92nd Western Michigan Yachting Championship Regatta
Hosted by Spring Lake Yacht Club
Wednesday July 28 – Saturday July 31, 2021
Beth Windemuller – Commodore
NOTICE OF RACE
Download a PDF version here: WMYA Regatta NOR 2021
1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 The Class Rules of the C scow class, the E scow class, the MC scow class, the Butterfly class, the Laser class and the Optimist Dinghy class will apply, except as any of these are changed by the sailing instructions.
1.3 Rule changes will be listed in the Important Additional Information listed below. All rule changes will be listed in the Sailing Instructions
2.1 Advertising will be restricted to category A.
3 ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
3.1 Participants that are members of a WMYA club must have paid all event fees before becoming official competitors.
Non-member skippers will be allowed to race by paying an additional $25.00 fee.
4.1 Entry fee is $40 for Butterflies or Optimist Prams and $80 for all other fleets. On-line registration is strongly encouraged and may be found at http://www.wmya.org. On-line registration begins June 1, 2021.
5.1 Online registration begins June 1, 2021
5.2 Daily Schedule
● Tuesday 7/27/2021
○ Registration 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm – On site registration, sailing info, and meal ticket pick-up
○ Annual Meeting 7:00pm
● Wednesday 7/28/2021
○ Registration 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
○ Competitors Briefing – All Fleets 8:30 am
○ E Scow 9:30 AM. Second race immediately to follow. The warning signal may not be after 11:00 am
○ C Scow and Butterfly 12:00 PM. Second race for both immediately to follow. The warning signal for either fleet may not be after 1:30pm
○ MC/OPTI – 2:20 PM and Lasers – 2:25 PM. Second race for all immediately to follow. The warning signal for MC’s and OPTIs may not be after 4:00 and Lasers may not be after 4:05 PM
● Thursday 7/29/2021
○ MC/OPTI – 9:30 AM and Lasers – 9:35 AM. Second race for all immediately to follow. The warning signal for MC’s and OPTIs may not be after 11:00 and Lasers may not be after 11:05 PM
○ E Scow 12:00 PM. Second race immediately to follow. The warning signal may not be after 1:30 PM
○ C Scow and Butterfly – 2:20 PM. Second race for both immediately to follow. The warning signal for either fleet may not be after 4:00pm
● Friday 7/30/2021
○ C Scow and Butterfly – 9:30 PM. Second race for both immediately to follow. The warning signal for either fleet may not be after 11:00 AM
○ MC/OPTI – 12:00 PM and Lasers – 12:05 PM. Second race for all immediately to follow. The warning signal for MC’s and OPTIs may not be after 1:30 PM and Lasers may not be after 1:35 PM
○ E Scow 2:20 PM. Second race immediately to follow. The warning signal may not be after 4:00 PM
● Saturday 7/31/2021
○ All Fleet schedules for Saturday 7/30/21 will be determined by the Race Committee. The Race Committee will post the days schedule no later than 8:30 PM the prior day on the Official Notice Board.
5.3 On the last scheduled day of racing no warning signal will be made after 3:30pm.
6.1 Boat Weight Compliance Forms must be signed by the owner prior to racing. Boats may be weighed at the discretion of the Race Committee.
7 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Sailing instructions will be available in the WMYA program and at http://www.wmya.org.
8.1 Courses will be sailed on the waters of Spring Lake, MI.
9 PENALTY SYSTEM
9.1 – After a race, a boat that may have broken a rule of Part 2 or Rule 31 while racing may take a post-race penalty for that incident.
9.2 – Post Race Penalties shall be:
a. 20% if taken before protest time limit. [Minimum 2 places]
b. 30% if taken after protest time limit but before the beginning of a hearing involving the incident. [Min. 3 places]
9.3 – Secured Positions – If the Race Committee deems it necessary in order to maintain the regatta schedule, and at the sole discretion of the Race Committee, the Race Committee may “secure” the position of any boat in the race and will score that boat in that position as if they have actually finished the race in that position. This modifies Rule 35, A4, A5 and changes the definition of Finish.
10.1 – The low point scoring system in Appendix A of the RRS will apply.
10.2 – There will be one throw out race allowed per fleet after that fleet has completed at least six races.
10.3 – 2 races must be completed for a class to constitute a regatta.
11 RADIO COMMUNICATION
Except in an emergency, a boat that is racing shall not make voice or data transmissions and shall not receive voice or data communication that is not available to all boats. [DP]
Prizes will be given as follows:
|E Scow||1st through 4th place, Skipper and Crew|
|C Scow||1st through 2nd place, Skipper and Crew|
|MC Scow||1st through 10th place, 1 Junior, 1 Grand Master, 1 Master, 1 Women|
|Butterfly (Open)||1st place|
|Butterfly (Jr.)||1st through 10th place, Skipper and Crew|
|Laser-Radial||1st through 2nd place,|
|Laser- Standard rig||1st through 6th place, 1 Woman, 1 Junior|
|Optimist Pram||1st through 5th place|
Participants must notify registration for inclusion in the Master, Grand Master, Women and Junior Divisions. Master and Grand Master may also compete for regular and perpetual trophies.
13 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 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.
14 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
14.1 – Butterfly Junior Division: There must be two  people on board each yacht, neither of whom have reached age 17 prior to the first day of the regatta. Crews may be changed at any time during the regatta. No Minimum weight restrictions. A USCG approved Life Jacket must be worn by each sailor completely zipped or buckled. Failure to comply will result in disqualification..
14.2 – Optimist Pram: There may be one  or two  people on board each yacht, neither of whom has reached age 16 prior to the first day of the regatta. Crews may be changed at any time during the regatta. A USCG approved Life Jacket must be worn by each sailor completely zipped or buckled. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. Valid measurement certificates are not required.
14.3 – MC Junior Division: Not yet 25 years of age on the first day of the regatta.
14.4 – MC Grand Master Division: 60 years of age by the first day of the regatta.
14.5 – Master Division: E, C, MC: 50 years of age by the first day of the regatta.
14.6 – Laser Junior Division: Not yet 17 years of age on the first day of the regatta
14.7 – Further Information: contact WMYA Executive Secretary – Brett Hatton firstname.lastname@example.org