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Monday 7th January 2013

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Antigua Yacht Club's annual Round the Island Race will take place this year on Saturday, January 19.  Make sure you get your entry in early and don't miss this fantastic fun annual event.  Read on for the Notice of Race.




AYC Round the Island Race 2013
Notice of Race

This will take place on Saturday Jan 19th 2013 and will consist of a yacht race right around the island of Antigua in one leg in an anti-clockwise direction.  The event is open to all-comers and AYC will welcome visiting yachts.
The Organizing Authority is the ANTIGUA YACHT CLUB (AYC) The race will be run to the ISAF RRS 2009 – 2012

ENTRY FEE – will be $US 1.50 /ft. length.  Entries may be made at the AYC office  or may be by credit card (Visa/Mastercard) by phone or email.  Latest time for entries will be 17:00 on Friday 18th January.

THE COURSE -  approx: 51 nautical miles - will circumnavigate Antigua and all its outlying reefs.  There will be no laid marks of the course but yachts must pass –
To the north and east of Three Fathom bank (GPS N17-11.60, W61- 44.00), to the north of Horseshoe reef (GPS N17 -12.20, W61- 47.80) and to the north and west of Diamond Bank (GPS N17-12.20, W61-53.50 ), to the west of Sandy Island, Weymouth Reef and Five Islands,  and to the south of Cades reef.

Yachts rating below 0.880                             8.00 a.m.   START   for all classes
Yachts rating between 0.880 and 0.970     9:00 a.m.   START   for all classes
Yachts rating above 0.970                             9.30 a.m.   START   for all classes 

STARTING LINE will be inside Falmouth Harbour between Bishops Reef mark and a Committee boat laid to its west.  Finish line will be the same as Starting Line.

CLASSES – There will be three classes:  Racing Class:   Racer/Cruiser:  Cruising.

RATINGS – Will be CSA.   The latest rating certificate as shown in the 2012 database will be used and checked.   Boats without ratings may enter and will be given a “best guess” rating.

SAIL WARDROBE – the sail wardrobe / rating combination must be declared at the skippers briefing.  
 ie. headsail size,   Jib, Pole, Twin, Spinnaker, etc.

COMMITTEE BOAT will be on station from 7:45 am until 9:30 am and again from approx. 2:15 pm until approx. 4:30 pm.   Yachts are asked to radio their expected finish time when they are approx. 30 mins. from the finish.  Yachts finishing outside the above times are asked to record their own finish time.

RADIO – VHF channel 12 will be used as the race channel.   Any yacht retiring is asked to radio in this fact.
A dual watch on Ch. 16 will also be kept by the race officer for any yacht transmitting safety issues.

SAFETY – All skippers are wholly responsible for the safety of their vessel and crew at all times, their decision to race and/or to continue and their own navigation - and AYC have absolutely no legal liability for any accident – to persons or property -  which may occur.

INSURANCE - is not a requirement of the race and all competitors must accept full responsibility for their actions to themselves, their yacht or any third party.

SKIPPERS BRIEFING – will take place at AYC upper deck on Friday 18th January at 6.00 p.m.

DOCKING – is limited at AYC but will be made available on a “first come first served basis” for yachts taking part in the race and non-competing yachts will be asked to vacate their place for that week-end.

FINISH -   It is hoped all yachts will be finished by approx. 4.30 pm.  AYC upper deck bar will be open from that time.
PRIZE-GIVING will take place at AYC as soon as reasonably practical.   There will be trophies for the first in each class and also a special trophy for a winning boat which beats the existing record.

In 2012:
WHISPER won the 'Sleeper' Trophy & the Skipper's weight in rum - 72 bottles.
VIRAGO – holds monohull record with an elapsed time:  4hrs 53mins 44secs
PARADOX set new multihull record = 3hrs 56mins 53secs.

SOCIAL- interest in the traditional “Miss Round the Island Queen” competition has lapsed in latter years.  If there were to be sufficient entries (minimum 6) we would be happy to resurrect the event.  Each yacht would nominate one of its (male) crew to participate.  Please register you interest on the entry form or with the AYC office.

To print a copy of the Round the Island Race Entry form, click here.

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