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The Royal Yachting Association, the Local Organising Authority (LOA), is pleased to invite RS:X sailors to take part in the 2009 RS:X World Championships under specified conditions laid down by the  International RS:X Class Association in co-operation with ISAF

between the dates
31st August – 11th September 2009

1.    RULES
This is an ISAF sanctioned event governed by:
1.1 The rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 No National Authority preions will apply.
1.3 The RS:X Class Rules and 2009 World Championships Qualification System will apply. The ISAF Ranking List that applies to the Q System will be published on or just before April 30th 2009
1.4 If there is a conflict between the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions (SIs), the SIs will take precedence.
1.5 The Medal Races will be subject to on-the-water umpiring according to Addendum Q.
1.6 If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.

2.1 Advertising will be in accordance with ISAF Regulation 20.
2.2 Competitors may be required to carry advertising for event sponsors.
2.3 The maximum area on the sail that the event sponsor’s branding may occupy is 300mm x 1000mm and shall be placed immediately below batten #5 and as close to the clew as possible.
2.4 National letters and sail numbers shall comply with Class Rule C9.2. The LOA reserves the right to change a competitor’s sail number (not letters) to avoid the duplication of numbers.
2.5 Competitors shall carry in addition to any advertising a National Flag of up to 6,000 sq.cms in size each side of the sail as supplied by the LOA. For the purposes of ISAF Regulation 20, this national flag is an RS:X event advertisement. The National Flag shall be made of self-adhesive material and shall be worn back to back between battens 4 and 5.
2.6 Competitors may also be required to wear a Lycra vest carrying the event sponsor’s name(s) / logo (s) as supplied by the LOA.

3.1 All entries shall meet the requirements of ISAF Regulation 19 – Eligibility Code.
3.1.1 The total combined entry per division shall not exceed 120.
3.1.2 Entry may be subject to the agreement of the relevant authority.
3.1.3 Only countries with a confirmed entry in the Women’s Division may apply for a wild card for additional places in excess of that set out in the RS:X Qualification System.
3.1.4 Entries shall have been issued with an ISAF Sailor Number.
3.2 Competitors shall be members of a National RS:X Class Association or of RS:X International.   National Class Associations (NCA) shall be in good standing.
3.3 Class membership formalities can be completed on site.
3.4 Each full member (National Class Association) shall pay the Entry Fees of his nationals who have pre-qualified and those of his entries by right to which he is entitled by May 31st 2009
3.5 At the same time, the NCA shall confirm & guarantee by e-mail to the Class Executive Secretary that they shall take part.
3.6 Entries shall be made and paid for on line through the event micro-site at
3.7 Competitors shall provide the following documentation prior to completing registration formalities on site:

3.9 Coaches and team support personnel shall provide the following documentation prior to completing registration on site:

  • Original Regatta Entry Form (Form 4 – Download)
  • Proof of Entry Fee payment
  • Boat Driving Licence (if applicable)
  • Evidence of Boat Insurance (if applicable)
  • Proof of ICSA membership

4.    FEES
4.1 The Entry Fee for all those on the published Entry List or with reserved places on it is 200 Euro which includes two self-adhesive National Flags of the required size. For those paying after
May 31st 2009 the Entry Fee is 240 Euro.
4.2 Late entries shall be approved by the International RS:X Class and may be so under special circumstances as determined by the Class. 
4.3 Coaches and team support personnel including boat drivers shall register by May 31st 2009.        Members of the ICSA shall pay a fee of Euro 40. Other coaches and team support personnel are required to register by the same date at a cost of Euro 50 each. (see Form 3). For those paying after that date an excess charge of 10 Euro will be added
4.5 Payment shall be made in Euros. No other currency will be accepted.
4.6 For those wishing to make a bank transfer, our bank details are:

  • A/C:                     The International RS:X Class  Association Ltd.
  • Bank Details:         Lloyds TSB
  • Address:               101 High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1AJ, UK
  • Euro Account #:    86299141
  • Sort Code:            30-96-73
  • IBAN:                    GB21LOYD30967386299141
  • SWIFTBIC:              LOYDGB2L

4.7 Entries made on site shall be made in cash only. No other form of payment will be accepted.

5.    EVENTS
5.1. 2009 RS:X World Championship
5.1.1 The Event shall be a single discipline course racing event open to all nations.
5.1.2 The first man and woman in the Final Standing shall be the 2009 RS:X World Champion.

