Course Instructions

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, Cape Town (UTC +2 hrs) unless otherwise stated.
  • Tidal Information on Tuesday 31 October at:
    Cape Town HW 1239 1.59m
  • Race distance is approximately 4754 nautical miles.
  • The estimated finishing date is 21 – 25 November 2017
  • All bearing shown are relative to True North.

ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO THE START

  • 0630 - 1000 Immigration for all teams
  • 1000 All crew on yachts
  • 1100 Skippers dockside briefing
  • 1200 First Clipper yacht slip lines
  • 1245 - 1300 Parade of Sail
  • 1400 Race start in Table Bay

START AND STARTING SIGNALS

The start for Race 3 will be at 1400 LT on Tuesday 31 October 2017

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 a committee vessel.

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 and a yellow inflatable buoy. The Committee Vessel will be a 48 ft catamaran named “Isla”

The start line will be located in Table Bay.

The start line will be approx. 400m in length.

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 Channel 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 stand-by 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.

Entering a TSS – a minimum 6 hour time penalty will be applied to that yacht’s finishing time (see exception below).

RACE MARKS

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

COURSE

Ref Mark Rounding Comments
1 Start Course Briefed at the pre-race Skippers briefing
2

Ice Limiting Latitude

STARBOARD 45° South – No yacht to go below this latitude
3

Rottnest Island

STARBOARD

Approx. position 32°00.437S, 115°30.247E

4

Fairway Landfall Buoy

(L FL1W 10s)

STARBOARD

Approx. position 31°57.136S, 115°38.821E

4 FINISH North to South See Below
    WARNINGS
  • Traffic Separation Schemes – no TSS shall be entered by a Clipper Race yacht (other than the TSS off Cape Town – 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 leaving Cape Town, care should be taken regarding the TSS. The Race Office has obtained permission for the fleet to cross the TSS at any angle required to complete the start course but all yachts shall give way to any commercial traffic.
  • Skippers should be aware of the high volume of commercial traffic departing Cape Town and in the vicinity of the start line.
  • Skippers must keep a listening watch for Cape Town Port Control on VHF CH 14 and not impede the safe passage of any commercial traffic particularly around the start line and within the port of Cape Town
  • Skippers are to be warned to beware of recreational boaters, in particular around the race start and finish areas.
  • Safe Navigation 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. As a rule of thumb and depending upon circumstances, during daylight a 5nm separation from a known navigation hazard should be considered and at night this should be significantly more, up to 10nm..

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 3. 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 SG3 North at position 40°S 055°E and SG3 South at position 43°S 055°E

A digital photograph of the 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 3. The Ocean Sprint shall be between the lines of longitude 088°E and 095°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 points 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 of the GPS time (UTC) shall be taken when crossing the line of latitude. 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 12th then they will be awarded two points.

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

REPORTING POSITIONS

Lead Skipper:

  • 31/10 – 06/11 Nikki
  • 07/11 – 14/11 Wendo
  • 15/11 – Finish Matt
  • 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 shall be between the Red ‘A’ Port Lateral Buoy (Iso 1r 2s) in approx. position 32°03.314S, 115°43.033E and the Red Port Lateral Beacon Tower (VQ 1r 15m6M) on the north breakwater in approx. position 32°03.233S, 115°43.471E

The finish line shall be crossed from North to South.

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 30 minutes of finishing or as soon as practicable. There may be a finish boat.

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