2017 Registration

Important Information and Schedule of Events

Cup History

Prior Year's Results

2017 Notice Of Race

Clipper Cup 2017 Sailing Instructions

The Lake Michigan Clipper Cup

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Lake Michigan Clipper Cup
August 11, 2017

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

1 RULES
1.1 The Lake Michigan Clipper Cup race will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 The requirements for wearing PFDs at the start and finish are waived. This will be the Captain's choice
   
2 ADDITIONAL IDENTIFICATION
2.1 While racing, boats shall display appropriate backstay identification. See Item 5, Class Flags, below. The committee will supply identification in the Captain's Packets at registration. This identification must be carried until two hours after the finish
   
3 NOTICES TO COMPETITORS
3.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board(s). This will be the bulletin board located at Muskegon Yacht Club.
   
4 CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
4.1 Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted before 0800 on August 11, 2017.
   
5 CLASS FLAGS
5.1 Classes and their flags will be determined by the race committee once most entries have been received.
   
6 RACING AREAS
6.1 The Racing Area shall be defined as Lake Michigan.
   
7 THE COURSE
7.1 The course will be from Muskegon, MI to Port Washington, WI. The course length will be 66.9 NM.
   
8 THE START
8.1 Races will be started by using rule 26 with the warning signal for the first section made at 0830 EDT on August 11, 2017. Alert blasts will be sounded prior the the first starts warning.
8.2 The starting line will be located approximately 1/3 mile NW of the Muskegon pier head.
8.3 Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall avoid the starting area.
8.4 Starting Sequence
  Approximately 8:28 EDT - Horn Blasts - Alert
8:30 - Warning - Class flags Up
8:31 - Prep flag Up
8:34 - Prep flag Down
8:35 - Class Flags Down-Start
8:40 - Warning - Class flags Up
8:41 - Prep flag Up
8:42 - Prep flag Down
8:45 - Class Flags Down-Start
8:50 - Warning - Class flags Up
8:51 - Prep flag Up
8:54 - Prep flag Down
8:55 - Class Flags Down-Start
   
9 THE FINISH
9.1 The finish line shall be located inside the Port Washington Harbour gap between the main light located on the north break wall and the south light. The finish boat shall be a power boat anchored just inside the favoured break wall. The race committee will attempt to have the finish boat lighted in case of night or other unfavourable visibility conditions. It is recommended that boats should finish within 100 feet of the finish boat. Boats should continue to race until a horn signal signifies that they have finished
9.2 It is the sole responsibility of the finishing yacht to make sure that the Race Committee can identify them. Boats that are finishing must sail between the pier heads. Approximately 10 minutes before finishing, the finishing boat must call the Race Committee on VHF Channel 69 and identify themselves by name and sail number. The Race Committee may not respond due to responsibility of finishing other yachts
9.3 After finishing, the captains shall submit a signed verification of finish in a box located at the marina office within 2 hours of finishing. If the marina office is closed, the report must be filed as soon as possible the next morning but in no case later than 10:30 am CDT. Signing the finish report verifies that the boat has complied with all the instruction in both the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions. Furthermore, this signature verifies that the boat has complied with Racing Rules of Sailing and good sportsmanship. Failure to furnish a finish report will result in the yacht being scored as DNF.
   
10 THE LIMITS
10.1 Time limits are 24 hours after your starting time. Boats not completing the race within this period will be scored DNF.
   
11 PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
11.1 Any yacht planning to protest should immediately inform the offending yacht of their intent and display a red protest flag. For each Division, the protest time limit is 2 hours after the last boat in the Division has finished.
11.2 Notices of protests by the race committee will be posted to inform boats under rule 61.1(b). Such notices, time and place of hearing, etc., will be posted at the PWYC.
   
12 SCORING
12.1 The scoring system is as follows: PHRF, Time on Distance. Corrected time, from low to high, determines place in Division and Fleet (Spinnaker only).
   
13 SAFETY REGULATIONS
13.1 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible. This can be done by contacting either Port Washington Marina (262/284-6606) or the race committee (231/740-8454).
   
14 OFFICIAL BOATS
14.1 Official boats will be marked as follows: RC flag displayed from the starting line boat
   
15 BERTHING
15.1 After finishing, each yacht shall hail the Port Washington Marina on VHF Channel 9 for docking or rafting instructions.
   
16 RADIO COMMUNICATION
16.1 A boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones. VHF Channel 69 is the official channel for all race related communications.
   
17 PRIZES
17.1 Prizes will be given as follows; the overall winner of the Spinnaker Fleet will be awarded the JC Rillema Trophy (Clipper Cup), the first place finisher in the Jib & Main Fleet will be awarded the Bert Smith Trophy. All sections will be awarded flags and trophies to 4th in section. In addition prizes will be awarded for; first to finish, middle of the Spinnaker fleet, and last to finish.
   
18 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
18.1 Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage, personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during or after the regatta.
   
19 INSURANCE
19.1 Each participating boat shall be insured by a valid third-party liability insurance company with a minimum policy limit of $300,000.