Elite Hydrofoil Regattas

 

REGATTA REGISTRATION

Elite Watersports is rebranding the Foil Racing Regatta scene of Tampa Bay.

Together, the Florida Kite Racing League and Elite Watersports have decided to dissolve their partnership. The FKRL has chosen to disband and is no longer operational.

Elite Hydrofoil Regattas will be the Organizing Authority for all further organized race regattas in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Elite Watersports has valued the years partnered with FKRL and is looking forward to the new chapter ahead!

ELITE HYDROFOIL REGATTAS

 

 

We are happy to continue bringing hydrofoil kite racing to Tampa Bay and look forward to maintaining the air of competition that we love and experience during each regatta.

As Organizing Authority, Elite Watersports Presents:

2018 Spring Elite Hydrofoil Regatta 

MAY 11th, 12th, & 13th, 2018

St. Petersburg, Florida 

REGISTRATION

 

**OFFICAL SI **

Spring Kite Foil Regatta

May 11-13, 2018 Course Racing

Option 1 Skyway Bridge, East side, Pinellas side or

Option 2 Pass-A-Grille Beach 22nd Ave

Sailing Instructions


1 RULES
1.1 The regatta will be governed by the Rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing including Appendix F – Kiteboard Racing Rules.
1.2 Only the following US SAILING prescriptions will apply: the prescriptions to Rules 68, 76.1, and rule 76.3.
1.3 Competitors must wear their bib while racing & life jackets.
1.4 If there is a conflict between the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions the SI’s take precedence. This changes RRS 63.7.

2 ENTRY
2.1 Competitors shall complete online registration and check-in at Determined Venue Skyway or Pass-A-Grille Beach on May 12, 2018 no later than 30 minutes to posted Sailors Meeting time. Registration and check-in after the deadline will be approved at the discretion of the Principal Race Officer. 
2.2 Online registration can be found here https://www.elitewatersports.com/elite-hydrofoil-regattas/

2.3 The entry fee is $100 (USD)

3 COMMUNICATION WITH COMPETITORS
3.1 A Competitors’ Meeting will be held on Saturday May 12th & Sunday May 13th time/location depends on forecast. Notification will be posted by 6 p.m. Friday May 11th & Saturday May 12th on line on Facebook group and by email
3.2 Official Notices will be posted on the Official Regatta Notice Board located at the launch site
3.3 Questions regarding the Sailing Instructions may be submitted in writing to the Race Committee. Questions and written responses will be posted on the Official Notice Board.

4 CHANGES TO THE SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted by 0800 hours on the day they take effect except any changes to the schedule will be posted by 1800 hours on the day before they take effect. 

5 SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed from the beach. 
5.2 When Flag AP is displayed ashore, ‘1 minute’ is replaced with ‘not less than 20 minutes’. Changes Race Signals.

6 FORMAT & SCHEDULE
6.1 Saturday and Sunday will be course racing. All competitors will race in one fleet. We plan to run no more than 3 races in a row and no more than 6 races in a day. Unless more races are agreed upon by the competitors.

6.2 Saturday May 12 1200 Skippers Meeting

1330 First Warning Class Flag  

Sunday May 13 0900 Skippers Meeting

1030 First Warning Class Flag  

1600 No racing started after this time

 

7 CLASS FLAGS
7.1 The class flag will be a Pink Flag

8 VENUE
8.1 The intended race area will be Tampa Bay near the Skyway Bridge Option 1. If a wind forecast with any west component in it, we might move the venue to Pass-A-Grille Beach at 22nd Ave.- Option 2.  A final announcement will be made at 1800 hours the night before racing.

9 COURSES & MARKS
9.1 Course is described in Attachment A – Official Description of Marks The WW Liquid Force and 2 Gate Marks will be Liquid Force Red & White Large Buoys

The Finish Pin will be located downwind of the Committee boat and is a Red Buoy. The Starting Pin will be a large Orange Buoy.

