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EUROSAF Team Racing

European Championship

21st – 23rd September, 2012

Organised by

West Kirby Sailing Club

Under the Authority & Direction of the European Sailing Federation

With the approval of the Royal Yachting Association


02 AUGUST 2012



The EUROSAF Open and Youth Team Racing Championship will take place at the West Kirby Sailing Club from 21-23 September 2012 in Firefly type dinghies provided by the Organising Authority.  Teams will complete in three boats, each with a crew of two, making each team six sailors in total.  There must be at least one female sailor in each team.




The event will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing, including Appendix D, Team Racing Rules.


Races will be umpired (rule D2.2).


Competitors shall wear adequate personal buoyancy at all times whilst afloat.


Right of appeal will be denied (rule 70.5 (a)).


The rules of the West Kirby Sailing Club shall apply to all participants.  Neither the Organising Authority nor the host Club accepts any responsibility for any loss or injury to competitors or guests however caused.


RRS 14 shall be deemed to apply at all times whether racing or not and shall apply to all boats involved in the event.


Competitors automatically grant to the organising authority without payment the right in perpetuity to make, use and show any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television of, or relating to the event.


Team organisers shall ensure the prescribed guardian declaration form (available on the website) is completed, signed and given to the club at registration in respect of any member of their team who was born after 20th September 1994.





A maximum entry of 24 teams will be accepted.


Each team shall comprise 6 persons who will sail three boats, two to a boat.


Each team shall nominate a skipper to act as Team Captain.


At least three sailors, including the Team Captain must be a national of the country they are representing.


A preliminary ‘Registration of Interest’ shall be supplied to the OA by 21st August, together with a non-refundable deposit of GBP 100 per entry.  This deposit however will be returned if the event is cancelled after this date or if the entry is not finally accepted.


The closing date for entries will be 31st August 2012.  All entries must have attached the full entry fee.


Entry system:

Entries will be designated by nationality of the Team Captain.  The first entry from a country will be listed with the number 1, the second from the same country with the number 2, and so on (e.g. GBR 1, GBR 2).

Upon receipt of fully paid entry teams will be entered on a grid as follows:

The first entry from a country will be placed in the first column in date order of receipt.

The second entry from a country will be placed in the second column in date order of receipt and so on.

On the deadline date entries will be closed for allocation on the following basis:



All countries first entries will be accepted.



If after all first entries have been allocated there are still spare slots, then this will be allocated in the following sequence:

2nd Entry

3rd Entry                            Etc.


If after the deadline date there are still slots then any late applicant will be entered on a first come basis.


Teams that subsequently withdraw will be replaced as stated in SI 3.10.  A refund of entry fee, less the deposit, will be made only when a replacement is found and a further fee received.


After Registration, team changes may only be made with the approval of the OA.


Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the OA.


In the case of the event being oversubscribed the OA will confirm the acceptance of an entry, OR inform the entrant that they have been placed on a reserve list OR inform the entrant that the event is over-subscribed and return the entry fee. In the case of an entrant placed on the reserve list who cannot later be accommodated, the OA will return the entry fee. In the case of an entrant to whom the OA confirms entry and who subsequently withdraws, the entry fee will not be returned.


The entry fee is GBP 456 inc. VAT payable on submission of the entry form. The entry fee covers all sailing including practice as well as transport to/from and a contribution towards a social evening in Liverpool on the night of Friday 21st September and attendance at the event dinner, which will include a live band, on the Saturday 22nd September.

Communication between the Organising Authority and participants will be conducted primarily by e-mail. Each participant must provide the organisers with a working e-mail address.





Sailing Instructions and briefing notes will be posted on the website by 11th August.  Copies will not normally be given out at registration.  The courses to be sailed will be designated or indicated in the sailing instructions.


Registration will be in the Main Clubhouse between 10.00 and 18.00 on 20th September 2012.





Racing will commence with the first warning signal at 10.00hrs on Friday 21st September 2012 and will continue all day.  It will resume at 08.00hrs on Saturday 22nd September 2012 and again at 08.00hrs on Sunday 23rd September and will continue until a point on Sunday afternoon.


A round robin will be sailed until a point determined by the Race Committee and this will be followed by a knock out if time and weather permit.




Upon completion of a satisfactory series the winning team will be awarded a trophy and event medals. The Organising Authority shall be the sole judge of whether or not the series has proved a satisfactory series based on the number of races completed.




Before going afloat for the first time each team shall lodge with the Organising Authority a Damage Deposit of €350. This shall be paid at registration. A scale of damage charges will be available. In the event of damage being attributed to a boat being sailed by the team, the team may be required that the deposit be restored to its original amount before the skipper will be permitted to continue in the event. Damage charges will not exceed €350 per boat per incident. Unused damage deposits will be returned within 10 days after of the end of the event. Damage to the clubhouse or marquee will be deducted from a team’s damage deposit.  The cost of banking non-sterling cheques will be added to the cost of damage incurred.





Competitors are entirely responsible for their own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility.


By going out to race, competitors confirm they are competent to sail and compete in the prevailing conditions.


Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of competitors, nor will it make the organisers responsible for death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of competitors taking part in the racing.  The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the event.


The provision of patrol boats does not relieve competitors of their responsibility.





The national authority of the venue is the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).


The RYA has prescribed under rule 68 (damages):


Any claim for damages arising from an incident while a boat is bound by The Racing Rules of Sailing shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts and not considered by a protest committee


A boat that takes a penalty or retires does not thereby admit liability for damages or that she has broken a rule.


David I Taylor

Event Director

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:20