Course Instructions

Race 7: Airlie Beach to Sanya

References

The race will be sailed in accordance with the instructions below and the references included in them to:

Clipper 2017-18 Race Notice of Race, dated 20 May 2017

Clipper 2017-18 Race Sailing Instructions, dated 21 June 2017

General Information

All times are local, Airlie Beach (UTC +10 hrs) unless otherwise stated.

Tidal Information on Monday 29 January 2018 at:

Shute Harbour HW 0908 4.08m

Tidal Information on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at:

Bugatti Reef HW 0917 3.46m

Race distance is approximately 4280 nautical miles.

The estimated finishing date is 21 – 25 February 2018.

All bearings shown are relative to True North.

Arrangements Prior to the Start

  • 29 January 2018
  • 0800 All Crew on Yachts for Customs Clearance
  • 1000 Skipper / Yacht Immigration and Customs Clearance
  • 1100 Skippers Dockside Briefing
  • 1200 First Clipper Yacht Slip Lines
  • 1300 Parade of Sail
  • 1400 Short Race Start Course
  • 1530 Fleet Depart and Motor to Le Mans Start Area (150nm)

  • 30 January 2018
  • 1200 Le Mans Start for Race 7 in vicinity of 19°47.000S, 150°23.000E

Start and Starting Signals (For Short Start Course)

The short start course will be at 1400 LT on Monday 29 January 2018

Sequence for the start will be :-

1350 10 minute warning signal Clipper Race class flag and air horn blast

1356 4 minute preparatory signal ‘ P’ flag raised and air horn blast (engines off)

1359 1 minute warning signal ‘P’ flag lowered and air horn blast

1400 Start All flags lowered and sound signal.

The Class Flag shall be the Clipper Race Flag.

All flags will be shown on the Abell Point Marina Committee Vessel “Coyne”.

Sound signals shall be made by an air horn and are made to draw your attention to the flags.

The start will be signaled by an air horn blast.

The start sequence shall be called on VHF CH 77.

Engines are permitted to be used until the 4 minute preparatory signal.

Starting Line

The start line shall be between the mast on the Committee Vessel “Coyne” and a yellow inflatable buoy.

  • The start line will be located in the vicinity of Pioneer Bay in approx. position 20°13.500S, 148°41.500E
  • The start line will be approx. 400m in length.
  • All flags will be shown on the Committee Vessel.
  • Sound signals shall be made to draw your attention to the flags.
  • The start sequence will be called on VHF CH 77.
  • The exact location of the start course and any marks will be determined by the Race Director and briefed at the pre-race skippers briefing.
  • Any alterations to the proposed start courses shall be made on VHF CH 77.

The Clipper Race Committee reserves the right to change or adjust the published starting procedures or start course and any aspect of the race course to ensure the overall objectives of the Clipper Race are achieved.

Start Communications

The Race Officer will communicate on VHF CH 77. The back up channel will be VHF CH 72. All yachts are to check in with Race Control on VHF prior to the 10 minute warning signal.

The final 10 seconds before the start will be counted down on VHF. This shall not count as outside assistance; failure to hear the transmission will not be cause for redress.

Infringements

Reference SI 5 (extracts reprinted below)

RRS 30.1 (Round – an – End Rule) will be in force for all starts but flag ‘I’ will not be flown.

Yachts on the course side of the starting line (OCS) at the start will be penalised by a time penalty of 1 hour plus a further minute for every second over the line at the start signal.

Whenever possible yachts over the line will be advised by the starting authority on the designated VHF channel.

Yachts may avoid a penalty by returning around the pin end of the start line and then re-crossing the line.

