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Notice of Race

NOTICE OF RACE

22nd HOBIE® CAT 16
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Captiva Island, Florida, USA
1st November – 16th November 2019

Venue & Dates

The 2019 Hobie® Cat 16 World Championships will be held 1st November – 16th November 2019 and sailed at Captiva Island, Florida, USA in three (3) world championship disciplines: Women’s, Youth and Open with three (3) additional non-world championship disciplines Master’s Cup, Grand Master’s Cup and Great Grand Master’s Cup.

Organizing Authority

The Organizing Authority (OA) is the International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) under the authority of US Sailing.

Rules

The 2019 Hobie Cat 16 World Championships will be governed by World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing, the International Hobie Class Rules, and this Notice of Race except as any of these is altered by the Sailing Instructions. Rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty. The use of VHF radios by competitors and coaches is strictly forbidden. Both “athlete” and “competitor” mean a person competing or intending to compete in the event. The term “support team” means coaches, team leaders and other support persons. Discretionary Penalty, [DP] denotes a rule for which the penalty is at the discretion of the Jury. This changes RRS 64.1. Standard Penalty, [SP] denotes a rule for which a standard penalty may be applied by the Race Committee without a hearing. This changes RRS 63.1, Appendix A4 and Appendix A5. Not Protestable, [NP] denotes a rule that shall not be grounds for protests by a boat. This changes RRS 60.1(a). The English text of this Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions will prevail.

Eligibility

The World Sailing Competitors’ Eligibility Code applies, this also applies to the qualifying crews selection. All competing skippers and crew members shall be paid-up members of a National Hobie Class Association or Hobie Fleet in good standing with the IHCA. Any competitor in the championship must be a national of the country of the Member National Authority which is entering him/her or which he/she represents. Each competitor shall present proof when requested by the OA.

[DP][NP]Advertising Category

The boats shall display advertising of the event sponsor(s) as required by the Organising Committee. Individual sponsorship conflicting with the event sponsor’s business category shall not be allowed. For more information, please contact the organisers. Competitors maybe be required to carry cameras from the OA; see Boats.

Entries

Entries shall be made on the Official Entry Event Website: hobieworlds.com

Pre-Registration – Early Entry

Entries and non-refundable registration fees shall be received by 1st September 2019. An early entry discount applies. Dates and times are Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) when applicable; see Fees. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Organising Authority.

Quotas

There will be three rounds in the Open Worlds:

  1. Qualifier
  2. Semi-Finals
  3. Finals

Quotas for the seeded teams for the Semi-Finals are as follows:

Africa9
European (EHCA)25
North American (HCANA)23
North Pacific10
South American8
South Pacific11
IHCA Wild cards5
2016 World Champion1
2019 Master’s Champion1
2019 Grand Master’s Champion1
2019 Women's World Champion1
2019 Youth World Champion1
2019 Great Grand Master Champion1
Minimum guaranteed places from Qualifier15

IHCA Wild Cards must be requested from the IHCA Executive Director no later than 1 June 2019. Entries for the Semi- Final Regional Quotas will be forwarded by the IHCA Regional Chairman 25th January 2019. The selection process for each region is:

Africa

Contact Regional Chairman

Europe

Contact Regional Chairman

North America

5 from the 2017 North American Championships
10 from the 2018 North American Championships
5 from the North American Ranking
Other positions selected by the HCANA Committee from high performers in their country.
Contact Regional Chairman

North Pacific

Hobie Asian Championships
Hong Kong 20 September – 1st October 2018
http://www.hobieclub.org.hk

South America

BrasCat 27 October 2018 Ilhabela/SP, Brazil
http://www.abchc.com.br

South Pacific

2 – 5 Jan 2019
Australian Championships, North Haven, South Australia
https://hobiecatnationals.com.au

Qualifier Series

The Qualifier Series is limited to 56 entries. Each of the six IHCA Regions will be given nine spots. The IHCA shall release two Qualifying reserved spots and any unused Regional spots to a first come after the 1st June 2019. Competitor’s entering must supply evidence of competing in a minimum of three Hobie Class events from 1st November 2017. This shall be verified from results and confirmation from the Regional Chairman of the IHCA in your region. Failure to comply will have your entry forfeited. Entries will be confirmed after 1st February 2019.