10 RESTRICTED AREAS
10.1 While at Pass-A-Grille beach, competitors shall only kite in the swim zone when going to or from the racecourse. 
10.2 The swim zones are defined as obstructions.
10.3 A competitor that breaks this rule may not correct her error per RRS 28.1 and shall retire. This changes RRS 28.1.

11 THE START
11.1 The Starting Line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the Race Committee Signal Boat and an inflatable mark set to port.
11.2 A competitor shall not start later than four minutes after her starting signal. A competitor that starts later than four minutes after her starting signal will be scored DNS. This changes RRS 35, A4 and A5. 

12 RECALLS
The Race Committee may hail the sail number or jersey color/number of the competitor(s) identified on the course side of the starting line after the starting signal by loud hailer. The failure of a hail, the failure of a competitor hearing the hail or the order of the hails shall not be grounds for redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).

13 THE FINISH
The Finish Line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the Race Committee Signal Boat and a mark set downwind of the committee boat. 

14 TIME LIMIT FOR EACH RACE
The Time Limit for each race for the first boat to sail the course and finish is 30 minutes. A competitor still racing 15 minutes after the first finisher shall be scored “Did Not Finish” (DNF) by the Race Committee. This changes rules 35, 63.1 and A5.

15 PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS
15.1 Protests and requests for redress are available at the beach Jury Desk, located near the notice board.
15.2 Protest and requests for redress shall be filed with the Jury within 60 minutes of the docking time of the finish boat. This time limit may be posted on the Official Notice Board.
15.3 Infringements of Sailing Instructions 1.3, 3 & 17 shall not be grounds for protest from one competitor to another, but may result in action from the Jury and or Race Committee. 

16 SCORING
16.1 Scoring will be according to the low point system in Appendix A of the Racing Rules of Sailing
16.2 There will be only 1 discard race after 6 races. This amends Appendix A
16.3 1 race is required to be completed to constitute a regatta. 

17 SAFETY REGULATIONS
There may be a check in, check out procedure. If so the following will apply:
17.1 Check-out: Each competitor shall check-out each time they leave the shore with Race Committee on-shore official.
17.2 Check-in: Each competitor shall check-in each time within 30 minutes of the end of the time limit of the race when they return ashore by notifying in person a Race Committee Beach on-shore official.

17.3 The penalty for infringement of the Safety System shall be 5 points added to the nearest race. The competitor’s penalty score may be reduced to a 2-point penalty if a) the competitor who has not checked-out reports to the Race Committee Signal Boat before the warning signal of the first start for her class b) the competitor who has not checked in reports to the Race Office before the end of the protest time for her class


18 EQUIPMENT AND EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
18.1 Competitors may be required to fill out equipment forms listing what kite and boards they plan to use.

18.2 Unless otherwise directed by the organizing authority, boards and equipment shall be launched and retrieved from the designated area at the event site.

19 DISPOSAL OF WASTE AND TRASH
No competitor shall discharge trash of any kind into the water. The penalty for a breach of this rule, which may include disqualification from a race, is at the discretion of the Protest Committee. This changes rules 60.1(a) and 64.1.

20 PRIZES
Prizes may be awarded based on participation. 

21 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
21.1Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

Attachment A – Official Description of Marks and Courses

 

 

2018 Spring Kite Racing Regatta  

St. Petersburg, Florida

May 11, 12, & 13, 2018

 

NOTICE OF RACE

1 RULES

1.1 The regatta will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), including Appendix F.

1.2 The organizing authority (OA) is Elite Hydrofoil Regattas.

1.3 No national authority prescriptions will apply.

1.4 If there is a conflict between languages, the English text will take precedence.  

 

2 ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY 

2.1 The regatta is open to open hydrofoil class.

2.2 No entries will be accepted after 2000 hrs on Thursday, May 10th, 2018, without approval by the OA.

2.3 Entry applications shall be made before the entry deadline through the web page https://www.elitewatersports.com/elite-hydrofoil-regattas/

