in association with the

13 - 20 JULY 2019, COWES


The notation ‘[DP]’ in a rule in the Notice of Race means that the penalty for a breach of that rule may, at the discretion of the Protest Committee, be less than disqualification.

1.            RULES

1.1         Racing will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).

1.2         The World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) 2018/2019 for Category 4 will apply except as modified below or by Class Rules for all IRC, Level Rating and Cruiser Classes.

1.3         World Sailing OSR 3.09.1, 3.09.2, 3.09.4 (cockpit self-draining capability, watertight integrity and cockpit sole above LWL) and 3.14 (pulpits stanchions and lifelines) shall not apply.

1.4         IRC Rule 2019 Part A, B and C will apply unless amended by the Sailing Instructions.

1.5          IRC Rule 21.1.5(d) will apply but is amended to permit sail changes for the NAB Tower Race.

2.            ADVERTISING

2.1         Yachts shall be required to display sponsor advertising chosen and supplied by the organising authority. [DP]

3.            ELIGIBILITY

3.1         The Panerai British Classic Week Regatta (PBCW) is an invitation event for ‘Classic Yachts’ and ‘Modern Classics’ with a current Spinlock IRC Rating Certificate or a Single Event Rating Certificate.  Yachts of the 8 Metre Class may enter without an IRC certificate.  Those doing so will race for the British 8 Metre Association  Trophy.

3.2         All yachts shall be helmed during racing by the owner/charterer or an amateur member of her regular crew except with and according to the terms of prior written permission of the Race Committee. [DP]

3.3         All yachts shall have a minimum LOD of 7.32m (24ft).

3.4         A ‘Classic Yacht’, for the purpose of the Regatta, is a monohull designed and built for recreational purposes in wood, steel or aluminium to a pre-1970 design by traditional build methods.

3.5         A ‘Modern Classic’ for the purpose of the Regatta is a Spirit Yacht or yacht that the Committee of BCYC considers to be built with the appearance of a ‘Classic Yacht’.

3.6         The Organising Authority may refuse to confirm the invitation to any yacht or crew that it considers is not ‘within the spirit of the regatta’.

3.7         In exceptional circumstances Classic Yachts or Modern Classics unable to meet the eligibility criteria in 3.1 - 3.5 may apply to the organising authority for consideration.

3.8         Subject to entries received, it is the Organising Authority’s intention to sub-divide Classic Yachts and Modern Classics into various classes for racing.

4.            CLASSIFICATION

4.1         The Panerai British Classic Week Regatta is open to all competitors regardless of World Sailing Sailor Classification.

5.            ENTRY

5.1         The Entry Forms shall be completed and returned to BCYC c/o Mary Scott-Jackson at MSJ Events by Friday 21 June 2019. There will be an additional late entry fee of £150 after this date.

c/o MSJ Events, Regatta House, 18 Bath Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7QN or

Office: 01983 245 100   Mob:  07790 770 526

6.            FEES

6.1         The Entry Fee (which excludes the cost of berthing for the regatta) shall be £30 per Metre per boat for BCYC Members and £40 per Metre for non BCYC members (a boats measurement shall be the LH on their current Spinlock IRC Certificate). 

7.            SCHEDULE OF RACING

7.1         The intended racing programme is shown in the table overleaf. All times are UT plus 1 hour (British Summer Time).

7.2         The Race Committee may alter the schedule of races to cater for adverse weather conditions.

7.3         For classes not wishing to race in The Nab Tower Race, an alternative around the cans race will be scheduled, but will not count in the overall points scores.

7.4         The Race Committee may cancel a race for any class in the event of adverse weather conditions relative to the safety characteristics of the class.


8.            MEASUREMENT

8.1         All yachts shall have a current Spinlock IRC rating which can be obtained from the RORC Rating Office.  In addition overall class winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) from previous Panerai British Classic Week Regattas shall have an Endorsed Spinlock IRC Certificate.  One Design or Restricted Class sister ships of previous overall class winners as defined above, may at the Regatta Committee’s request also be required to have Endorsed IRC certificates.  The Organising Authority may waive the requirement for an endorsed certificate however, in such a case, a time penalty percentage shall be set by the Race Committee and applied to the results of all races for which an endorsed certificate is not available.

8.2         With the permission of the IRC Rating Authority, IRC Rule 8.2 is modified to include yachts holding Single Event Ratings (SER).

8.3         A copy of the current Spinlock IRC Rating Certificate shall accompany every entry form or indicate on the entry form that a Single Event Rating has been applied for via the RORC Rating Office.

8.4         All yachts may be subject to measurement by an official RORC measurer with respect to their IRC certificate and observance of IRC Rule 21.1.5 throughout the regatta.

8.5         All Yachts shall be equipped with Marine VHF Radios capable of receiving and transmitting safety and regatta information. Channels to be used will be published with the Sailing Instructions.