Short Race Start Course

Ref Mark Rounding Comments
1

Start Line between Committee Vessel and No.3 Mark - Yellow inflatable buoy

START

North West of Pioneer Bay off Bluff Point (tbc)

2

No.1 Mark – Yellow inflatable buoy

PORT

Approx. position 20°14.900S, 148°42.640E

3

No.2 Mark – Yellow inflatable buoy

PORT Approx. position 43°03.500S, 147°25.000E
4

No.3 Mark – Yellow inflatable buoy

PORT

Approx. position 20°13.500S, 148°41.500E

5

Finish Line is between No.1 Mark – Yellow Inflatable Buoy and the Committee Vessel

FINISH

South of Pioneer Bay and North of Abell Point Marina Entrance

6

Racing Finished. Proceed towards Le Mans Start Vicinity


Motor-sail as directed

Race Start Course Distance = 9.0nm

NOTE :- The finishing order of the short race start course will determine the starting order of the Le Mans Start for Race 7 (from Windward to Leeward).


Race 7 Le Mans Start and Starting Signals

The Le Mans Start for Race 7 will be at approx. 1200 LT on Tuesday, 30 January 2018.

  • The start will be conducted by the nominated Lead Skipper in accordance with Clipper 2017-18 Race Sailing Instructions Annex A – Clipper Race Le Mans Start Procedure.
  • The start sequence will be called on VHF CH 77.

Infringements

As per the Sailing Instructions – Annex 1 – Clipper Race Le Mans Start Procedure.

Race Marks

Race marks will be established buoys, race marks, navigational marks and virtual waypoints.

Course

Ref Mark Rounding Comments
1

Le Mans Start


In vicinity of 19°47.000S, 150°23.000E

2

Virtual Mark Knight

STARBOARD

19°05.000S, 152°00.000E Virtual Waypoint

3

Virtual Mark Light

PORT

17°25.000S, 152°15.000E Virtual Waypoint

4

Doldrums Corridor SW

PORT

12°00.000S, 154°30.000E Virtual Waypoint

5

Doldrums Corridor SE

STARBOARD

12°00.000S, 155°30.000E Virtual Waypoint

6

Virtual Mark Hoare

PORT

09°17.000S, 153°50.000E Virtual Waypoint

7

Doldrums Corridor NW

PORT

04°00.000S, 153°10.000E Virtual Waypoint

8

Doldrums Corridor NE

STARBOARD

04°00.000S, 154°10.000E Virtual Waypoint

9

Virtual Mark Way

PORT

19°45.000N, 121°45.000E Virtual Waypoint

10

Virtual Mark Pettit

PORT

17°30.000N, 112°00.000E Virtual Waypoint

11

Virtual Mark Charles

STARBOARD

18°07.000N, 109°35.000E Virtual Waypoint

12

In addition to the above, NO yacht is to be within 2nm of any coastline, island or off lying hazard (awash or above the water at chart datum) and not in water of less than 30m deep (chart datum)

SEE NOTE BELOW

Between Le Mans Start and Virtual Mark Charles

13

Finish

WEST to EAST

See Below


DOLDRUMS CORRIDOR

  • The Doldrums Corridor is a compulsory corridor that is defined as lying between the virtual waypoints; Doldrums Corridor SW, Doldrums Corridor SE, Doldrums Corridor NW and Doldrums Corridor NE.
  • The Doldrums Gate South is defined as the line of latitude between the Doldrums Corridor SW and Doldrums Corridor SE.
  • The Doldrums Gate North is defined as the line of latitude between the Doldrums Corridor NW and Doldrums Corridor NE.
  • Each yacht is permitted the use of its engine whilst in the Doldrums Corridor subject to the following criteria;

All yachts are ONLY allowed to motor-sail for a maximum of 4° of latitude or an elapsed time of 36 hours, whichever occurs first.

All yachts MUST cease motor-sailing at 4° S regardless of whether they have completed 4° of latitude under engine.

All yachts MUST declare their intention to motor-sail a minimum of 3 hours before doing so. The 36 hours elapsed time will begin to be calculated from this declared time (NOT the time of the actual declaration) regardless of whether the engine is being used or not.

When a yacht’s engine is started or stopped at the beginning or end of the motoring phase, a declaration MUST be made to the Race Office within 3 hours, clearly stating the time in UTC, latitude and longitude and a digital photograph must be taken. This will allow the calculation of 4° of latitude to be made.

If 4° of latitude is covered by the yacht before 36 hours has elapsed the yacht must wait before proceeding.

