1                                ORGANISING AUTHORITY

This regatta is organised under the overall authority of the Australian Radio Yachting Association Incorporated (ARYA) and conducted by the Queensland Radio Yachting Association Incorporated (QRYA) , the Paradise Radio Yacht Club Inc.  and its duly appointed Race Committee.


2                                RULES

2.1             The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 as amended by Appendix E (Radio Sailing Racing Rules).   

2.2             The following documents will apply: This Notice of Race (NoR), the event’s Sailing Instructions (SI), the RC Laser Class Rules as prescribed by Out There Technologies and the Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS).  The RC Laser is a strict, one design boat manufactured by Out There Technologies.  The primary purpose of the RC Laser Class Rules is to regulate all RC Laser boats, used for racing, to be equal in boat speed.  The boats competing in The Championship of Nations 2017 shall be presented and maintained with regard to this ethos.

2.3             The current ARYA approved Heat Management System (HMS) will apply in the event that multiple fleets are utilized.

2.4             The following Racing Rules will be changed:


E3.1:        The control area will be defined on the course board.

E3.2:        Launching area will be specified on the course board

E3.3:        The course will be displayed on a course Board.

E3.6:        Following a general recall, Rule 30.1 shall apply to the restart”

E3.8(c):    Courses may be shortened.

E5.1(a):    The race committee will appoint Observers, who may be competitors.

E6.4:        Add “but prior to the prepatory signal for the next heat or race.”


                  The changes will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions.


3                ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY    

3.1          The competition is open to:

(a.)  affiliated members in good standing with ARYA (Inc.) and

(b.)  member is in good standing with the IRSA Delegated National Member of their country of residence.

Entry will be denied to anyone who is currently expelled or serving a suspension from the ARYA (Inc.) or any state or territory RC sailing association affiliated with the ARYA (Inc.)

3.2           Competitors who reside outside of Australia entering in accordance with 3.1 (b) are required to become a 'Temporary Affiliate Member of ARYA (Inc.) for the period of the event.  This may be exempt for competitors who are insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of AUD$20 million per incident or the equivalent (evidence of insurance must be submitted to the organising authority).

3.3             Entries shall be limited to a maximum of 84 competitors.

3.4             The following class will be sailed:  RC LASER

3.5 Invitations to enter and to pay the entry fee will be extended after the opening of the appropriate round and in order of registrations received.  Entries will be confirmed by receipt of the entry fee, before the close of the appropriate round.  Entries will be posted on


 a.  Entry rounds are as follows:

                   Overseas and Australian first round of entries open December 2016

                   Overseas first round of entries closes 31st March 2017

                   Overseas second round of entries opens 1st April 2017 and closes 30th June 2017

                   Australian first round of entries closes 30th June 2017

                   Australian second round of entries opens 1st July 2017 and closes 30th September 2017

                   Late entries may be accepted

                   b. Overseas first round places are allocated to:

                   Americas, 15 places

                   Europe, 15 places

                   Other overseas countries, 15 places

                   These allocations may be changed for the Overseas second round.

                   c.  Australia, first round 35 places

                   This allocation may be changed for the Australian second round.

                   d.  Guest places may be allocated and may remain open until the beginning of The Championship of Nations

                   e.  Effort will be made to ensure that everyone wanting to compete will be allocated a place.  


4                FEES

4.1             Required fees are as follows:

                    Fee payable on entry AUD 180.00

                  Included in this fee are:  Race entry fee, Welcome Function, Presentation Dinner and light lunches for the competitor on each racing day.  


5                EVENT SCHEDULE

5.1            RC Laser Championship of Nations, 6th November 2017 to 11th November 2017

5.2             Day One: Monday 6th November 2017

                        Registration:         From 09.00 to 14.00

                  Practice sailing       From 13.00 to 16.00     


                  Welcome function:  Lakefront Bistro: 18.30 to 20.30 


                  Day Two: Tuesday 7th November 2017

                  Briefing commences: 0.930

                  Warning signal for first race: 10.00

                  Racing concludes: No heat will commence after 16.00


                  Days Three and Four: Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November 2017:
Briefing commences: 0.930

                  Warning signal for first race: 10.00
Racing concludes: No heat will commence after 16.00


                  Day Five: 10th November 2017:

                    Lay Day (This may be used for racing if required.)


                    Final Day: Saturday 11th November 2017:

                    Briefing commences: 09.30

                    Warning signal for first race: 10.00

                    Racing concludes: The final race will not commence after 15.00


                    Presentation function: Lakefront Bistro: 19.00 to 22.30 

5.3             A break for lunch will be included at approximately 12.30 on each racing day, at the discretion of the PRO.  Lunch will be taken at a time to best fit in with the racing.     

