Please send in your entry! Early entries are important for
generating additional one design interest and are very helpful to
Premiere Racing in planning the event and making some key race
management decisions in the first year.
Premiere Racing will hold off on processing credit cards and cashing
checks until February. We'll process and post the entry, but
payments will not be processed until later.
For those planning to compete in Miami, we ask that you get your entry
in early - it will make for a bigger and better regatta.... thanks!
2 OTHER RULES & REQUIREMENTS
2.1 All boats shall carry an operating VHF radio.
2.2 With the exception of the Etchells class, all boats shall
be sailed by at least 4 persons.
2.3 Crew weigh-ins are required for the Farr 40, IMS, J/105,
J/109, J/29, Melges 24, Mumm 30, Swan 45 classes and other One
Design classes whose rules specify crew weigh-ins.
2.4 Premiere Racing's PHRF Rules and Regulations, which
include PHRF crew limits, are posted on the
event web site. Premiere Racing's PHRF Consortium will
assign PHRF handicaps for this event. The PHRF Consortium will be
comprised of approximately 8 members from different PHRF regions
across the country. Any questions pertaining to PHRF issues should
be referred to Premiere Racing and not to the individual members
of the Consortium.
3.1 Those One Design classes that have chosen to race under
Category A will sail under Category A for this regatta. Those One
Design classes that have chosen to race under Category C and those
boats sailing under the handicap rules (PHRF, IRC & IMS), will
sail under Category C. Boats that intend to display advertising in
accordance with Category C must so indicate on their entry form.
Competitors are requested to respect the brand exclusivity of the
Official Sponsors of this event. Their participation enhances the
event for all competitors.
3.2 All boats shall display the event bow stickers on their
bow while racing.
4 ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
4.1 Acura Miami Race Week is open to the first 200 One Design,
PHRF, IMS and IRC monohull boats, 24-85 feet LOA between hull
perpendiculars that submit a completed entry.
4.2 Race Week 2005 is open to those boats whose Owner or
Skipper is a current member of their National Authority (US
SAILING for U.S. entries; to join call 1-800-877-2451).
4.3 The entry deadline is 1700, February 11, 2005. A completed
entry form, a signed waiver form and the entry fee must be
received by Premiere Racing by February 11, 2005 to avoid the late
fee of $150. No entries will be accepted after February 23, 2005
without an additional surcharge. Entry acknowledgment will be sent
to the first 200 valid entrants shortly after entry receipt.
4.4 The following one design classes are invited to participate:
1D35, Beneteau First 36.7, Beneteau First 40.7, C&C 99, Farr
40, Etchells, J/105, J/109, J/120, J/29, Melges 24, Mumm 30, Swan
45, T-10 and Transpac 52. Other One Design classes and groups of
boats wishing to race level will be provided a separate class
start or scored as a separate sub-class within their class at the
discretion of the Race Chairman based on the number of entries and
the event classes that are established.
4.5 IMS entrants must submit a copy of their most recent,
valid rating certificate (2005) with their completed entry form
prior to the February 11, 2005 deadline. It is the responsibility
of each IMS entrant to have a signed, valid 2005 IMS certificate
with the Measurement Inventory page on file with Premiere Racing
no later than 1700, March 9, 2005 (see paragraph 7.2). IMS
entrants are also required to submit a completed PHRF application
so that rating determination and PHRF class assignment can be made
if there are insufficient IMS entries to form a stand-alone class.
In this event, IMS entries may be scored as a separate subclass.
4.6 PHRF entries must have a PHRF handicap of 175 or less.
Entrants who competed in Key West 2005 and whose boats will be in
the identical configuration do not need to submit the full
handicap application again or the application fee. They must
instead indicate such on the entry form. All other PHRF entrants
must submit a completed PHRF handicap application, all current
PHRF handicap certificates, and US$40 (check payable to Premiere
Racing, Inc.) prior to the February 11, 2005 entry deadline. After
that date a late fee of US$100 must accompany the PHRF
application. Current local certificate(s) are required by all PHRF
entries for measurement verification only. Miami handicaps may
differ from local handicaps and Key West 2005 handicaps may be
adjusted as per the PHRF Rules & Regulations to account for the
local Miami Sailing conditions. The consortium reserves the right
to provide a new rating based on observed performance for boats
that were rated for the first time at Key West 2005.