6.1 There will be two Divisions;

  • Division (A) - Men
  • Division (B) - Women

6.2 Division (A) and Division (B) shall race separately, each in a maximum 11 races series over 7 days which shall include one reserve day, which may be used for racing.
6.3 A minimum of 3 races is required for a valid Championship in that Division.
6.4 The event will run simultaneously and consist of a Single Series and a Medal Race and/or an Opening Series and a Medal Race. The Opening Series will consist of a “First Round” (Qualification Series) and a “Final Round” (Final Series).
6.5 There will be one Medal Race for each Division. Each one will consist of the top 10 sailors from the current standing of the 2009 RS:X World Championships.
6.6 Where there are 50 or fewer boards entered in a Division, they shall race in a Single Series.
6.7 Where there are between 51 and 60 boards entered in a Division, they shall race either in a Single Series or in two groups in an Opening Series as decided by the RS:X Class Race Director.
6.8 Where there are between 61 and 120 boards entered in a Division, they shall race in two Groups in an Opening Series. They shall be divided based on their final standing; first, in the last World Championship; second, on their final standing in the ‘Open Event’ at the last European Championship; and thirdly, on their final standing at their ‘home’ Continental Championship and finally their national standing.

7.1 Event Schedule

Date Day Times Event
31st August  Monday   Arrival
01st September Tuesday  0900 - 1600  0900 - 1600 hrs Registration & Measurement
02nd September Wednesday  0900 – 1600  0900 – 1600 hrs Registration & Measurement
    1800 hrs Opening Ceremony
03rd September Thursday  0900 – 1200  0900 – 1200 hrs Registration & Measurement
    1300 hrs Practice Race
    1600 hrs  Coaches Meeting
04th September Friday 1100 hrs Racing
05th September Saturday 1100 hrs Racing
06th September Sunday 1100 hrs Racing
07th September Monday ------------ Reserve Day
08th September Tuesday 1100 hrs Racing
09th September Wednesday 1100 hrs Racing
10th September Thursday 1100 hrs Racing & Medal Races
    1500hrs Last possible warning signal
    1900 hrs Prize Giving & Closing Ceremony
11th September Friday   Departure














The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1100hrs
(for the Practice Race is 1300hrs).
7.3 The warning signal for the last race of each day shall not be made within 2 hour of the official sunset time.

8.1 Each competitor shall ensure that his/her equipment complies with the current Class Rules.
8.2 Measurement and equipment checks may be made throughout the event.
8.3 Competitors and their equipment shall be on site by 0900hrs on September 01st 2009.   Competitors shall book a Measurement Time Slot by signing in at the Measurement Area after picking up their Measurement Form from the Registration Desk.

9.1 All competitors shall bring their own equipment.

10.1 The Sailing Instructions will be available at registration as well as the Event Program scheduling social events.
10.2 Alterations to the Sailing Instructions shall be approved by the RS:X Class Race Director.

11.    VENUE
The regatta site is Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset DT5 1SA, Great Britain. Telephone 0044 1305 866000

12.    COURSES
12.1 Except for the Medal Races, the courses will be Olympic Trapezoidal Courses with Slalom Ends.
12.2 For the Medal Races, the course type will be Windward-Leeward Course with two or three loops and Slalom End.
12.3 The length of the courses will be adapted according to wind strength in order to have a race duration of about 30 – 35 minutes except for the Medal Race where the duration will be of about 20 – 25 minutes.
12.4 “Gates” may be used in place of single leeward marks.

