National Inland Championships 21/09/2019-22/09/2019

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Entry Fee: £45
First start: 13:00
Races: 5
Launch time: 12:30




21st-22nd September 2019

Organising Authority: Grafham Water SC in conjunction with the Merlin Rocket Owners’ Association (MROA)



1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing and the RYA Racing Charter.

1.2 Any amendment to this Notice of Race will be posted on the Merlin Rocket website; no later than 18thSeptember 2019.

1.3 The Exoneration Penalty and the Advisory Hearing and RYA Arbitration of the RYA Rules Disputes procedures shall apply (for information on the procedures, go to The outcome of an RYA Arbitration can be referred to a protest committee, but an arbitration cannot be reopened or appealed.

1.4 RRS 40 will apply at all times when afloat. This changes RRS 40.


2.1 Advertising shall comply with WS Regulation 20 and the Merlin Rocket Class Rules.

2.2 Boats may be required to display event supplied competitor advertising as per the Class Rule C.4.1.

2.3 The area of mainsail below the bottom batten shall be reserved for advertising by the event sponsor.


3.1 The regatta is open to boats of the Merlin Rocket Class

3.2 MR class boats must have a valid measurement certificate. The helm must be a current member of the MROA.

3.3 Online entry will be available on the GWSC website. All boats must attend registration.

3.4 Eligible boats may enter by submitting a completed entry form and paying the appropriate entry fee during Registration at GWSC; 09.30 – 11.30 21stSeptember 2019.

3.5 Entry will close at 11.30 on 21stSeptember. 2019

3.6 Helms and crews under 18 years of age during the event shall submit signed Parent/Guardian Declarations at the time of entry.

3.7 The Entry Fee for the event is £45.00.


4.1 Race schedule:






21 Sept

09.30 – 11.30



Back to back

Back to back

Registration in Club Secretary’s office.

Racing and safety briefing in ground floor café.

Warning Signal Race 1

Race 2

Race 3



22 Sept


Warning Signal Race 4

Back to back

Race 5


4.2 No warning signal will be made after 13:25 on Sunday 28th Oct. 2018.


Registration will take place at the Registration Desk in GWSC Clubhouse at the times prescribed in NoR 4 ‘Schedule of Events’.


6.1 Sailing Instructions (SIs) will be available at registration.

6.2 At the discretion of the Organising Authority, Sailing Instructions may be released earlier on the MROA website.


7.1 All Merlin Rockets must present a valid Measurement Certificate at Registration.

7.2 All Merlin Rockets may be subject to spot measurement checks may at any time during the event.

7.3 The measuring authority referred to in RRS 64.3(b) will be the Royal Yachting Association.


Racing will take place on Grafham Water.


9.1 The courses to be sailed will be a combination of sausage and triangle laps.

9.2 The target time for race duration will be 50 minutes.

9.3 Starts will be made using a line start.

9.4 The finish line will normally be at the leeward end of the course but the course may be shortened to finish at another mark.


The Low Point Scoring System of Appendix A applies as follows:

a. One race is required to be completed to constitute a series.

b. When fewer than fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

c. When five or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.


11.1 Coach and support boats are not allowed.


Boats shall be berthed on their launching trollies and trailers in their assigned places in the boat park.


13.1 Substitution of the person named as helm on the entry form will not be allowed

13.2 Permission to substitute the person named as crew on the entry form will only be granted for reasons of injury, illness, serious unforeseen personal circumstances or pre-arranged crew substitutions approved by the Organising Authority at or before registration.

13.3 Requests for substitutions shall be made at the first reasonable opportunity and shall be confirmed in writing before the end of the protest time limit on the first day the substitution comes into effect.

13.4 Substituted equipment may be required to pass an equipment check.

13.5 'Request for Substitution of Crew' and 'Request for Substitution of Equipment' forms will be available at the Race Office and shall be delivered there.


Except in an emergency, a boat that is racing shall not make voice or data transmissions and shall not receive voice or data communications not available to all boats.


