San Francisco Bay Area Multihull Association (BAMA)
APRIL 18, 1998


It is the intent of the rules to make it possible for sailors to compete in seaworthy vessels of various types and designs on a fair and equitable basis.  All questions concerning the interpretation of the rules, including those relating to a yacht's eligibility to compete, shall be decided by the Race Committee in accordance with the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.

It is the intent of the San Francisco Bay Area Multihull Association to provide a start, finish, and awards to those vessels and crews competing in the Doublehanded Farallones Race.  Entrants are advised that the San Francisco Bay Area Multihull Association accepts no responsibilities for the safety or well-being of the yachts, skippers, or crews before, during, or after the Doublehanded Farallones Race.

It shall be the sole responsibility of each skipper and crew to decide whether or not to start or continue to race.  Every yacht shall render all possible assistance to any vessel or person in peril; when in a position to do so.

The race will be under the management of the Race Committee of the San Francisco Bay Area Multihull Association, which shall have full power to establish and interpret the rules governing the race, to decide protests on eligibility, and to reject the entry of any yacht at any time prior to the preparatory signal for the start.  There shall be no appeal from its decision.

An entry shall consist of a sailing boat plus a named crew of two people.  Persons under the age of 18 must submit with this application a signed release by their legal guardian.  Entry fee is $45.00 if received before April 11, 1998.

The following equipment is required:

  1. Life lines or safety lines leading from both sides of the cockpit forward and well secured at each end.
  2. Fire extinguisher(s) to meet Coast Guard requirements.
  3. Manual bilge pump of at least 10 gallons per minute capacity.
  4. Anchor with suitable chain and line.
  5. Sea cocks or soft wooden plugs to close all through-hull openings.
  6. Navigation lights.
  7. Compass.
  8. Charts and piloting tools.
  9. Lead line or echo sounder.
  10. Fog horn.
  11. Radar reflector.
  12. Waterproof flashlight.
  13. First aid kit.
  14. At least two gallons fresh water.
  15. Life jacket with whistle attached.
  16. Safety harness.
  17. VHF radio with channels 16 and 68.
  18. Day and night distress signaling devices as required by the U.S.C.G.
  19. Man overboard pole.
This list does not attempt to encompass all the equipment that is necessary for offshore sailing, and compliance with this list does not relieve the skipper and crew in any way of their sole responsibility for the safety of themselves and their vessel.

The Race Committee has the right to inspect any vessel and to reject its entry if they find it does not meet the standards of the race rules.  The winning yachts may be subject to inspection.

Corrected times will be computed in accordance with the PHRF time allowance tables for San Francisco Bay.
Each yacht should have a current 1998 PHRF rating, available from the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco: YRA, Building E, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California 94123.  Phone: (415) 771-9500.
Any yacht that does not have a rating on file must allow enough time for YRA to research its measurements and come up with an equitable rating.
The Race Committee reserves the right to adjust any PHRF rating based on prior performance in the Doublehanded Farallones Race.

The placement in divisions will be announced at the skippers' meeting.  The committee will place boats in a competitive division.
The Race Committee anticipates the following divisions but reserves the right to revise the divisions at the skipper’s meeting.

Division I PHRF ULDB below 120
Division II PHRF ULDB 120+ above
Division III PHRF below 105
Division IV PHRF 105-129
Division V PHRF 130-157
Division VI PHRF 158-180
Division VII PHRF 181 + above
Division VIII Multihulls
ULDB Rule: Displacement / (2.24 x (LWL/10)^3) = 150 & below

Entrants are encouraged to form teams of three yachts, each sailing in a different division, with skippers from the same Yacht Club. A perpetual trophy will be awarded to the first team using a performance based scoring system. To encourage participation the Race Committee may form teams based on the entries received.


In addition, a first-to-finish trophy will be awarded within each one design class with five or more starters racing in accordance with class rules.  Fleet Captains must contact the Race Committee for class eligibility.

There will be a Skippers' meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at 8 p.m. at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, on the San Francisco Marina.  All skippers are requested to attend.  Any changes in starting procedures, course limits, division placement, etc., will be announced at this meeting.  Each skipper is responsible for acquiring information of such changes. Participation mementos for skipper and crew will be available at the Skipper’s meeting and Trophy presentation.

