Bay Wanderers Notice Of Race

The Bay Wanderer series has been buiilt on the fun that members have been taking from the format of the Winterbash regatta. Most months we will run a single race with a duration of 2-3 hours. The race will generally be around exisitng marks in theh Bramble Bay area and potentially up as far as Redcliffe.

1 Rules:

1.1 All races be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2 The Organising Authority is the Humpybong Yacht Club Incorporated.

1.3 The Prescriptions and Safety Regulations of Australian Sailing will apply.

1.4 Racing rule 44.1 will be changed as per NOR 10.1. The changes will appear in full in the sailing instructions. The sailing instructions may also change other racing rules.

1.5 The rules of the respective class associations will apply.

1.6 All officials, coaches, parents and sailors are to abide by Australian Sailings’, Yachting Queensland’s and Humpybong Yacht Club’s Codes of Conduct, Member Protection Policies, Child Protection Policies and other applicable Government Acts and Regulations. These are available on each organisation’s website.

2 Eligibility and Entry:

2.1 The regatta is open to boats that meet the definition of “Off-the-Beach” Catamarans or Dinghies.

2.2 The HYC sailing Committee may accept entries from other classes of sailing craft

2.3 All Club members and bona fides visitors may enter the races by completing the sign on and paying the racing fee on the morning of competition.

2.4 All members of the crew must be a financial member of a yacht club affiliated with Australian Sailing and hold a current Australia Sailing registration. New Humpybong Yacht Club membership is available on the day.

2.5 Only financial members of HYC shall be eligible to receive series scores. Members who are not financial at time of the race shall not be awarded a place for any races sailed except that for the period from the first race until 1 October 2020, members who are financial as at 1 October will have scores count.

3 Classification:

3.1 Racing shall be conducted in four divisions based on Australian Sailing Yardstick Ratings and any further divisions as determined by the HYC Sailing Committee. For any boat that does not have a current Yardstick the committee may determine a rating to be applied for this championship only. Such determination shall be at the sole discretion of the HYC Sailing and shall not be grounds for redress.

3.2 At the sole discretion of the organizing authority, further divisions may be formed so long as there are five boats of the class sailing and those five boats all complete the races required for constitute a series.

4 Fees:

4.1 Required fees are as follows:

  • Adults: $10 per day
  • Adult non-members $20 per day
  • Students $10 per day
  • Juniors: $5 per day

5 Schedule:

5.1 Registration
Each Racing Day between 9.00 – 11:00am.

5.2 Briefing
Each Racing day at 10.30am.

5.3 Start
First signal not before 11:15 on the water

5.4 Dates of racing
The racing dates are listed on the Calendar page of the Humpybong Yacht Club website.

5.5 If for any reason racing is cancelled or not completed on any day, the Sailing Committee may at its discretion, hold any or all races on another date set designated for Club sailing. Any change of date shall not be grounds for redress.

6 Registration

6.1 All competitors shall register for each day’s racing by completing the required sign on form on either the computer based registration for members or by completing the sign on sheet in the case of visitors

6.2 The registration shall be completed so that all details are legible

6.3 Competitors are responsible for ensuring that the registration is completed correctly and that the details of their yacht including the correct description and yardstick, are correct

6.4 If the details are not legible or correct The Sailing Committee may refuse to score the boat

6.5 If the boats’ class description is not correct or unclear at the time of scoring, the boat will be scored using the lowest yardstick for that class and shall not be grounds for redress.

7 Measurement:

7.1 All boats shall comply with class requirements where applicable.

7.2 No measurement beyond spot checking performed by the race committee will take place during the event.

8 Sailing Instructions:

8.1 The sailing instructions will be available on the HYC web page before the first race.

9 Venue:

9.1 The Regatta site will be the Humpybong Yacht Club, situated at the Cnr Hornibrook Esp. & Oxley Ave, Woody Point, Qld 4019, and conducted on the waters of Bramble Bay.

10 Courses:

10.1 Race Courses will be shown in the Sailing Instructions.

11 Penalty System

11.1 For the all classes rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.

12 Scoring:

12.1 Series

  1. The low point scoring system of RRS Appendix A including rule A5.3 shall apply. Scoring shall be based on Australian Sailing Yardstick rating.
  2. A minimum of 6 races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
  3. When fewer than six (6) races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores
  4. When six (6) or more and less than nine (9) races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
  5. When nine (9) or more races have been have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two (2) worst scores.

12.2 Volunteer Rostering
Sailors who are rostered onto the startboat or rescue boat for a day of the series will recieve points equal to first for each race they volunteer for.

13 Support Boats and Personnel

13.1 All support boats shall be registered with the Organising Authority and will be required to comply with local legislation and event support boat regulations. The Organising Authority may refuse registrations and accept later registrations at their sole discretion

13.2 Only coaches, who hold, as a minimum, current Australian Sailing recognised Coach / Instructor Accreditation, or an equivalent international qualification, are authorised to go afloat in a coach boat within the course area.

13.3 Authorised coach boats within the course area shall keep to leeward of the start line between the preparatory and start signals and more that 50 meters clear of any competitor or mark of the course between the start signal and the finish of the last boat, except when asked to assist by the Race Committee.

13.4 Non-registered coaches, parents, private and spectator craft must remain more than 100 meters outside the entire course area and not receive the above benefits.

14 Radio Communications:

14.1 Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio trans­missions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile tele­phones.

14.2 The restriction on communications does not apply to GPS tracking devices provided the devices are stowed in a location and orientation such that the display cannot be viewed whilst racing. Smart phones may be used as tracking devices. All competitors may be directed by the Organising Authority to carry GPS tracking devices as provided by the Organising Authority.

15 Prizes:

15.1 Prizes will be given at the discretion of the Organising Committee based on divisions.

16 Disclaimer of Liability:

16.1 Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See Rule 4, Deci­sion to Race. The organizing author­ity will not accept any liability for material dam­age or personal injury or death sus­tained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

17 Insurance

17.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of $5 million per event or the equivalent.

18 Additional Information

18.1 Additional information can be obtained by contacting Humpybong Yacht Club by calling (07) 3883 2170 or on email at


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