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  2003 J/80 Southern Circuit  
     
  Notice of Circuit  
     
 

Invitation
You are cordially invited to participate in the J/80 Southern Circuit Championship Series to be held from February through October 2003. The J/80 Southern Circuit Executive Committee, and/or the affiliated yacht clubs are the organizers and hosts, respectively.

 
 

Rules
This series of regattas will be governed, in reverse precedence order, by the 2001 - 2004 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) as published by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the 2001 - 2004 Prescriptions of US Sailing, the prevailing class rules of the International J/80 Class Association (ICA) and this Notice, except as any of these are altered by the Notice of Regatta or the Sailing Instructions for each regatta. Class rule C.3.1 will be enforced by weigh-ins for all events of the 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit. The regattas are classified as Category A events per Appendix G of the RRS. The J/80 Southern Circuit Executive Committee (SCEC) will resolve all matters not within the jurisdiction of individual juries (e.g. circuit scoring) by simple majority vote. The Southern Circuit Executive Committee will consist of the Fleet Captains from Fleet 2 (Houston), Fleet 5 (Ft. Worth), and Fleet 6 (Austin). All yachts are to remain afloat for the duration of each event.

 
 

Eligibility
The 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit is open to all J/80 yachts as defined by the ICA. Competitors must meet all J/80 Class ownership and membership requirements in order to become participants. A valid class association sticker shall be affixed to the transom of the hull. The J/80 2003 Southern Circuit is designated as a “member” event for purposes of defining the eligibility of the primary helmsperson.

 
  Schedule
Five scheduled regattas comprise the 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit:

 
 
February 22-23, 2003 Winter Regatta: Fleet 2 and Houston YC Chris Morlan
March 29-30, 2003 Austin Yacht Club: Fleet 6 Scott Spurlin
April 12-13, 2003 Lakefest: Lake Texoma Sailing Club Scott Spurlin
May 3-4, 2003 Fort Worth Boat Club Craig White
October 25-26, 2003 Ft. Worth Boat Club Craig White
 
     
  Racing
Up to 7 races will be scheduled for each regatta of the 2002 J/80 Southern Circuit. Racing will take place on Windward/Leeward courses or variations thereof. Offset weather marks and leeward gates may be used. VHF radio hails may be attempted for yachts failing to comply with RRS rules 29.1, 29.2, 30.1 or 30.3. No races will be started after 12:30 pm on Sunday. In the event that a race is started after 12:30, it will not be counted toward the Southern Circuit standings.

 
  Scoring
Final overall standings for the 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit will be based on each yacht's final standing in each scored regatta of the circuit. . Only regattas where 2 or more of the scheduled races are completed will be considered a scored regatta. All yachts not officially registered in a scored regatta of the 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit will be assigned points for their finishing place in that regatta as one more than the total number of yachts participating in the scored regatta with the greatest number of entrants. A yacht's final overall circuit score will be the total of its four lowest point standings in the 5 scored regattas of the 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit. If there are fewer than five scored regattas, a yacht's final overall circuit score will be the total of the number of lowest point standings per the following table.

 
 
Number of Scored Regattas Number of Lowest Point Standings Used
5 4
4 3
3 3
2 2
1 1
 
     
  The Low Point Scoring System of Appendix A of the RRS will be applied to the final overall circuit scores to determine each yacht's final overall 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit standing. Issues relating to the constitution of a “yacht” for overall circuit scoring purposes will be resolved by the J/80 Southern Circuit Executive Committee by a simple majority vote.

 
  Prizes
Awards will be presented to the final overall top five circuit yachts. Yachts participating in all scheduled regattas that are held, irrespective as to whether or not such regattas are scored as part of the 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit (i.e. Road Warriors) will receive an award. The number of awards presented at each individual regatta will be determined by the local hosting fleet but will not be less than three (3).

 
  Entry
There is no separate entry form or fee for the 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit.

 
  Additional Information
For more information on the 2003 J/80 Southern Circuit, contact Bernie Nauta or by e-mail at nauta80@sbcglobal.net. For information relating to individual events, please contact the local fleet or host club. The most current J/80 Southern Circuit information may be found at the J/80 Class Association web site at: http://www.j80.org/.