Merlin Rocket Class - Prizes will be given as follows:

Golden Touch Trophy Winner of the Inland Championship

S. Yorks SC Trophy Winner of Race 1

Colne Cup Winner of Race 2

Draycote Water Salver Winner of Race 3

Colin Pitts Memorial Trophy Winner of Race 4

Grafham Water Trophy Winner of Race 5

Additional Trophies

Maritime Plate First Helm/Crew related by birth, marriage or civil partnership sailing in the same boat throughout the championship

Bald Head Trophy First helmsman aged 50 or over on the first day of the championship

Fossil Bowl First helmsman aged 21 or under on the first day of the championship

Tinker Trophy First female competitor sailing in the same boat throughout the championship

Cookham Team Trophy The Club scoring the lowest total points with their best 3 boats sailed by the same helmsmen throughout the championship

Old Boats Plate First “Classic” boat (Sail No 3571 and below)

Blithfield Stick First boat with both helm and crew aged 60 or over on the first day of the championship

Glassware First 10 boats in the overall classification


Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone”.

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

i) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

ii) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

iii) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

iv) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

v) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

vi) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;

vii) It is their responsibility to familiarize themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event.

viii) Their boat is adequately insured, with cover of at least £5 million or the equivalent per eventagainst third party claims.


The fact that the race committee and/or Class Association conducts inspections of a boat does not reduce the responsibilities of each competitor set out in this Notice of Race.


By participating in these championships, a competitor automatically grants to the organising authority and its sponsors the right in perpetuity to make, use and show, from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproductions of him or her during the period of the competition, without compensation.


Merlin Rocket class website:

Food is served throughout the day in the ground floor café, including after sailing on both days. The café will be open until approx 1800 on Saturday and approx. 1600 on Sunday. To help avoid delay you are advised to book meals for after sailing with the café before going afloat

For further information please contact Grafham Water Sailing Club Office on 01480 810 478 or email [email protected]

Overnight camping and camper van parking is available at the Club and must be booked in advance and the appropriate fee paid.


In order to prevent the spread of non-native species there is a requirement to ensure that boats are clean before they visit the site using the principle of Check Clean Dry This includes:

CHECK your equipment and clothing for live organisms – particularly in areas that are damp or hard to inspect.

CLEAN and wash equipment, footwear and clothing thoroughly. If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them.

DRY all equipment and clothing – some species can live for many days in moist conditions. Make sure you don’t transfer water elsewhere.

Anglian Water ask for boats and equipment, arriving at Grafham Water that are from the following locations, to have been clean and dry for at least two days prior to arrival – if not, then they must not be launched at the Club:

Wraysbury Reservoir and Wraysbury River near to Staines, The Queen Mother Reservoir,
Queen Elizabeth II/Bessborough Reservoirs, Queen Mary Reservoir

Warwick East Reservoir, Warwick West Reservoir and William Girling Reservoir all located in the Lee Valley


A non-native species of fresh water shrimp (commonly known as killer shrimps) have been found in Grafham Water and certain restrictions on boat movement have been imposed by AW, DEFRA or other bodies to prevent the spread of these to other locations in the UK. These requirements are prominently displayed on the club premises and will include washing boats and equipment before removal from the Club premises.

Failure to comply with the requirements of these restrictions may lead to expulsion from the event

Club: Grafham Water S.C.
Address: West Perry, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 0BU
Phone: 0845 644 2548
Region: East Anglia


Grafham Water Sailing Club is only three miles from the A1
and five miles from the A14, in Cambridgeshire.
The club is situated in the village of Perry, which is on the B661.
From the A1 at the roundabout in Buckden head west,
following the signs for Perry and Grafham Water.
On reaching the centre of Perry village,
turn down Chichester Way (opposite the Wheatsheaf Pub)
and keep going until you reach the end of the road,
where you will find the club entrance.
Name: Chris Martin
Phone: 07966687785
Email: Contact