CONDITIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES MULITHULL CHAMPIONSHIP
1.0 CONDITIONS AND SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The Organizing Authority, United States Multihull Championship Committee issues these Conditions and Sailing instructions for the National Championship. The championship is governed by US Sailing Regulation 2.02, 4.03,10, 13 and 14.04. http://about.ussailing.org/Assets/Bylaws/US+SAILING+Regs.pdf
2.0 SELECTION OF TEAMS
The event is open to all current members of US Sailing. There is no age restriction.
3.0 CREW CHANGES
3.1. Once a team’s entry is accepted in the Championship, there may not be any substitution for members of the team except as provided below.
i. Substitution of a team member in a championship can be requested for medical reasons or death in the family. Exceptions may be made for unexpected work/ school conflicts. Supporting documentation may be requested.
ii. All substitutions must be adequately explained and accepted by the Organizing Authority.
3.2 When an event is in progress:
i. If a sailor cannot continue due to sickness, accident or other emergency, a replacement sailor may, with the approval of the Organizing Authority (OA), be substituted for one or more of the races.
ii. Once the substitution has occurred, the skipper and crew must adhere to the one design class rules regarding minimum crew weight.
4.0 COACHING AND/OR SUPPORT BOATS
The Championship will meet US Sailing’s policy on coach and support boats found at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/Coaching_and_Support_Vessels.htm and designate the grade in the respective Notice of Race.
4.1 This event is Grade 3. Support vessels are allowed for this event subject to restrictions specified in the Sailing Instructions.
5.1 The event will be sailed in a one design multihull class that is a current member of US Sailing. The championship will use the current one design class rules.
5.1 a This is a Bring Your Own Boat (BYOB) championship. The boats used in the National Championship may be chartered either from private owners or from manufacturers. It is of the utmost importance that they be treated with care at all times as the future of these events depends on being able to charter boats again. See Section Six with regard to insurance provisions.
5.2 If a boat is disabled and cannot be repaired before the next race, another boat, with the approval of the Organizing Authority, may be substituted and may continue to be used for the remaining races of the event. In such cases, the sails of the disabled boat shall be used if possible.
5.4 Teams must wear Personal Floatation Devices(PFD) / life jackets approved by the US Coast Guard or approved by their MNA.
5.5 The use of electronic devices is restricted by the Class Rules and the NOR.
5.6 Hulls and underwater foils may be cleaned with normal soap and water only. Friction reducing soaps/products are prohibited.
6.0 LIABILITY AND DAMAGE
6. 1 At-fault occurrences to other boats are the responsibility of the helmsman. Contestants are not covered by any Liability Insurance provided by the host club and should provide their own coverage for personal goods and liability protection. US Sailing recommends those teams, or where minors are involved, their parents or guardians consult their own insurance carrier regarding additional personal liability insurance coverage
6.2 US Sailing does not require the use of hold harmless forms. It strongly recommends that organizing authorities seek local legal advice on the question and carry adequate insurance coverage such as that provided by the Regatta Liability Insurance Program endorsed by US Sailing.
6.3 Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. 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.
7.0 EVENT FORMATS
7.1 The National Championship will be based on one of the following formats to be determined by the United States Multihull Championship Committee
a) Bring-your-own-boat regatta Format- Requests for Redress for equipment failures will be denied in a bring-your- own-boat event.
b) Promotion-Relegation Format
7.2 In the case that the National Championship will be sailed as a promotion-relegation competition, it will proceed as follows. In this scheme, teams at the National Championship will be allowed reasonable time to make allowable adjustments to the boat between rounds.
a) Teams will draw initial division assignments (A1, A2 …A10; B1, B2 …B10). In heat 1B, all of the teams drawing "B" boats race together. In heat 1A, all of the teams drawing "A" boats race together. Heats 1B and 1A constitute “Race 1.”
b) The top five teams from heats 1B and 1A race together in heat 2A, and the remaining teams race together in heat 2B. Heat 2B is run before heat 2A. c) Heat 2B is scored with each team’s score increased by ten (10) points. Heat 2A is scored. This constitutes “Race 2”.
c) After heat 2A, the bottom three teams from heat 2A will race in heat 3B, and the top three teams from heat 2B will race in heat 3A.
d) each subsequent A heat, the process described in 7.2.c and 7.2.d is repeated.
e) At the conclusion of the event, if a matching A division heat is not completed, the B division heat shall be discarded.
f) At the National Championship, weather conditions, the need to protect boats and equipment or the need to expedite completion of the event may require other procedures. Any such special procedures are at the discretion of the Organizing Authority.
8.0 RACE ADMIMINSTRATION
8.1 GENERAL POLICY
a) No person may serve as a member of the protest committee or as the principal race officer at an event in which any competitor in the event is a close relative. (see note below)
b) Volunteers in any capacity are expected to subordinate their personal and individual interests to the interests of the event and the sport of ailing. See US Sailing Regulation 1.00.
c) Except in illness or emergency, the protest committee shall consist of a minimum of three judges.
d) The organizing authority shall file an event report that includes the names and certifications of all judges, umpires and principal race officials to firstname.lastname@example.org within two weeks of the event.
8.2 EVENT POLICY: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS
a) Require the appointment of a US Sailing certified Regional Race Officer (RRO) or National Race Officer (NRO) as PRO for the championship event.
b) Require the appointment of a US Sailing Senior Judge as Protest Committee Chairman.
c) If the requirements for an appointment cannot be met after allowing for exceptions, an appointment of a certified official shall be made by the applicable race officials committee.
9.0. POWER LINE HAZARDS
US Sailing Regulations require that US Sailing Championships at all levels be held at sites free of power line hazards. Written compliance is required to be filed with the Championship Director at US Sailing.
9.1. HOST CLUB
9.2 The host club should familiarize all competitors with the waters in which the races are to be held with emphasis on obstructions, tidal conditions and probable location of marks.
9.3 The Host club shall submit a Championship report assessing the championship and make any recommendations for managing future successful championships.
1 For the purpose of this policy the term "close relative" is defined as an individual related to another person or the person's spouse within the third degree. This includes parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, spouses and close relatives of spouses including step- or in-law relatives.
2 In all cases, the corresponding ISAF certification will be acceptable in place of the US SAILING certification. For example, an ISAF International Umpire may serve without approval in place of a US SAILING certified Umpire