Notice of Race

2018 ILCA Youth World Championship
July 3 – 7, 2018
Organizing Authority: Yacht Club of Greece (YCG) and Nautical Athletic Club of Voula (NAOV) in conjunction with the International Lightning Class Association (ILCA) and Lightning Fleets 286 & 525
Sailing Venue: NAOV, Bay of Voula, Voula, Greece

1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 – 2020, the ILCA Constitution, By-Laws, Lightning Specifications and the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships (hereafter referred to as Document Governing).
1.2 Except when RRS 88.2 applies, no national prescriptions will apply.
1.3 The following rules below will be changed/will apply and will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions (SI’s). The SI’s may also change other racing rules.
1.3.1 RRS 42.3(c) is changed to say: “Except on a beat to windward, when surfing down the leeward side of a wave or planning is possible, a boat’s crew may pull pump the sheet, but not the guy, controlling any sail to initiate surfing or planning, but only once for each wave or gust of wind. When the mainsail is pumped, only that part of the sheet between the crew member handling the sheet and the first block on the boom shall be used. (Amended 7/25/13)
1.3.2 RRS 60.1(b), 63.1, 63.6, and 66 are changed to permit Protest Arbitration.
1.4.1 A boat intending to protest or request redress based on an incident in the racing area that she is involved in or sees shall, at the first reasonable opportunity after she finishes, inform the race committee at the finishing line of her intent to protest or request redress and, when applicable, the identity of the protestee.
1.5.1 This rule applies to all hearings except hearings under rule 69. If the protest committee is able to assemble the parties to a hearing before the protest or redress time limit, it may begin the hearing and may waive the requirements of rule 61.2 or 62.2.
1.6 The ILCA document governing is implemented as follows:
1.6.1 VIII.3: Time limit shall be two (02) hours. If no boat rounds the first mark within forty-five (45) minutes, the race shall be abandoned and, if possible, resailed.
1.6.2 VI.2 Second Paragraph: Anchor is not required but 50’ (15.24m) of 3/8’’ (9,525mm) line is required. Bucket is not required. Paddle is not required. Throwable life preserver (cushion) is not required. Personal flotation device (PFD) with a whistle attached is required. At the time of the championship the Organizing Authority will determine if compasses will be used if all of the boats can be equiped with a comparable compass.
1.7 If there is a conflict between languages the text written in its original language will take precedence.
2.1 Competitor advertising will be according to World Sailing Regulation 20.2.1 and according to Article VIII, paragraph 2 of the Document Governing; advertising on sails is not permitted.
2.2 Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the Organizing Authority (OA).
3.1 The regatta is open to boats of the Lightning Class whose crewmembers are under 21 years of age by December 31, 2018. Every nation with organized Lightning activity (at least one Active Lightning Fleet) is entitled to two entries. The host nation is entitled to one additional entry. Additional entries will be accepted on an equal basis up to a total fleet size of 16 boats.
3.2 Each Lightning National Class Association or National Authority shall inform the ILCA class office no later than February 15, 2018 of the number of boats that it would like to enter.
3.3 If a Lightning National Class Association or National Authority can not fill its two boat quota, those available slots will be reallocated to interested countries by March 15, 2018.
3.4 Each Lightning National Class Association or National Authority shall inform the ILCA class office no later than April 1, 2018 of the competitors that will represent their country.
Contact detail for the ILCA class office is as follows:
International Lightning Class Association (ILCA)
Laura Jeffers, Executive Secretary
1528 Big Bass Drive
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Phone: (727) 942-7969
Fax: (727) 942-0173
Skype: ilcaoffice
3.5 Registration forms are available from the ILCA class office Completed registration forms must be returned with the entry fee and damage deposit to the ILCA class office no later than May 1, 2018. Competitors should also indicate the expected number of accompanying parents, friends and coaches to help the OA plan trips and events accordingly.
3.6 Registration forms received after May 1, 2018 will be subject to a $100 late fee. Registration will close on May 15, 2018. If competitors are not registered by May 15, 2018 they will forfeit their right to participate in the Championship and their slot will be made available to other countries/competitors.
3.7 All participants are required to report to the registration desk in NAOV during the period registration is open to complete and confirm their registration for the event.
3.8 All competitors will be required to provide proof of their age with an official form of identification (such as a passport) at the time of registration.
4.1 Boats will be provided by the OA. A system of draw will provide for fair boat rotation. Competitors shall bring their own sails. Boat rotation for each day will be announced each morning. Damages or failure on the boats provided by the OA may be considered for redress.
5.1 Required fees are as follows:
• €450 or $540 USD per Youth Competitor (each crew member) including hotel lodging, all meals, local transport, etc. Lodging will be provided for the nights of July 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. NAOV will only guarantee lodging at the noted fee for those competitors that have requested lodging by April 15, 2018. Competitors that request lodging after April 15th may be subject to an additional fee to be determined at that time based on lodging rates.
• €150 or $180 USD per Youth Competitor (each crew member) who will arrange their own lodgings/food/transport, etc.
• Accompanying parents, friends and coaches will have to provide for their own lodgings/food/transport, etc. NAOV will make every effort to assist with inexpensive lodging suggestions, however, due to the high demand during the peak Sumer tourist season lodging arrangements should be made as soon as possible.
• Damage deposit $500.00 U.S. The damage deposit is refundable and has to be kept at a level of $500.00 U.S. after possible damage. Damages beyond the $500.00 U.S. deposit will be at the expense of the skipper at fault.
6.1 July 3: Sail measurement
July 4: Sail measurement
Practice Race
Opening Ceremony
July 5: Racing – 1st warning signal TBA
July 6: Racing – 1st warning signal TBA
July 7: Racing – 1st warning signal TBA
Awards and Closing Ceremony

No warning signal will be given on July 7, 2018 after 16h00.