                  A light lunch will be provided to competitors and officials on each racing day.  Additional lunches can be ordered at a charge of AUD10.00 each, prior to 10.00 on each racing day.


6                MEASUREMENTS

                    All registration formalities must be completed by 14.00, 6th November 2017.


7                FREQUENCIES

                  For frequency bands other than 2.4 Ghz, each competitor shall nominate a minimum of three (3) frequencies with their entry.  Permitted frequency bands are 27, 29, 36, 40 Mhz and 2.4 Ghz.


8                PERSONAL SAIL NUMBERS

8.1             Personal sail numbers will not be permitted for this event.  Sail numbers shall be the last two digits of the boat hull number.   In case of duplication, the second entrant will be instructed to carry the numeral 1 in front of the sail number.



                  The Sailing Instructions will be posted on the Event website: and a copy will be placed on the Event Noticeboard prior to the commencement of racing.


10              VENUE

                  The event will be sailed at:

                    Lakeside Drive

                    Emerald Lakes (Map reference: UBD 38 H 13)


                    Gold Coast

                    Queensland 4221


                  Launching details: Dry launching will be available.



11              COURSES

                  Where possible, the course will comprise a first leg and a finish leg to windward. The course will generally be a windward / leeward course utilizing a gate at the leeward end of the course.  


                  The Race Committee will attempt to set a course which will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes for the first boat to complete. 



12.1           RRS 44.1 is amended by E4.3: Taking a Penalty.  

12.2           The Arbitration System for Protest Hearings (Sailing Instructions Appendix A) will not be used.

12.3           A Protest Committee will be appointed to hear any protests arising from the event and may comprise competitors not involved in the incident.  RRS 61.2 and 62.2 may be replaced by a verbal notification and hearing if all parties affected by the incident agree.

12.4           Decisions of the protest committee will be final as provided in RRS 70.5.  


13              SCORING

                  The scoring system is as follows:

a.         For single heat racing the RRS A4 will apply.

b.         For multi fleet racing RRS A4 as amended by HMS and the Event Sailing Instruction shall apply.

c.         Where there are fewer than 21 competitors, the event may be sailed in one fleet.  


14              PRIZES

                  Prizes will be given as follows:

                    The Perpetual Trophy will be awarded for The Champion of Nations.

                    Trophies will be awarded for First, Second and Third places based on event results.

Trophies will be awarded for Master, Grand Master and Great Grand Master.

                    Trophies will be awarded for First, Second and Third places of Australian competitors.

                    The Australian States Team Trophy will be awarded.


 15              CONDUCT


The Australian Radio Yachting Association Incorporated (ARYA), The Queensland Radio Yachting Association Incorporated (QRYA), and the Paradise Radio Yacht Club recognise that all events offer considerable publicity opportunities to Clubs, Associations and the sport generally. Competitor behaviour can impact unfavourably on the sport and all competitors.
Behaviour by a competitor that is in breach of good manners or sportsmanship or which may bring the sport into disrepute shall result in a hearing in accordance with RRS 2 or RRS69.1 or the PRO may offer a competitor a two turns on the spot penalty to avoid going to protest. However, the PRO is not obliged to make this offer, nor is a competitor obliged to accept it in which case a protest hearing shall proceed. 




All those entering or taking part in these Championships do so at their own risk and responsibility. See Rule 4. The Australian Radio Yachting Association (Incorporated), the Queensland Radio Yachting Association Incorporated (QRYA), Paradise Radio Yacht Club and any other parties involved in the organisation of this event disclaim:


“Any and every responsibility whatsoever for loss, material damage, personal injury or death, or inconvenience that might occur to persons and goods, both ashore and on the water, prior to, during or after the regatta, as a consequence of entering or participating in the Championship covered by this Notice of Race.”


Prospective entrants will be asked when completing the Application for Registration form, whether the entrant is, through his or her National Radio Controlled Sailing Organisation (or as a consequence of membership of a recognised Radio Controlled Sailing Club in their country of domicile) affiliated with the IRSA.  If the entrant is unable to confirm this, short term membership of the hosting Club in Australia will be offered, and required, at a cost to the entrant of AUD11.00 for the duration of The Championship of Nations.


At all times the responsibility for the safety of their boat and themselves plus the decision to participate or continue must rest solely with and remain at all times with the competitors.


A competitor may only enter the event by accepting these conditions as they appear on the entry form for this event.



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