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NOTICE OF RACE FOR THE WORLD FAMOUS NELSON'S PURSUIT RACE
Thursday 15th December 2011

NELSON’S PURSUIT RACE - SATURDAY DECEMBER 31, 2011

 
Race Instructions – This is a pursuit race and boats will start on a staggered time basis according to their rating.  All boats will be assigned a starting time based on predicted corrected finishing times, with the slowest boats starting first.  Start times will be allocated at the Skippers’ Briefing to be held at Antigua Yacht Club at 18:00 hours on Thursday 29th December 2011. 
 
The first boat in each class to cross the finish line will be the winner of that class.  There will be four classes – Classic, Cruiser, Cruiser/Racer and Racing.  Only working sails may be used. Spinnakers, Code 0’s, Mizzen staysails, etc., as well as poles and double headsails are not allowed.  Prizes will be given to first, second and third in each class.   Additional prizes will be awarded to: Best elapsed time: Worst elapsed time: Best period dress: Best start: Best French Boat:  Best English Boat:  Best Multihull.
 
Entry fee is US $1.20 per foot.
 
Starting – The first boat will start at approximately 11:00 hours.  Boats will be responsible for starting at the correct time but will be assisted by the Race Committee which will notify yachts on VHF Channel 06 of their imminent start time.  The Race Committee will notify yachts when they have crossed the start line.  A time check will be called out every 5 minutes from 10:45 hours until the first boat starts. From then the committee will endeavour to provide as much time assistance as possible but the boat is responsible for starting at their correct time.  The call sign will be “Committee Fort”.  Boats shall keep clear of the starting area until the final minute before their allocated start time.
 
Recalls – Any boat starting early will be recalled on VHF Channel 06 and must restart at or after her assigned start time.  If she has not returned and restarted within 5 minutes of her starting time she will be disqualified.
 
Course – All marks will be orange inflatable buoys.
 
START                                 Between a red flag on the hill above the
                                             Pillars of Hercules and a mark to the SW
NELSON                              ¼ mile south of the start line                          STARBOARD
VILLENEUVE                        195º T - approx. 4.2 miles from Nelson          STARBOARD
                                             (16.55.70ºN, 61.46.60ºW) APPROX
CURTAIN BLUFF                  Old Road Bluff                                               STARBOARD
NELSON                              ¼ mile south of the start line                          PORT
FINISH                                  Between a red flag on the hill above the
                                            Pillars of Hercules and a mark to the SW
 
Finish – All boats must call the Race Committee to identify themselves when rounding Nelson to approach the finish.  Please take note of the name of the boat ahead of you and behind you. 
Once finished you MUST keep clear of boats finishing behind you. Any boat deemed to have obstructed a boat finishing once they have finished will be disqualified.
 
Safety – This is a “fun” race and aggressive tactics and manoeuvres are frowned upon and the offending yacht may be subject to disqualification if deemed to be unnecessarily risky.
 
Prize giving -   Saturday 31st December at 17:00hrs at the Officer’s Quarters in the Nelson’s Dockyard - with Chippy’s (in) famous Rum Punch. 
 
Proceeds in aid of the St. John’s Hospice.
 
For more information, please call Tom Paterson at (268) 779–6449, Stan Pearson at (268) 464–2388, Franklyn Braithwaite at (268) 720–3989 or Antigua Yacht Club at (268) 460-1799.
 

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