Hobie Cat Australian Championships Hervey Bay QLD 2016



28th December 2016 – 5th January 2017 Hervey Bay Sailing Club, Hervey Bay –  Queensland.

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The organising authority is the Hervey Bay Sailing Club, in conjunction with the Queensland Hobie Cat Association.

Amended 16/02/2016 

1      RULES

1.1    Thee regatta will be governed by the current Racing Rules of Sailing.

1.2    No national prescriptions will apply.

1.3    The Class Rules of the International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) will apply.

1.4    Racing rule 40 will be changed as follows:

  1. a) Competitors shall wear personal flotation devices whilst afloat, except briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment. Wet suits and dry suits are not personal flotation devices. Changes RRS Rule 40.


2.1    Advertising will be as defined by ISAF Regulation 20.

2.2    Boats shall be provided with, and required to display and maintain Hogs Breath stickers on port and starboard hulls, in a location as described in Regulation 20


3.1    The regatta is open to boats of the International Hobie Class Association classes.

3.2    At least one person on each boat shall be a current member of an Association or fleet which is a financial member with the IHCA and is affiliated with a member national yachting authority

3.3    Competitors shall be members a sailing club affiliated with Yachting Australia or a National                    Authority

3.4    A minimum of 5 entries is required to form a class. If sufficient entries for a class are not received by 5th December 2015, the Organising Authority reserves the right to cancel racing for that class. If there are less than 5 entries received as a class then classes may be amalgamated and a yardstick results used.

3.5    Entry shall be made online at www.hobiecatnationals.com.au

4    FEES

4.1    Required registration fees are in $AUD as follows:

Class                   Enter by 31/10/16         Enter from 1/11/16

One series

2 Person boat          $280                                      $370

1 Person boat          $200                                      $290

Hobie Youth           $150                                      $200

Two series              $430                                      $475

Registration fees include T Shirt and tickets to presentation dinner.


Series 1

5.1    Late Registration and Weigh in:

Wednesday 28th December 2016 0800 – 1100

5.2    Briefing:

Wednesday 28th December 2016 1100

5.3    Series 1. Dates of racing: –

Youths, Womens, Tigers, Wildcats, Hobie 18s, Hobie 17s, Hobie 14s, GrandMasters

Wednesday      28th December 2016    racing (no start before 1200)

Thursday         29th December 2016    racing (no start before 1000)

Friday              30th December 2016    racing (no start before 10.00)

Saturday            31st December 2016    racing (no start before 09.30 or after 15.30)

5.4    Number of races: –

Class                  Number        Races per session

All Classes        up to 14                  up to 4

5.5      Presentation of Trophies

The presentation night will be held after1800 Saturday 31st December 2016

Series 2

5.6    Late Registration and Weigh in:

Monday     2nd January 2017         0800-1000

5.7    Briefing:

Monday     2nd January 2017         1000

5.8    Series 2. Dates of racing: –

Hobie 16s Open and Masters

Monday           2nd January 2017          racing (no start before 12.00)

Tuesday           3rd January 2017          racing (no start before 10.00)

Wednesday      4th January 2017          racing (no start before 10.00)

Thursday           5th January 2017          racing (no start before 09.30 or after 15.30)

5.4    Number of races: –

Class                  Number        Races per session

All Classes        up to 15                  up to 4

5.5      Presentation of Trophies

The presentation night will be held after1800 Thursday 5th 2017


Measurement is not required, but it is the responsibility of each skipper to ensure their boat complies with the IHCA Class Rules. Random measurement and inspection checks may be carried out at any time during the championships.


The sailing instructions will be available to competitors on the event website one week before the commencement of the event.

8    VENUE

Attachment A shows the venue and location of the racing area.


The course(s) to be sailed will be as described in the Sailing Instructions.


For all Hobie classes rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the

One-Turn Penalty.


11.1  One race is required to be completed to constitute a series.

11.2  (a) When fewer than 4 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

(b) When from 4 to 11 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the

total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

(c) When 12 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores.


12.1   All competitors shall wear personal flotation devices whilst afloat which are in good condition and are in accordance with the specifications issued or approved by a National Authority or a standards organisation, or certification authority. Attention is drawn to Fundamental Rule 1.2


Team Managers, Coaches and other support personnel shall keep 100m clear of the course area after the warning signal, except in boats provided by the organising authority or when asked to assist by the Race Committee.


Boats and trailers shall be kept in the areas assigned by HBSC while off the water.


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.


Prizes will be awarded to the following classes depending on the number of entrants: –

  • Hobie 14
  • Hobie 16 Open
  • Hobie 16 Youth
  • Hobie 16 Women
  • Hobie 16 Masters
  • Hobie 16 Grandmasters
  • Hobie 17
  • Hobie 18
  • Hobie Tiger
  • Hobie Wildcat

Additional prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the Organising Committee.


In participating in an event, a competitor automatically grants the Organising Authority and the sponsors of the event, the right in perpetuity, to make, use and show, from time to time and at their discretion, any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or film television and other reproductions of him/her during the period of the competition for the said event in which the competitor participates and in all material related to the said event without compensation.


Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk and they are reminded of the provisions of RRS 4, Decision to Race. Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

(a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and the boat supplied to them

to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

(b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

(c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

(d) By participating in any race, they are satisfied that their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

(e) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

(f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;

(g) These terms do not operate to exclude any provision of the Australian Consumer Law that applies and cannot be excluded by agreement.


         19.1        Each participating boat shall present a valid insurance certificate showing proof of third‐party liability coverage of at least AUD $5,000,000 (recommended $10,000,000) (or equivalent) per incident.

19.2        Third Party and Boat Insurance can be purchased at www.ynswinsurance.com


Any amendments to this Notice of Race will be posted on the event web site at:  www.hobiecatnationals.com.au


Camping, hotel and holiday rental accommodation is available within walking distance to the venue. Hervey Bay is one of the most popular holiday destinations in QLD, and competitors are advised to book accommodation as a matter of urgency.


The Annual General Meeting of the Australian National Hobie Cat Association will be held during the course of the event at a time and location TBA.


For further information please contact the organisers via the website www.hobiecatnationals.com.au



If wind, wave, or water conditions make you doubtful of your ability to handle the conditions, retire from the race.


Before raising the mast, and always while sailing, check for and avoid low overhead electrical power lines. If you see a power line, AVOID IT! A MAST COMING IN CONTACT OR EVEN NEAR AN ELECTRICAL POWER LINE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO PEOPLE ON OR TOUCHING THE BOAT!

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