2.4 Competitors under the age of 18 shall be required to complete the following:

  • Parental/legal guardian assent – for those under age of 18
  • Medical treatment permission – for those under age of 18 or on their parents’ medical insurance policy

2.5 An entry is not considered complete until both the entry form and entry fee have been received.  

 

3 FEES

3.1 The entry fee is $100.

 

4  SCHEDULE 

DATE

Friday, May 11th

Demo Day

 

TIME

1100

1800

EVENT

Demo Day with open practice runs

Happy Hour at Berlins Doener

4195 34th Street South

St. Petersburg, FL 33711

 

 

Saturday, May 12th

1100-1200/noon

Late registration, Venue determined by Forecast

 Race Day

1230 (noon)

Skippers Meeting

 

1330

1930

First Warning for Course Racing

Dinner and Drinks at Elite Watersports

4100 34th Street South

St. Petersburg, FL 33711

 

Sunday, May 13th

0900

Skippers meeting, Venue Determined by Forecast  

 Race Day

 

1000

1600

1700

 

First Warning for Course Racing

No race started after this time (1600)

Awards

 

     
     
     

 

  1. FORMAT

The regatta format will be described in the sailing instructions.

 

  1. COURSES

The courses to be sailed will be described in the sailing instructions. 

Watch Video

 

7       ADVERTISING

7.1   ISAF Regulation 20 – Advertising Code- shall apply.

7.2   Competitors may be required to carry advertising for event and class sponsors on their kiteboards, lines, and on a Lycra vest if supplied by the OA.  

 

8       IDENTIFICATION

Every competitor is required to wear the official event Lycra with their personal identification number whenever going afloat during the event.

 

9       VENUE

        The venue has two options Skyway Bridge East Side, North end of Pinellas County side or Pass A Grille  Beach, Pass a Grille, Florida.

 

10        BUOYANCY

10.1   The use of personal flotation devices is prescribed, every competitor and support boat crewmember shall wear, above the waist, a jacket, harness, or vest with a minimum buoyancy of 4kg uninflated in fresh water.

10.2    Personal buoyancy is mandatory for all competitors under 18 years of age.

 

11  SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

The sailing instructions will be posted on the official notice board no later than the first competitor’s briefing and may also be available at https://www.elitewatersports.com/elite-hydrofoil-regattas/

 

12         SCORING

12.1 The low point system of Appendix A will apply.  

12.2 One (1) race is required to be completed to constitute a regatta.

 

13         PENALTY SYSTEM

13.1The sailing instructions may alternatively specify that competitors may choose between the turn penalty and a scoring penalty. This may change RRS F4.

13.2Discretional penalties and arbitration may be used if outlined in the sailing instructions.

 

14    PRIZES

Awards shall be given based on participation.

 

15    DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Competitors shall participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk (see RRS 4, DECISION TO

RACE).  The OA does not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during, or after the regatta.  

 

16    TELEVISION AND MEDIA

In registering for the event, competitors automatically grant the organizing authority the right in perpetuity to make, use and show from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproduction of them, taken during the period of the event, for the said event as defined in the notice of race and sailing instructions in which he/she participates without compensation.

 

17    INFORMATION

 

 Organizing Authority:   

Elite Hydrofoil Regattas

c/o Elite Watersports

4100 34th Street South

St. Petersburg, Florida

727-800-2202

 

 Regatta Venue:  

Skyway Bridge –  East Side,  North end of Pinellas County or Pass A Grille Beach, Pass A Grille, Florida.

 

Friday Social & Dinner Venue:

Berlins Doener

4195 34th Street South

St. Petersburg, FL 33711

(727)-256-1133

 

 

Saturday Dinner and Drinks Venue:

Elite Watersports

4100 34th Street South

St. Petersburg, FL 33711

727-800-2202

 

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Thank you to our generous sponsors, without your donations and support, our events would not be the same!

Much love to you!

 

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