Ruff Rider Regatta 2016
42st Anniversary
Labor Day Weekend
Sept 3-4, 2016

A few particular rules to point out:

--Each boat will be allowed one medium sized 25lbs bag to be carried by the vehicles to the halfway point.  Size is at the discretion of the organizers.  Additional gear may be carried by personal vehicles.
--Boats over the starting line early which do not clear themselves will be scored as OCS and penalized 15 minutes.
--Required safety equipment must be onboard during the entire race.


RuffRider Regatta 2016

Round the Island Route

Sept 3-4, 2016

Race Committee will communicate on VHF channel 68.

Skippers Meeting 10am Saturday Andy Bowie Park Mud Flats


Rules and Conditions of Entry The Regatta shall be governed by: The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Racing Rules (RRS 2013 - 2016); The prescriptions of the national sailing authority having jurisdiction when they apply; the individual class rules of the classes sailing (except as any are altered by these sailing instructions); the Notice of Race published for this event; and by these Sailing Instructions and Amendment.


1)      SAFETY

a)      GENERAL: Notwithstanding anything in this instruction, it is the personal responsibility of each competitor to sail safely and to wear an approved life jacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD) or other approved personal buoyancy and adequate protective clothing, as conditions warrant.


i)        The Race Committee recommends the wearing of life jackets or PFD'S at all times.

ii)      There must be one approved PFD per person onboard the vessel at all times during the event.

c)      ELECTRICAL POWER LINES: Before raising the mast, and always while sailing, check for and avoid low overhead electrical power lines. When launching from shore, or landing, check for and AVOID all power lines.  A mast coming in contact with and/or near an electrical power line can cause serious injury or death to people on or touching the boat!

d)     DANGER: It is possible that, great danger to life, limb, boat, and equipment should be expected while racing in this event.

e)      SAILING ABILITY: It is the responsibility of each skipper and crew to sail safely within his or her capabilities. If wind, wave, or water conditions make you doubtful of your ability to handle them, retire from the race. This is NOT a disgrace! It is good sailing practice.

f)       LAWS:  All vessels shall meet STATE and FEDERAL REGULATIONS any vessel not doing so shall be disqualified.

g)      DISABLED VESSELS:  In the event a vessel becomes disabled, all skippers are responsible for their vessels and the salvage of the vessel if necessary. No guarantee can be made that assistance from race committee will be rendered.

h)      COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC: Any participant who interferes with commercial traffic will be disqualified from the regatta and reported to the USCG.

i)        VESSELS IN DISTRESS:  A competitor may assist another vessel which is in obvious distress without penalty.  Redress will be given for time spent assisting.  Assisting vessels in obvious distress is encouraged and considered good sportsmanship in line with the tenets of our sport. 

j)        OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE:  Any vessel receiving outside assistance except in cases of true emergency will receive a DNF for that day’s race.  It will be each competitor’s responsibility to report any outside assistance received.  Assistance from another competitor is not outside assistance.  The decision to define a true emergency in each individual case will be the responsibility of race committee.  Generally the decision will be based on the presence of eminent danger to persons or property.

k)      REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  All boats will be REQUIRED to carry the following safety equipment onboard at all times:

i)        VHF radio rated submersible or in a waterproof container

ii)      GPS rated submersible or in a waterproof container

iii)    Waterproof flashlight

iv)    Whistle and mirror attached as personal gear to each sailor

v)      USCG approved PFD's for each sailor onboard

vi)    Magnetic compass

l)        All boats are SUGGESTED to have the following onboard:

i)        Cell Phone in a waterproof container

ii)      Cash

iii)    Food and water

iv)    Small tool bag (pliers, screw driver, pins, ringdings, line, duct tape, etc.)

v)      Strobe attached as personal gear to each sailor

vi)    Charts of the Laguna Madre

vii)  Safety knife

m)    Violation of Rule 1.k will result in a score of DNS for the day.  Race committee will conduct random spot checks to ensure all required equipment is onboard.

n)      Water bladder packs (commonly called "Camelbaks") may be worn by competitors during the race.  There is no limit to their size as long as they are commercially available and used for drinking water.

2)      ENTRY

a)      ENTRY DEADLINE: Entries received after recorded deadline will be returned to skippers address on entry form.

b)      OFFICIAL ENTRY: An entry becomes official when received by the registration committee and posted on the master scorecard. Each entry will receive a number in order as each entry form is received, each boat will line up on the start line from North to South for the Saturday start only in there number order.

c)      ERRORS OR OMISSIONS: Incomplete or inaccurate entry information on registration form will result in a no entry.

d)     SAIL NUMBERS:  Sail numbers shall match the entry form exactly and be readable from both sides of the sail.


i)        Only production boats with a DPN handicap lower than 80 are allowed in the Ruff Rider Regatta.

ii)      Production boats shall conform to their individual class rules in effect as of, August 15th, 2015, except where they conflict with these Rules and Conditions of Entry.

iii)    Production boats that do not conform exactly to their class rules must be able to receive a Portsmouth modification factor to account for their nonconformance to class rules.  The modification factor for double handed boats sailing single handed is not allowed. 

iv)    Only class legal single handed boats will be allowed to participate.  A class of boat that does not make a specific provision for single handed racing will not be allowed.

v)      All sails, spars, poles, spares, and related gear shall be on board the boat at all times while racing.  Equipment damaged beyond repair may be replaced with equipment from ashore.

vi)    Boats shall be in proper mechanical and seaworthy condition.  Race committee may disqualify an entry at any time before or during the regatta if it is determined a boat is not seaworthy.