8.6         Yachts unable to comply with IRC 14.1 or RRS77 must inform the Organising Authority on the entry form. The organising authority may, in exceptional circumstances, permit the display of a sail number dodger with numerals and suffix letters at least 375mm high for yachts of 8.5m or greater LOA, and at least 300mm high for yachts less than 8.5m LOA as an alternative. The dodger does not need to include national letters. Alternatively, equivalent sized sail numbers with suffix letters may be displayed on both sides of the hull in such a way as to be visible to the race committee at the start and finish.


9.1         Sailing Instructions will be available on the regatta website ( at the end of June and at Registration.

10.         VENUE

10.1      The venue for the regatta will be Cowes Yacht Haven and the Race Office will be upstairs in the Event Centre.

11.         COURSES

11.1      Racing will take place within the Solent and surrounding waters.

11.2      The courses to be sailed will use a combination of specially laid inflatable marks, fixed racing marks, navigation marks and virtual marks. A list of available marks will be included with the Sailing Instructions. 

11.3      World Sailing RRS Appendix WP (Rules for racing around waypoints) will apply if virtual marks are included in courses.  Further information may be found at: (

11.4      All Classes will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, unless otherwise directed not later than one hour before the start of that race.

12.         PENALTY SYSTEM

12.1      A boat that may have broken a rule of Part 2 while racing or that has broken RRS 31 shall take a Scoring Penalty instead of a One or Two Turns Penalty.  The Scoring Penalty will be to add 2% of her elapsed time to her elapsed time, rounding the increased time to the nearest second.  For example, the value 23.5 gets rounded to 24. This changes RRS 44.3.

12.2      Prior to a hearing, and provided that she did not cause injury or serious damage or gain a significant advantage, a yacht that did not comply with NoR 12.1 may acknowledge the infringement by accepting a time penalty of 3%.


13.1      Low points scoring system will apply to all classes.

13.2      Finishing places in all races will be determined using Spinlock IRC TCCs and permitted crew numbers.

13.3      An overall points series will be run for each class, and prizes will be awarded to the first three yachts in each of these series. One race is required to be completed to constitute a series. If five or more races are completed in a series, a yacht’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.  If fewer than five races are completed in a series, a yacht’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

13.4      An overall regatta trophy will be awarded using a system detailed in the Sailing Instructions.

13.5      One or more special prizes will be awarded to the yachts scoring lowest (as above) in a class delimited by those yachts within the fleet achieving a threshold of authenticity as adjudged by an expert panel of judges.

13.6      Trophies will be awarded to the overall winners of the NAB Tower Race and the Long Inshore Race.

13.7      One or more prizes will be awarded for the Ladies Race, but it will not be included in the overall points scores.

13.8      Awards will be presented at the Regatta Dinner to be held in the Event Centre at Cowes Yacht Haven on Friday July 19 2019.

13.9      Other prizes may be awarded.

14.         BERTHING

14.1      Berthing for valid entries has been reserved in Cowes Yacht Haven (CYH) from 1200 Saturday 13 July to 1200 Saturday 20 July inclusive for which there is a separate fee of £26 per metre LOA. All yachts, unless constrained by depth or length, or with the written permission of the Organising Authority, shall be berthed in CYH.

14.2      Yachts with draft over 3.5 metres should contact the regatta office and alternative berthing arrangements will be made.


15.1      Yachts shall not be hauled out during the regatta except with and according to the terms of prior written permission of the race committee. [DP]


16.1      Underwater breathing apparatus and plastic pools or their equivalent shall not be used around competing yachts between the preparatory signal of the first race and the end of the Regatta. [DP]


17.1      Except in an emergency or when initiated or approved by the Race Committee, a yacht that is racing shall neither make nor receive voice or data transmissions that would constitute outside assistance [DP]

17.2      All yachts shall carry a Marine VHF Radio, capable of receiving International VHF Channels. Instructions to the fleet will be issued on VHF, as indicated in the Sailing Instructions.

18.         MEDIA

Competitors automatically grant to the Organizing Authority, without payment, the right in perpetuity to make, use and show any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television of or relating to the event, provided that they do not infringe the privacy rights of participants.

19.         LOGOS

The Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) and Royal Yacht Squadron Racing (RYSR) Armorial and Burgee and all other associated logos may not be used by any club or individual without the prior written permission of the RYS.

20.         PRIVACY

The Royal Yacht Squadron in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR) will use information provided by competitors for the purposes of RYS and RYSR event management only. This data will be held in compliance with the GDPR and will not be shared with any third parties or used for marketing purposes other than contacting competitors by email, post, SMS and telephone with information regarding this event or future events. Competitors will be required to provide their specific consent to this on their entry form.

21.         RISK STATEMENT

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

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

(a)   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;

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

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

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

(e)   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;

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

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

(h)   They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew.

22.         INSURANCE

All entrants shall be covered by a minimum Third Party Liability indemnity of £3 million and declare that such cover will be maintained in full force throughout the event. Entrants shall have a copy of Certificate(s) of Insurance (which must be in English) on board the yacht at all times during the event.


Further information, requests or completed entries should be sent to the address below.

All correspondence should be directed to:


c/o Mary Scott-Jackson, MSJ Events, Regatta House, 18 Bath Road, Cowes PO31 7QN. Tel: 01983 245100, Email: or