If a yacht must wait for the 36 hours to elapse then it MUST return to its declared latitude before resuming sailing. A declaration MUST be made to the Race Office within 3 hours and a digital photograph taken so that the restart position can be verified.

Once a yacht has declared their intention to motor-sail to the Race Office the request cannot be rescinded.

All yachts MUST report their time of crossing the latitude of 8° S within 3 hours of doing so regardless of whether they are sailing or not. This is so an elapsed time of 36 hours can be calculated, if for example, you decide to start motor-sailing at 5° S and clearly cannot complete 4° of latitude before 4° S is reached.

  • For the avoidance of doubt, skippers MUST record the GPS time (UTC) of crossing a line of latitude and email / contact the race office with these timings within 3 hours. A digital photograph must also be taken which clearly shows time and position. This photograph is NOT to be sent to the Race Office unless specifically requested and must be retained on board for verification as requested.


Warnings

  • Traffic Separation Schemes – no TSS shall be entered by a Clipper Race yacht and should be considered an obstruction. If for safety reasons a yacht is compelled to enter a TSS then that yacht must comply with IRPCS Rule 10. To exonerate herself the yacht crossing into a TSS must return to the exact position they crossed into the TSS before resuming racing. For the avoidance of doubt, the magenta area of a TSS as shown on the chart shall constitute part of the TSS and shall not be entered.
  • Positions of racing marks given are approximate. If a mark is out of position this will not be grounds for a yacht to protest the Race Committee or apply for redress. It is always the Skipper’s responsibility to determine if any racing mark is surrounded by navigable water.
  • Skippers should be aware of any commercial traffic when departing Airlie Beach in the vicinity of the start line.
  • Skippers must keep a listening watch for VTS Mackay on VHF CH 18 and not impede the safe passage of any commercial traffic particularly around the start line and within the port of Airlie.
  • Skippers are to be warned to beware of recreational boaters, in particular around the race start and finish areas.
  • Skippers are to be warned to of the high volume of commercial traffic in the two-way lanes in and around the Great Barrier Reef and the approaches to the Whitsundays Islands.
  • Skippers are to be aware of the many off lying hazards and shoals in and around the Great Barrier Reef and the approaches to the Whitsundays Islands.
  • Skippers should be aware of all commercial traffic when approaching the island of Hainan, the Port of Sanya and in the vicinity of the finish line.

EXCLUSION ZONE

  • There will be a 2nm exclusion zone from all coastline, islands and off lying hazards (awash or above the water at chart datum) between the Le Mans Race Start and Virtual Mark Charles. This will apply from the Race Start until Virtual Mark Charles (in position 18°07.000N, 109°35.000E) bears 000° True.

    • In addition to the above, no Clipper vessel is to roam into an area of less than 30m deep (chart datum) between the Le Mans Race Start and Virtual Mark Charles. This will apply from the Race Start until Virtual Mark Charles (in position 18°07.000N, 109°35.000E) bears 000° True.

    • Penalties will apply for any infringements of these rules as directed by the Clipper Race Committee.
    • The safe navigation of all Clipper Vessels is the responsibility of the Skipper or person nominated by the Skipper. All Skippers MUST navigate with caution using all available means at all times. Due regard must be taken given the prevailing conditions and circumstances at the time.

    • Skippers are warned that marks of the course are not necessarily placed in safe navigable waters, in fact in some cases they are placed on land, and therefore they should not be used as route waypoints. The safe navigation of the yacht is the sole responsibility of the Skipper and as such the Skipper shall ensure that when deciding on routing and selecting route waypoints consideration is given to all navigational hazards, crew strength, visibility and whether it is day or night.

Stealth Mode

As per Clipper SI 9, each yacht shall have the opportunity to use one period (of 24 hours) of Stealth Mode.

Scoring Gates

As per Clipper SI 10, there will be one scoring gate during race 7. This is not a compulsory gate for the race but the first three yachts through the gate will be awarded three points, two points and one point respectively. Any other yachts that pass through the scoring gate will not be awarded any points. Skippers shall record the GPS time (UTC) of crossing the scoring gate and email / contact the Race Office with these timings within 3 hours.

