Course Instructions

Race 10 – PANAMA TO NEW YORK

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, Panama (UTC -5 hrs) unless otherwise stated.
  • Tidal Information on Sunday 03 June 2018 at:
    Colon HW 0340 0.34m
    Race distance is approximately 1870 nautical miles.
    The estimated finishing date is 14 – 16 June 2018
    All bearings shown are relative to True North.

Arrangements Prior to the Start

  • 02 June 2018
    • All Day Final Group of Yachts to Transit the Canal
    • 1600 (TBC) Skippers Dockside Briefing in Shelter Bay Marina
    • 1700 (TBC) All Crew on Board Yachts in Shelter Bay Marina
    • 1800 (TBC) Clipper Yachts Slip Lines in Shelter Bay
    • 2000 (TBC) Fleet RV outside harbour breakwater and Motor to Le Mans Start Area (approx. 100nm)


    03 June 2018

    • 1200 Fleet RV in vicinity of 10°45.000N, 079°00.000W
    • 1300 Le Mans Start for Race 11

Race 11 Le Mans start and starting signals

The Le Mans Start for Race 11 will be at approx. 1300 LT on Sunday, 03 June 2018.

The location will be approx. 100nm north east of Colon in approx. position 10°45.000N, 079°00.000W

  • 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 Chris Kobusch on CV29 Qingdao.

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 10°45.000N, 079°00.000W

2 Virtual Mark Beesley PORT

17°20.000N, 075°50.000W Virtual Waypoint

3 Virtual Mark Wood PORT

18°28.000N, 075°40.000W Virtual Waypoint

4 Virtual Mark Smith STARBOARD

18°24.000N, 074°44.000W Virtual Waypoint

5 Virtual Mark Catterall PORT

20°00.000N, 073°55.000W Virtual Waypoint

6 Virtual Mark Eason STARBOARD

19°50.000N, 073°35.000W Virtual Waypoint

7 Mandatory Gate Blyth BETWEEN

22°00.000N, 074°20.000W MG1 West and 21°45.000N, 074°00.000W MG1 East


OR
8 Mandatory Gate Hodgkinson BETWEEN

21°38.000N, 073°40.000W MG2 West and 21°30.000N, 073°10.000W MG2 East


OR
9 Mandatory Gate Svabikova BETWEEN

21°30.000N, 072°50.000W MG3 West and 21°35.000N, 072°35.000W MG3 East

10 Mandatory Gate Graves BETWEEN

22°32.000N, 073°22.000W MG4 West and 22°30.000N, 073°12.000W MG4 East


OR
11 Mandatory Gate Butcher BETWEEN

22°14.000N, 072°40.000W MG5 West and 21°55.000N, 072°25.000W MG5 East

12 Virtual Mark Schäfli PORT

23°04.000N, 073°30.000W Virtual Waypoint

13

Mandatory Gate Cape Hatteras

BETWEEN

35°15.000N, 075°00.000W MG6 West and 35°15.000N, 070°00.000W MG6 East

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 20m deep (chart datum)

SEE NOTE BELOW

Between Le Mans Race Start and the Finish Line

15 Finish Line SOUTH TO NORTH 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 in the vicinity of the finish line and also on the approaches to New York.
  • Skippers shall not rely on GPS alone when navigating near coastlines and hazards and shall establish visual or radar fixes.
  • It should be noted that the charted positions of some reefs and underwater obstructions particularly in the Bahamas area 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 be aware that many of the surveys / soundings taken on the charts for this race route were taken with lead line many years ago (some pre- 1900) and GPS Lat and Long positions cannot be accurately plotted on them and can cause significant navigational errors. There is a possibility that yachts may be boarded by officials from USA and Central American and Caribbean countries. Skippers are to comply with the instructions given by these official authorities which may include officials boarding the yachts. No redress will be awarded for any delay caused by such a boarding.

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 the Finish Line. This will apply from the Le Mans Race Start until crossing the Finish Line (in approx. position 40°00.000N, 073°32.500W).
  • In addition to the above, no Clipper vessel is to roam into an area of less than 20m deep (chart datum) between the Le Mans Start and the Finish Line. This will apply from the Le Mans Race Start until crossing the Finish Line (in approx. position 40°00.000N, 073°32.500W).
  • 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 one period (of 24 hours) of Stealth Mode.

Scoring Gates

As per Clipper SI 10, there will be one scoring gate during race 11. 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 SG10 West at position 24°00N, 072°00W and SG10 East at position 24°00N, 071°30W

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 11. The Ocean Sprint shall be between the lines of latitude 30°N and 33°N. 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:

  • 03/06 – 09/06 Chris
    10/06 – 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 south of Ambrose TSS.
    The finish line is located approx. 52nm from Liberty Landing Marina.
    The finish line shall be between two virtual marks with the Western end of the line being in position 40°00.000N, 073°35.000W and the Eastern end of the line being in position 40°00.000N, 073°30.000W
  • The finish line shall be crossed in a South to North 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 that the finish line is located in between potentially busy traffic lanes and therefore must be aware of the high risk of commercial traffic in this vicinity.
  • 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).
  • Mandatory Gate Cape Hatteras may be used as a finish line in the event of a shortened course.
  • Skippers must record their own GPS time (UTC) of crossing Mandatory Gate Cape Hatteras and must send this time to the Race Office via email or any other means within 1 hour of crossing or as soon as practicable.
  • A digital photograph clearly showing the exact position and GPS time (UTC) shall be taken when crossing Mandatory Gate Cape Hatteras. This photograph should not be emailed but will be used to confirm the timings if required.

ACTIONS AFTER THE FINISH

The finish line is located approx. 52nm from Liberty Landing Marina. It is estimated that this motor will take approx. 7 hours to complete.

Once finished each team shall navigate with caution under motor to the vicinity of Liberty Landing Marina at position 40°42.650N, 074°02.500W and prepare their yacht for berthing following instructions issued on VHF CH 77 by the Deputy Race Director.

On approaching the entrance to the Hudson River call ‘Clipper Race Control’ on VHF CH 77.

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