2019 470, 420 and Nacra 17 Class National Championships



2019 New Zealand 420 Class National Championships

2019 420 Open World Championship Team Selection Trials

2019 420 Youth World Championship Selection Trial No. 2

2019 New Zealand 470 Class National Championships

2019 New Zealand NACRA 17 Class National Championships

14th – 17th March 2019

Notice of Race

The Organising Authority is the Takapuna Boating Club Inc. (TBC)

39 The Strand, Takapuna Beach 
PO Box 33-062, Takapuna


NB: The notation ‘[DP]’ in a rule in the Notice of Race means that the penalty for a breach of that rule may, at the discretion of the protest committee, be less than disqualification.


1.    Rules

1.1.  The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020  (RRS) and the rules of the International 420, 470 and Nacra 17 Classes respectively.

1.2.   The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations of Sailing Part 1, unballasted centreboard and open yachts, shall apply.

1.3.   For the 420 Class, Rule 42 Propulsion will be changed to allow boats to pump, rock and ooch as permitted by Rule C.1.1.1 of the 420 Class Rules.

1.4.   Appendix T, Arbitration, will apply.

1.5.   Appendix S will apply.


2.     Advertising

2.1.  Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organising authority.


3.    Eligibility and Entry

3.1.  The regatta is open to all boats of the International 420, 470 and Nacra 17 Classes .

3.2.  Eligible boats may enter by completing the attached Entry Form and either :

1.       Sending it, together with the required fee, to:

The Manager,

Takapuna Boating Club (Inc),

PO Box 33-062,


Auckland 0622.

2.       E-Mailing the said form (scanned)  to  manager@takapunaboating.org.nz. Payment details are stated on the form. Payment can be made at registration using cash, cheque or eftpos.


       by Friday 1700 hours on 8th March 2019.


3.3.  Late entries, accompanied by the late entry fee may be accepted at the Race Committee’s discretion until 1700hours on Tuesday 12th March 2019.


3.4.  To be eligible to compete in this event each entrant and crew member shall be a financial member of a club recognised by the entrant and crew member’s national authority.

3.5.  To be eligible to compete in this event each entrant and crew member shall be a financial member of their national 420, 470 or Nacra Class Association.

3.6.  The following documents should accompany the Entry Form:

1.       Proof of yacht club membership,

2.       Proof of NZ or relevant 420, 470 or Nacra 17 Class Association membership,

3.       Measurement certificate for the boat being entered.

4.       Valid certificate of insurance as per NoR20.1for

4.    Fees

4.1.  The entry fee is $200.00.

4.2.  The late entry fee is $250.00.

5.    Schedule

5.1.  Registration

420 - Thursday 14th March                    0800 - 1000hours          TBC

470/Nacra 17 -  Friday 15th March         0800 - 1000hours          TBC


5.2.  Safety Inspection

420 - Thursday 14th March                    0800 – 1000hours          TBC

470/Nacra 17 - Friday 16th March          0800 - 1000hours          TBC


5.3.  Briefing

Briefings are scheduled for 1000hours on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March in the TBC                                                                                                                                                                   

5.4.  Dates of Racing

Thursday 14th March                 Race Day 1 (420 only)    1st Warning Signal       1200hours

Friday 15th March                     Race Day 2 (All classes)  1st Warning Signal:      1200hours

Saturday 16th March                 Race Day 3 (All classes)  1st Warning Signal:      1100hours

Sunday 17th March                   Race Day 4 (All classes)  1st Warning Signal:      1100hours

5.5.  Number of Races

(a)      12 races are scheduled for the series; all classes.

(b)      For the 420 class, 3 races are scheduled per Race Day. For the 470 and Nacra 17, four per Race Day.

(c)      Races may be sailed back-to back.

(d)      On Sunday March 17th no warning signal will be made after 1500.

6.    Measurement

6.1.  Each boat shall provide a valid measurement certificate no later than at the time of registration. In addition, spot measurements and safety checks may be conducted at any time throughout the regatta.

6.2.  Measurement may not be available at the regatta. All boats and equipment must be pre-measured. For the 420 Class and sail measurement please contact the 420 Class Measurer John Thompson Auckland Ph (09) 444 8165.

