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FLORIDA 300, May 8 – 12, 2018

NOTICE of RACE (NoR)                            December 28, 2017

Preamble:

The Florida 300 needs to avoid the Florida Keys in 2018, due to hurricane damage.  The course will move northward and is described herein for 2018. 

There is an early planning activity to build and compete a Worrell Reunion 1000 Mile Race in 2019.   This race plans to use the same time period as the Florida 300.  When developed, the Florida 300 will not race that year.   Stay tuned for developments to this web site.

The Florida 300 Organizing Authority is Sail Series Promotions USA Inc., a 501©3 non-profit corporation, organized specifically to promote, organize and manage beach catamaran distance sailboat races. 

  • The Florida 300 2018 will be a five day, endurance race, for beach capable catamarans and crews to be competed along the coast of Florida, USA. The race will start on the Beach by the Sea Spray Inn, 123 Ocean Avenue Palm Beach Shores, FL. The race will proceed in five one day legs, north to the finish at Fernandina Beach, FL.   Overnight stops are planned at Vero Beach, Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, and St Augustine Beach, FL. Times will be recorded for each leg and used for cumulative elapsed time and SCHRS handicap scoring.  Approvals for stops are still in work and may be changed north of Daytona Beach.

 

  • Sailors be aware: Early registration for class formation is mandatory, see paragraphs 4. and 10. Save time, and cost, by early registration by sailors.  We must know who is coming.

3.0 Rules

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

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

3.3 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 will be identified and listed in the SI.

3.4 Other documents which apply:  This 2018 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.

4.0 Eligibility and Registration:  We expect to have entries from the F18, Nacra 20, and the Nacra 20 Carbon classes. In general, catamarans entered in the Florida 300 should have two sailors, 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 paragraph 10 for class and rating information.

4.1 Entering the Florida 300: Registration is available online via the SSPUSA website at https://www.SailSeriesPromotions.com . Early registration opens January 1, 2018 and ends February 28th, 2018.   Early registration fee is $$400.  A deposit of $200 will be accepted at early registration to retain the early registration fee amount.  Late registration Begins March 1, 2018 with an added fee of $200, making late registrations fee – $600. Registration will be closed when the maximum 25 entries are received, or on April 30, 2018, whichever is earlier.  Classes shall be identified and assigned on March 1, 2018.  Later registrations may be assigned into an identified class.  See paragraph 10, below.

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 amount, checks must arrive at the SSPUSA address(es) by the early registration deadline.

Final Paper Registration signatures will be onsite Sunday May 6th, 2018 and Monday May 7th at the start location registration table.    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.

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

4.3 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.  Crews will be required to certify readiness for sailing this race.

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 Sea Spray Inn, at Palm Beach Shores, FL, by Sunday May 6, 2018.

  • May 6th (Sunday)
    • 12pm to 4pm: Final Registration and inspections
  • May 7, 2018 (Monday)
    • Continued inspections.
    • 12pm to 4pm: Final Registration
    • 3pm RC Leaders Meeting
    • 4pm All Competitors Meeting
    • 6pm Social Event
  • May 8, 2018 (Tuesday)
    • Race Start (Day One, Palm Beach Shores to Vero Beach)
    • NET 09:55, May 8, 2018.  The warning Signal (Red Flag) will be flown this and each succeeding day’s schedule will be the same unless changed and posted by RC edict on the official Race board.   Further changes may be made at skipper’s meetings the morning of each race day based upon weather conditions.
  • May 9,10,11 & 12, 2018 10am (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) Starting each additional day from designated beaches.
  • MAY 12, 2018. Finishing the race at Fernandina Beach.

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.  A start line will be set.  Signals will be shown from the water at the center of the starting line.  A finish line will be set each day on the arriving beach. It shall be two Orange flags set to be visible from boats offshore and within a mile of finishing, weather permitting.

7.1 There will be no support or chase boats. Operating Epirb’s or PLB’s are required, strapped to the upper shoulder area harness for each crewmember. Kattack tracking by smart phone is available and required for each boat by use of the phone installed KATTACK App.  EPIRB/PLB are required to alert rescue (SAR) agencies.  Sailors are required to take this into consideration when making a decision to race.

8.0 Disclaimer of liability:  Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk.  See Racing Rules of Sailing Rule 4.  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 waiver prior to racing.

9.0 Safety Equipment as required by ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for Category 2 racing and Florida 300 designated safety requirements of paragraph 9.1 below.

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
  • An EPIRB or PLB personal locator attached to each crewmember attached to an equipment strap 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, based upon and only by the end of early registration February 28, 2018.  The following classes shall be the only classes considered, unless amended by the OA before February 28, 2018: the F 18, the Nacra Inter 20, the Nacre Carbon 20 and an open class of production boats, not included above and registered after early registration, as stated in 10.1 below.

10.1   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. No modified production boats shall be permitted to register.

10.2   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 February 28, 2018.

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