Duwamish Head Race
January 8, 2022
Three Tree Point Yacht Club
PO Box 98700
Des Moines 98198-0700
Race Officer: Dean Conti (206) 795-2312
Race Committee: Steve Sisson (206) 218-8138
Registration will be on Regatta Network:
Notice of Race
Duwamish Head Race Officer – Dean Conti
Race Committee - Steve Sisson
Assistant Race Fleet Captain – Duane Rubash
Race Fleet Scorer - Katherine Brunette
Handicapper - Mark Harang
Registration - Regatta Network
Start in a northerly direction between an offshore orange mark and the RC flag on the Des Moines Marina fishing pier, leaving the green navigation buoy to starboard. Proceed to the Duwamish Head Light, leave it to port, then proceed to Blakely Rock Light, leaving it to Port. Finish in a southerly direction between offshore orange mark and the RC flag at the end of the Des Moines Pier, keeping the green navigation buoy to port.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The green buoy is a limit mark, Do NOT sail between the pier and the green navigation buoy when starting or finishing.
Awards will be presented for first, second, and third in each class. The Azimuth Circle Award (TTPYC perpetual trophy for the Duwamish Head Race) will be engraved with the name of the overall PHRF-NW winning yacht. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the series.
TTPYC has made arrangements for free moorage Friday night. A landing committee will monitor VHF 72 and assist you upon arrival. There will also be people to help launch trailer-able boats. Please let us know if you need these services on your registration.
Registration and Entry Fee:
Skippers must register and pay by Regatta Network. Clicking on Registration Form above. Please note that you must register and pay online. Entry fee is $40.00. Late registration starts 01/07/2022 2300, at $50.00.
For Regatta Network Registration Please Note:
US Sailing Membership not required. You may leave this blank.
Birth date is a part of the form. We are unable to remove it. You may enter whatever date you wish.
Payment must be submitted with a credit card to complete your registration. After you have filled out and “Entered” your registration at the bottom, it will invite you to pay on the next page.
Please contact Shelley Conti, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PHRF MEMBERSHIP IS CURRENT FOR THIS YEAR!
Friday, the day before:
1400 to 1700: A launching committee will be available to launch small boats from the dingy launch (20-21’) on a limited basis. Please indicate on your registration form that you will need the launch, so we can assist you.
1600 to 2000: The landing committee will be available to assist in mooring all boats.
2300: Official registration ends Friday at 11PM, Saturday morning will be accepted but may not be in their proper class.
Saturday, day of the race:
0925: Cruising NFS and Commodore Class (not included in overall scoring)
0940: Single & Double Handed Class (not included in overall scoring)
0955: First PHRF Racing Class
Current PHRF Class Breaks listed in starting order
Class 7 (117 and higher)
Class 5 (75 thru 114)
Class 3 (45 thru 72)
Class 2 (up to 42)
The warning signal is the raising of the class pennant(s) or flag. Reference: The Racing Rules of Sailing
The start will be broadcast on channel 72.
PHRF RACE BOATS NOT CURRENT WITH THIER PHRF MEMBERSHIP WILL NOT BE SCORED.
Cruising NFS, Commodore Class, and Single & Double Handed Classes do not require PHRF membership.
Contact Information: Steve Sisson (206) 218-8138
1. COVID-19 Mandates
1.1 The conduct of series race participants are subject to current local, state, and federal COVID-19 mandates. Every skipper is responsible for his or her own vessel and their crew compliance with COVID-19 mandates. Skippers should familiarize themselves with the COVID-19 mandates in effect at the time of each scheduled race.
1.2 Every skipper should also check the TTPYC Website for any additional COVID-19 restrictions.
1.3 Because COVID-19 mandates may restrict the number of crew on a vessel, skippers in every class have the option to participate in a race in a single-double handed class. After registering for a race, skippers should contact Steve Sisson to notify the race committee of the selection to participate in the single-double handed class, but no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the race. Please provide the vessel name, sail number, skipper name, skipper email and cell phone number, and whether they will be using their normal PHRF rating or non-flying sail rating (PHRF rating minus 18 seconds). See notes below on special rules.
2.1 This series of races will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing (Most Current) the USSA Prescriptions, class rules (including PHRF NW class rules), Southern Sound Series Sailing Instructions, the Duwamish Head Sailing Instructions and the Duwamish Head Notice of Race.
2.2 Special rules for single-double handed category: All competitors are encouraged to wear a safety harness with tether while racing, self steering devices are allowed for the single-double handed race class.
3. CHANGES IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
3.1 Notices to competitors and/or changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted on the Three Tree Point Yacht Club web site, TTPYC.org.
4. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE
4.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on staffs on the Des Moines fishing pier.
Class 2: PHRF 42 and less
Class 3: PHRF 45 thru 72
Class 5: PHRF 75 thru 114
Class 7: PHRF 117 and higher
No Flying Sails
Single-Double Handed Class
8. THE COURSE
8.1 Start in a northerly direction between an offshore orange mark and the RC flag on the Des Moines Marina fishing pier, leaving the green navigation buoy to starboard. Proceed to the Duwamish Head Light, leave it to port and then proceed to Blakely Rock Light, leaving it to Port. Finish in a southerly direction between offshore orange mark and the RC flag at the end of the Des Moines Pier, keeping the green navigation buoy to port. Approximate distance 30.8 NM
8.2 NOTE: The green navigation buoy is a limiting mark. You may not sail between it and the pier while either starting or finishing.