The scoring gate shall be between SG7 West at position 02°00N, 149°30E and SG7 East at position 02°00N, 150°00E

A digital photograph clearly showing the exact position and GPS time (UTC) shall be taken when crossing the scoring gate and retained on board. This photograph will be used to confirm the timings. The photographs from the first three boats to cross the scoring gate may be checked at the next stopover. Failure to produce the photographs when requested by a member of the race committee will result in disqualification from the scoring gate and the points will be awarded to the next team in line subject to examination of photographic evidence.

Ocean Sprint

As per Clipper SI 11, there will be an Ocean Sprint as part of race 7. The Ocean Sprint shall be between the lines of longitude 130°E and 125°E. Skippers shall record the GPS time (UTC) of crossing each of these lines of latitude and email / contact the race office with these timings within 3 hours.

The first three teams with the shortest elapsed time between the two designated positions will receive three points, two points and one point respectively. The remaining yachts will receive no points for the ocean sprint.

A start and finish declaration must be submitted by each yacht regardless of whether it is the shortest elapsed time or not as this information is needed for a results table that will be published on the Clipper Race website.

A digital photograph clearly showing the exact position and GPS time (UTC) shall be taken when crossing the lines of longitude. This photograph will be used to confirm the timings. The photographs from the fastest three boats in the Ocean Sprint may be checked at the next stopover. Failure to produce the photographs when requested by a member of the race committee will result in disqualification from the scoring gate and the points will be awarded to the next team in line subject to examination of photographic evidence.

JOKER

As per Clipper SI 12, each team is allowed to play their ‘Joker’ once only during the 2017-18 Clipper Race. It can be played in any individual race and in order to be eligible this request must be submitted to the Race Office in writing at the pre-race Skippers briefing on the day before departure of the nominated race. In the event that there is no planned Skippers briefing then a team must inform the Race Office in writing no later than 24 hours before departure of the nominated race.

The ‘Joker’ means that all points gained from the yachts finishing position at the end of the nominated race will be doubled. e.g. if a team finishes 1st then they will be awarded 24 points and if a team finishes 11th then they will be awarded four points.

Any points gained from Scoring Gates or Ocean Sprints will be unaffected.

Reporting positions

Lead Skipper:

  • 29/01 – 05/02 Bob
  • 06/02 – 13/02 GT
  • 14/02 – Finish CM

    • As per Clipper SI 7, each skipper shall report the position of their yacht to the Race Office by email at 0600 and 1800 UTC each day. Amongst other things, this email shall contain DTF. The email shall be sent to raceoffice@clipper-ventures.com (do not copy in the Lead Skipper or other yachts).
    • In the event of Satcom email failure the skipper shall endeavor to pass the scheduled reporting information and daily report back to the Race Office via the sat phone or the Lead Skipper or any other Clipper yacht on VHF.

Finish Line

Skippers are to report their position and ETA at the finish line to the Race Office by phone or email when within 20 miles (or 2 hours) of the finish line.

  • The finish line is directly off the breakwater of Sanya Serenity Marina.
  • The finish line shall be between the No. 1 lighthouse (q1w 21m5M) on the breakwater in approx. position 18°12.958N, 109°28.715E and an orange inflatable buoy in approx. position 18°13.120N, 109°28.715E
  • The finish line shall be crossed in a West to East direction.
  • Skippers must record their own GPS time of crossing the finish line (UTC) and they must send this time to the Race Office via email or any other means within 10 minutes of finishing or as soon as practicable.
  • There may not be a finish yacht on station at the finish line. A digital photograph clearly showing the exact position and GPS time (UTC) shall be taken when crossing the finish line. This photograph will be used to confirm the timings if required.

ACTIONS AFTER THE FINISH

Once finished each team shall prepare their yacht for berthing and follow berthing instructions issued on VHF CH 77 by the Deputy Race Director.

Communications with other Clipper Race Yachts and Race Control

In addition to monitoring VHF CH 16 and relevant harbour channels the Clipper Race yachts shall use the following VHF Channels :-

Primary VHF CH 77

Secondary VHF CH 72