ISORA News Items all in date order.
There is a very useful section on the ISORA web page on 'Safety Considerations and Supporting Documents' - please check it out and become familiar with the requirements for offshore racing.
Did you know that there was a significant change in the RORC Prescriptions to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations 2016? This states that a combined harness and lifejacket shall be worn when on deck:
a) between the hours of sunset and sunrise; b) when alone on deck; c) when reefed; d) when the true wind speed is 25 knots or above and e) when the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile
Also at night each crew member shall carry a waterproof torch/light.
ISORA has received an enquiry from a competitor about the use of electronic flares (LED and/or Laser) for our offshore racing Category 3 and Category 3+ liferaft
We note that there is no mention of them in ‘World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations - January 2016- December 2017’
ISORA is making enquiries with RORC about this issue and we will puplish the response here.
The response from RORC is that electronic flares are not allowed. There have been discussions about the use of electronic flares, they are being considered but not in the short term and there is a long way to go in setting acceptable standards and acceptance by SAR (Search and Rescue). ISORA will let you know if the situation changes but for now continue as usual and plesase check the dates on your flares!
The 2017 'Notice of Race' is published here and please note Amendment 1, 2, 3 & 4 below
The 'Group 3' sailors are redefined as 'ISORA Group 3' - Group 3 sailors are persons who are paid to sail on boats competing in an ISORA race (reasonable expenses allowed. This amends the 'ISORA 2017 Notice of Race and General Conditions'
Explanation: Following the instructions received at the AGM on this matter and in keeping with the Spirit of ISORA, the definition provided by World Sailing for Group 3 has been considered by most skippers to be overly onerous and potentially detrimental to the growth and advancement of ISORA.
dated 21st April 2017
The Class split for the 2017 ISORA Series will be as follows
dated 21st April 2017
The 2017 Coastal Series (Day Races) will be Category 4
This amends the Notice of Race 1.2 and 2.1
dated 11th April 2017
The 2017 Series will be scored using the 'ISORA ECHO' in addition to the ICR and NHC
This amends the Notice of Race 4, 9 and 11
dated 11th April 2017
'ISORA is at the cutting edge of race management' said ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan in the 2016 ISORA AGM which was held in the National Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire on Saturday 12th November.
At the AGM it was agreed that the ISORA 2017 race schedule would star the Classic 'D2D ~ Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle' Race in June.
Another big feature of the 2017 race series is the 'RORC/Liverpool and Royal Dee Yacht Clubs' Lyver Trophy' race will form part of the Royal Dee Yacht Club's Offshore Championship with the coastal races in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July whilst the race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli would be a great feeder race for the IRC Welsh National Championships hosted in Pwllheli in August.
The AGM also confirmed the use of auto helms in ISORA races and that the race schedule is designed to encourage new participants into the Irish Sea offshore scene from both sides of the channel with two coastal series and a good mix of race ports. Peter also confirmed that 'Virtual marks, combined with the latest Avery Crest YB Trakers would provide exciting and imaginative courses which could also feature virtual start lines and finishes'
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L C Tyres - Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire
The course has been published as follows:
Start - as defined in the SI's
PSC 2 (P) - 52º 52.400'N 04º 25.580'W This is a yellow racing mark.
Finish - as defined in the SI's
The last race of the AveryCrest 2016 ISORA series, the “LC Tyres James Eadie Race”, takes place on Saturday 10th September from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire, a distance of about 75 miles. As happened in the last two years this very popular race has been hampered by bad weather forecast. While the forecast for the race promises to be “champagne sailing”, weather for the delivery of Irish boat to Pwllheli and the return of the UK boats after the race is less attractive.
AS the series is scored using the High Point system, this race is critical for four boats, any of whom can win the overall Avery Crest ISORA Championship and be celebrating in the NYC after the race.
Competitors and shore crew are now trying to work out the permutations of who could win and what margin they require to win the Overall Championship for the Woolf’s Head, Class 1, Class 2 and the Silver Fleet. To work out the possibilities and understand the complex tactics during the race the competitors and tacticians on-board will be looking closely at the points each boat will achieve from the scoring system for finishing positions in the race.
The following is an overview of the bespoke scoring system that ISORA has successfully used since 2011 to reflect the varying fleet sizes and to reflect the difficulty difference between races.
Report on Race 12 – LC Tyres James Eadie Race – “The Decider” for ISORA Series
The last race of the 2016 Averycrest ISORA Offshore Series took place yesterday, 10th September. The race was the “LC Tyres James Eadie Race” from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire – 75 miles. This is a long standing race in the ISORA calendar. It was originally run from Abersoch to Dun Laoghaire.
What made this race special was that four boats, twice ISORA Champion Liam Shanahan’s “Ruth”, Peter Dunlop’s “Mojito”, Chris Power-Smith’s “Aurelia” and Stephen Tudor’s “Sgrech” all stood to win the overall championship with a good performance in the race.
Even in the past when starter numbers were low, this race attracted the best turnout. A week before the race 26 of the 34 entrants confirmed that they intended racing. However, as happened for the previous two years, bad weather for the deliveries wrecked the intended start numbers.
Despite the bad weather forecast for Irish boats delivering to Pwllheli before the race and UK boats returning to UK ports after the race, 14 boats came to the start line at the bridge at the old Pwllheli Sailing Club premises. Unfortunately “Ruth” had to pull out of the race at the last minute.
Strangely, with very bad weather forecast for the day before the race and the day after the race, the forecast for the start of the race was for little wind. There was to be fluky conditions in the morning with a south westerly winds filling in around mid-afternoon and building.
“Aurelia” wins the Viking Marine / RAYC Coastal Series. “Flashback” wins ISORA Coastal Race ISORA / RAYC “Irish Hospital Supplies Ltd” Day race decides the Viking Marine / RAYC Coastal Series 2016
The ISORA / RAYC Irish Hospital Supplies Day race was the concluding race in the Viking Marine / RAYC Coastal Series and was also the feeder race to the Greystones Regatta. It took place on Saturday 27th August.