Top of the South – 12, 13 October 2019


Mariri or Nile Rd (TBC)   

This is an NZRYA Ranking Event

Top of the South 2019 – Final results

Top of the South Entrants – 2019


    This regatta is organised under the overall authority of the New Zealand Radio Yachting Association (NZRYA) and conducted by the Radio Yacht Squadron Nelson and it’s duly appointed Race Committee.
  2. RULES

    2.1      The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 as amended by Appendix E (Radio Sailing Racing Rules).   

2.2       The following documents will apply:

    • This Notice of Race
    • The event’s Sailing Instructions
    • International IOM Class Rules
    • The Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS)
    • NZL IOM Ranking Championship Policy
    • NZRYA Principals of Sportmanship and Fair Play

2.3             The current NZRYA approved Heat Management System (HMS 2016 or newer version) will apply in the event that multiple fleets are utilized.

2.4             The following Racing Rules will be changed:

E3.1:        The control area will be defined on the course board.

E3.2:        Launching area will be specified on the course board

E3.3:        The course will be displayed on a course Board.

E3.6:         Following a general recall, Rule 30.1 shall apply to the restart. For subsequent general recalls Rules 30.1, 30.3 or 30.4 may apply.

E3.8(c):    Courses may be shortened.

E5.1(a):    The race committee will appoint Observers, who may be competitors.

E6.4:        Add “but prior to the preparatory signal for the next heat or race.”

                  Any changes will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions and shall prevail in case of conflict with this notice of race.

3                ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY    

3.1             The competition is open to

(a) Affiliated members with NZRYA and

(b) Members of IRSA Delegated National Member of their country of residence.

Entry will be denied to anyone who has been expelled or is currently serving a suspension from the NZRYA or any RC sailing association affiliated with the NZRYA. 

3.2                   The following class will be sailed:

                  International One Metre

All boats must have a current registration certificate

3.3             Eligible boats may enter online at and electronically transfer the required fee. Entries close at midnight on 7 October

3.4             Late entries may be accepted under the discretion of the regatta organizers under the following conditions:

                  No late entries   


                  No further entries will be accepted after midnight 7 October.

4                FEES

4.1             Required fees are as follows:

Entry fee  $50  includes lunches supplied on Saturday and Sunday and drinks and nibbles after racing on Saturday


5.1             Racing Times:

                  All times are local time as available on local mobile phone services.

                  Day One:   Friday 12 October

                    Early registration measurement and practice sailing

                       Registration:                                  1100 hrs to 1600 hrs

                  Measurement and inspection:       1100 hrs to 1600 hrs   

                    Day 2:  Saturday 13 October

                    Registration and measurement       0900 to 0930 hrs

                    Briefing commences:                      1015 hrs

                  Warning signal for first race:           1100 hrs

                    Racing concludes: No heat will commence after 1700 hrs or at the Race Officers discretion

                    Social hour, drinks and nibbles supplied

                    Day 3: Sunday 14 October

                  Briefing commences:                    0930 hrs

                  Warning signal for first race:         1000 hrs

                  Racing concludes: No heat will commence after1500 hrs

                  Prizegiving to be held soon as possible after racing concludes.

5.2             Racing will be held during the scheduled times. There shall be no limit to the number of races/heats sailed on each day.

5.3             The warning signal for the next race/heat shall occur as soon as practical following the previous race/heat.

5.4             A break for lunch may be included at the discretion of the RO. Lunch will be taken at a time to best fit in with the racing.     

                  Lunches (Sat and Sun) and drinks and nibbles (Saturday) will be provided as part of the entry fee.

6                MEASUREMENT

                  Each boat shall produce a current, valid measurement certificate & personal number certificate at registration.

                  All registration formalities, including payment and any measurement checks, must be completed in accordance with the schedule outlined in this Notice of Race. (Refer paragraph 3 and 5.1)

7                FREQUENCIES

                  For frequency bands other than 2.4 Ghz, each competitor shall nominate a minimum of three (3) frequencies with their entry

8                PERSONAL SAIL NUMBERS

8.1             Authorised personal numbers shall take preference over other conflicting sail numbers. 

8.2             Skippers wishing to use authorized personal numbers shall produce a current, valid personal number certificate at registration.


                  Sailing instructions will be posted on the NZRYA website by October 1. A hard copy will be on the Official notice board prior to the commencement of racing.

10              VENUE

The event will be sailed at Either Nile Rd, Mahana or Eastons Pond, Mariri.      Will be confirmed later as pond conditions allow.

                  Launching details: will be dry.

11              COURSES

                  Where possible, the course will comprise a first leg and a finish leg to windward. The course will generally be a windward / leeward course utilizing a gate at the leeward end of the course.  

                  The Race Committee will attempt to set a course which will take approximately 10 minutes to for the first boat to complete.


12.1           RRS 44.1 is amended by E4.3: Taking a Penalty.  

12.2           The Arbitration System for Protest Hearings (Sailing Instructions Appendix A) will be used.

12.3           A Protest Committee will be appointed to hear any protests arising from the event and may comprise competitors not involved in the incident. RRS 61.2 and 62.2 may be replaced by a verbal notification and hearing if all parties affected by the incident agree.

12.4           Decisions of the protest committee will be final as provided in RRS 70.5.  

13              SCORING

                  The scoring system is as follows:

  1. For single heat racing the RRS A4 will apply.
  2. For multi-fleet racing RRS A4 as amended by HMS and the Event Sailing Instruction shall apply.

14              PRIZES

                  Prizes will be given as follows: first, second and third medals will be presented.

15              CONDUCT

The New Zealand Radio Yachting Association and the Radio Yacht Squadron Nelson recognise that all events offer considerable publicity opportunities to Clubs, Associations and the sport generally. Competitor behaviour can impact unfavourably on the sport and all competitors.
Behaviour by a competitor that is in breach of good manners or Sportsmanship and Fair Play (Sailing Instructions Appendix B) or which may bring the sport into disrepute shall result in a hearing in accordance with RRS 2 or RRS69.1 or the RO may offer a competitor a two turns on the spot penalty to avoid going to protest. However, the RO is not obliged to make this offer, nor is a competitor obliged to accept it in which case a protest hearing shall proceed.


By taking part in this event, the competitor gives the organisation and the event’s sponsors the right to use and show at any time static or moving pictures, films and TV recordings of the competitor and/or their boat made during this ARYA Ranking regatta in any materials, on any Web pages, and on any social media in support or in connection with the event, including the publication of results. 

16            Risk Statement

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in any of the events covered by this notice of race, 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 and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
  2. They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
  3. 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;
  4. The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.

A competitor may only enter the event by accepting these conditions as they appear on the entry form.


For further information please contact the Commodore  RYSN. Brian Curtis.


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