13.    SCORING
13.1 The scoring will be Low Points Scoring System in accordance with RRS A4.
Each event shall be scored separately.
A board’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score(s) according to RRS B8.2. When racing in “Groups”, these discarded race results from the “Qualifying Series” may be substituted with a worse race result from the “Final Series”
13.2 The Medal Race score shall not be excluded.
13.3 Competitors will carry their series score (i.e. total of race scores after discard) through to the Medal Race.
13.4 For the Medal Race, RRS B8.3(a) is changed, so that the points are doubled, and RRS B8.3(b) is changed so that the scores are based on the number of boards assigned to compete in that race.
13.5 Any series tie after the Medal Race will be broken in favour of the board finishing higher in the Medal Race.
13.6 If the Medal Race is not completed, medals will be awarded based on the series score.
13.7 Unless penalized under RRS 5 or RRS 69.1(b)(2), boards assigned to compete in the Gold Group will be ranked higher in the regatta than the boards assigned to the Silver Group.
13.8 Unless penalized under RRS 5 or RRS 69.1(b)(2), boards assigned to compete in the Medal Race will be ranked higher in the regatta than the boards assigned to the Gold and Silver Groups.

14.1 An International Jury will be appointed in accordance with the RRS Appendix N.
14.2 Their decisions will be final and cannot be appealed, according to RRS 70.5

15.1 Coach boats will be available for charter on a first come, first served basis.  Please apply to the organisers for costs and availability. For this limited service, you may contact the LOA before May 31st 2009 (Form 4)
15.2 Boats’ drivers shall register and provide the LOA with their driving licence and proof of insurance as well as details of their boat and the board(s) they support.
15.3 Support boats shall also clearly display their national 3 letter country code in black on a white  
background either on a flag of a minimum of 50cm x 40cm in size or  on the cover of their
outboard engine.

16.     BERTHING
16.1 On completion of registration and continuing until the end of the regatta, when ashore (other than when launching and retrieving), all boards shall be kept in their assigned places at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy Removal of any board from the regatta site shall require prior written approval from the jury. Access to boards in the board storage area during certain hours, including hours of darkness may be restricted.
16.2 Unless otherwise directed by the LOA, all competing boards and equipment shall be launched and retrieved from the designated area at …Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy

17.1 If personal buoyancy is prescribed every competitor and support boat crewmember shall wear, above the waist, a jacket harness or vest with a minimum buoyancy of 4kg un-inflated in fresh water. The buoyancy shall be tested with a ferrous metal weight of 4kg, which shall remain supported for a minimum of 5 minutes.

18.    PRIZES
18.1 Medals will be awarded to the first three Men / Women in each division.
18.2 Prizes will be awarded to the first five Men / Women in each division.

19.1 Competitors take part in all races at their own risk. The LOA and International RS:X Class Association or any of their officials or representatives or the sponsors or their officials or representatives are not responsible, under any circumstances, for any damage, loss or injury either ashore or on the water either to persons or equipment, which may result.  
19.2 Participation in this event, supporting events and in each race in them is at the sole discretion of the sailor and at his/her own risk. Notice is drawn to RRS 4.

20.      INSURANCE
20.1 Competitors shall possess valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of 1 million Euro.
20.2 Coach and support boat drivers shall also have a valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of 5 million Euro.

21.1 Competitors are reminded of the ISAF rules and regulations concerning the use of banned methods and substances.  Drug testing may take place during the event.

22.1 In registering for the event, competitors automatically grant to the LOA and the International RS:X Class Association the right in perpetuity to make, use and show from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproductions of them, taken during the period of the event, for the said Championship as defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions in which he/she participates without compensation.

23.1 Attendance at the Opening Ceremony, Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony is mandatory.
23.2 Smart casual clothes will be worn.
23.3 The LOA reserve the right to refuse entry to those whose standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion.

24.1 The average conditions that can be expected in September are: wind speeds between 8 to 12 knots, water temperatures 150C and air temperatures 180C
24.2 More information about the accommodation will be published on the official event website at
24.3 Please book your flights to Southampton (small airport 100kms), London Heathrow (major airport 200kms), London Gatwick (major airport 200kms)
24.4 Neither the LOA nor International RS:X Class Association take responsibility for travel bookings made in error.