Fees

Registration fees are non-refundable and will be paid in US dollars. Entry fees include 6% Florida sales tax. The registration fees are payable to the Organizing Authority by Paypal only.

Payments shall be received by 1st September 2019 (close of entries) and shall include the details of entry. Late entries, if accepted, shall pay a non-refundable late entry fee. Regatta t-shirts may not be given to late entries.

Entries open 7th September 2018

EventEnter before 31st December 2018Enter before 1st May, 2019Enter before 1st June, 2019
Women$477$524.70$593.60
Youth$477$524.70$593.60
Masters$901$991.10$1,123.60
Grand Masters$795$874.50$991.10
Great Grand Masters$795$874.50$991.10

Entries open 1st February 2019

EventEnter before 31st March 2019Enter before 1st May 2019Enter before 1st June, 2019
Open qualifying$901$991.10$1,123.60
Open Pre-qualified$901$991.10$1,123.60

Boats

Hobie Cat Company will supply boats to all teams. No other boats, sails or battens may be used during the event.

A refundable boat deposit of USD $500.00 will be required on site by every team. Damage deposits must be paid in cash in USD (US dollars). No other Currencies will be accepted.

No credit card payments will be accepted for damage deposits. Any damage to the boat will be the responsibility of the team using the boat unless otherwise determined by the decision of a jury in a protest hearing. In the event of damage to the boat the official beach crew will evaluate the damage and determine the cost to repair or replace damaged goods. The competitor’s damage deposit will be debited to cover the damage to the boat. If damage is more than the USD $500 damage deposit it will be the responsibility of the team that caused the damage to pay any additional charges over the USD $500 damage deposit and their damage deposit will be debited to pay for the damage.

In addition, to continue sailing in the event any damage deposit that has been debited will need to be paid up so that USD $500 remains with the Hobie Cat Company beach committee. In the event that damage is the result of a collision and there is a protest decision; the team that is held responsible for the collision is responsible for paying any damage as a result of the collision to the other boat.

Any damage deposit unused at the end of the event will be returned to the competitor.

The only allowable equipment additions to the boats shall be:

  • additional non-permanent tell tails
  • wind indicators
  • compass
  • class legal tiller extension

The factory supplied tiller extension yoke on the tiller crossbar shall not be removed. The OA may ask some competitors to carry cameras which will be mounted by the OA. Competitors are not allowed to add their own camera or mount to their boat. Competitors shall supply their own life jackets and trapeze harnesses.

Schedule of 2019 Championship Registrations

Opening Ceremony

1st November 2019 all sailors welcome

The Registration Office will be open as follows:

Teams must register on site during the times indicated. *
Failure to do so will result in the entry being awarded to another team or entry may not be accepted.
1st Nov10:00 - 16:00Hobie 16 Masters
5th Nov10:00 - 16:00Hobie 16 Great Grand Masters (limited availability)
Hobie 16 Grand Masters (limited availability)
Hobie 16 Women (limited availability)
Hobie 16 Youth (limited availability)
8th Nov13:00 - 16:00Hobie 16 Open Qualifiers (limited availability)
10th Nov10:00 - 16:00Pre-qualified teams seeded for Hobie 16 Open Semi-Finals
*Schedule is subject to change. Teams must register on site during the times indicated. Failure to do so will result in the entry being awarded to another team

Schedule of 2019 Championship Races

Hobie 16 Masters (112 entries, max)

2nd NovHobie 16 Master’s International Cup - Races
3rd NovHobie 16 Master’s International Cup - Races
4th NovHobie 16 Master’s International Cup - Races
5th NovHobie 16 Master’s International Cup - Final

Hobie 16 Great Grand Masters, Hobie 16 Grand Masters, Hobie 16 Womens, and Hobie 16 Youth World Championship (56 entries, max)

6th NovHobie 16 Great Grand Masters, Hobie 16 Grand Masters, Hobie 16 Womens, and Hobie 16 Youth World Championship - Races
7th NovHobie 16 Great Grand Masters, Hobie 16 Grand Masters, Hobie 16 Womens, and Hobie 16 Youth World Championship - Races
8th NovHobie 16 Great Grand Masters, Hobie 16 Grand Masters, Hobie 16 Womens, and Hobie 16 Youth World Championship - Races

