2017 Central Regional Regatta called ON for February 18-19

VIA Bill Cutting US5430, Central Region Rear CommodoreUs5430@gmail.com

The 2017 Central are called ON for Saturday February 18 and Sunday February 19th. Primary site is Big Glenn lake, Glenn Arbor, Mi.

Directions: take M 72 west out of Traverse City to country road 677 (about 15-20 miles), turn right and go to M 22, turn right and drive into Glen Arbor. Turn right on S. Lake St. and drive to the lake.

Parking is going to be tricky. The access is on a road end, boats will need to be unloaded and vehicles will need to parked down the street at Glen Craft Marina. Please do not block any exits or driveways.

LODGING:
Lodging is not plentiful in Traverse City with the long president’s weekend. 
The Holiday Inn Express in Acme has 8 rooms left, 115-135/night 231-938-2600.
Comfort Inn 4 rooms, 180/night 231-778-8000.
Econolodge 5 rooms, 79.95/night 231-943-3040.
Marriot Courtyard 2 rooms, 139/night 231-929-1800.
Americinn 1 room, 149.90/nite 231-938-0288
These are all for both Friday 2/17 and Saturday 2/18. 

NOTICE OF RACE
Central Lakes Regional DN Championship Regatta
February 18-19
North American Central Region

Organizing Authority
International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association
North American Central Region

1. Rules:

All races will be governed by the Racing Rules of the National Iceboat Authority; the By-Laws of the IDNIYRA, and Official Specifications of the DN Ice Yacht; the Notice of Race, including any amendments to the Notice of Race, (except as any of these are altered by the sailing instructions) and the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions can be modified at the Skippers Meeting and by a notice posted on the official notice board.

Sail number does not need to match fuselage number or skippers registered IDNIYRA number but does need to be unique to each skippers sail (no duplicates on course)
-Skipper still needs to be a current member of IDNIYRA in good standing

Seven races per fleet – 3 race minimum in the Gold Fleet will constitute the regatta. Fleets – Gold and Silver Volunteer split for fleets if needed. Discard race after 5 races sailed.

2. Eligibility:

All DN class yachts meeting the requirements of the Official Specifications and whose skippers meet the requirements of the By-Laws of the IDNIYRA as stated in the section IDNIYRA Regattas are eligible to enter and race in the championship.

3. Site Information and Postings:

A. The primary site is Glenn Lake, Glenn Arbor Michigan

B. Official regatta information, updates and accommodations: dnamerica.org, theneiya.org

4. Entry and Fee:
Register in the pits saturday morning
$30 registration fee

5. Schedule of Events:
•Sat 9:15-10am on ice registration
•Sat 10am Skippers Meeting
•Sat 11am First start
•Sunday 10:00am First start. No race will start after 3PM

6. Sailing instructions

Official Sailing Instructions will be posted on this site prior to time of registration.

7. Prizes
To be awarded at the launch after the conclusion of racing.

8. Proof of Insurance

Proof of personal or race liability insurance ($300,000 minimum)

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

1. RULES
1) The 2016 Central Lakes Regional Championship and races will be governed by; the Racing Rules of the National Iceboat Authority (NIA), and the NIA Rule Interpretations; the Constitution, Specifications, By-Laws, and Racing Rules of the IDNIYRA, and the Notice of Race, except as modified by these sailing instructions.
2) Any further modifications to NIA or IDNIYRA prescriptions or these Sailing Instructions will be announced at a Skippers Meeting or by Official Notice posted on the Official Notice Board located at the launch site
3) Competitor’s failure to comply with the IDNIYRA requirements to display a sail number on the hull will not be subject to disqualification solely on the basis of non-compliance with that specification.

2. ENTRIES AND FLEET ASSIGNMENTS
1) Registration, proof of insurance and entry fee payment is required to compete.
2) Registration will take place Saturday, on the ice, at the launch site
3) The person whose name is on the entry shall be deemed skipper and must be a current IDNIYRA Member and use sails with the skipper’s assigned number or a discreet number unique to that boat.
4) Fleets will be split based on the volunteer basis with each skipper identifying the fleet they will race in on the entry form.
5) The Race Committee Chairman reserves the right to move boats between fleets based on balancing each fleets make-up and size. The fleet assignments and first race starting positions will be posted on the Official Notice Board.
6. Competitors who have never competed in or have not in the last ten years completed in a Regional Regatta, or NA are eligible to compete as a Rookie within the silver fleet. Competitors must declare their intent and eligibility to compete as a Rookie on the registration form.