4.7 Boats wishing to race in a MORC class or subclass must
submit their valid MORC certificate along with their PHRF
4.8 A Miami PHRF certificate will be faxed or mailed to
entrants after the PHRF Consortium has assigned a handicap. PHRF
entrants should not wait for their handicap certificate before
submitting their entry.
4.9 An IRC class will be offered if sufficient entries are
received and a satisfactory class can be established. Competitors
wishing to race under IRC must submit a copy of their 2005 valid
endorsed IRC rating certificate with their completed entry form
prior to the February 11, 2005 deadline. IRC rating applications
for US flagged boats can be obtained from US SAILING (401-683-0800
Offshore@ussailing). Boats from other nations should
consult their rating office or contact www.rorcrating.com. IRC
entrants are also required to submit a completed PHRF application
so that rating determination and PHRF class assignment can be made
if there are insufficient IRC entries to form a stand-alone class.
In this event, IRC entries may be scored as a separate subclass.
5.1 The entry application shall be accompanied by an entry
fee. The entry fee, based on LOA, is delineated below. An
administrative fee of US$100 will be applied to any cancellations.
55' + $1,025
Biscayne Bay Division: $350
(Melges 24, Etchells)
A boat's LOA is to be rounded to the lower whole number (i.e.
29.01' = 29' and 29.99' = 29') for the purpose of determining
5.2 A Race Week Bracelet will be required for each person
participating in any of the event's shoreside activities. Premiere
Racing will establish two race headquarters and regatta social
centers, one at Miami Beach Marina for the ocean division
competitors and the second at the new Shake-A-Leg Miami facility
for Biscayne Bay division competitors. The bracelet provides
access to both sites and to the "South Beach Regatta Rendezvous"
at the Avalon Hotel on Saturday evening. Shoreside activities will
include weather briefings, complimentary beverages, raffle prizes,
sponsor demonstrations, snacks & hors d'oeuvres, race video, music
and the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon following the racing.
Bracelets, which are optional, will cost US$20 in advance and
6 PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7 MEASUREMENT, APPEALS AND CLASSES
7.1 The preliminary scratch sheet will be available on or
about February 23, 2005 on the event web site.
7.2 IMS: No changes to an IMS certificate will be accepted
after February 23, 2005 without prior approval from Premiere
Racing. Any changes to an IMS certificate after February 23 shall
be accompanied by an administrative fee of US$100.
7.3.1 Best efforts will be made to have the preliminary PHRF
class breaks with the PHRF handicap for each entry posted on the
Race Week web site by February 23, 2005. Additionally, they will
be posted on-site at Race Headquarters no later than 0900 on
Wednesday, March 9, 2005.
7.3.2 PHRF Class Breaks: In an effort to provide 'like racing'
under PHRF, boat displacement, sail area to displacement, and
other factors will be considered when determining class breaks.
7.3.3 Premiere Racing will appoint a Special PHRF Handicapping
Appeals Committee. Those owners who wish to appeal their handicap
or the handicap of a competitor must pay an administrative fee of
US$150 and submit their appeal in writing to Premiere Racing no
later than February 23, 2005. Checks should be payable to Premiere
Racing, Inc. This fee will be donated to Shake-A-Leg Miami.
Appeals should be filed only if there is new and relevant
information that the Consortium was unaware of at the time the
handicap was assigned. Any questions pertaining to PHRF handicaps
should be referred to Premiere Racing and not to the individual
members of the PHRF Consortium.