Hobie 16 Open Qualifiers (56 teams, max)

9th NovOpen Qualifier World Championship Qualifier - Races
10th NovOpen Qualifier World Championship Qualifier - Races

Hobie 16 Open Semi Finals (112 teams, max)

11th NovOpen World Championship Semi Final - Races
12th NovOpen World Championship Semi Final - Races
13th NovOpen World Championship Semi Final - Races
14th NovOpen World Championship Semi Final - Races

Hobie 16 Open Finals (56 teams)

15th NovHobie 16 Open World Championship Final - Races
16th NovHobie 16 Open World Championship Final - Races

On all racing days the first start of the day will be 1000 hours (10:00 am), local time (wind permitting).

Scoring System

The low point scoring system will apply. World Sailing RRS Appendix A.

Women’s World Championship

Skipper and crew shall be female.

Youth World Championship

To qualify for the Youth World Championship all members of the crew shall be under the age of 21 years of age on 31 December 2019.

Master’s International Cup

To qualify for the Master’s International division, the skipper shall be 45 years or over on 31 December 2019. (Subject to a minimum participation of 12 teams to grant International Cup status.)

Grand Master’s International Cup

To qualify for the Grand Master’s division, the skipper shall be 55 years or over on 31 December 2019. The age of crew members in Grand Master series is open. (Subject to a minimum participation of 8 teams to grant International Cup status.)

Great Grand Master’s International Cup

To qualify for the Grand Master’s division, the skipper shall be 65 years or over on 31 December 2019. The age of crew members in Great Grand Master series is open. (Subject to a minimum participation of 8 teams to grant International Cup status.)

International Jury

An International Jury shall be appointed by the IHCA for the Open, Women’s and Youth championships, and may be appointed for the, Master’s, Grand Master’s and Great Grand Master’s events. The decisions of the International Jury shall be final RRS 70.5

Sailing Instructions

The sailing instructions will be made available at registration.

Prizes

All finalists will receive awards. The first 3 teams in the Youth, Women’s, Master’s, Grand Master’s, and Great Grand Master’s will receive trophies; the first 10 teams in the Open event will receive special awards. The overall winner in the Open event will be declared the 2019 Hobie Cat 16 World Champion.

[DP][NP] Competitor’s Insurance

Each “person in charge” (see RRS46) shall have current third-party liability insurance with a minimum coverage of not less than $300,000 USD. Proof of this insurance must be presented at registration.

[DP][NP] Private Boats & Exclusion Zone

Private Hobie 16s will not be permitted to sail on or near the course area during competition days 1-16 November 2019 inclusive. No coach boats will be allowed in the exclusion zone during this period. Failure to comply may have the entry or team removed from the competition.

Accommodation

The host hotel is the South Seas Island Resort. If you’re NOT staying at the South Seas Island Resort a compulsory daily resort fee will need to be paid to the host hotel to enter the hotel grounds were the boats are stored and racing from. Accommodation information and booking available from https://hobieworlds.com/about-resort/.

[DP][NP] MEDIA RIGHTS

By participating in the event competitors automatically grant to the Organizing Authority, Hobie Cat Worldwide and their sponsors, the right in perpetuity to make, use and show, from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproductions of the athlete during the period of the competition without compensation. See our Liability Waiver and Model Release for full details.

Risk Statement

Competitors and support team participate in the series 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:

  1. They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
  2. They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
  3. They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
  4. 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;
  5. The provision of a race management team, patrol boats, and other officials and volunteers by the organizer does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
  6. The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.
  7. It is their responsibility to familiarize themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event.

Weather information

Average maximum air temperature 83˚F/ 28˚ C
Average minimum air temperature 61˚F/ 18˚ C

For AIR FARES/TRANSPORTATION

  • Fort Myers, FL (RSW / KRSW) is the closest international and domestic airport. It is approximately 35 miles/56 kilometres to Captiva Island, Florida.

Other International Airports

  • Tampa International airport is approximately 170 miles (270 Kilometres)
  • Orlando International Airport (Home of Disney World) is approximately 200 miles (320 Kilometres)

CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION

david.brookes@hobieclass.com https://hobieworlds.com/