The nationals will decide which young skippers Belize ought to send to one or more international Optimist regattas. That of course will depend on funding, but some of the venues in 2012 are not too far away. Go to http://www.optiworld.org/calendar.php.

Saturday 12th November 2011
San Pedro Sailing Club, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

NOTICE OF RACE

1. RULES

1.1. The regatta will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012.


2. CHANGES TO RACING RULES

The Racing Rules will be changed in the Sailing Instructions in accordance with Rule 86, Changes to the Racing
Rules, as follows:

2.1. Boats failing to finish within 20 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored DNF, “Did Not Finish”.


3. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY

3.1. The 2011 Belize Optimist National Championship is open to all boats of the Optimist class that have all valid measurement certificates.

3.2. The 2011 Belize Optimist Open Championship event is open to all competitors whether Belizean National, Resident or Non Resident.

3.3. These Championships incorporate the Belizean representative selection trials. The trials are only open to Belizean Nationals or Residents.

3.12. All entries must be submitted to the Commodore of the San Pedro sailing club by Wednesday 16th November 2011. Late entries may be considered on a case by case basis.


4. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

4.1. Saturday 12th November 2011,

Registration 09:00
Sailors Briefing 09:15
Race 1 10:00
Race 2 11:00
Race 3 12:00
Lunch 1:00
Race 4 1:45
Race 5 2:45
Prize Giving will be as soon as possible after racing is complete.

4.2. At the discretion of the Race Committee the day’s schedule of racing may be altered to suit changes in circumstances.


5. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

5.1. The Sailing Instructions will be available upon registration and from the San Pedro sailing club’s Facebook page.

6. RACING AREA

6.1. The races will be held on the waters off Caribbean Villas Beach, San Pedro.

7. COURSES TO BE SAILED

7.1. The course will be a traditional Olympic triangle consisting of a windward mark, a wing mark and a bottom mark. Details of the course will form part of the sailing instructions.

7.2 The start and finish line will be placed at the “bottom” marker.

7.3 The number of laps per race will be determined before the start of each race.


8. FORMAT

8.1. All boats will race together in the same fleet.

8.2. Each registered competitor will be allocated 1 boat and will remain with that boat for each of the 5 races.


9. SCORING

9.1. A boat’s score will be based on their finishing position.

9.2. Four races to count with the worst score being discarded.

9.3 Lowest score wins.


10. PRIZES

10.1 The following trophies will be awarded

1st Belize National Championship
2nd Belize National Championship
3rd Belize National Championship
1st Female Competitor
1st Team
2nd Team


11. FURTHER INFORMATION

Andrew Milner : andrew_milner@ymail.com
Phone: +501-632-4101