Trophy presentation will be on Wednesday, April 22, 1998, at 8 p.m. at the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Warning 8:10 a.m. White shape
Preparatory 8:15 a.m. Blue shape
Division I 8:20 a.m. Red shape
Division II 8:25 a.m. Red shape
Division III 8:30 a.m. Red shape
Division IV 8:35 a.m. Red shape
Division V 8:40 a.m. Red shape
Division VI 8:45 a.m. Red shape
Division VII 8:50 a.m. Red shape
Division VIII 8:55 a.m. Red shape
The starting line is a line between the orange marker on the race deck of the Golden Gate Yacht Club and “X” buoy   leaving the “X” buoy to starboard.

Any yacht on the course side of the starting line during the minute before its starting signal shall sail to the pre-start side of the line around the seaward side of the “X” buoy and then make a proper start.  Around-the-end rule is in effect.

Yachts without sail numbers are required to display a "hull" number, which will be assigned by the Race Committee, for the start, duration, and finish of the race.

To and around the Southeast Farallone Island, leaving it to port, and then to the finish.

The finish line is the same as the starting line but leaving the “X” buoy to port.  Yachts returning to finish shall report to the Race Committee on Channel 68 as they approach the finish line with the yacht name, sail number, and approximate position.  After sunset, sail numbers must be illuminated.  Each skipper is requested to record his or her own finish time and to note the yacht finishing directly ahead and behind.

The calculated distance for handicap purposes is 58 miles.

The time limit is 6:00 a.m., Sunday, April 19, 1998.

Anita Rock and the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge must be left to the south.  All San Francisco County rocks except Mile Rock are to be left shoreward.  Yachts must not interfere with large commercial vessels, naval vessels, or tugs and their tows.  Yachts so doing and thereby endangering their own safety or that of the commercial vessel will be subject to disqualification by the Race Committee and/or contestants.
The area within 100 yards of the starting line is restricted to all contestants until after their preparatory signal.

Postponement will be signaled by the hoisting of the answering pennant and the firing of two shots.  The postponement period will end with the lowering of the answering pennant and the firing of two shots.  One minute after the ending of the postponement period the warning gun and signal will be made, signifying the resumption of the regular starting sequence.  Flag "P" will be flown to indicate a postponement has taken place.

Individual recall will be signaled by hoisting flag "X" and the firing of one shot.  Prematurely starting yachts will be notified over VHF Channel 68.
However, nothing contained in these instructions shall relieve a yacht of its obligation to make a proper start.

Recall of the entire starting group will be signaled by the hoisting of the first repeater code pennant (blue and yellow) and firing of two guns.  When recalled, all yachts of the starting time shall immediately leave the starting area, and their starting time be postponed to five (5) minutes after the last scheduled group of starters.  If there is more than one general recall, the recalled groups will start in the order of their initially scheduled starts, following the completion of the regularly scheduled starters.

All yachts must check in with the Race Committee on VHF Channel 68 prior to the initial warning signal (8:10 a.m.).

Yachts returning to finish shall report to the Race Committee on Channel 68 as they approach the finish line, with yacht name, sail number, and approximate position.

Any yacht withdrawing from the race for any reason must contact the Race Committee immediately by radio (Ch. 68), or by phone as soon as possible after returning to shore.  All yachts are requested to monitor Channel 68 during the race.  A roll call will be held at 8:00 p.m. for all yachts still racing.

The current Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) as adopted by the United States Sailing Association and as amended by these instructions shall govern the race. Rule 44.2, the 720° rule, is allowed. Between the hours of sunset and sunrise the Steering and Sailing Rules from COLREGS (International Rules for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea) shall replace Part 2 of the RRS.

In accordance with the purpose of the race, those sections of the RRS which prohibit practices or equipment which are or may prove useful to the short-handed ocean sailor may be waived at the discretion of the Race Committee. Specifically, the following will be allowed:

  1. Twin headsails set on two poles for downwind sailing.
  2. A whisker pole of suitable size for the largest rated  headsail may be carried without penalty, but may not be used with the spinnaker.
  3. Asymmetrical spinnakers as included in the PHRF rating.
  4. Self-steering and autopilots.
Protests shall be submitted in writing according to the form prescribed by the RRS and delivered to the Race Committee  within two hours of the finish time of the protesting yacht.  Penalties for infringements of the rules shall be in accordance with Appendix A and Rule 44.3. All skippers involved will be notified by phone.  The protest hearing will be Wednesday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

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