Bellingham Yacht Club
Bellingham Youth Regatta


August 8 – 9, 2015

For a printable PDF version of this NOR click here.


1          RULES

1.1       The regatta will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing, as modified by the NWYRC Notice of Series, this Notice of Race, and the Sailing Instructions for this Regatta.

1.2       Class rules shall be observed and enforced by the competitors, except that competitors may use a “club sail” in place of a class approved sail, provided it is of the same dimensions, of similar construction, and provides no added advantage.

1.3       In the event of a protest, boats are exempted from displaying a red flag (this modifies Opti Class rules).

These changes will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions.


2          ELIGIBILITY

2.1       The regatta is open to boats of the C420, CFJ (non-spinnaker), Lasers (Standard, Radial, 4.7), 29er and Optimist (including Opti Green fleet) classes whose crews have not yet reached their 19th birthday. The age rules of the Optimist Class shall apply.

2.2       Fleets must have three (3) boats registered to qualify for a start.

2.3       In order to compete in the NWYRC Summer Series, sailors must register with the NWYRC (Click Here) and meet the eligibility criteria as described in the NWYRC Notice of Series.



3.1       Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Competitors may sign up online (Click Here). On-site registration will be available Saturday morning between 1030 and 1200.

3.2       An entry fee of $40 ($60 at the door) for singlehanded classes (per boat) and $60 ($80 at the door) for double-handed classes (per boat) will apply. Advanced payment online is preferred.  Make checks (payable in US funds only) payable to Bellingham Yacht Club.

3.3       Entry fee covers lunches both days and dinner on Saturday night. There will be breakfast Sunday morning and pizza after racing on Sunday. Competitors will also get a T-shirt.  Extra dinner tickets are available for purchase upon registration at a cost of $10/ticket.


4          SCHEDULE (all times approximate and subject to change)

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
10:30am – Noon    Registration / Rigging / Launch 8:00am                  Report Time & Breakfast
Noon                       Competitors Meeting @ BYC 10:00am                First Warning
1:30 pm                   First Warning 2:30pm                  No Starts After this Time
6pm (approx.)         Dinner 4:00pm (approx..) Awards



Sailing Instructions will be available for pick up on Saturday morning at the registration table.


6          VENUE

6.1       Registration, meals, skippers meeting, and awards will all take place at the Bellingham Yacht Club. Boats may be launched at Gate 3, or at the public boat launch in the harbor.

6.2       Racing will take place in Bellingham Bay. Competitors should be ready and equipped to be towed to the race course. Tows will be provided if a competitor is not accompanied by a coach. The Opti tow will leave from Gate 3.


7          NUMBER OF RACES

7.1                   For all classes, 10 races are scheduled during the two day regatta, conditions permitting.

7.2       A minimum of one race shall constitute a regatta.



8.1       The Low-Point scoring system as described in the Racing Rules of Sailing “Appendix A” will apply.

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

8.1(b)     When 5 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

8.1(c)      When 10 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two (2) worst scores.

8.2        Results of this regatta will count toward the 2015 NWYRC Summer Series.


9          COACHING

9.1       Coaching on the water is permitted between races.  After the warning signal for a given race, coaching shall cease until a competitor has finished that race. To avoid any interference with boats still racing, competitors shall be required to sail to an area at least 75 feet away from the start/finish line when meeting with coach/support boats.

9.2       Coaching while racing is permitted in cases when novice racers are slowing the progress of the regatta. Coaches shall only coach the back “10%” of the fleet if this is the case.



10.1     Competitors shall wear a US Coast Guard (USCG) approved personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water other than for brief periods while adding or removing clothing.


11        BOAT STORAGE

11.1     Boats may be stored on Saturday evening in the parking lot near the boat launch or on limited space on the float directly under the Bellingham Yacht Club.


12        PRIZES

12.1     Prizes will be awarded to the skippers and crews of the top three finishers in each eligible class.



13.1     For further information please visit the regatta website, or contact regatta chair Jerry Roloson at: or 360.389.8964