Offshore Fleet Racing

The Offshore Fleet is new to the Erieau Yacht Club in 2020.

This fleet is made up of keel boats, typically ranging in size from 24 – 36′ (7.3 – 11 M).

Because of the differences in the boats, they are raced under what is called the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) system. This handicap system provides all boats the opportunity to be competitive, regardless of size or design.

The weekly Offshore Fleet races are all held on the lake just off the village of Erieau and are usually about 7 miles in length.There is also a 20 mile distance race each season.

The races are held on Saturdays, check the EYC club calendar and schedule for details.

Mandatory Registration Fee

Participation in EYC Fleet Racing requires a registration fee per sailboat for the season. The fee will be based on dividing the season’s fleet costs (race course maintenance such as buoys and ground tackle) among the members of the fleet. This fee will be charged at the end of the season.

Offshore Fleet CaptainHugh Liebner

Erieau Yacht Club – Offshore Fleet Sailing Instructions 2017-20

The EYC, like many clubs, uses World Sailing’s Racing Rules of sailing for races, but modifies these rules with some local rules and interpretations:.

Our club’s local rules and interpretations are as follows:

1.0 Rules

1.1 Racing will be governed by the Rules as identified in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020.

1.2 The prescriptions of Sail Canada’s Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 apply, except:
(a) The Identification on Sails provided in the Rule 77 and Appendix G shall not apply.

2.0 Notices to Competitors and Changes to Sailing Instructions

2.1 Notices to Competitors and any change to sailing instructions will be communicated electronically in advance of the race, or at the Skippers’ Meeting.

3.0 Schedule of Races

3.1 The dates of racing are set out in the Schedule, as may be modified by a Notice to Competitors.

3.2 Race Postponement/Cancellation A race may be postponed or cancelled as may be determined by the fleet members either in advance of race day or at the Skippers’ Meeting.

4.0 Eligibility for Racing

4.1 To be eligible for racing, a boat must be entered and dues paid as required by the rules of the Erieau Yacht Club.

4.2 The club member who owns the boat must be on board during the races their boat is involved in.

4.4 Personal Flotation Devices As stated in the Racing Rules for Sailing 1.2, each competitor is individually responsible for wearing a personal flotation device adequate for the conditions.

5.0 Starting The start time will be determined at the Skippers’ Meeting preceding the race. Each competitor will be responsible for synchronizing their respective time pieces to satellite time, and starting in accordance with the rules.

6.0 The Course The course consists of a start/finish line and additional buoys that are placed for the season. The course route will be determined at the Skippers’ Meeting preceding the race.

6.3 The Finish Each competitor will be responsible for accurately recording their boat’s finish time on a timepiece synchronized to satellite time. The times will be submitted to the fleet member doing the PHRF corrected time calculations.

8.0 Scoring A high points system will be used with 7 points for 1st, through to 1 point for 7th and beyond.

9.0 Protests Protests shall be filed with the fleet no later than 2 hours after the last boat has finished.

10.0 Disclaimer of Liability

10.1 Competitors participate in all races entirely at their own risk. See Rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority, and the Erieau Yacht Club, it’s officers, employees, officials and volunteers will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after racing, either ashore or on the water. By deciding to enter a race, and continuing to compete, every boat and competitor expressly waives and agrees to hold harmless, the organizing authority, and the Erieau Yacht Club, its officers, employees, officials and volunteers from any and all liability.