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The Chester Classic Series
Friday August 11th through Sunday August 13th,
Chester, Nova Scotia

    1 RULES

        1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
        1.3 If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.


        2.1 The regatta is open to all classic boats. A classic is any boat that is more than 25 years old (all participating boats must have been launched before December 31st 1992)

        2.2 Eligible boats may enter at the skippers meeting. Advance notice of intention to enter by email is encouraged to:,, or

        2.3 Racing may include multiple divisions to accommodate one design e.g. Bluenose, J24, J29, etc., builder “family” groups e.g. Nonsuch, yearrangese.g. IOR vintage, or groups of similar size and performance e.g. smaller crafts such as Roue 20, Herreschoff 12.5, Beetle Cats, Dragons, etc. To create a separate division start, three boats of similar design, performance characteristics or rating range are necessary. Sailors of all Classic Boats are invited to enter and the RC will endeavor to provide an optimal Division experience for all sailors and their boats.

        2.4 At the discretion of the RC, Division A will include historical Chester classic yachts including the “Universal Rule Letter Boats” e.g. Hayseed P1, Virginia Q5, Seneca P5, the Chester Cs, IODs, and yachts launched before December 31st 1963 or that are a replica of a design that, independent of her launch date, was built in conformity with the design launched before December 31st 1963.

    3 FEES

        3.1 Required entry fee is $75.00 per Boat. Our R/C PRO is a volunteer and tipping the PRO is acceptable or even encouraged.


        4.1 Dates of racing: Aug. 11th, 12th, 13th 2017 with a maximum Number of 3 Races – limited to 1 each day

        4.2 The scheduled time of the warning signal for races:

        Friday Aug. 11: the scheduled time of the warning signal is 1530 hours. Racing is followed by Hors d’oeuvres at the Chester Yacht Club sponsored by the by the Chester Classic Fleet.

        Saturday Aug 12: the scheduled time of the warning signal is 1330 hours.

        unday Aug 13: the scheduled time of the warning signal is 1330 hours.

        4.3 Registration will be at the White Gate No. 28 Inn and Restaurant, 28 Pleasant Street, Chester, NS at 1200 on August 11th. A competitors' briefing will be held after registration at 1230. In the event a competitor can not attend, please notify us at the contacts below and we will do our best to accomodate.


        The sailing instructions will be available at registration and will be posted on the Chester Classics website:


        6.1 Courses of tailored lengths will be provided for each division to take into account the various sizes and performance of the competing boats.

        6.2 Courses will be selected from the numbered CYC Club courses as per the Chester Yacht Club Course Card or using a list of marks from the CYC Course Card. All courses consist of Government Marks and Chester Yacht Club Marks situated in Mahone Bay.

        6.3 Courses will be provided by announcement on VHF Channel 73 and will be displayed on a board on Debbie Winsor’s Dock and/or nearby signal boat.

        6.4 The starting area will be to the east of Debbie Winsor’s Dock. The R/C will be land based on Debbie Winsor’s Dock.

        7.1.2 Rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-turns Penalty is replaced by the One-turn Penalty.

        7.2 Protest filing time limit will be 60 minutes after the last boat finishes.

        7.3 Protest forms are available at the Chester Yacht Club.
     8 SCORING

        8.1 Primary scoring for 2017 will be done using SNS (aka NSYA) PHRF as per the official ratings database published at:                                               

        8.2 If a yacht does not have an NS PHRF, the RC will assign a rating at registration for use only at this event.
        8.3 An alternate Classic boat specific rating system may be tested for Division A in 2017 as a trial. To the extent that this is the case, these scores will not be used for official series trophies. Separate recognition may be given under this trial system.
        9.1 Except in an emergency or for RC check-in, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not              available to all competitors. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones. Official boats will monitor VHF channel 73.
        9.2 If any part of a boat’s hull, crew or equipment is on the course side of the starting line during the two minutes before her starting signal and she is
identified, the race committee will attempt to broadcast her sail number on VHF channel 73. Failure to make a broadcast or to time it accurately will not be grounds for a request for redress. This changes rule 62.1(a).


        10.1 The "Sir Christopher Ondaatje Chester Classics Cup" will be awarded to first place overall for the Division A fleet in this event.
        10.2 The “Classics Gold Cup”, donated by Jay Hooper, will be given at the end of Chester Race Week to the overall winner of the combined: Division A Fleet Chester Classics Regatta and Chester Race Week Classic’s Division. 1 drop will be allowed if more than 5 races are sailed.
        10.2 In the event that more than three IODs participate in the Division A fleet: separate prizes will be awarded for the top three IOD finishers within the   Division A group.
        10.3 In the event that more than three IODs participate in the Division A fleet: a new cup to be called “Rick’s Roaring Racing” and donated by The Chester Classics Fleet, will be given at the end of Chester Race Week to the IOD which is the overall winner of the combined: IODs sailing within the Division A Fleet at Chester Classics Regatta and Chester Race Week IOD Fleet. 1 drop will be allowed if more than 5 races are sailed.

        10.4 Additional prizes will awarded as appropriate to the winners of each registered division.

        Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during, or after the regatta.
        12 INSURANCE
        Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of $1,000,000 per event or the equivalent. Proof of insurance should be supplied with entry.

        For further information please contact,, or


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