7.    Sailing Instructions

7.1.  The Sailing Instructions will be available at the time of Registration.

8.    Venue

8.1.  The Regatta Venue is the TBC. Refer to Attachment A.

8.2.  The Racing area is the waters of Hauraki Gulf off TBC. Refer to Attachment B.

9.    Courses to be Sailed

9.1.  The courses for 420 and 470 to be sailed will be Trapezoid and/or Windward/Leeward. The course for Nacra 17 will be Windward/Leeward.

10.  Penalty System

10.1.  Appendix P will apply.

11.  Scoring

11.1   5 races are required to be completed to constitute a series.

11.2    (a)  When fewer than six (6) races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

(b)   When 6 (six) or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

12.  Coaching and Support Boats

12.1.  All support boats must register with the Organising Authority at the time of Registration (refer to 5.1 above) and nominate which boat(s) they are supporting. [DP]

13.  Launching

13.1   All competing boats and equipment shall be launched and retrieved as directed by TBC. Unless otherwise directed by the Organising Authority, all competing boats and equipment shall be launched and retrieved from the TBC ramps. [DP]

14.  Radio Communication

14.1.  Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make nor receive radio transmissions, text (txt) messages, web application messages or cellular phone calls while racing. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.

15.  GPS Tracking

15.1   A sailor breaks Rule 41 if they use a mobile phone for any form of communication whilst racing, including           for GPS tracking purposes.

16.  Rights to use Names and Likenesses

16.1   By participating in the regatta competitors automatically grant to the respective NZ and International 420/470 and Nacra 17 Class Associations and to the Organizing Authority and their sponsors, the right in perpetuity to make, use and show, from time to          time at their discretion, any motion pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproductions of the            athlete during the period of the competition without compensation.


16.2   Competitors may be required for interviews at the regatta. [DP]


17.  Prizes

17.1   Prizes will be provided and given as follows:

420 Class

·        A trophy for first overall.

·        A trophy for the first female team.


470 Class

    • NZ 470 [ Residential ] National Championship Cup.
    • NZ 470 [ Residential ]  Ladies Championship Cup.

·        NZ 470 [ Residential ] Youth (Under 23) Cup.


Nacra 17 Class

·        2019 NZ National Nacra 17 Class Champion


Other prizes (to all classes) may be given at the discretion of the organising body [ TBC ] in association with the 420, 470 and Nacra 17 classes.


18. Selection

420 Class

18.1    Up to seven open crews and up to seven women crews will be selected according to New Zealand 420 Association Selection Policy, to represent New Zealand at the 2019 Open 420 and Women’s World Championships.

18.2    Entries for the U17 World Championship shall be limited in accordance with the International 420 Class Association Guidelines: 6 boats (3 boats men or mixed + 3 boats ladies).

                 See 2017 Selection Policy on the NZ 420 Association website



18.3    Qualification for 2019 NZ Youth World Sailing Team and the 420 Boys/Girls places are held over two regattas; the second trial as such is the NZ 420 Nationals (this regatta). Refer [https://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/sites/yachtingnz/files/images/world_sailing_youth_worlds_selection_regulation_2019_.pdf] for more information.



19.  Disclaimer of Liability

19.1.  Competitors participate in all races entirely at their own risk. See rule 4 Decision to Race. The Organising Authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during, or after the race.

19.2   Competitors accept that sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor and the responsible adult agrees and acknowledges that:

·        They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

·        They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

·        They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omission;

·        Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

·        The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

·        The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.

20.  Insurance

20.1.  Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of NZD$1,000,000 per incident or the equivalent




Further Information

For further information please contact:

[TBC] - manager@takapunaboating.org.nz


[470 Organizing Committee ] – Clark Smith +64 21 675 690



Road Trailer Parking / Yacht Storage


Road trailer storage will be available from the 8th March 2019 through 18th March 2019 off-site at nearby locations :


    • Milford Cruising Club.


TBC and the organizing committee [ personnel ] will be available to guide drop off and assist to these locations when and where necessary. Storage fees are  included are part of the entry fees.


Entrants Yachts can be left at TBC from as early as the 3rd March 2019 for pre-regatta training. Security will be from the 8th March 2019 through 18th March.


Attachment A: Location of Takapuna Boating Club


Attachment B: Racing Area on Hauraki Gulf (off TBC).

420/470/Nacra 17 Entry Form

(DATES : 14 – 17 March  2019)

Entry Form


Country code on sail                            Sail Number