2007 Sperry Top-Sider Toronto NOOD - Official Notice of Race

Official Notice of Race for the 2007 Sperry Top-Sider Toronto NOOD Regatta.

NOTICE OF RACE

THE SPERRY TOP-SIDERNATIONAL OFFSHORE ONE-DESIGN REGATTA

Royal Canadian Yacht Club and National Yacht ClubJune -22-24, 2007 Toronto, Canada

Sailing World is the Organizing Authority for this regatta and it is co-hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and National Yacht Club. RCYC and the National Yacht Club will provide race management. Please note that Registration, Section 4 of this NOR, will take place at the National Yacht Club, 1 Stadium Road, Toronto, ON M5V 3H4. Functions and regatta management operations will take place at both the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Island Club House (RCYC Boat Launch/Ferry Dock) 263 Queen's Quay E, Toronto, ON M5V 3H4 and the National Yacht Club (address listed above).

1. Rules1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008 (RRS). Classes permitting advertising (see ISAF Regulation 20) are urged to refrain from displaying advertisements for businesses or products competing with those of the primary and support sponsors of the event.1.2 For the Melges 24 Class only: RRS 44.1 and 44.2 are changed so that, except for infringements of Part 2 that occur within two boat lengths of a rounding mark or finishing mark, only one turn, including one tack and one gybe, is required.

2. Eligibility2.1 The regatta is open to any boat with a minimum LOA of 20 feet, that has sleeping accommodations below decks or is either: a) an active member of a recognized class association for entry in this regatta's One-Design classes, or; b) a boat that meets the criteria established for this regatta by the class coordinator for entry in a level class; and provided that each class has a minimum entry of six boats. Entries with PHRF ratings in excess of 174 shall not be accepted for entry into the Level Classes. The composition of these Level Classes shall be at the discretion of the Organizing Authority, with the assistance of the RCYC Race Committee, or; c) IRC yachts with valid measurement certificates are invited to race under the IRC handicap system as part of the Lake Ontario IRC championships. 6 IRC boats of similar rating must be registered to complete a division in this category, or; d) a boat entered in the event that has a valid PHRF Rating, and is not entered in a One-Design or Level class, shall be assigned to one of a maximum of three PHRF Handicapped Classes. The composition of PHRF handicapped classes shall be at the discretion of the Organizing Authority and the RCYC Race Committee. Entries with PHRF ratings in excess of 135 shall not be accepted for entry into PHRF rated classes by the Organizing Authority. All decisions made by the Organizing Authority regarding PHRF and Level class assignments and entries shall be final. The Organizing Authority reserves the right to accept entries or Classes that do not satisfy these requirements.2.2 The NOOD Regattas are open to those boats whose Owner and/or Skipper is a current member of their National Governing Body .2.3 Easily removable bow stickers shall be attached to the forward 25% of both sides of the boat's hull at all times while racing. The stickers are to be carried with the top approximately 6"-10" below deck level and with the leading edge approximately 10"-20" aft of the bow. Bow stickers will be provided in the Skipper's package.

**3. Entries **Entries shall be submitted on the official entry form. Classes shall meet eligibility requirements no later than June 11. Completed entry forms, with the entry fee, shall be mailed to Sperry Top-Sider NOOD REGATTA, c/o Sailing World, 55 Hammarlund Way, Middletown, RI 02842 or fax 401/845-5180. Late entries may be accepted solely at the discretion of Sailing World and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

**Boat Size Entry Fee* up to 26' $164.00 US ($188 CAN)27' - 30' $190.00 US ($218CAN) 31' - 35' $223.00 US ($255 CAN) 36' and over $240.00 US ($274 CAN) * Fee includes one social ticket**** Canadian total subject to change, based on the current exchange rate at time of entry Social tickets - Advance purchase $44.00 US ($51 CAN) with entry onlySocial tickets include dinner/beverages for Friday & Saturday. Light dinner/beverages for Sunday. Tickets will be $53.00 CAN at the door.Payment must be made with credit card, money order or check.

**4. Registration **Each boat owner or his representative must report to the National Yacht Club, between 5:00 and 7:30p.m. Thursday, June 21 to complete registration. The skippers' meeting will be held Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 at the National Yacht Club, 1 Stadium Road, Toronto, ON M5V 3H4. Crew lists and waivers of liability must be submitted by close of registration. No boat will be registered without a completed waiver form. In the event of a crew member substitution during the regatta, the new crew member must submit a signed waiver of liability to the Race Committee prior to racing for that boat's entry to remain valid. Sailing Instructions will be available at registration. Amendments to the Sailing Instructions will be posted at both the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and National Yacht Club, by 1000hrs daily. It is the responsibility of each competitor to check the Official Notice Board(s) for any amendments or other notices.

**5. Courses **Courses will be set south or southwest of Toronto Islands. Number of courses, specific area locations will be provided in the Sailing Instructions and circle assignments remain subject to the entries received.

6. Schedule of RacesIt is the intent of the Organizing Authority and the Race Committee to run as many races as practical Friday through Sunday, June 22-24, up to a maximum of 10 races for the series. The warning signal each day will be 1100hrs. No starting sequence will commence after 14:30 on the last day, Sunday June 24.

7. Measurement/Weigh-inMeasurement is not required, but each boat shall submit proof of holding a valid measurement certificate at registration if required by the class.Neither the Organizing Authority nor, RCYC or NYC shall be responsible for conducting or administrating weigh-ins should they be required by individual class rules. Local or national class associations shall be responsible for conducting weigh-ins if needed.

8. Scoring8.1 Each boat's total score will be the sum of her scores for all races. One race will constitute a series. This changes RRS A2. 8.2 "Level" Classes will be established using local PHRF handicap numbers.

9. ArbitrationFor protests involving an infringement of a Rule of Part 2 of the RRS, an Arbitration hearing may be held prior to the protest hearing.

10. Prizes10.1 Individual race and series prizes will be awarded by class.10.2 An award will be made to the boat which, in the opinion of the Organizing Authority, had the best overall performance during the 2007 Sperry Top-Sider Toronto NOOD Regatta.

11. BerthingBoats shall be moored, free of charge, for the regatta, at either the National Yacht Club or the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Fleet designation to each club will be posted on the NOOD website (www.sailingworld.com)

12. LaunchingAll boats under 6,000lbs. will be launched free of charge either from RCYC or NYC depending on fleet designations. This information will be available on the web site. For boats over 6,000lbs. launching arrangements can be made through the Port Credit Yacht Club at a cost of $5.00(CDN) per foot on length of boat and $1.75(CDN) per foot on length of mast. Please contact the dock office at the Port Credit Yacht Club at 905-278-7911ext 245 to arrange specific launching times. Prices subject to change without notice.

**13. Photographers and TV Rights **Competitors give absolute right and permission for any photographs or video footage taken of themselves or their competing boat to be published in any media whatsoever; for either editorial or advertising purposes, or to be used in press information.