13th to 14th May 2017.
The Merlin Rocket was designed in 1946 by Jack Holt and by now there are over 3,700 boats built!
This is now considered to be the ultimate hiking dinghy for two people - refined over 70 years of development and an extremely modern class providing excellent racing throughout the UK.
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MERLIN ROCKET SILVER TILLER OPEN MEETING 2017
NOTICE OF RACE
1.1 The event is part of the “Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Series” and is to be held at Plas Heli the National Sailing Academy and Events Centre (Plas Heli) on the 13th & 14th May 2017
1.2 This event is organised by Plas Heli on behalf of the Class Association.
1.3 Competitors should note that Plas Heli supports the RYA Racing Charter
http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/RacingCharter.aspx & that, when entering, competitors
will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter.
2 THE RACE SERIES
2.1 The races will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 - 2020, the prescriptions of the
RYA, the rules of Plas Heli, the rules of the class association, this NoR and the Sailing Instructions
2.2 The number of races is indicative only and will depend upon weather
2.3 Sailing Instructions will be available at registration.
2.5 There will be a briefing in the main hall at Plas Heli on Saturday 13th May at
2.6 The race course will be up to 1Nm South of the Pwllheli Safe Water buoy.
3.1 Five races to be sailed over two days.
3.2 Saturday - 3 races, the warning signal for Race 1 will be at 12:55hrs.
and the warning signal for races 2 & 3 starting as soon as possible after the previous race.
3.3 Sunday - 2 races, the warning signal for Race 4 will be at 10:55hrs
and race 5 will follow ASAP after last boat finishes race 4.
4 CLASSES AND ELIGIBILITY
4.1 All boats entered must hold valid class registration certificates with current
buoyancy endorsements where applicable.
4.2 Helms must be bona fide members of the Class Association.
5 RESTRICTION AND CONDITIONS OF SAILING
5.1 Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “responsibility for a boat’s
decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.” Sailing is
by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an
element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and
5.2 Responsibility – A boat is entirely responsible for her own safety, whether
afloat or ashore, and nothing whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing
Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility.
5.3 Competence – It is for the boat to decide whether she is fit to sail in the
conditions in which she will find herself. By launching, the boat confirms that
she is fit for those conditions and her crew is competent to sail and compete
5.4 Class requirements – All boats, crew and equipment must comply with the
measurement and sailing requirements of the Class Association.
5.5 Insurance – The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular
to hold insurance against third part claims to the sum of at least £3,000,000.
5.6 Organisers responsibility – Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the
responsibility of the boat, nor will it make the organisers responsible for any
loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a
result of a boat taking part in the racing. The organisers encompass everyone
helping to run the race and event, and include the organising authority, the
race committee, the race officer and patrol boats.
5.7 Patrol boats – The provision of patrol boats does not relieve the boat of her
5.8 Inspections – Class association membership, measurement certificates or
boats may be inspected before or after any race at the discretion of the
Race Officer (RO), who may stop a competitor from entering or
racing if the RO considers an inspection unsatisfactory. An inspection does
not absolve the boat owner or sailors of any of their responsibilities set out
5.9 Minors – All competitors under the age of 18 years at the time of the event
are required to complete a parental declaration, signed by their parent or
5.10 Minors - All competitors under the age of 18 years shall wear adequate
personal buoyancy at all times whilst afloat. (This amends RRS 40)
6 SCORING SYSTEM
6.1 The Low Point scoring system, RRS Appendix A will apply.
6.2 If 4 races are sailed, one discard will be allowed otherwise all races will count.
7 SHARING AND CHANGING CRAFT
7.1 Change of helm – A change of helm is classified as a new entry.
7.2 Change of craft – Any change in craft should be notified to the PRO in writing
before sailing. Points earned in the former craft will be retained.
8 TROPHIES AND PRIZES
8.1 Prizes will be awarded to the helm and crew of the first 20% of the fleet.
8.2 Prize giving will be held at Plas Heli on Sunday following racing.
9 RIGHTS TO USE NAMES AND LIKENESSES
9.1 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. They
also allow their names, age category, club and boat details to be displayed in
competitors list prior to the event and in results, on the Plas Heli website and in
End of Notice of Race.