Notice of Race

1. Organisation.

1.1 The Organising Authority is the Conway Yacht Club (CYC), racing is in the waters of the Conwy Estuary and Conwy Bay.

1.2 Information is available from the CRF website:

1.3 Enquiries should be addressed to: CRF Race Committee, c/o Conwy Harbour Office, Conwy Quay, Conwy LL32 8BB, email:

2. Rules.

2.1 The Event will be sailed under the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-20 (RRS)

2.2 RRS52 will be amended to the extent that powered winches or other sail or rig handling equipment may be used by all boats.

2.3 IRC Rule 22.4.2 shall not apply. There will be no limitations on Crew Numbers or weight except as required for boats rated as one designs which shall comply with IRC Rule 22.4.1.

2.4 Flag “Y” may be flown requiring lifejackets to be worn.

3. Entries & Handicap systems

3.1 Handicap Racing will be provided for cruising boats, day racing boats, Nobbies, Gaffers and Classics.  No boat may be sailed single handed.

3.2 Cruising boats and day racing boats will race under the RYA National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC) system, within the classes described below.

3.3 IRC rating
The cruiser class 1 will operate a dual scoring system for those boats having a Spinlock IRC TCC rating, i.e. the event will be scored using both the NHC system and Spinlock IRC TCCs.

3.4 LV TCCs
Conwy River Festival has been approved as an event to use IRC Limited Validity TCCs. With the permission of the IRC Rating Authority, IRC Rule 8.2 is therefore modified to include GBR boats holding Limited Validity IRC TCCs.

3.5 The Nobby, Gaffer and Classics classes will race under the OGA-TCF handicap system.

4. Racing Classes

Racing will be offered for the following classes:

4.1 Cruiser and Dayboat classes:

  1. Cruiser Class 1: cruising boats over 6m/20ft in length having an NHC over 0.830 and/or an IRC TCC number.
  2. Cruiser Class 2: cruising boats over 6m/20ft in length having having an NHC over 0.830. In this class, foresails must be attached to the forestay meaning that spinnakers, cruising chutes, bloopers and gennakers will not be allowed.
  3. Dayboat : open day racing boats such as COD and boats of similar design.

4.2 Nobby Gaffer & Classics classes:
Traditional boats of the Nobby, Gaffer and Classic designs are eligible to enter the appropriate class.

4.3 Any class may be sub-divided into separate starts depending on the number of entries received and/or the handicap spread

5. Schedule of Races.

5.1 The racing schedule will be as follows (for start times see sailing instructions):
Saturday 20th July
Sunday 21st July
Day Boats:
Saturday 20th July
Sunday 21st July
Nobbies, Gaffers & Classics:
Saturday 20th July
The Conwy Nobby Race
Old Gaffers Race (Nobbies, Gaffers and Classics)
Sunday 21st July

6. Race area and courses

6.1 The Cruiser classes will normally start in the vicinity of Channel buoy 2A and race in Conwy Bay. The type of courses may be chosen from Windward / Leeward, Triangle and ‘Round the Cans’

6.2 The Dayboat classes will normally start from the vicinity of CYC start line (or within the harbour) and will sail inshore courses.

6.3 The Nobby Gaffer and Classic classes will start in the vicinity of Channel buoy 2A.

7. Scoring System.

7.1 There will be between 2 to 4 races in the Cruiser Series for both class 1 and class 2. There will be 4 races in the Dayboat Series.
There will be 2 races for Nobbies, Gaffers & Classics

7.2 One race will constitute a series in all classes.

7.3 The low point scoring system described in Appendix A of the RRS will apply as amended by the SIs.

8. Sailing Instructions.

8.1 These will be available to each competitor on receipt of a completed entry form and entry fee. They will also be available on registration and on the official CRF Website

9. Entry and Registration.

9.1 Entries must be made on the appropriate entry form, accompanied by the correct entry fee. Entry forms can be downloaded from or obtained from The Harbour Office, Conwy Quay, Conwy and the local yacht clubs (CYC and NWCC), or completed online at, with online payment taken immediately. Please note that there are separate entry forms for the Cruiser & Dayboat classes on the one hand, and the Nobby, Gaffer & Classics classes on the other.

9.2 The closing date for entries for the races is Friday 19th July 2019. Late entries will be accepted at the Race Committee’s discretion. Boats may enter for the whole series or single days.

9.3 Registration must be made at the CRF Race Office (Conwy Harbour Office) or at the Race Briefing. Race packs will be issued at the briefing.

9.4 The Race Office will be in Harbourmaster’s office, Conwy Quay.

9.5 Race Briefings for each Class and Series will be as shown in the Sailing Programme (available from and in the Sailing Instructions for the relevant classes.

For all classes the race briefings will be held on Friday 19th July at 19.00 hrs in Conway Yacht Club, Deganwy.

10. Responsibility and Insurance.

10.1 A boat is entirely responsible for her own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility. See RRS 4, Decision to Race and the RYA Risk Statement, as follows:

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

  1. They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
  2. They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
  3. They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
  4. Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
  5. The provision of a race management team, patrol boats, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
  6. The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;
  7. It is their responsibility to familiarize themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event;
  8. They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew;

10.2 It is for the boat to decide whether she is fit to sail in the conditions in which she will find herself. By launching or going to sea, the boat confirms that she is fit for those conditions and her crew is competent to sail and compete in them.

10.3 The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £3,000,000.

10.4 Nothing done by the organisers will reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in racing. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include the organising authority, the Race Committee, the race officer, patrol boats and beachmasters.

10.5 The provision of patrol boats does not relieve the boat of her responsibilities.

10.6 The boat is responsible to ensure that she is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and that the crew know how to use it.

11. Safety

11.1 Cruisers must comply with the 2018-2019 World Sailing Offshore Special regulations, Appendix B, Special Regulations for Inshore Racing.

11.2 CODs and Dayboats must comply with the 2018-2019 World Sailing Offshore Special regulations, Appendix C, Special Regulations for Dinghy Racing. All CODs and Dayboats must in addition carry safety equipment as stipulated in the Conway One Design Class Rules.

11.3 Nobbies Gaffers and Classics to conform to the requirements of SOLAS Chapter V.

11.4 All boats shall have a working VHF radio with access to all necessary channels.

11.5 Lifejackets, PFDs for dayboats, shall be carried for all persons in board.

11.6 All safety equipment shall be checked by the person in charge of the vessel at least once a year.

11.7 A boat that retires from a race shall notify Race Control as soon as possible.

12. Berthing

12.1 Entrants to the Conway River Festival and/or the LaLa Rally are eligible for berthing at Conwy or Deganwy Marina between 13th and 28th July 2019 for £10/night.  Berthing is subject to availability, must be arranged with the Marina direct and is subject to confirmation of entry.  For Nobby, Gaffer and Classic berthing in the harbour contact the Harbour Office. The Race Committee and Conwy and Deganwy Marinas reserve the right to refuse or restrict berthing to any competitor at their complete discretion. Boats may be required by the marinas to raft up.

12.2 Swinging moorings are available for all sizes of visiting boats. Requests for a mooring, stating requirements, should be submitted to the Harbour Office as soon as possible. Moorings are limited in number, and will be allocated strictly on a ‘first come, first served’ basis

12.3 A water taxi service is available in Conwy Harbour between Conwy Quay, Conwy Marina, Deganwy Marina and to swinging moorings within the harbour.

13. Prizes

13.1 Prizes will be awarded to each class.

13.2 Classes will compete for their own division trophy as well as for the overall trophies

13.3 Boats entered for single days are not eligible to win overall class prizes. They are eligible to win day prizes.