Course Instructions

Course Instructions will be issued for each race of the Clipper 2019-20 Race and are to be filed in this section.

The ASIA-PACIFIC CHALLENGE

Race 7 – SUBIC BAY to SUBIC BAY

References

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

General Information

  • All times are local, Subic Bay (UTC +8 hrs) unless otherwise stated.
    Tidal Information on Sunday 23 February 2020 at:
    Olongapo HW 2100 0.94m
    Race distance is approximately 1600 nautical miles.
    The estimated finishing date is 02 – 04 March 2020.
    All bearings shown are relative to True North.

Arrangements Prior to the Start

  • 1100 - All Crew on Board Yachts
  • 1100 - Skippers Dockside Briefing
  • 1200 - First Clipper Yacht Slip Lines
  • 1230 - Eleventh Clipper Yacht Slip Lines
  • 1300 - 1330 Parade of Sail
  • 1330 - 1430 MOB Training Drills
  • 1450 - 10 Minute warning
  • 1456 - 4 Minute preparatory signal
  • 1459 - 1 Minute warning
  • 1500 - Race 7 Start

Start and Starting Signals

Race 7 Start will be at 1500 LT on Sunday 23 February 2020

Sequence for the start will be :-

  • 1450 10 minute warning signal
    Clipper Race class flag and air horn blast
  • 1456 4 minute preparatory signal
    P’ flag raised and air horn blast (engines off)
  • 1459 1 minute warning signal
    ‘P’ flag lowered and air horn blast
  • 1500 Start
  • All flags lowered and air horn blast.

The Class Flag shall be the Clipper Race Flag.

All flags will be shown on the FSC committee vessel “Success”

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 will be located in the vicinity of Subic Bay
  • The start line shall be between the Red No. 10 Starboard Lateral Mark (Fl2R 4s) in approx. position 14°47.963N, 120°14.720E and the Committee Vessel in approx. position 14°47.800N, 120°14.900E
  • The start line will be approx. 450m in length.
  • There will be a red inflatable SBYC mark which will be an Inner Distance Mark (IDM). This may not be on the line. No yachts will be permitted in between the IDM and the Committee Vessel.
  • The start line shall be crossed in an East to West direction.
  • 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 Clipper 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.
  • Entering a TSS – a minimum 6 hour time penalty will be applied to that yacht’s finishing time (other than the TSS in Subic Bay – see Warning below).

Race Marks

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

Course

Ref Mark Rounding Comments
1

Start Line between Red No. 10 Starboard Lateral Mark and the Committee Vessel

START

Approx. position 14°47.800N, 120°14.900E

2

Safe Water Mark

PORT

Approx. position 14°46.785N, 120°12.804E

3

Virtual Mark Tuck

STARBOARD

14°42.000N, 120°10.000E Virtual Waypoint

4 Virtual Mark Miller STARBOARD

14°42.000N, 120°00.000E Virtual Waypoint

5 Virtual Mark Massey STARBOARD

18°40.000N, 119°40.000E Virtual Waypoint

6 Virtual Mark Infante Llorca STARBOARD

19°45.000N, 121°45.000E Virtual Waypoint

7 Virtual Mark Ward OBE PORT

24°50.000N, 125°48.000E Virtual Waypoint

8 Virtual Mark Knox-Johnston STARBOARD

25°20.000N, 125°20.000E Virtual Waypoint

9 Virtual Mark Knight PORT

24°35.000N, 123°35.000E Virtual Waypoint

10 Virtual Mark Light STARBOARD

21°45.000N, 121°45.000E Virtual Waypoint

11 Virtual Mark Massey PORT

18°40.000N, 119°40.000E Virtual Waypoint

12 Virtual Mark Miller PORT

14°42.000N, 120°00.000E Virtual Waypoint

13 Virtual Mark Tuck PORT

14°42.000N, 120°10.000E Virtual Waypoint

14 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 Virtual Mark Tuck (starting) and Virtual Mark Tuck (returning)
15 Finish SW to NE SEE BELOW


Warnings

  • Traffic Separation Schemes – no TSS shall be entered by a Clipper Race yacht (other than the TSS in Subic Bay – see below) 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.
  • When departing Subic Bay, care should be taken regarding the TSS.
  • Any yacht is free to use the TSS as they wish and are not obliged to cross the TSS at 90°. Yachts must not impede the safe passage of any commercial traffic whilst in the TSS. Subic Bay Port Authority are aware of this and have approved.
  • Skippers should be aware of and must not impede the safe passage of any commercial traffic particularly around the start line and within the Port of Subic Bay and also in the vicinity of the finish line in Subic Bay.
  • Skippers are to be warned to beware of recreational boaters, in particular around the race start and finish areas.
  • Skippers shall not rely on GPS alone when navigating near coastlines and hazards and shall establish visual or radar fixes.
  • Skippers should be aware of the high volume of commercial traffic in the South and East China Seas.
  • Skippers should be aware of the large number of oil and gas installations in the South China Sea and the associated traffic in that area. It should be noted that due to the rapid expansion of drilling operations in this area, not all installations will be charted. All vessels are required to keep a minimum of 500 metres from all such structures.
  • Fish traps are a regular feature inshore (up to 200m contour). As such yachts should endeavour to remain in deeper water whenever possible.
  • Skippers should keep a good lookout for fishing craft and fishing buoys of all shapes and sizes in this whole region, especially at night.
  • It should be noted that the charted positions of some reefs and underwater obstructions cannot be relied on as being accurate. Skippers shall review the warnings on charts and pilot books relevant to the area to be sailed. During daylight skippers shall avoid navigating too closely to any marked obstruction and at night significantly more sea room shall be given.
  • The Japan (Kuroshio) Current which flows northwards, roughly parallel with the Taiwan coastline can reach up to 3 knots. Skippers are advised that this can cause a strong onshore set of up to 2 knots.
  • Skippers are advised that the strong Japan (Kuroshio) Current combined with a northerly wind can produce a wind over tide effect which can create short, sharp, steep waves with no backs.

