The Henley Midmar Yacht Club

The Henley Midmar Yacht Club has without question the most picturesque setting of any inland yacht club in South Africa, with sweeping views over the keelboat moorings and mountains in the distance. A mere 60 minute drive from Durban and 15 minutes from Pietermaritzburg, HMYC is the perfect setting for weekend racing or cruising.

Whether you are looking to race Hunters, Catamarans, Lasers, Optimists, 29’ers or enjoy a relaxing cruise, Midmar offers a huge expanse of water with fair winds.

There is a racing calendar most weekends (see Sailing Calendar) during the season along with many Provincial and National Regatta’s held at the club throughout the year.

Accommodation is available within the Midmar reserve in the form of chalets, rustic log cabins and campsites (see KZN Wildlife booking website
) as well as campsites being available to Club Members at the club for regatta’s and weekends (see Camping Form).


If you would like more information regarding the club, would like to get involved or find a boat to suit your needs, please contact any member of the Committee (see Contacts) either by phone or email.

Yacht Club Contacts

Yacht Club Admin

Jimmy Carroll

Tel: 033 330 4158

Email: hmyc@mweb.co.za

Office hours:

Mondays : 9am - 1pm

Fridays : 9am - 1pm

Sundays : 9am - 1pm

Marketing & PR - Lucy Corder - Mobile 071 575 3262

Dinghy/Youth - Steve Wicks - 083 626 7661

Start Sailing! - www.sailafrica.org

Gate Tags - Contact: Jimmy - Tel: 033 330 4158

Email: hmyc@mweb.co.za

Hunter Class - Neil Corder  - Mobile 083 269 9674

www.hunterclass.com.  South Africa's largest keel boat class. HMYC is very active, visit the class website 

Sailing KZN - www.sailingkzn.org.za

2020/ 2021 SAILING SEASON - NOTICE OF RACE &

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLUB RACING

 

RULES

The races will be governed by the:

Rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2017 – 20 and 2021 -2024

Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS) 2017 – 20 and 2021-2024 as well as the relevant Class Rules.

This combined Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions and any amendments thereto.

 

ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY

The racing is open to all sailing boats.

Boats may enter via a standing entry or

Boats may enter by completing an entry form and paying the required entry fee at    

the HMYC Committee Room, up to 1 hour prior to the start of the race.

 

CHANGE OF CREW

The skipper or person designated to be in charge of a boat (refer to RRS 46) may not be changed during a series. Other crew members may be changed between races of a series.

 

FEES

Required entry fees are as follows:

Class and Club Championships:           R25-00 per day.

All Other Series or Club Racing:          R25.00 per day.

Mini Regattas:       R25-00 per day or R50-00 for 2 days.

Special Events:     As per Notice of Race.

 

NOTICES TO COMPETITORS

Notices to competitors will be posted on the blackboard located on the Clubhouse veranda.

 

CHANGES TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted at least 1 hour before the start of the race in which it will take effect.

 

SIGNALS MADE ASHORE 

Signals made ashore will be displayed on the mast adjacent to the club house.

When Flag ‘AP’ is displayed ashore, “1 minute” is replaced with “not less than         

30 minutes” in the race signal AP.

When Flag Y is displayed ashore, RRS 40 applies at all times when afloat. 

Personal flotation devices shall be worn at all times while afloat.

 

SCHEDULE OF RACES

The schedule of races is as displayed in the calendar on the HMYC website at:  www.hmyc.org.za.

The scheduled number of RACES PER RACING DAY is as indicated below:

 

Series races per day

Class Championships   x 3

Short Course Championships x 5

Club Mini Regattas x 5

All Other Series or Races x 2

 

FLEET FLAG

Flag T will be used as the Fleet Flag.

 

RACING AREA

Racing will take place on Midmar Dam.

 

THE COURSE

The course to be sailed will be displayed on the blackboard on the Clubhouse veranda.

 

MARKS

Marks to be used will be indicated on the blackboard on the Clubhouse  veranda.

 

THE START

Races will be started by using RRS 26 with the Warning Signal given 5 minutes before the starting signal. 

The starting line will be between the start mark and a staff displaying an orange flag on the committee boat.

 A boat starting later than 5 minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start without a hearing. 

Alternatively the starting line will be between the orange flag displayed at the end of the jetty and the prescribed anchored keel boat.

 

THE FINISH

The finishing line will be between the finish mark and a staff displaying an blue flag.

 

TIME LIMITS

Boats failing to finish within 20 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing. This changes RRS 35, A4 and A5.

 

PENALTY SYSTEM

Rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by a One-Turn Penalty.

SAFETY

Yachts shall comply with the National Small Vessel Safety Regulations, as well as their class buoyancy and safety requirements.

Youth category sailors shall wear a personal buoyancy aid at all times while afloat in a yacht. This includes all persons 18 years and younger.

Wet or dry suits do not constitute a personal buoyancy aid.

 

RADIO COMMUNICATION

Except in an emergency a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.

 

PROTESTS AND REQUESTS FOR REDRESS 

  • Protests shall be written on forms available from the Race Office. Protests and requests for redress shall be delivered there within the appropriate time limit.

  • The protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day.

  • Notices will be posted within 30 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors of hearings in which they are parties or named as witnesses. Hearings will be held in the HMYC clubhouse.

  • Notices of protest by the Race Committee or Protest Committee will be posted to inform boats under RRS 61.1(b).

 

On the last day of a mini-regatta a request for reopening a hearing shall be delivered:

  • within the protest time limit if the requesting party was informed of the decision on the  previous day;

  • no later than 30 minutes after the requesting party was informed of the decision on that  day. (This changes RRS 66.)

  • On the last day of a mini-regatta a request for redress based on a Protest Committee decision shall be delivered no later than 30 minutes after the decision was posted.       (This changes RRS 62.2.)

 

SCORING

When fewer than 3 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

When 3 or more races have been sailed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores, excluding her following number of worst scores:

 

No. of Races & Discards

3 to 5 = 1

6 to 8 = 2

9 to 11 = 3

12 to 14 = 4

15 to 17 = 5

18 to 20 = 6

21 to 23 = 7

24 or more = 8

 

Boat handicaps will be the HMYC equivalent of the Portsmouth Ratings.

Skipper handicaps will be at the discretion of the Race Committee

 

Series or Race & handicap system

Class Championships ,Qualifying classes & Open class = Level rating, Boat handicap only

Class Handicap, Qualifying classes & Open class = Skipper handicap only, Boat and skipper handicap

HMYC Short Course Championships = Boat handicap only

Club Mini Regattas = Boat handicap only

All Other series or races = Boat and skipper handicap

 

CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP AND CLASS HANDICAP REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of four finishers in at least five races is required for a Class to qualify for Class Championships and Class Handicap Results.

 

PRIZES

Trophies and prizes will be presented at the HMYC Annual Prize-giving. These will be at the discretion of the Race Committee.

 

DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Competitors participate in the club races entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. Neither the Organizing Authority nor its officials or other persons associated with the organization of the event will accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

 

INSURANCE

Each participating boat is encouraged to carry sufficient valid third-party liability insurance to cover any liability arising during the event.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information please contact the club on 033 3304158 on Monday or Friday morning between 0900 and 1300.

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