MARCH 25, 2000

These race instructions, entry form and waiver can be obtained from the web at

Mailed entries must be postmarked by 3/17/00 to guarantee mailed registration



Open by formal application to all single and multihulled sailing yachts over 18 feet in waterline and 20 feet overall length.

Yachts entering the race must be of sound, seaworthy construction, capable of safe ocean passages.

Monohull yachts shall be strongly built, self-righting, watertight, and capable of withstanding solid water knock- downs, and have fixed ballast.

Multihull yachts shall have weather-tight enclosed accommodation for the crew and shall have the ability to float in an inverted position indefinitely.

All yachts must also meet all standards set forth herein.


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 for USSA members and $55.00 for non-members. Entries received after March 10, 2000 will be $55.00 for USSA members and $65.00 for non-members. Entry forms may be obtained from the BAMA web site at Entry forms, signed waivers, PHRF certificates and entry fees should be mailed prior to 3/22/00 and addressed to:

BAMA - Randy Devol
96 Flynn Ave Unit A
Mountain View CA 94043


The following equipment is required:

1. Lifelines 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 harnesses.

17. VHF radio with channels 16 and 68.

27. Day and night distress signaling devices as required by the U.S.C.G.

  1. 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 using PHRF ratings and the time-on-time method.

Each entry must have a current 2000 San Francisco Bay PHRF rating certificate, issued by the YRA of San Francisco: Building E, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California 94123. Phone: (415) 771-9500.

Any yacht that does not have a 2000 rating certificate will be assigned a rating by the Race Committee, which rating will include at least a six second per mile penalty.

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 158-270

Division VII PHRF 271 + above

Division VIII Multihulls

ULDB Rule:


Entrants are encouraged to form teams of three yachts, each sailing in a different division, with skippers who are members of 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.


First to finish, monohull and multihull, on elapsed time.

Stewart Kett Memorial Trophy, first monohull to finish on elapsed time.

Dennis Madigan Perpetual Trophy, for crewmember of first to finish monohull or multihull on elapsed time.

Yacht Club Team Perpetual Trophy, for the first team.

First, monohull and multihull, on corrected time.

For Skipper and Crew in each Divisions on corrected time:

First If 3 or more starters.

Second If 6 or more starters.

Third If 10 or more starters.

Fourth If 15 or more starters.

Fifth If 20 or more starters.

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, March 22, 2000, 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, March 29, 2000, 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. The 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 approaching the finish shall hail 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, March 26, 2000.


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 who interfere with such vessels, thereby endangering their own safety and/or that of the commercial vessel will be subject to disqualification by the Race Committee. 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 one shot. 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. The Race Committee will attempt to notify prematurely starting yachts via 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 is 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.).

All yachts approaching the finish shall contact the Race Committee via VHF Channel 68 stating the yacht name, sail number, and approximate position.

Any yacht withdrawing from the race for any reason must contact the Race Committee via VHF Channel 68, or via telephone as soon as possible. All yachts are requested to monitor VHF 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.

  1. A whisker pole of suitable size for the largest rated headsail may be carried without penalty, but may not be used with the spinnaker.
  2. 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, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Golden Gate Yacht Club.






John Kocol – Regatta Chairman



Waiver, Release, and Indemnification

In consideration of the acceptance of my entry in the 2000 Doublehanded Farallones Race:

1. I certify that I am over the age of 18 and agree to comply with all rules and regulations and the race instructions of the Race Committee, the race sponsors and BAMA, the International and Inland Rules, and other rules under which the race is sailed.

2. I, for myself, my executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, and assigns,

(a) waive and release any and all claims that I may have against its Committee, and their officers, directors, members, committee volunteers, employees, and agents, or any one or more of them or their executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, or assigns (the Releasees) including any and all claims for damage caused by the negligence of any of them, arising out of my participation or that of my yacht in the race and its related activities, including prestart and post finish operation, together with any costs including attorneys' fees that may be incurred as a result of any such claim whether valid or not, and

(b) indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees and each of them against any such claim that I or the officers or members of my crew or my guests or any one or more of them or my or their executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, or assigns may have or assert and against any cost including attorneys' fees with respect thereto;

3. I acknowledge that I have sole responsibility for the safety of my yacht and crew.

4. I acknowledge that after arrival at the finish line of this race, my yacht may, at my request if such service is available, be led by or be taken on tow by a boat operated for the convenience of race sponsors or BAMA, and be led or towed to its mooring, or at my request, may take such a committee member aboard (who shall become a member of my crew) to assist in entering the harbor and mooring, all without charge or expense to me; in consideration of the rendering of any such service to me and without limiting the generality of the waiver, release, and indemnity above, I hereby agree that should my yacht be damaged in any manner or to any extent by reason of such leading, towing, or other assistance, neither the boat, the owner thereof, the Releasees, nor any of them, shall have any liability or responsibility whatsoever to me by reason of or as a result of such damage (including damage caused by the negligence of any of them), and I hereby waive, and agree not to assert, any claim therefor.

5. I hereby agree that the above named yacht will be outfitted and equipped in accordance with the "Conditions for the 2000 Doublehanded Farallones, Race," and I further recognize and agree to thoroughly familiarize myself and crew with and be bound by and obey all the "Rules and Regulations" of the Committee governing this race. I have read and executed the Waiver, Release, and Indemnification Form with the entry form, and I have made my crew aware of the above conditions, dangers, and liabilities.




Owner’s Signature Date



Crew's Signature Date

Mail entry to the Race registrar: Randy Devol

96 Flynn Ave Unit A

Mountain View CA 94043


Enclose:1. Signed copy of Waiver and Release

2. Registration Form

3. CY 2000 YRA PHRF certificate

2. $45.00 for USSA members and $55.00 for non-members. Entries received after March 10, 2000 will be $55.00 for USSA members and $65.00 for non-members. Entry fee includes participation mementos for skipper and crew that will be available at the Skipper’s meeting and the Trophy presentation.

3. Please specify the sizes of skipper and crew on the line below.

small medium large X large



MARCH 25, 2000

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Skipper’s Name:

Mailing Address

Skipper’s Home Phone

Skipper’s Work Phone

Skipper’s E mail address

Yacht Club Affiliation

Crew's Name

Crew’s Mailing Address

Crew’s Phone

Crew’s E mail address

Name and address of person to be notified in an emergency

Emergency Phone:

Team Name:

Yacht Name:

Yacht Make or Model

Sail Number

Length Overall


Waterline Length


Type Rig


Date Built

Construction Material

Hull Color

Deck Color

Where Berthed

Berth Number

Registration Number

Home Port

Division (Multihull, ULDB, or PHRF)

2000 PHRF Rating

Team’s Yacht Club:

Yacht #1 Name: Division:

Yacht #2 Name: Division:

Yacht #3 Name: Division:

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