85th Western Michigan Yachting Association
Championship Regatta 

Hosted by Grand Rapids Yacht Club and Held at White Lake Yacht Club 

WMYA Commodore – Carl Reid                                    July 30, 2014 - August 2, 2014 

2014 Notice of Race

Rules: The regatta will be governed by the current Racing Rules of Sailing [RRS] and the Class Rules of the C scow class, the E scow class, the MC scow class, the Melges 17 scow class, the Butterfly class,  the Laser class and the Optimist Dinghy class, except as any of these are changed by the sailing instructions. Rule changes will be listed in the Important Additional Information listed below. All rule changes will be listed in the Sailing Instructions.

Advertising:   Advertising will be restricted to category A

Eligibility:  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.

Entry:    Entry fee is $25 for Butterflies or Optimist Prams and $50 for all other fleets.   On line registration is highly recommended and may be found at http://www.wmya.org .


Online registration begins June 15, 2014
Tuesday  7/29/14  Registration 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  On site registration, sailing info, and meal ticket pick-up
  Annual Meeting 7:00 pm
Wednesday  7/30/14 Registration 8:30am to 2:00pm
  Competitors Briefing - All Fleets 9:00am
  Racing Schedule - Posted times are for the warning signal
  E Scow / Optimist 10:00am
  MC and Laser 12:20pm
  Melges 17 and Butterfly 2:20 and immediatly following 2:20 race
  C Scow 2:25 and immediatly following 2:25 race
Thursday  7/31/14 Melges 17 and Butterfly 10:00am
  C Scow 10:05am
  E Scow / Optimist 12:20pm
  MC and Laser 2:20 and immediatly following 2:20 race
Friday  8/1/14 Melges 17 and Butterfly 10:00am
  C Scow 10:05am
  MC and Laser 12:20pm
  E Scow / Optimist 2:20 and immediatly following 2:20 race
Saturday  8/2/14 MC and Laser 10:00am
  Melges 17 and Butterfly 12:20pm
  E Scow / Optimist 2:20pm
  No races to start after 3:00pm on Saturday
......................Trophy presentation following completion of the last E Scow race

Sailing Instructions: Sailing instructions will be available at Registration and at http://www.wmya.org

Venue:  Courses will be sailed on the waters of White Lake.   

Judging: On the water judging may be used by the Race Committee.

Scoring:  The scoring system shall be the Appendix A 4.1, low point system.  Two [2] races must be completed for a class to constitute a regatta.  A yacht’s score will be the sum of all her races. 

Radio Communication:  A boat shall neither make a radio transmission while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats.  This restriction also applies to cell phones.

Prizes:  Prizes will be given as follows:

            E Scow                        1 through 3 places, 1 Master           

C Scow                       1 through 2 places, 1 Master

            MC Scow                    1 through 8 places, 1 Junior, 1 Grd. Master, 1 Master, 1 Women

Butterfly (Open)           1 place

Butterfly (Jr.)               1 through 10 places

Laser-Radial                1 through 2 places, 1 Junior, 1 Woman

Laser- Standard rig     1 through 5 places, 1 Junior, 1 Woman

Melges 17                    1 through 3 places

Optimist Pram             1 through 5 places

            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.            

Disclaimer of Liability:  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 or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.  

Important Additional Information

WMYA Black Flag Rule:  The Black Flag rule of WMYA will be used.  This replaces RRS 30.3.Following the displaying of the Black Flag (WMYA Version), no part of a boats hull, crew or equipment shall be in the triangle formed by the ends of the starting line and the first mark during the minute before the starting signal, unless the boat restarts, by going around either end of the starting line just like a start under the “One Minute Rule”.  If the boat fails to make a proper start she will be notified at the Windward Mark to retire from the race.  There will be no notification from any race committee boat that a yacht is OCS.  If for some reason the race sailed under the Black Flag does not finish, either because of the time limit or because of abandonment and resail, or other appropriate action, all competitors who may have been initially disqualified by the Black Flag, are again eligible to restart.

Butterfly Junior Division: There must be two [2] people on board each yacht, neither of whom havereached 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.

Optimist Pram: There may be one [1] or two [2] 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. 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.

MC Junior Division: Not yet 21 years of age on the first day of the regatta.

MC Grand Master Division: 65 years of age by the first day of the regatta.

Master Division: E, C, MC: 50 years of age by the first day of the regatta.

Laser Junior Division: Not yet 17 years of age on the first day of the regatta

A judge’s boat may be used to run the starting line as an aid to competitors in determining the startingline prior to the start.

Code Flag Y: When code flag Y  [Yellow and red stripe] is displayed, all skippers and crews must wear a USCG approved PFD.  If not worn, the yacht will then receive a DSQ for that race.

Boat Weight Compliance Forms must be signed by the owner prior to racing.  Boats may be weighed at the discretion of the Race Committee.

USCG approved life jackets must be aboard a yacht for all sailors on all classes and their use is encouraged.  C, E, Melges 17, and MCs are required to have a USCG approved throwable device on board. 

Decision to Race:   The responsibility for a boats decision to participate in a race or to continue to racing is hers alone  RRS 4

Outside Assistance:  MC, Butterfly, and Opti classes that capsize may receive outside assistance and may continue to race with out penalty

Decisions of Regatta Committee is final in the awarding of prizes at this regatta

Official Race Committee boats may not pick up or deliver any racing crews, except in an emergency.

Courtesy Broadcasts may be available to all classes except Optimist, Butterfly, and Laser. These broadcasts may report any signals displayed by the race committee.  Errors or omissions of these broadcasts will not be considered grounds for redress.  


Further Information: contact WMYA Executive Secretary – Joan Manny, scowsailing@comcast.net


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