Key Insights – Summer Season Briefing 2023-24

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For those that were unable to attend the briefing held prior to the opening of the 2023-24 sailing season here is a wrap up of the key information communicated on the night.

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All sailors are reminded of the following.

•Man Overboard, ensure you and your crew know what to do and consider practicing drills regularly.

•Keep an eye out for the Y flag for Lifejackets & ensure everyone on board has a suitable PFD. Failure to don Lifejackets when Y flag is flown is protestable by both the race committee and other competitors.

•Skippers to report ALL incidents to the RNZYS

• VHF must be on deck at all times and on the correct channel (17 for Harbour racing & 77 for Commodores Cup). As a safety requirement, we ask that all boats maintain a listening watch on VHF Radio channel 17 or 77 as indicated in the SSIs, and channel 16. This is not primarily for contacting the Race committee.

If there are any issues on the racecourse your best option to receive immediate assistance, is from your closest competitor, and for this to happen you need to listening to the radio on the right channel. Emergency communication must be made on channel 16.

•Please advise the Race management team if you retire from the race

•For finishing after dark – boats need to help identify themselves- shine torch on sail numbers or call up on VHF.

Competitors are reminded that RRS Appendix T applies. If you are involved in an incident and believe you could be in the wrong this allows you to accept a 30% penalty. Don’t forget this option is available to you, it not only saves time in a protest room but will often also results in a lesser penalty than a DSQ.

Series Overview
PIC Elliot +MRX Sprint Series – Racing Starts 3 October (Alternate Tuesdays)
Barfoot & Thompson Womens Series – Racing Starts 5 October (Alternate Thursdays)
Havana Club Rum Race Spring Series– Racing Starts 6 October (Fridays)
Doyle Sails Wednesday Series – Racing Starts 11 October (Alternate Wednesdays)
Parking- for this series, Westhaven Marina have agreed to supply additional parking for crews in the grassy area above the bridge.
PIC Cruising Series – Racing Starts October 28 (Six rallies throughout the season)
36 Degrees Brokers Commodore’s Cup – November 18 (Five events throughout summer series)
•No Westhaven Triple Series this year, RNZYS will start & finish all out races
•Round Rangitoto Race, see course sheets boats to only round in the one direction
•Haystack course change to finish at Sundowner beach party – Islington bay!
•Tarahiki Race (shag rock) replacing Te Kouma Race, more details to come soon
•Note on the course sheet we have the option to create & send out a course for the specific conditions
•The Multihull Cup along-side the Comodores Cup

Regattas & Events
1st Dec – Combined Clubs Summer Rum Race (One Off) – prizegiving at Richmond
2nd Dec – Pre x-mas Sundowner Beach Party – Motohiue
21st Dec – The Christmas Race – Mark Foy, combined clubs
12th Jan – Ocean Globe RNZYS Rum Race – one off race
9th – 11th Feb – Squadron Weekend
18th Feb – Squadron Picnic
24th – 25th Feb – Auckland Regatta Cruising – new. Combined clubs. Race from RNZYS (or host club(s) i.e BBYC) to Man-o-war. Picnic / sausage size on the beach. Stay over night & race from man-o-war back to RNZYS.
7th March – Corporate Regatta
11th April – Three Kings
18th May – Annual Prizegiving
15th – 16th June – Auckland Regatta, Racing (two days of w/l racing)
27th July – Matariki Race
24th August – Women’s Day Out

Useful links
• Race Documents– Standard SIs, Course information, Handicapping and more
Club racing– for individual series information such as NORs, SSIs, Entry
World Sailing RRS 2021-2024

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