Naples Sailing and Yacht Club 2017 Messmer Cup – Notice of Race – April 29th, 2017

Naples Sailing and Yacht Club 2017 Messmer Cup
Notice of Race

Entry Form
Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions
Safety Plan
Messmer Regatta Tide Table

Single Entry Fee: $85.00 (Includes 2 Bodacious Breakfast Buffets)

  1. Competitors Meeting will be held at 5:59 PM Friday, April 28th at NSYC pool deck.

                        (NSYC 896 River Point Drive, FL 34102-3496, 239-643-1292)

  2. Racing on the Gulf of Mexico
  3. We will attempt 3 or more buoy races. All races will start in an area located approximately 1 mile southwest of the Gordon Pass.
  4. Yacht Racing Saturday April 29th – Class Warning Sequence Horn at 10:25 AM
  5. Results will be posted on the NSYC & GCSC Web Sites as soon as available.
  6. Formal Awards Presentation will be at the NSYC Awards Breakfast Buffet April 30th.
  7. Award Breakfast Buffet hosted in the Main Dining room on the 2nd floor of the NS&YC.
  8. DRESS CODE – Collared Shirt – No “T” Shirts Please


Bodacious Breakfast Buffet Tickets are available at the door for $25 per person.


DOCKAGE: Available 1st come 1st served, please contact NSYC Dock Master

“Amanda Wellington” 774-2649


OPTIONAL: Friday night April 28th 5:59 PM Skippers Meeting at NSYC Pool Deck


Contact: ___/)___/)___Jerry Watkins___/)___/)___   NSYC SAILING Fleet Captain


Naples Sailing and Yacht Club – 896 River Point Drive – Naples, FL 34102 – Tel: (239)-774-0424