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 Mark No. 3 Virtual Mark Tuck and Mark No. 13 Virtual Mark Tuck. This will apply when Mark No. 3 Virtual Mark Tuck (in position 14°42.000N, 120°10.000E) bears 000° True until Mark No. 13 Virtual Mark Tuck (in position 14°42.000N, 120°10.000E) 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 Mark No. 3 Virtual Mark Tuck and Mark No. 13 Virtual Mark Tuck. This will apply when Mark No. 3 Virtual Mark Tuck (in position 14°42.000N, 120°10.000E) bears 000° True until Mark No. 13 Virtual Mark Tuck (in position 14°42.000N, 120°10.000E) bears 000° True.
    • Penalties will apply for any infringements of these rules as directed by the Clipper Race Committee. Any penalties will be a minimum of 6 hours.
    • 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

There will be no Stealth Mode in Race 7.

Scoring Gates

As per Clipper SI 10, there will be two scoring gates during race 7. These are not compulsory gates for the race but the first three yachts through each gate will be awarded three points, two points and one point respectively. Any other yachts that pass through either of the scoring gates 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 West shall be between SG7 West at position 20°00N, 119°45E and SG7 East at position 20°00N, 119°55E

The Scoring Gate East shall be between SG7 West at position 20°00N, 121°00E and SG7 East at position 20°00N, 121°10E

Bonus points will NOT be available to any team through either Scoring Gate until they have rounded Mark No. 8 Virtual Mark Knox-Johnston.

A digital photograph clearly showing the exact position and GPS time (UTC) shall be taken when crossing either of the scoring gates and retained on board. This photograph will be used to confirm the timings. The photographs from the first three boats to cross each 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 two Ocean Sprints as part of race 7. The Ocean Sprints shall be between the lines of latitude 22°N and 24°N Ocean Sprint North and lines of latitude 24°N and 22°N Ocean Sprint South.

Teams are only permitted to enter one Ocean Sprint Section (NOT both).

Each team MUST declare which Ocean Sprint section (either Ocean Sprint North OR Ocean Sprint South) they will enter and this declaration MUST be made to the Race Office within 48 hours of Race Start to be eligible for entry.

Teams are only required to make declarations to the Race Office for the Ocean Sprint Section that they have officially entered. For clarity, teams are not required to make any declarations within the Ocean Sprint Section not officially entered.

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 for each Ocean Sprint section 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 sprints.

Once an Ocean Sprint section has been officially entered, a start and finish declaration must be submitted by each team entered 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 each 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 Ocean Sprint and the points will be awarded to the next fastest team subject to examination of photographic evidence.

Joker

As per Clipper SI 12, each team is allowed to play their ‘Joker’ once only during the Clipper 2019-20 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 1 st then they will be awarded 22 points and if a team finishes 11 th then they will be awarded two points.

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

Reporting positions

Lead Skipper:

  • 23/02 – Finish Rich Gould CV23
  • 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 endeavour 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 to 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 in the vicinity of Subic Bay.
  • The finish line shall be between the Red No. 10 Starboard Lateral Mark (Fl2R 4s) in approx. position 14°47.963N, 120°14.720E and the Committee Vessel in approx. position 14°47.800N, 120°14.900EThe length of the line is approx. 450m in length.
  • The Finish line shall be crossed in a South West to North East direction.
  • NOTE – Skippers are to be aware of the shoal grounds extending approx. 300m out from Grande Island. Skippers shall navigate with caution and give sufficient sea room particularly at night. Although the navigational aids on Grande Island are shown as lit they are not, so do NOT rely upon them!!
  • Skippers are to be aware of the commercial traffic on the approaches to Subic Bay and around the vicinity of the finish line.
  • In the event of a photo finish the actual positions given above will be used to verify the line.
  • 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 20 minutes of finishing or as soon as practicable.
  • There may not be a finish boat 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.
  • The Race Committee reserves the right to finish the race in whatever manner is deemed suitable to best achieve the aims of the race, due to weather conditions or safety considerations or for any reason.
  • Typically, this will be either by changing the position of the finish line, or by introducing a time limit such that at the specified time of the finish, the distance (great circle) to the finish of each team shall be used to determine the overall finish order for that race, or a combination of both methods.
  • In the event of a shortened course, the ‘S’ flag will not be flown and the sound signal will not be made (amendment to RRS 32).
  • Additional gates may be added to the course after the start signal. Skippers will be advised by email of any such changes.
  • In the event of a change to the course, the next mark on the leg currently being sailed may be changed (amendment to RRS 33).
  • Skippers are to be aware of commercial traffic on the approaches to Subic Bay and around the vicinity of the finish line.

Actions after the finish

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

Once ready navigate with caution under motor to the vicinity of Subic Bay Yacht Club in position 14°49.200N, 120°17.460E and await berthing instructions.

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

Passage Planning

Passage planning is not only a legal requirement but is required under Clipper Race rules.

A complete and detailed passage plan on the form supplied at Annex E of the Sailing Instructions must be ‘signed’ by the Skipper and AQP. This must be submitted to the Race Office by 1800 local time on the pre-departure day.

Failure to submit a complete passage plan will carry the penalties as per Clipper SI 16.