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23rd-25th May 2020

Significant rule change boosts competition at Poole Regatta

The International Paint Poole Regatta has today announced a change to the equipment required aboard yachts taking part in the Regatta. This change has been made after careful consideration of the sailing venue and the type of racing which will feature during the regatta.

“We have today announced an amendment to the Notice of Race concerning the compliance to World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (ORS).  Previously, the Notice of Race specified that yachts must comply with ORS Category 4 and we have now amended them to Appendix B plus VHF radio, to reflect the sailing venue.  This reduced level of equipment will enable yachts to compete in the regatta, without the need to re-equip if they do not already comply with Category 4.”  Martin Pearson – Regatta Chairman

The requirements of Appendix B can be found on page 27 of the ORS, at the following link:

https://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/WorldSailingOffshoreSpecialRegulations20182019180104-[23449].pdf

For One design classes there are no changes, as these competitors will comply with their own class rules in terms of equipment on board.

Racing at Poole Regatta is held across five courses, with larger yachts competing in Poole Bay and smaller classes within the harbour.  Competitor safety is of paramount importance to the regatta committee and following Appendix B plus VHF rules enables safe racing within the Poole Bay environment.  Poole Regatta takes place over the May bank holiday weekend from 26th to 28th May.