Notice of Race
For normal Club races, the Otago Yachting Association's printed programme constitutes PCYC's Notice of Race. It may be altered for any event, either by a notice published in the Otago Daily Times "sports draw" pages (Thursdays), or by a notice placed on the Clubhouse noticeboard. A copy of our section of the programme, including corrections & alterations, is on these pages.
General Sailing Instructions for Club events
Sailing Instructions, including courses, are issued in booklet form to Club Members, and posted on view at the Clubhouse, and are otherwise available from Race Officers at the Clubhouse. Make sure you have the Sailing Instructions for the current season, to avoid being caught by changes.
The Otago Keelboat Championships, the Otago Anniversary Regatta, Classic Boat Day, and other special events, will have special Sailing Instructions and entry arrangements advised.
Club racing is conducted under the Racing Rules of Sailing, as published in the YNZ rulebook. Copies are usually available for sale at the clubhouse or from the secretary.
Entries for Races
Entries for Club events should be made on the standard entry form at the Clubhouse prior to racing, but where this is not practicable may be made by hail or radio to the Race Committee.
If a race has fewer than three entries the Race Officer may decide not to proceed with it.
Landfall Tower races, and other races extending beyond the harbour entrance are restricted to Keelboats & Trailer Yachts, which must be equipped to the minumum standard: Part V, Cat. B (less lights). Open fixed-keel boats (eg flying fifteens) are not eligible.
Short Course races are open to all classes. Sailed in Divisions as defined in the Sailing Instructions - these are based on types of boat rather than age of competitors.
Point to Point races are for all Gold Division boats. Silver Division boats may be accepted on a case-by-case basis at the Race Officers discretion.
Club VHF Radio Call Signs
The Club normally operates on Channel 77 for harbour races, but uses the repeater provided by the Otago Maritime VHF Assn. on Channel 62 for races extending beyond the harbour entrance.
Callsigns used by the Club are:
Clubhouse base: PORT YACHT RADIO
Committee boat : BEVERLY PEARL
Patrol boat: STEWART ELDER
Competitors are encouraged to carry a marine VHF radio whenever practicable, and to keep it switched on and tuned to the day's race control channel.
For all races extending beyond the harbour entrance, all competitors are required to carry a marine VHF radio, and to keep it switched on and tuned to the day's race control channel.
Sailing areas for short-course racing are usually in Portobello Bay or in the Port Chalmers to Deborah Bay area.
"Landfall Tower" races sail a course from Careys Bay, down the shipping channel to the fairway beacon (approx 2km outside the harbour) and return.
Point to point races may go anywhere in the harbour.
Details of the standard courses are in the Sailing Instructions booklet.
As well, individual courses may be posted on the day and duly notified.