8.3 Ferry Boat Clearance: Ferries travel between the North end of Vashon Island and Fauntleroy, Seattle and Bremerton, and Seattle and Bainbridge Island. All yachts must maintain a minimum 500-yard distance from any FERRY BOAT regardless of its location and speed, which has the right of way at all times.
8.4 Traffic Separation Lanes: As some of the race will be in or in the vicinity of the Traffic Separation Scheme, all skippers and crews are expected to be fully familiar with and comply with Rule 10 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea which states: Skippers are reminded that vessels under sail DO NOT always have the right of way over power driven vessels. “…a sailing vessel shall not impede the safe passage of a power-driven vessel following a traffic lane.” Race participants are expected to yield to vessels in the traffic lane even to the detriment of competitive position. If a race participant needs to contact Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) they should use VHF Channel 14 if contact cannot be made on Channel 16.
9.1 The starting line will be between an Offshore Orange Buoy approximately 150 yards west of the Des Moines Fishing Pier and a Race Committee Flag on the end of the pier.
9.2 Leave the Orange Buoy to Port and the Pier to Starboard.
9.3 NOTE: The green navigation buoy is a limiting mark. You may not sail between it and the pier while starting.
9.4 The warning signal is the raising of the class pennant(s) or flag.
9b. THE FINISH
9.5 Finish will be in a southerly direction between a yellow inflatable mark anchored approximately 100 yards west of the Des Moines Fishing Pier and a Race Committee Flag on the end of the pier.
9.6 The yellow finish mark shall be left to STARBOARD.
9.7 NOTE: The green navigation buoy is a limiting mark. You may not sail between it and the pier while finishing.
9.8 TIME LIMIT 13 hours after each start.
10. SHORTENED COURSE
10.1 The Course may be shortened between the Western edge of the Duwamish Head Dolphin and a RC Flag with the letter S Flag on the Committee Boat. Approximate distance 13.5 NM. This changes RRS 32.2
10.2 If the course is shortened at the Duwamish Head Dolphin, the course must be completed within 8 hours of a yacht’s start. Any yachts not finishing within 8 hours will be scored DNF. This changes RRS 35.
11. CHECK-IN AND RETIRING
11.1 Yachts should check-in by hail unless safety requires checking in using communication defined in SI 16.
11.2 A yacht that retires while racing must orally notify the Race Committee as soon as possible after retiring by hailing or in a manner defined in SI 16. If unable to reach the committee boat via VHF, the retiring yacht will call (206) 218-8138 and report their retirement to the race committee.
16. COMMUNICATION WITH RACE COMMITTEE
16.1 Race Committee will monitor VHF 72 during the race.
16.2 The Race Committee cell phone number (206) 218-8138 Please leave a message if you reach voice mail.
17.1 Trophies shall be awarded to the first, second and third place yachts in each class.
17.2 The Azimuth Circle Award is given to the overall PHRF-NW winner.
SPECIAL SAILBOAT SAFETY REGULATIONS OF PUGET SOUND
As adopted by the Shilshole Bay, Sloop Tavern, Corinthian, and Seattle Yacht Clubs.
We must share Puget Sound with its commercial traffic, including many deep-water vessels and tows. It is sobering to note that, if your boat is one mile dead-ahead of a freighter coming down the Sound at normal speed, and the freighter’s helm is put hard over to avoid you, the freighter’s bow will miss you, but her stern will not! Obviously, this implies that early and decisive action is required to keep your boat out of the path of a large oncoming vessel or tow.
- Yachts must not sail across a tow line, too close ahead, or too close alongside of commercial traffic. Deep water vessels have limited ability to change course and speed. Barges under tow can yaw unexpectedly well out to the side at speeds essentially the same as they are being towed. Yachts should not pass less than one mile ahead and 1/4 mile to the side of large vessels.
Rule 10 of the International and Inland Rules to Prevent Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) requires that no power-driven vessel less than 20 meters (66 feet) in length, and no sailing vessel (of any size) may impede the safe passage of a power-driven vessel following a Vessel Traffic System (VTS) Lane.
Rule 9 of the COLREGS requires that no power vessel of less than 20 meters (66 feet) in length and no sailing vessel (of any length) shall impede the safe passage of any vessel which can navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway. Puget Sound can be considered a “narrow channel” for most large commercial traffic. “Impede” means to cause to alter speed or course or to take evasive action.
A yacht in position where it may impede commercial traffic must exit from the “danger area” immediately, under auxiliary power if necessary. If power is used, it must be reported to the Race Committee at the finish line. Also, a written report must be made on a protest form, showing the location, time, duration of power use, speed, direction of exit, and that the competitive position of the yacht was not improved. If the last item cannot be demonstrated adequately, a time penalty may be imposed.
Radar reflectors must be flown at all times when racing.
Navigation lights must be shown between sunset and sunrise as required by the International Rules of the Road.
Observed and/or reported violations of the safety regulations may be protested. The Race Committee shall have the option of issuing a “warning” when deemed appropriate. Warnings are recorded and may be considered when judging any future reports.