The Annual Schooner Cup and Classic Open Sail Races
One of the highlights of the annual Classic Boat Festival is the sailboat race held every year on the Sunday afternoon. Many of the owners of these beautiful classic boats are avid sailboat racers. Schooner Cup Race Eligibility All Schooners
Classic Open Sail Race Eligibility Vessels taking part in the Classic Open Sail Race will be divided into three Classes, determined during the show, and dependent on the number and type of vessels racing. At the Skippers Meeting full details as to Classes and participants will be provided.
Skippers' Meeting 0900 hrs Sunday, below Tourist Information Centre on the Lower Causeway by Milestones Restaurant (Lower)
(A) Please stay to starboard side of harbour to avoid any commercial traffic (B) Sailboats, do not raise your sails until opposite West Bay
Rules and Procedures
Eligibility: Open only to boats registered at Classic Boat Festival®.
Handicapping: TBA. Most likely none.
Location of Start Line: The start line will be near the Navy “Degaussing Buoys”. After passing the Salute Vessel proceed southerly out of the harbour and then go approximately 2.5 miles due west (250 magnetic). You will have a light current against you at this time.
Identification: All boats to pass by Committee Boat prior to start to be identified. Hail your vessel name please.
Start Box: Div 2 & 3 cannot enter the area 50 meters behind the start line until 1300 hrs. Start Timing (GPS Time). Timings will also be called on VHF Ch 9.
1254 Hr Warning Signal: Series of horns, no flags. .00
1255 Hr BLUE Flag up, 1 horn .01
1259 Hr BLUE Flag Down, 1 horn .05
1300 Hr Schooner & Div I Start – RED flag up, 1 long horn signal .06
1304 Hr Warning Signal: Series of horns, no flags. .00
1305 Hr BLUE Flag Up, 1 horn .01
1309 Hr BLUE Flag Down, 1 horn .05
1310 Hr Div 2 & 3 Start – Red Flag up, 1 long horn signal .06
Start Line: TBD.
Finish Line: The Committee Boat will set a line across the entrance to the outer harbour near the breakwater and before the cruise ship docks. You will receive a “horn” to signal your finish.
Over Early: Boats over early will be hailed (voice & VHF 9) and must re-cross completely over the start line and restart (around an end or through the middle). Boats over early must keep clear of other boats.
Schooners & Division 1
Divisions 2 & 3
2. “VH” to Starboard
”VH” is also known as “the Quarantine Buoy”
Alternative Course: If weather conditions permit, the course may be lengthened. This information will be given to Skippers at the Skippers Meeting.
Shorten Course: There is limited ability to shorten course. If weather conditions indicate that the race will not be completed, competitors should listed to VHF Channel 9 for alternatives.
Postponement: The Committee Boat will fly code flag “AP” and make 2 sound signals. The Warning Signal will be 1 minute after removal of flag with sound.
Abandonment: The Committee Boat will fly code flag “AP” and make a series of sound signals. All competitors return to your slip at the Classic Boat Festival® docks.
Withdrawal: Notify the Committee Boat by hailing, or on VFH Ch 9. Time Limit: 1600 hours for all boats. Boats not finished will be scored “Did Not Finish”. Protests: This is a fun race. There will be no protests. Yachts making an infraction are encouraged to make a 360-degree turn to exonerate yourself.
Tides & Currents: Low tide 1044 Hrs, 4’0”; High tide 1655 Hrs. 8’0”. There is a light flood current during the race. Flood is stronger at “VH”.
Safety: The safety of the yacht and her crew is the sole responsibility of the skipper. It is the skipper’s sole decision to sail or to continue sailing.
Awards: First place plaques will be awarded in all 4 divisions at the Sunday evening banquet.
At the Request of the Harbour Master: Please leave 5 yellow markers close to PORT. Sailboats are not to raise sails until opposite West Bay.
After West Bay stay to starboard side of harbour to avoid commercial traffic
Radio Frequencies Harbour Master (Federal Government) -- VHF 73 Classic Boat Festival® Harbour Control -- VHF 68
Race Committee – VHF 9
The Classic Boat Festival Committee and the Race Committee take no responsibility in the event of an accident or for any loss or damage sustained by your vessel. Please check your own insurance.
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