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St Francis Yacht Club Thursday Night Kiting
This Thursday April 7th will kickoff the 2005 Thursday Night Kiting Series at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Kiting will be scheduled every other Thursday evening starting April 21st and running to September 9th. The events will include Freestyle, Course Racing, Slalom Racing, and Distance Racing.
Thursday April 7th will be a warm-up freestyle session starting at 5:30
PM. A mandatory skippers meeting will be held at 4:30PM on the race deck at the St. Francis Yacht Club. There will be more information available on the Thursday Night Kiting Series at the skippers meeting.
More information about event formats to be posted soon.
Last edited by OliverG on Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:35 pm, edited 6 times in total.
This is exciting news. If we can pioneer this here in the SF Bay, this could become a significant event. We do have the King of the Bay, but it's not a National or PKRA event. As stated in the posting, the wave series at Wadell is gone also. This kind of event looks very interesting and could open up new possibitlities!
I'll likely attend tomorrows opening kickoff but as it's a freestyle session won't join as the foot's still healing, not that I'd be competitive anyway! Some of the other venues look very cool and I, for one, would be stoked to compete in the Buoy Race, Kite Slalom, Team Pursuit Race, Distance Race and Windsurf-Kite Team Challenge.
I'll post more info as it develops.
And you can, there should be some great events in the works. I'm stoked on it and we'll make sure everyone knows about it, so we don't always find out about it afterwards like last year.
2005 THURSDAY NIGHT KITE SERIES
St. Francis Yacht Club
April 7 & 21, May 12 & 26, June 9 & 16, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, September 1 & 8
OFFICIAL SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
1.1 The regatta will be governed by the Sailing Instructions, and by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), except as any of these are altered by the Sailing Instructions.
2. ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY
2.1 The Series is open to all. However, qualification as to proficiency may be required by the Committee and enforced arbitrarily.
2.2 An Entry Form and liability waiver must be filled out and signed prior to racing.
2.3 Participation will be limited to 25 registered riders, and registration for the season will close on May 12, 2005. Drop-in registration will be available on a first come-first serve basis, as space permits.
2.4 The Entry Fee is $90 for the entire series, and all season registrants will be given first right of refusal for entry into the 3 major weekend events, as well as the Bridge to Bridge Race. Riders who do not register for the entire season will be charged a $10 drop-in fee per night, and their scores will accumulate in the same way as the scores for season registrants (as outlined in section 13.0).
2.5 TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE OVERALL SERIES AWARDS EACH COMPETITOR MUST SERVE ONE EVENING ON THE RACE COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS REGISTER & PAY BY MAY 12, 2005.
3.0 COMMUNICATION WITH COMPETITORS
3.1 Any changes in the Sailing Instructions will be approved by the Race Committee and posted by 1600hrs on the day they will take effect. If changes have been made Code Flag L will be displayed from the halyards on the St. Francis Yacht Clubís Race Deck.
3.2 Questions regarding the Sailing Instructions may be submitted in writing to the Race Office. Questions and written responses will be posted in the Race Office.
3.3 Starting Signals will be displayed from the halyards on the flagpole located on the StFYC Race Deck.
4.1 Twelve Thursday evenings of racing are scheduled. The Series Dates are: April 7 & 21, May 12 & 26, June 9 & 16, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, September 1 & 8.
4.2 Registration and a mandatory Skippers Meeting will be held at 4:30 pm on Thursday April 7 th, and will include a discussion of the rules & procedures for the entire season. All riders are encouraged to register for the entire season during this time.
4.3 A warm-up freestyle session is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Thursday April 7 th, following the Skippers Meeting.
4.4 The first warning signal each subsequent night is scheduled for 5:30 pm.
4.4 Event format for each evening will vary among three different disciplines: freestyle, course racing, and slalom racing. Each week the Race Chairman will evaluate the weather conditions and make a final decision as to the format for that Thursdayís event. The final plan will then be posted on www.stfyc.com by noon on the day of the event, and may also be circulated via email.
4.5 All riders are invited to socialize at the club following racing. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase by non-members.
6.0 RACING AREA
The Racing area will be off the City Front.
The Race Committee will announce the course to be sailed on the PA before the warning signal.
8.0 THE START
8.1 Races will be started in accordance with RRS 26: TIME SIGNAL FLAG - SOUND 5 Minutes- WARNING SIGNAL Class Flag - One Horn 4 Minutes- PREPARATORY SIGNAL Code Flag ìPî ñ One Horn 1 Minute- ìPî Lowered ñ One Whistle 0 Minute- START Class Flag Removed
8.2 The Starting Line will be between the St. Francis Yacht Club Buoys ìAî and ìBî.
8.3 A Competitor shall not start later than 5 minutes after her starting signal.
Individual Recalls will be signaled by the display of Code Flag ìXî, one horn and the Race Committee may attempt to hail the name(s) of the riders(s) identified on the course side of the starting line after the starting signal.
10.0 THE FINISH
The Finish line will be between St. Francis Yacht Club Buoys ìAî and ìBî.
11.0 TIME LIMIT
The time limit for each race will be 30 minutes. A boat finishing more than 15 minutes after the first boat in her class shall be scored ìDNFî by the Race Committee. This changes RRS 35.
13.1 Nightly Scoring ñ Will be dependent on the discipline used, and competitors will receive one combined score for each evening to count toward the series.
13.2 Series Scoring - Competitors must register and pay for the entire series by May 12, 2005 to be eligible for overall series scoring. Competitors must also use one throw-out as a race committee volunteer to be eligible for overall series scoring. The limit for Race Committee is 5 people on a first call and/or e-mail basis. Series scores will be based on results from each individual night. The warm-up freestyle session on April 7 th will not be scored, and thus shall not count in the overall series scoring.
13.3 Throw-outs - There will be three throw-out evenings. One throw-out must be used to volunteer for Race Committee.
14.0 PRIZES Prizes are to be determined, and will be awarded for the series.
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