54th Annual Harvest Moon Regatta

South Port Sailing Club invites all sailboats to to participate

Saturday September 23rd, 2023

Astronomical Schedule
Saturday (the 23rd)
1620 A waxing gibbous moon rises --- at bearing 129° ---
1927 Sunset
2028 Nautical twilight ends
2035 Waxing gibbous moon culminates
Sunday Morning (the 24th)
0053 Moonset

Notice of Race Excerpts (for print )

Venue & Organizing Authority

South Port Sailing Club
210 Brighton Road
Tecumseh, Ontario N8N 2L3
(519) 979 SPSC

SPSC Racing Director & Event Organizer ..... John Marentette (spsc.racing.director@gmail.com)

Excerpts from the NoR: 1. Rules

The event will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

Class Pennant
Shark A shark
JOG White
PHRF AYellow

Excerpts from the NoR: 2. Eligibility and Entry

The regatta is open to pre-registered boats of the PHRF (Spinnaker and JOG) and Shark classes

  • In a PHRF (JOG or Spinnaker) class, a boat must either:
    • have been rated by the Essex County PHRF Association (ECPA), DRYA, or other local North American PHRF station and have an equivalent rating on file at ECPA.
    • Otherwise, SPSC RC will unilaterally provide a reasonable PHRF rating.
  • Eligible boats must pre-register by completing the SPSC Harvest Moon Registration on-line

Excerpts from the NoR: 3. Fees

  • Registration fees will be $25/boat, payable on the day of the regatta.
  • Registration includes post-race chili, and beer (as long as it lasts).
  • Registration includes use of the SPSC drysail crane if required. (SPSC members to assist/operate.)
  • Registration includes free assigned dockage at SPSC for competitors from Friday Sept 22 to Sunday Sept 24. Please contact SPSC Harbourmaster if a longer stay is needed.

Excerpts from the NoR: 4. Schedule

The race will be Saturday Sept 23th. First warning signal no earlier than 1400./

Excerpts from the NoR: 5. Sailing Instructions

SI’s  will be available on-line no later than 5PM Thursday Sept 21, and posted on-line and at the SPSC bulletin board.

Excerpts from the NoR: 6. Courses

Racing will be around a long-distance, Lake St Clair course as per Sailing Instructions.

Excerpts from the NoR: 7. Penalty System

  • RRS 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.
  • Decisions of the protest committee will be final as provided in RRS 70.5.

Excerpts from the NoR: 8. Scoring

PHRF racing per ToT handicapping. Finishes will be listed on the SPSC event website, and the SPSC Bulletin Board after the regatta.

Excerpts from the NoR: 9. Berthing

Non-SPSC boats will be assigned berths if needed.

Excerpts from the NoR: 10. Radio Communication

RC may make courtesy radio broadcasts during starting sequences, on CH69.

Excerpts from the NoR: 11. Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for each class. The number of prizes awarded awarded will depend on the number of entries.

  • Minimum of one prize for every class, per 3 boats competing.
  • Also awards to the First to Finish, Best Corrected and First Shark to Finish
  • Prizes to be awarded at SPSC, after the regatta.

Excerpts from the NoR: 12. Disclaimer of Liability

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury, or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

Excerpts from the NoR: 13. Insurance

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid and sufficient third-party liability insurance.