Direct (239)-643-1292  JWatkins@SUPERIORSURPLUS.COM

26-08.30N  –  81-47.35W

Naples Sailing and Yacht Club 2017 Messmer Cup
Sailing Instructions

1. Rules
1.1 The Regatta is governed by the rule as defined in the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the class rules of the West Florida Performance Handicap Racing Federation (WFPHRF) and these Sailing Instructions.
1.2 The Organizing Authority is the Naples SAILING & Yacht Club
1.3 Notices to the competitors and changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted on the official bulletin board or by VHF broadcast on channel 72 per RRS 90.2 (c). The official bulletin board will be posted at the Dock Master’s office.
1.4 There will be no signals made ashore.
2. Classes and Start Sequences
2.1 A minimum of three entries will constitute a class. If five or more one-design boats are entered they will be scored as a class.
2.2 The starting order for Races and signals for the first race of the day will be:
Start Warning Flag Class Streamer (Please reuse streamer burgees)!
1st Start International Signal Flag “1”, Spinnaker A Red
1st Start International Signal Flag “1”, Spinnaker B Blue
1st Start International Signal Flag “1”, Sport boats None
1st Start International Signal Flag “1”, Multihulls None
2nd Start International Signal Flag “2”, Non-Spinnaker Green
2nd Start International Signal Flag “2”, True Cruising Orange
Liability Disclaimer: Sailing is an activity that has an inherent risk of damage and injury. Competitors in this event are participating entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The race organizers (the organizing Authority, race committee, protest committee, host club, sponsors, or any other organization or official) will not be responsible for damage to any boat or other property or the injury to any competitor, including death, Sustained as a result of participation in this event. By participating in this event, each competitor, or in the case of minors, each competitor’s parent or guardian agrees to release the race organizers from any and all liability associated with such competitor’s participation in this event to the fullest extent permitted by law.
2.4 OPTIONAL – Class streamers by skippers are to be flown from the backstay or its equivalent.
2.5 Classes may be further divided or starts combined depending upon the number of entries received. Final class designations will be announced by VHF broadcast per RRS 90.2(c).
2.6 Subsequent starts may not be in the same starting order as indicated in 2.3.
2.7 To avoid undue delay in starting subsequent races, classes that have finished their race may be started before all classes have finished the preceding race. Notification will be made by VHF broadcast channel 72.
3. Schedule of Races: The RC will operate on GPS time.
3.1 The scheduled time for the first warning signal will be 10:25 hrs.
3.2 The RC will attempt to run as many races as possible.
3.3 The RC may or may not run the same number of races for all classes.
4. Racing Area and Courses
4.1 The location of the racing area will be approximately 1 mile Southwest of Gordon Pass.
4.2 Courses are indicated in Addendum “A” ATTACHED.
4.3 The government marks referenced in the Addendum “A”, course description may be turning marks of the course, however; inflated buoys will be used as Marks of the course when possible.
4.4 No later than the warning signal, the RC signal boat will display on the course board with the course, bearing, and distance to the first mark.
4.5 Marks will be orange or yellow inflatable balls, cylinders, tetrahedrons, or tomatoes.
4.6 Course turning marks shall be passed leaving them to port or as shown in Addendum A. Marks that are not course turning marks have no required side for rounding.
4.7 To change the next leg of the course, either a new mark will be placed in the new location or the original mark (or finish line) will be moved to a new location.
4.8 The starting and finishing line marks will be a yellow or orange inflatable.
4.9 RC line boats may deploy a tethered standoff buoy. If so, the line mark shall be the combination of the RC boat and the tethered standoff buoy, and the line connecting them.
5 Check-in
5.1 Check-in will be from the display of code flag “L”, with one sound signal, approximately thirty minutes prior to the first warning signal of the day until five minutes prior to the first warning signal of the day.
5.2 All boats are to check-in by passing astern of the RC Signal Boat on a starboard tack, hailing the boat’s name, class entered, sail number and the number of crewmembers on board. Check- in by VHF radio channel 72 should be done only as a last resort.
6. The Start
6.1 The start will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on a RC boat and a mark to the Port Side of the RC boat.
6.2 The RC may make a series of sound signals one minute prior to the warning signal for the first of a series of starts.
6.4 In a series of starts, the warning signal for each succeeding class will be made not less than one minute after the starting signal for the preceding class.
6.5 Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting area.
7. Recalls. In addition to displaying code flag X, the RC will attempt to notify boats that are On the Course Side (OCS) at the start or are in violation of RRS 30 by VHF broadcast. This changes RRS 29.1.
8 Time Limits, Shortening Course and Finishing
8.1 The finishing line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on an RC boat and either a staff with an orange flag on a RC line boat or an inflatable line mark as indicated in Addendum A.
8.2 A boat that is retiring from a race shall attempt to notify the RC by VHF radio or by hail.
8.3 Time limits for the first boat for each class to finish will be (a) two hours for a race that is less than seven miles, and
(b) three and one-half hours for a race that is more than seven miles. Boats failing to finish within thirty minutes after the first boat in its class has finished will be scored Did Not Finish (DNF). This changes RRS 35 & A4.1.
8.4 The RC may assign a finish position to any boat that has not finished, provided that the boat’s position can be determined in a reasonable manner. A boat whose finishing position has been so established will be notified by VHF or hailed by an RC boat. When another race is to be run, the assigned finish boat(s) are to return immediately to the starting area. Finishes assigned in this manner will not be subject to redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
9. Penalties, Protests and Requests for Redress
9.1 A boat intending to protest or request redress shall notify the RC by hailing or by VHF before leaving the racing area. This changes RRS 61.
9.2 A boat that takes penalty turns shall report this to the RC by VHF before leaving the racing area. This changes 44.2.
9.3 The protest time limit is 90 minutes after the RC docks. The docking time will be posted at the official bulletin board located at the GCSC website.
9.4 Protest and Redress Forms are available from the Protest Committee or the RC. Written protests shall be delivered to the Protest Committee within the 90 minute time limit. Written requests for redress will be delivered no later than the protest time limit or two hours after the incident, whichever is later.
9.5 Protest hearing notices will be posted within thirty minutes after the protest limit time has expired.
10. Scoring
10.1 One race will constitute a Regatta. RRSA4, the low point system, will be used for scoring. All races will be counted equally. No race will be excluded. This is a change to RRSA2.
10.2 WFPHRF scoring is based on time on distance. Corrected times will be calculated based on the boat’s rating, the distance of the course sailed, and the elapsed time in which the course was sailed.
10.3 The RC will use: WFPHRF rule 2.2 for scoring all races. This amends RRS 62.1(a).
11 Radio and Cell Phone Telecommunication
11.1 Except for emergency purposes and calls to the RC per this SI, while racing , a boat shall neither make radio transmissions nor receive radio communications related to all aspects of the racing that are not available to all boats.
This restriction also applies to use of cell phones for information regarding the race that might be of use to competitors.
11.2 Boats shall be equipped with a working Marine VHF radio on board. The RC will attempt to communicate, depending upon radio traffic, on VHF channels in the following order: 72, 68 and 69. Information received from the RC on any channel shall be considered as being information available to all competitors.
11.3 Failure to hear hails by the RC, and the timing and order of such hails will NOT be grounds for redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).

Craig Spicer PRO
Race Committee Boat
Mark Boat #1
Pin Boat #2

Naples Sailing and Yacht Club 2017 Messmer Cup
Safety Plan

.1 Orientation. See the attached “Emergency Procedures” document. This Regatta Safety Plan will be in effect for all Regatta on-the-water activity when the Race Committee is present –
Including transit to/from the Racing Area.
Racing will take place on the Gulf of Mexico.
The location of each regatta will be described in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions relating to specific events.
Virtually all skippers and crews are familiar with the SW FL Race Area venues, so no detailed description is provided here. However;

.2 Self-Help. The primary responsibility in the event of an emergency is with the boat
involved and its crew. If a boat is, will be or has just been competing in a race at the
time, and the crew determines that no outside assistance is required, they should notify
the Race Committee (RC) on the VHF Channel provided in the Sailing Instructions. If an
EMS unit response is advisable, they should so request with the RC who will arrange
and notify the destination marine facility. The boat and crew should then proceed to shore on their own, but continue to monitor the RC VHF Channel.
Contact authorities on VHF 16.
The RC is prepared to handle all shore-related communication, and will keep the affected boat informed. However, nothing herein prevents a boat from issuing a “Mayday,” “Pan-Pan-Pan,” or “Securite” call on VHF 16, or place a 9-1-1 call. The crew should advise the RC on the RC VHF channel as well, and the RC will render assistance as required.