3. OFFICIAL SCHEDULE AND RACE TIMES (Local Time)
1) A competitors meeting will be held, Saturday, at 9:30AM at the starting line.
2) Saturdays First Race Start is scheduled for 10:00 AM, and will be a Gold Fleet race. The second race will be a Silver Fleet race. Racing will continue alternating Gold, Silver.
3) Sunday’s first race start time, will be 10:00AM and the designated first fleet to race, will be posted on the Official Notice Board.
4) The Race Committee Chairman reserves the right to change the fleet rotation. Any changes in the rotation will be announced and posted on the Official Notice Board.
5) No Race will be started after one half hour before sunset.
6) Racing may cease earlier at the discretion of the Race Committee Chairman in consideration of; the sun angle, ambient light, and weather conditions that may cause visibility issues on the race course.
7) No race will start after 2:30PM on Sunday

4. RACES
1) It is intended that each fleet will race Seven (7) races, with three (3) Gold Fleet races being necessary for a complete regatta.
2) Low point scoring system will be used, with ne throw-out after five (5) races are completed – worst finish including DSC, DNS, DNF, will not be counted.

5. RACE COURSE
1) The designated Race Course shall be the NIA, INLINE COURSE with Darling Marks. The Western Region Race Course Format will be posted on the Official Notice Board and copies will be made available. The course may be subject to change as conditions warrant.
2) All courses will be WINDWARD / LEEWARD.
3) The race course length and number of laps will be announced by the Starter prior to each race.

6. RACE COURSE MARKS
1) The primary Windward and Leeward “Rounding Marks” consist of a tall tri-pod forming a triangular shape that is covered in-part by a fluorescent orange material.
2) The Windward and Leeward Darling Marks will consist of a shorter tri-pod forming a triangular shape that is covered by a fluorescent green material.
3) The Darling Marks will be located in line with the course/wind and typically 80 yards down wind of the windward mark and typically 80 yards up-wind of the leeward mark.
4) Competitors may note the mark’s characteristics and positioning by observing the Leeward Mark from the Starting Line Area prior to start of the racing.
5) If determined to be necessary two “Guard Cones” will located at the approaches to each Primary Mark (Orange Cones) and/or each Darling mark (Green Cones) to protect the marks.
6) If used the guard cones are be placed in close proximity to the marks and are to be considered part of the mark for the purposes of, NIA, Part IV Sailing Rules, and C. 3.

7. STARTING LINE
1) The Starting Line consists of a two section yellow polyethylene rope with each section having numbered tags attached at each start position.
2) The Right side start positions have odd numbers beginning at the line center as 1 and extending to start position number 49.
3) The Left side start positions have even numbers beginning at the line center as 2 and extending to start position number 50.
4) The ends of the starting line are marked by and orange line reel with an orange florescent flag.

8. NOTIFICATION OF AND PREPERATION FOR A RACE START
1) Prior to the finish of a race in progress, an announcement will be made and a Fleet Flag will be posted, near the starting line center identifying the next fleet to start.
2) When the fleet flag is raised that fleet’s competitors should prepare for racing by moving their boats to the assembly area, downwind of the starting line lining up with their start position.
3) When the race in progress finishes and the scorers leave their designated area the fleet in the assembly area will be called to move up to their starting positions at the front (windward) side of the starting line for the next start.

9. STARTING
1) The race committee starter will stand on a line between the starting line center and leeward mark. After a count of the starting fleet and determination that the skippers are in position, the starter will make a preparatory, multiple, sound signal aimed to the right side starters and then aimed to the left side starters. The starter will then make the announcements required by NIA Part II, E.3. to the right and left, after which a final single sound signal will be made to the right and left and after a short pause to assess readiness of the skippers, the starter will raise a checkered flag, quickly check right and left and after facing center will rapidly lower the flag for the start.
2) The starter may use discretion in not raising the flag immediately after the second sound signal to give a competitor who is not ready a “short” time interval to make ready. When ready a rapid signal left and right will indicate the flag is about to be raised.
3) If for reasons of safety or considerations under the NIA Racing Rules or IDNIYRA By-Laws the start is to be delayed after raising the flag, the starter will slowly withdraw or lower the flag. And announce that the fleet should stand by.