3)      COURSE


i)       Round the Island
Day 1:  Start at mud flats north of SPI convention center, west to the ICW, round green dayboard marker 61 to starboard, north up the ICW to the Port Mansfield cut, past ICW green dayboard marker 75 east out the Port Mansfield jetties, south down the beach to the halfway point.

ii) Double J
Day 1:  Start at mud flats north of SPI convention Center, west to the ICW, cross under main span of Queen Isabella Causeway, exit bay from Port Isabel jetties, north along coast to halfway point.

Day 2:  Start at the halfway point on the beach, south to the Port Isabel jetties, west to the ICW, north under the main span of the causeway, north to the finish in between the Race Committee boat and the red dayboard marker 66.

It is mandatory that each team pass the green dayboard marker 75 to starboard at the Port Mansfield intersection.

It is mandatory that each team must cross under the main span of the Queen Isabella Causeway.

b)      GENERAL AUTHORITY: Ruff Rider organizers and the USCG have full control of this event; they shall have full power to decide, without appeal, all matters relating to the event known as Ruff Rider Regatta.

c)      GPS COORDINATES (at or near):

i)        Day 1 start:  26O 08.580 N  97 O 10.700 W

ii)      Finish Day 1:  Announced at Registration

iii)    Main Span of Causeway:  26 O 04.930 N  97 O 11.880 W

iv)    Finish Day 2 (ICW marker 66):  26 O 07.340 N  97 O 13.200 W

d)     STARTS:  Each day a Lemans style on the beach start will occur at the predetermined start time.  The start line will be marked by two Texas flags on each end.  These flags will be displayed at the skipper’s meeting.  Starting sequence is determined by:

i)        Day 1:  Order in which registration forms and payment were received.  Those received first will line up at the north end of the starting line, those received last will be at the south end of the starting line.  First registrations receive the most advantageous start position.

ii)      Day 2:  Order in which you finished day 1.  As boats finish they will line up towards the south.  Last boat finishers of Day 1 will have advantageous position on Day 2.  Final start procedure will be given at skipper’s meeting.

e)      FINISHES:  Each day a finish line will be located approximately near the GPS coordinates given in Section 3.c.

i)        Day 1:  The finish line will be marked by two Texas flags forming a line parallel to the beach near the first submerged sandbar.  A boat is considered finished when the first portion of the boat has crossed the line.  All crew must be onboard to be considered finished.

ii)      Day 2:  The finish will be a straight line from the Texas flag located on the committee boat to dayboard marker 66 across the ICW.


i)        STARTING SIGNALS: The starting signals will signal a lemans start from the beach. Start sequence will be a 5 minute sequence.

(1)   Class flag raised and horn at 5 minutes

(2)   Prep (Blue) flag raised and horn at 4 minutes

(3)   Prep (Blue) flag removed and horn at 1 minute

(4)   Class flag removed and horn at start

g)      ON COURSE SIDE STARTS: Any boat over early, that does not clear themselves, shall be assessed a 15 minute penalty.  This time is to be added to the boat's elapsed time. It is the competitor's responsibility to determine if they are over early and have properly cleared by moving their vessel behind the start line. Race committee is not required to hail but an over early flag may be displayed.  Blatant abuse of this rule will result in a boat receiving a DNF for that day's race.  The decision on abuse lies solely with race committee.

h)      TIME LIMIT:  No time limit is set, but the Race Committee may cancel or abandon a race at its discretion.

i)        RETIRING FROM A RACE: A boat, which retires from a race, must attempt to notify the Race Committee either before leaving the course area or upon arriving at shore.  Attempts at contact should first be made by marine band VHF radio.  Race committee will be monitoring VHF channel 68, any USCG patrols will be monitoring VHF channel 72, and all persons carrying a VHF should monitor VHF channel 16.  Race committee will be available by telephone at 713-806-4803.  SMS text messages should also be sent, but no guarantees that messages will be delivered due to poor cell coverage.

j)        FINISHING ON THE WATER: When approximately half of the boats in the regatta have finished, the Race Committee may choose to finish the balance of the boats on the course. The Race Committee determines the method of finishing and the finish positions awarded.

4)      CHANGES:  Changes in the sailing instructions and notices to the competitors will be announced at the skippers meeting.


i)        SKIPPER'S MEETING: A Skipper's Meeting will be held Saturday morning at 10am.

ii)      STARTING TIME: Will be announced at Skipper's Meeting.

6)      SCORING

a)      METHOD: US Sailing - The scoring will be based on the US Sailing Portsmouth Numbers as of August 15, 2015.  Each day's race will count as one race and finishing scores for both days will be summed together to develop a final score.  Low point scoring is used.


i)        DNF - Did Not Finish -- equals the number of finishers plus one.

ii)      DNS - Did Not Start -- equals the number of entrants.

iii)    DSQ - Disqualified -- equals the number of entrants plus two.

c)      TIES: Ties will be broken by a sum of corrected time from both days of racing.  The lowest accumulated corrected time will win.

d)     LATE STARTERS: Boats starting 30 minutes after the last boat across the start line will be disqualified.

7)      Ruff Rider Regatta was established and continues to be a 'FUN' regatta. The organizers strive to give the participants a safe and enjoyable event. Please do your part to promote sailing safety and ensure everyone involved has a good time and will want to return next year.


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