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1. ORGANIZING AUTHORITY
The Great Lakes Farr 40 Fleet is the organizing authority of the Championship Series. The host club of each regatta in the Championship Series will provide the race management, and shall be the organizing authority for their regatta. The first warning signal shall be according to the sailing
instructions, which will be provided by the host club at each event.
2.1 All races will be sailed under the 2009-2012 Racing Rules of Sailing, the Prescriptions of the U.S. Sailing Association, and the Farr 40 Class Association Rules, except as modified by the Sailing Instructions of the individual regattas or local Great Lakes Fleet. The current class rules regarding the status of the owner-driver, alternate driver and number of allowed Group 2 and 3 competitors shall take precedence over individual race instructions. Crew weight limits will apply as per Class Rules modified so that weigh-in will be required once for each crew member of a yacht entered in the Championship series and must occur prior to the first regatta in which the crewmember competes. Prior to each GL Farr 40 event each yacht will be required to certify, on a form provided, that its crew conforms to the class certificate weight limitations. Further information on the weigh-in process can be found at http://www.greatlakesfarr40.org/Championship/2011CrewWeight.pdf
2.2 A yacht may carry 1 additional person above the crew weight for all Championship regattas except for the Chicago Mackinac Race. This additional crewmember must be approved by the Fleet Chairman at least 3 days prior to the first race. This additional crewmember must sit behind the helmsman and tactician, and is not allowed to hike, assist in any maneuvers or contribute to the performance of the yacht while racing. The owner of the boat must contact the Chairman in writing (post or email) for approval. Rulings by the Chairman are final.
2.3 Any alteration of class rules will only be approved by a majority vote of current fleet members.
2.4 RRS 51 is modified to read: For the duration of the Great Lakes Championship Series all moveable ballast shall be properly stowed, and water, dead weight or ballast shall not be moved, added, or removed for the purpose of changing trim or stability. Floorboards, bulkheads, doors, stairs, and water tanks shall be left in place and all cabin fixtures kept on board. The maximum amount of drinkable liquid on board shall not exceed six liters per crewmember per day.
2.5 The maximum amount of drinkable liquid shall not apply to the Chicago Mackinac Race.
Advertising shall be according to Farr 40 Class Rule 36.
4. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
4.1 The Championship is open to all yachts meeting the rules of the Farr 40 One Design Class.
4.2 All current members of the Great Lakes Fleet, holding a current class certificate and having paid their Local and National Fleet Dues are eligible to compete and are automatically entered. No entry fee is required.
4.3 All yachts sailing in the Farr 40 Class are subject to inspections of compliance at any time during a regatta. This includes sail measurement, safety gear, etc.
5. Schedule of Championship Series and Races
June 4 - 5 COLORS Regatta, Columbia YC, 5+ races
June 10 - 12 Chicago NOOD Regatta, Chicago YC, 5+ races
July 16 Chicago-Mackinac, Chicago YC, 1 race
August 6 & 7 Brian Jackman Regatta, Chicago YC, 6+ races
August 19 - 21 Chicago Verve Cup Chicago YC 5+ races
September 17 - 18 Sheldon Clark, Chicago YC, 4+ races
6. Sailing Instructions
The Sailing Instructions will be provided by the Organizing Authority for each regatta.
7. Championship Series Scoring
7.1 The Low point scoring system as described in RRS Appendix A will be used for scoring of the Championship Series. RRS A9 will apply.
7.2 The number of throw outs will be determined by the total number of races sailed in the Championship. Throw-outs will be administered according to the following schedule:
|Number of races completed||Throw-outs applied|
|11 or fewer||0|
8.1 RRS 44 - Penalties for breaking rules of Part 2 is modified such that a boat that may have broken a rule of Part 2 while racing may take a penalty by either making one complete 360 degree turn including one tack and one gybe that, in all other respects, complies with RRS 44.2 or by taking a 20% Scoring Penalty in compliance with RRS 44.3 as changed by NOR 8.2. However, if a boat breaks a rule of Part 2 within the three-length zone of any rounding marks, her penalty shall be either a 720 degree Penalty Turn in compliance with RRS 44.2 or a 40% Scoring Penalty in compliance with RRS 44.3 as changed in Sailing Instruction 18.1.
8.2 The 20% Scoring Penalty shall not equal less than two places. The 40% Scoring Penalty shall not equal less than 4 places.
8.3 The penalty for any infringement of the Class Rules or ORC regulations is to be at the sole discretion of the International Jury or Protest Committee once racing commences, in consultation with the Class Management Group or non-competing Class Representative.
9.1 Overall Awards will be presented to yachts and their crews finishing first, second, and third in the Championship Series.
9.2 Additional Prizes may be awarded
9.3 An end of the season Awards Party will be held in the Fall. All prizes will be given out at that time.