10. FINISHING AND TIME LIMITS
1) The finish line will be located “In-Line” with the course, extending from the Primary Leeward Mark downwind to an orange cone with an orange flag near the starting line center.
2) The length of the Finish Line is typically 70 yards however, the Finish Line may be longer where conditions warrant a longer finish line for safety reasons.
3) The finish of the first competitor will be indicated by the race committee displaying a checkered flag.
4) The “Bart Rule” will be in effect. Competitor’s that that cross the finish line after the first boat to finish, while the checkered flag is displayed, is considered to have completed the race, regardless of the number of laps that competitor has completed.
5) Lap and Total Race Time Limits will be based on a minimum time of 6-1/2 Minutes per Mile.
(Example: 1 Mile Course, Lap equals 2 Miles, resulting in a maximum time limit of 13 minutes for each lap.)
6) All competitors must cross the finish line within 20 minutes of that races first competitor to finish.

10. SCORING
1) During a race the scorers will be located within a designated scoring area on the windward side of the starting line between start positions 2 and 4, marked by two green cones and the orange cone/flag near the line center, marking the end of the finish line.
2) Each competitors leeward mark rounding’s and finish for each race are recorded by two race committee scoring teams. Talking to the scorers during a race and or while preparing the final results is cause for disqualification from the regatta.
3) Any competitor’s concerns regarding scoring of a race shall be brought to the attention of the Race Committee Chairman.

11. RACE ABANDONMENT
1) A Black Flag displayed at the primary leeward mark shall signal abandonment of the race in progress for any reason including competitor safety and failure of the first boat to make the time limit.
2) Where a race is abandoned the next fleet to start shall be the next fleet in the rotation

12. COURSE CHANGE
1) If the Race Committee Chairman determines that a start line alignment or course change is required a Red Flag will be displayed.
2) When the red flag is displayed all competitors shall move and remain at a sufficient distance from the starting line area to provide the race committee a clear view to make any required adjustments.
3) When the race committee has completed the change the fleet flag for the next fleet to start will be raised and competitor’s shall move to their starting positions on the windward side of the line.
4) Failure to comply may be cause for a competitor’s disqualification from the regatta.

13. PROTESTS
1) Competitors are to proceed with intended protests consistent with all considerations of the IDNIYRA BY–LAWS and Part V, of the NIA, Racing Rules.
2) A competitor shall make his intent to protest known, and identify the competitor being protested, to the Race Committee Chairman immediately after the race in which the rule infringement occurred. At that time the race chairman will provide a Protest Form to be completed by the competitor making the protest.
3) Upon Notification the Race Committee Chairman will post a Notice on the Official Notice Board identifying the competitor’s intent to protest and the competitor being protested.
4) A written protest must be filed with the Race Committee Chairman as soon as practical but, within two hours of the close of racing for that day. The Race Committee Chairman will be available at the launch area to accept written protests after the close of racing.
5) At receipt of the completed protest form(s) the Race Committee Chairman will present the form(s) to the Chief Judge, who will post a notice on the Official Notice Board identifying the time and place for hearing the individual protests.

14. RACING REMINDERS
1) TACKING AT THE START OF A RACE: At the start, a competitor shall not cross the imaginary line between the center of the starting line and the leeward mark before rounding the windward make for the first time.
2) DARLING MARKS: While racing, crossing the imaginary line between the Darling Marks and the associated Windward and Leeward mark are grounds for disqualification.
3) INLINE FINISH: The finish line extends downwind from the leeward mark to an orange cone/flag near the starting line center. The area after crossing the finish line extending along the windward side of the odd number starting line at the width of the finish line, shall be considered a safety zone. After crossing the finish line competitors shall proceed through that zone and round the end of the odd numbered starting line and proceed to the staging area. Do not sail over the start line at any time.

15. AWARDS
1) Trophy presentation will follow competition of the final race in the Launch area or as announced. Trophies will be awarded to the top ten finishers in each fleet, top Junior (age 24 or under at registration), Top Rookie, and for age categories of Senior, Master, and Grand Master