2021 Opening Big Wheel Regatta
March 7, 2021
NEW ORLEANS YACHT CLUB
NOTICE OF RACE
- Organizing Authority
New Orleans Yacht Club, 403 N Roadway St., New Orleans, LA 70124.
All races will be governed by the 2021-2024Racing
Rules of Sailing (RRS) and the Prescriptions of the United States
Sailing Association except where altered by this notice and the Sailing
Instructions. NOYC's 2021 General Sailing Instructions will be used.
- All boat shall carry all U.S.C.G. required safety equipment.
- All boats shall carry a functional VHF radio and monitor channel 69. The Race Committee will monitor channel 69.
These races are open to all spinnaker and non-spinnaker boats.
- Yachts may register in advance online or at the
club on the day of the race. No entry is complete until payment has
- Current GYA PHRF, or X-PHRF ratings and a valid
rating certificate are required. Boats with a Portsmouth rating that can
be converted or crossed-over to a PHRF rating may be accepted.
Otherwise the Race Committee will assign a temporary rating with an
estimated six seconds penalty. Provisional ratings assigned by the Race
Committee will be accepted without protest, and may not be protested.
PHRF ratings may be obtained online at www.gya-phrf.com.
The entry fee is $20.00 or $15.00 for US Sailing
members. Payment maybe made by credit card at time of registration via Regatta Network.
- Notice to Competitors or Changes to Sailing Instructions
Notices to competitors will be posted on the
official notice board located near the rear entrance or announced at the
- Signals Made Ashore
Signals made ashore will be displayed from the
flagpole located in dry storage. If a postponement is signaled ashore,
the warning signal will be made not less than 45 minutes after flag AP
- Schedule of Events
||Warning Signal - 1 Race Attempted
- Classes and Class Flags
Class breaks and flags will be announced at the
skipper's meeting. At a minimum there will be one spinnaker and one
- Racing Area and Course
The racing area will be located on the south shore
of Lake Pontchartrain using fixed marks. The course will be be shown by
the committee boat before the warning signal.
- Non-Spinnaker Sail Restrictions - These may be altered at the skipper's meeting.
- Only one headsail may be carried at any time
except when changing headsails. The headsail my be roller furling, a
headsail that is attached with a twin foil headstay or a
headsail that is hanked to the headstay with hanks no further apart
than 48 inches. No spinnaker may be
carried. No bloopers may be carried. No poleless spinnaker or
gennaker may be carried. Staysails are
permitted; however, the tack must be attached no less than 1/3 the
distance of the "J" measurement
behind the jib tack point. The distance behind the jib plus the LP
of the Staysail must not be greater than
the rated LP of the boat. Yawl and Ketch rigged vessels may carry
- Whisker poles are to be no longer than the
yacht's spinnaker pole (usually "J" measurement, found on PHRF
Certificate) and must be attached to the mast. Only one Whisker Pole may
be carried at any time.
- Time Limit
The time limit expires 30 minutes after the first
boat in a class finishes. If no boat in a class finishes within 2 hours,
the time limit will expire for the entire class.
- Protests - This changes Rule 61.3
This regatta will be sailed using the US Sailing
Prescriptions APPENDIX V - ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURES FOR DISPUTE
RESOLUTION. Sections V1 and V2 shall apply. Protests must be filed
within 45 minutes after the committee boat docks. RRS T4.6 is deleted
The Low-Point scoring system of Appendix A will apply.
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded for each class. It is the goal to award prizes 90 minutes after the last boat finishes.
Elliott Brett at elliott@brettfamily dot org.