Course Instructions

RACE 9: QINGDAO TO SEATTLE


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, Qingdao (UTC +8 hrs) unless otherwise stated.
  • Tidal Information on Friday 23 March 2018 at:
    • Qingdao HW 0900 3.70m
  • Race distance is approximately 5410 nautical miles.
  • The estimated finishing date is 14 – 19 April 2018.
  • All bearings shown are relative to True North.

Arrangements Prior to the Start

  • 0800 All Crew on Board Yachts for Final Prep
  • 0900 Skippers Dockside Briefing
  • 0920 All Crew at stage
  • 0930 Departure Ceremony
  • 1015 Immigration on board
  • 1100 First Clipper Yacht Slip Lines
  • 1200 Parade of Sail
  • 1230 MOB Drill
  • 1600 Le Mans Start Race 9

Start Communications

The Lead Skipper will communicate on VHF CH 77. The backup channel will be VHF CH 72. All yachts are to check in with the Lead Skipper 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.

Race 9 Le Mans Start and Starting Signals

The Le Mans Start for Race 9 will be at approx. 1600 LT on Friday, 23 March 2018.

The location will be to the east of Lingshan Dao in approx. position 35°45.000N, 120°15.500E

  • 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.
  • Lead Skipper will be Wendo Tuck on CV27 Sanya Serenity Coast.

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 START In vicinity of position 35°45.000N, 120°15.500E
2 Virtual Mark Ayres PORT 33°50.000N, 124°30.000E Virtual Waypoint
3 Virtual Mark Lloyd PORT 33°02.000N, 126°15.000E Virtual Waypoint
4 Virtual Mark Nichols PORT 31°55.000N, 128°20.000E Virtual Waypoint
5 Virtual Mark Keohane STARBOARD 31°15.000N, 129°30.000E Virtual Waypoint
6 Virtual Mark Fieldus PORT 31°16.000N, 129°43.000E Virtual Waypoint
7 Mandatory Gate Johnston BETWEEN 30°57.000N, 130°37.000E MG1 North and 30°51.000N, 130°29.000E MG1 South
8 Mandatory Gate Haller BETWEEN 33°00.000N, 139°50.000E MG2 North and 32°32.000N, 139°46.000E MG2 South
9 Northern Limit
(no vessel to be more than 45°N between 180°W and 150°W)
BETWEEN 45°00.000N, 180°00.000W NL West and 45°00.000N, 150°00.000W NL East
10 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 20m deep (chart datum) SEE NOTE BELOW Between Le Mans Race Start and the Finish Line
11 Finish Line WEST to EAST See Below


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 and must not impede the safe passage of any commercial traffic particularly around the start line and within the port of Qingdao.
  • Skippers are to be warned to beware of commercial fishing vessels, in particular around the race start area.
  • 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.
  • Skippers shall not rely on GPS alone when navigating near coastlines and hazards.
  • Skippers should be aware of the high volume of commercial traffic in the South and East China Seas, Yellow Sea and when approaching the US west coast in the vicinity of the finish line.
  • 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 both inshore and offshore. As such yachts should endeavour to remain in deeper water whenever possible.
  • Skippers are advised that the strong easterly flowing Japan (Kuroshio) Current combined with an easterly headwind can produce a wind over tide effect which can create short, sharp, steep waves with no backs.
  • Skippers should keep a good lookout for fishing craft and fishing buoys of all shapes and sizes in the Yellow Sea and East China Sea, especially at night.
  • Skippers are warned to be vigilant within the Yellow Sea and East China Sea as the visibility can be significantly reduced by fog.

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 Race Start and the Finish Line. This will apply from the Le Mans Race Start until crossing the Finish Line (in approx. position 48°25.148N, 124°45.110W).
  • In addition to the above, no Clipper vessel is to roam into an area of less than 20m deep (chart datum) between Race Start and the Finish Line. This will apply from the Le Mans Race Start until crossing the Finish Line (in approx. position 48°25.148N, 124°45.110W).
  • There is a Northern Limit set at 45° North and no Clipper vessel is to be above 45° North latitude between 180°W and 150°W longitude.
  • 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

As per Clipper SI 9, each yacht shall have the opportunity to use two periods (of 24 hours each) of Stealth Mode. These may be used separately or concurrently to give a continuous 48 hours of Stealth Mode. When requesting Stealth Mode each yacht shall make it clear as to whether they are requesting 24 or 48 hours.

Scoring Gates

As per Clipper SI 10, there will be one scoring gate during race 9. 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 SG9 North at position 40°00N, 160°00E and SG9 South at position 39°00N, 160°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 9. The Ocean Sprint shall be between the lines of longitude 146°W and 140°W. 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:

  • 23/03 – 29/03 Wendo
  • 30/03 – 05/04 Matt
  • 06/04 – 12/04 Chris
  • 13/04 – Finish Dave
  • 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 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 in an area due west of the entrance to the Strait of Juan De Fuca and due north of Tatoosh Island.

The finish line shall be between the Duntze Starboard red lateral marker in approx. position 48°24.899N, 124°45.110W and a virtual waypoint approx. 0.5nm due north in position 48°25.400N, 124°45.110W.

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 will 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.

Skippers are to be aware of the risk of commercial traffic in the vicinity of the finish line.

ACTIONS AFTER THE FINISH

Once finished each team shall navigate with caution under motor to the vicinity of Bell Harbor Marina in Elliott Bay and prepare their yacht for berthing and follow berthing instructions issued on VHF CH 77 by the Deputy Race Director.

Beware of the high levels of commercial traffic in the area and particularly at night.

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