7.3.4 No appeals will be accepted on-site except those dealing
with administrative or certificate errors. On-site appeals must be
submitted at the Miami Beach Marina Race Headquarters between
0800-0900 Wednesday, March 9, 2005. Both appellant and
owner/representative of the boat whose rating is being appealed
(if applicable) must be at Miami Beach Marina Race Headquarters
during that time frame for the appeal hearing. The appellant is
responsible for notifying the owner of the boat whose rating is
being appealed (if applicable). Appeal forms are available by
calling Premiere Racing.
8 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The Sailing Instructions will be available on or about March
1, 2005 on the Race Week web site and at Race Headquarters
beginning on Wednesday, March 9, 2005.
9 RACING AREAS / CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
9.1 It is anticipated that there will be three separate racing
divisions, two ocean divisions and one Biscayne Bay division.
9.2 PHRF, IMS, IRC and "Big Boat" One Design classes will race
on the two ocean divisions outside Miami's Government Cut. With
the exception of the Mumm 30 and J/105 classes, all ocean classes
have four race days scheduled (March 10-13, 2005). The Mumm 30 and
J/105 classes have three race days scheduled (March 11-13, 2005).
9.3 The inshore one design classes, including the Melges 24
and Etchells classes, will race on Biscayne Bay. Three race days
are scheduled (March 11-13, 2005).
10.1 For those classes scheduled to race four days, 10 races
are scheduled. For those classes scheduled to race three days, 8
races are scheduled. A maximum of 3 races may be held on any race
day. For all classes, 3 races must be completed to constitute a
10.2 The Low Point Scoring System of RRS Appendix A will apply
as follows. A boat's series score will be the sum of her race
scores without discard.
10.3 PHRF Classes will be scored using the handicaps provided
by the Premiere Racing PHRF Consortium with the actual course
10.4 The IMS Classes will be scored using the computerized
Performance Curve Scoring System based on the velocity prediction
program for each boat. Actual course distance and configuration
will be used.
10.5 The IRC Classes will be scored using the IRC Time
Correction Factor using time on time scoring.
11 DECISIONS OF THE JURY
11.1 When an International Jury is properly constituted in
accordance with RRS 70.4, 90(b) and Appendix N, its decisions will
be final (Ocean Divisions).
11.2 Decisions of the National Jury are subject to appeal
(Biscayne Bay Division). In the event that an International Jury
hears protests and redress requests on this Division, its decision
will be final in accordance with RRS 70.4.
For protests involving an alleged breach of the rules of Part
2 of the RRS, a short arbitration hearing will be held prior to a
protest hearing. This modifies Part 5 Section B of the RRS.
13.1 The safety of a boat and its crew is the sole and
inescapable responsibility of the Skipper who must ensure that the
boat is fully sound, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by an
experienced and physically capable crew. Neither the establishment
of regulations or inspection of a boat in any way limits or
reduces the complete and unlimited responsibility of the Skipper.
13.2 It is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the
Skipper of each boat to decide whether or not to start or continue
in any race.
13.3 Premiere Racing and participating Sponsors and Industry
Partners of Acura Miami Race Week 2005 do not accept
responsibility for loss of life or injury to participants or
others, or for the loss or damage to any vessel in any way or from
any cause during or related to this event.
All regatta awards will be presented on Sunday, March 13
following the racing that day. Daily awards based on the
cumulative scores for each race day will be awarded to the first
place boats in each class. Overall series awards based on the
cumulative scores for the event will be awarded to first, second
and third place boats in each class after the final race. A Boat
of the Day award will be presented for each day's top performer on
the ocean and bay divisions. The boat owners on the ocean and bay
divisions traveling the furthest will be recognized with Miami and
Miami Beach Awards, respectively. The PHRF Boat of the Week Trophy
will be awarded to the week's top PHRF performer. The Acura Trophy
will be awarded to the Overall Winner of Acura Miami Race Week.
15 AMENDMENTS TO THIS NOTICE
Premiere Racing reserves the right to amend this notice. Any
amendments of this notice made prior to February 5, 2005 will be
posted on the Race Week web site and mailed or e-mailed to those
owners whose entries have been accepted. Amendments will be posted
on the Official Notice Board and copies will be available at Race