of liability:  Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk.  See Racing Rules of Sailing rule 4, Decision to Race.  The Organizing Authority does not accept liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during or after this race. All crew and ground crew will be required to sign a USS waiver prior to racing.

9.0 Safety Equipment as required by ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for Category 2 racing and Florida 300 designated requirements.

9.1 For Each crew member, attached to person:

  • US Coast Guard (USCG) approved PFD personal PFD, worn at all times while racing.  All life preservers shall be in reasonably new & undamaged condition.
    • Note: The RC will recognize the country certification of a pfd’s used by a sailor in a boat of his own competing country. Foreign sailors using US registered vessels must wear USCG approved pfd’s.  This is IAW USCG Regulations.  Modification of a pfd voids the certification for either country.
  • One small enclosed or folded knife
  • Whistle attached to each person
  • Waterproof flashlight
  • Personal Safety Strobe light
  • A personal locator attached to each crewmember is required for the Florida 300.  A 406 MHz EPIRB or an approved PLB will satisfy this requirement.
  • A Smartphone with Kattack Mobile app (free) is required for each crew, to support team and RC tracking.
    • Note:  The OA has obtained an opportunity to rent ACR 2881 PLB’s for those wishing to do so.  It is mandatory that those wanting to rent a PLB, to contact the RC ASAP for ordering.  Those not ordering will not be able to pick one up at registration.  The OA will rent and provide instruction for use to every member ordering a PLB.
  • Proof of NOAA Registration of 406 MHz EPIRB’s must be provided to the race safety equipment inspector.
  • Each crew member shall have beverage to prevent dehydration for each day’s sail.

9.2 For Each Boat, secured to boat or to a person:

  • Waterproof VHF Radio One cell phone protected from water. (One for each crew member and extra batteries strongly suggested.)
  • Marine Grade Compass
  • Three Current day/night flares (At least one should be night rated.)
  • Safety line at least 50 Feet in length to be used for towing.
  • One throw-able PFD

10.0   Classes and Ratings:  Boats classes will be designated for each boat type of 3 or more.

10.1   An Open Class will be formed as required for entries not in a class.  Scoring for the open class will be by SCHRS ratings.  It shall be the skipper’s responsibility to acquire an individual SCHRS rating certificate prior to final registration.

10.2 Established production boats not having an individual SCHRS certificate will be accepted for the Open Class if their boat is listed on the published SCHRS rating list. Skippers must certify that the boat qualifies for the quoted rating for a production boat. A slightly modified production boat may request an adjusted rating from the OA.

10.3 The OA reserves the option of accepting new, experimental or highly modified boats that do not have an established rating, these boats would not be eligible for class or overall awards but only compete for demonstration purposes.

10.4 All decisions of the OA in regards to assigned boat ratings are final with no recourse.

11.0 Awards: If 4 or more boats in a class, 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded.  If 3 boats in a class, 1st and 2nd places will be awarded.   Other awards are being considered. Award items and quantities will be based upon early registrations as of March 1st, 2017.


Sail Series Promotions USA Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to promoting and organizing catamaran distance racing.

Website: https://www.sailseriespromotions.com/

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Phone: +1 (321) 421-9070

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