.3 Rendering Assistance
RRS 41 limits the outside assistance a competing boat can receive without having to withdraw or face disqualification. Consequently, once a responding boat determines that assistance is likely required and that it is safe to approach a boat involved in the emergency, the responding boat should obtain permission to assist.
The “Good Samaritan” Law covers any aid or assistance that is provided by crew of the boat involved or by a boat responding to the situation. According to the provisions therein, before any attempt is made to render aid, consent from the injured person must be obtained. Under the Law, consent of an unconscious person is “implied.”
For any boat bringing an injured person to shore, the transfer point to meet an EMS unit will be determined and advised by the authorities, unless otherwise directed by the 911 Operator.

2.1 Responding Boats. Any boat in the vicinity of an emergency situation is expected to respond. Refer to RRS 1.1. These boats would most likely be:
The Affected Boat’s own, or a Competitor Coach or Support Boat
RC Safety Boat (the Gate Boat)
Other RC Boats
Since some teams have a Coach or Support Boat in the vicinity of the race course, a Support Boats may be in the best position to respond should outside assistance be necessary.
The RC will may have a designated Safety Boat, with personnel onboard having current CPR/1st Aid Certification and higher level Certifications. That boat will be the lead Race Committee boat to respond should outside assistance be necessary, However; any Race Committee boat can render assistance.

2.2 Serious/Life Threatening Situations. Under these conditions, everything stops on
the competing boat(s) or other boat(s) involved. The affected boat calls the RC on the
RC VHF Channel, and the RC will direct the response. The US Coast Guard will be
called, and transfer to a USCG boat or helicopter evacuation is expected.
That said, if the RC Safety Boat personnel described above can provide assistance, they
would be transferred (if practical) onto the boat involved and assist (with consent – see
above) at least until transfer of the injured to the USCG vessel or helicopter.

2.3 Non-Life Threatening Situations. Under these conditions, contact the RC on their
VHF Channel. The RC will direct the response, including calling 911 and advising the
on-shore destination facility. One of the following will likely result:
a) The boat(s) involved proceed on their own to a medical facility or other rendezvous point to be determined. That boat may or may not request further assistance from the Race Committee, which could involve placing a CPR/1st Aid Certified and higher Race Committee member onboard the boat enroute to a medical facility or the rendezvous point (if conditions permit, and with consent of the injured – again, see above).
b) The boat(s) involved could offload the injured onto the Support Boat and proceed as above. They may or may not also take on board a RC member with CPR/1st Aid training or better as the circumstances may require, who would assist with consent of the injured – again, see above.
c) The boat(s) involved may offload the injured onto the RC Safety Boat, or other RC
boat, which will proceed as above or to a closer or better alternative destination if possible, and treat the injured with consent, as above.
Even if not directly involved, the Race Committee Safety Boat should continue to monitor
VHF transmissions from the boat(s) involved in case circumstances change or the boat(s) decide on another course of action.

3.1 Overview. The major difference between situations covered by Section 2.2 vs. 2.3, above, is that in Section 2.2 situations (with or without RC personnel assistance), the rescue personnel come to the scene. In Section 2.3 situations, the injured (with or without RC personnel assistance) are taken to shore where EMS personnel would be met.
Consequently, the RC Safety Boat and other RC boats and personnel need to know about alternative shore-side destinations. If none of these boats are involved, the RC can direct the actual boat(s) involved to the best destination.
Please refer to Attachment A, hereto.

3.2 Organizing Authority. The primary shore-side destination from the Race Area for injured persons is Naples Community Hospital (NCH). Contact information is as follows:
Naples Community Hospital
350 7th Street North
Naples FL 34102
(Monitors VHF 16/Working Channels 9 67/68)


1. DONAHUE DOCKS: Private Property, should be used only in the case of a medical emergency as directed by a 911 dispatcher. Located at the entry of Gordon Pass on the north side. Street address: 199 Bay Rd, Naples, FL at the end of Gordon Drive Lat/Lon: N 26˚ 05.720 x W 081˚ 47.950
2. NAPLES CITY DOCK: Should be considered a primary drop off point for emergency and non-emergency medical issues. Located at: 880 12th Ave S, Naples Fl. Lat/Lon: N 26˚07. 99 x W 081˚ 47.56
3. HOSPITAL: CLOSEST EMERGENCY ROOM: The nearest emergency medical facilities to the Race Area is NCH Health Care: 350 Seventh Street North, Naples FL (239-624-5000)
4. HOSPITAL: CLOSEST TRAUMA CENTER (Level 2): Lee Memorial Hospital, 2776 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, FL (239-343-2000)
5. US COAST GUARD STATION: Fort Myers Beach, FL VHF Channel 16 and 22, (239-463-5754)
6. SEA TOW NAPLES, FL: (239) 263-3188
7. TOW BOAT U.S.: (239) 389-1177

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