Festival Dates 21-24 January, 2017

Which class is for me?

This page is an overview of the different classes racing at the Festival of Sails 2016. This is not part of the Notice of Race and is only intended as a guide about the differences between the classes.

The boats that want to race on tight courses with multiple races each day will chose the Racing Series. There are two scoring options in the Racing Series, IRC and AMS.

The not-so-flat-out racers will chose the cruising classes (Cruising AMS, Classic Yachts, Cruising with Spinnakers or Cruising Non-Spinnaker).

Having said that, though, all classes will be ‘racing’ and the idea is to get to the finish line as fast as possible. Spinnakers are permitted (expected) in all classes except, of course, Cruising Non-Spinnaker.

Depending on the number of entries, it is expected that classes will be split into several smaller divisions so boats with similar speeds will be racing together.

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RATING RACING (IRC & AMS)
Handicapped using IRC & AMS Ratings
Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
Includes Passage Race (approx 36 nm)
Racing over four days
Majority of races windward/leeward courses
YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

PERFORMANCE RACING (NON IRC & AMS)
Handicapped using EHC (performance based event handicap)
EHC adjusted after each race
Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
Includes Passage Race (approx 36 nm)
Racing over four days
Majority of races windward/leeward courses
YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

SPORTS BOATS
Handicapped using SMS (Sportsboat Measurement System)
Racing over four days
Majority of races windward/leeward courses
YA Category 5 & 6 safety regulations apply

CRUISING AMS
Performance focus with a more social approach
Handicapped using AMS (certificate required) and/or EHC (performance based event handicap)
EHC adjusted after each race
Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
Includes Passage Race (approx 36 nm)
Racing over three days
Fixed mark courses & passage racing
YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

MULTI HULL
Handicapped using Offshore Multi-Hull Rule (OMR) & EHC
EHC adjusted after each race
Includes Passage Race (approx 36 nm)
Racing over three days (after the Multihull National Championships)
Combination of windward/leeward, fixed mark courses and passage racing
YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

CRUISING WITH SPINNAKER
For cruising boats and skippers
Handicapped initially on previous/known performance for the boat (or type of boat)
Handicaps adjusted after each race
Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
Includes Passage Race (approx 36 nm)
Racing over three days with one twilight race
Fixed mark courses & passage racing
YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

CRUISING NON-SPINNAKER
For cruising boats and skippers
No spinnakers permitted
Handicapped initially on previous/known performance for the boat or type of boat
Handicaps adjusted after each race
Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
Includes Passage Race (approx 36 nm)
Racing over three days with one twilight race
Fixed mark courses & passage racing
YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

CLASSIC YACHTS
Open to boats that were built before 1975, raced in an earlier era and are fine examples of tradition & craftsmanship
Handicapped on previous/known performance for the boat or the type of boat
Handicaps adjusted after each race
Includes Passage Race (approx 36 nm)
Racing over three days with one twilight race
Fixed mark courses & passage racing
YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

** A number of the classes will be handicapped using IRC and AMS. Boats not having the appropriate certificate can get one (usually fairly easily but allow plenty of time) by contacting their State Yachting Authority:

Yachting Queensland – 07 3393 6788
Yachting NSW – 02 9660 1266
Yachting ACT – 02 6295 1436
Yachting Victoria – 03 9597 0066
Yachting Tasmania – 02 6383 4719
Yachting South Australia – 08 8410 2117
Yachting Western Australia – 07 9386 2438
Yachting Northern Territory – 08 8945 2506

Yachts outside Australia requiring a certificate should contact their local yachting authority, or Yachting Australia on +61 2 8424 7400, or email office@yachting.org.au

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