Total number of races: 8
No more than 3 races will be sailed each day.
The ability to sail 3 races on one individual day will be subject to the judgement of the OA based on weather conditions and the ability to safely rotate boats.
7.1 The masts of all boats will be tuned to specific measurements which competitors will not be able to adjust during the Championship.
7.2 A maximum of one (1) main, two (2) jibs and two (2) spinnakers will be measured and approved for the Regatta. All sails shall have Official ILCA Royalty Labels. Mainsail and spinnaker numbers shall be the same. Competitor mainsails are required to display the competitor’s country designation.
The sailing instructions will be posted at least one month prior to the Championship on the ILCA website and will be available at the NAOV registration office.
9.1 Sailing Venue: NAOV, Bay of Voula, Voula, Greece
Voula, Greece on Google Maps: Voula, Greece
10.1 The course to be sailed will be windward – leeward.
11.1 The first two sentences of rule 44.1 are changed to: ‘A boat may take a One-Turn Penalty when she may have broken a rule of Part 2 or rule 31 while racing. However, when she may have broken a rule of Part 2 while in the zone around a mark other than a starting mark, her penalty shall be a Two-Turns Penalty.’
11.2 After a race, a boat that may have broken a rule of Part 2 or rule 31 while racing may take a Post-Race Penalty for that incident. The penalty shall be a Scoring Penalty, calculated as stated in rule 44.3(c). However, rules 44.1(a) and (b) apply. A boat takes a Post-Race Penalty by informing the race committee in writing and identifying the race number and when and where the incident occurred. The Post-Race Penalty shall be (a) 20%, if taken before the protest time limit, or (b) 30%, if taken after the protest time limit but before the beginning of a hearing involving the incident.
11.3 Insert a new sentence after the second sentence of RRS 44.1: “When an infringing yacht has its spinnaker drawing at the time of the infringement, drops it completely while taking her penalty, and resets it immediately and has it drawing after the penalty, the penalty is a One-Turn Penalty.”
11.4 In accordance with RRS 70.5 there is no appeal from an International Jury. If the requirements detailed in RRS 70.5 are not met, decisions by the protest committee may be appealed.
12.1 One race is required to be completed to constitute a regatta.
12.2 (a) When fewer than six (6) races have been completed, a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores
(c) When six (6) or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
13.1 Team leaders, coaches and other support personnel shall stay outside the racing area (defined as 100 meters outside the laylines of the course including the starting area) from the warning signal, until the last boat has finished the last race of the day. If a support boat fails to comply this requirement, they may be reported to the Protest Committe. If the Race Committee (RC) needs the assistance of support boats during the rotation process, the RC will request such assistance on the specified VHF radio channel.
Boats shall be kept in their assigned places while they are in the boat park and access will be restricted.
15.1 VHF radios are allowed for communications with the RC per ILCA By-Laws, Article VIII, 5. b) 4) A. The RC intends to communicate with competitors using European VHF channels 69, 71 or 72 as specified in the sailing instructions. The RC intends to communicate OCS boats using the same VHF Channel. Competitors should bring their own VHS radio. Failure or delay in this procedure shall not be ground for redress.
Prizes will be given as follows:
• Perpetual trophy for the ILCA Youth World Champion
• Trophies for places 1 – 5
• Flags to winners of each race
• Shipshape Award
• Thomas Allen Youth Worlds Sportsmanship Award
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See Fundamental Rule 4, Decision to Race. The OA 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.
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover as it is defined by the Greek Legislation (€ 540.000,00) per incident or the equivalent.

Regatta Chairman:
Elias Vassiliades, NAOV Vice Commodore,

Competitor Housing/Trip Planning Assistance:
Kostas Kamarotos, NAOV Treasurer,

ILCA Vice President in charge of Youth World Championships:
Ian Jones

For further information please contact ILCA class office:
Laura Jeffers, Executive Secretary
NAOV Secretary:
Georgia Petra,

Passports & Visas:
No VISA is required for the citizens of most countries entering Greece for less than ninety (90) days stay. However, a visa (Schengen) may be required for citizens of certain countries who should check for applicable requirements 2 months prior to the event.
Airport & Transportation:
The closest major airport to Voula, Greece is Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH/LGAV). The airport is 24 km from the Nautical Athletic Club of Voula (NAOV)..
Ground transportation from the airport to NAOV will be provided by the OA for all competitors.
NAOV will only guarantee lodging at the noted fee for those competitors that have requested lodging by April 15, 2018. Competitors that request lodging after April 15th may be subject to an additional fee to be determined at that time based on lodging rates. Competitors should make lodging requests directly by email NAOV’s Secretary,
Sight-seeing & events:
A free sightseeing trip to central Athens and the Acropolis will be arranged for all competitors together with accompanying parents, friends and coaches.
Additional sightseeing trips may be organized depending on the final number of accompanying parents, friends and coaches.
Other events will be organised for the evenings of the 3rd, 5th and 6th of July.
The final programme for sightseeing trips and events will be issued to all competitors by June 15th.

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